by Kristina Robinson
In February of 2018 I lost my daughter from complications of a terminal illness. As can be expected, I was devastated. I sunk into a deep depression and had lost all hope for my purpose in life. My children had become my new purpose and with my daughter gone I had to refocus my priorities quickly to continue carrying for my son. I sought every kind of help known to man to overcome my depression. Through the combination of a therapist and spiritual advisors I found new purpose for my pain. Instead of sitting home and doing nothing I found a job to help impact my community. I joined AmeriCorps and began working as a community organizer.
As a member I have had the opportunity to leaflet, conduct Home Safety Assessments, and track community surveys rating the quality of life for residents. These experiences have helped me to view the changes that are taking place in the City Of Detroit differently. Many of the neighborhoods and residents that stayed and continued to pay taxes to maintain their communities were ignored. They were not able to have their concerns and needs addressed. This is where programs like the AmeriCorps Urban Safety Program are key. The program helps to bridge the gap between neighborhoods, police and vital city services that help to improve social capital issues. The pride I feel being a member of an organization that does often thankless work to help improve the social capital of the citizens of Detroit is immense.
Instead of sitting home and doing nothing I found a job that allowed me to use my business skills and make an impact on my community. Now I am embarking on a new journey as an entrepreneur. I have started Tatum’s Taxi. This new business venture will offer non-emergency medical patients rides for their doctor, hospital, therapy, dialysis, and pharmacy visits. The costs of the rides is kept to a minimum and often covered through their private or public insurance plans under The Affordable Care Act. The pay will not be high but the reward I receive from working with patients will be greater.
I remember my trips to appointments with my daughter and the schedule is a hassle. The last thing patients need to worry about is their mode of transportation. I came out of my depression and helped to make a difference in my community. Through the combination of a therapist and spiritual advisors I found new purpose for my pain. Your story may not end in community outreach but you can find new purpose for your pain that will benefit you and others around you.
Proverbs 12:25, “ Anxiety weights down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up” (NIV).
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