"There is a great paradox in the reality of what people surviving the street require in terms of timing.
The urgency of our goodness and concern is vital. But the patience and space required when and if we show up is no less vital, and in most cases is the game-changer.
It is why I can never subscribe to appeasing funders driven by numbers-served, or mollifying impatient volunteers with personal agendas, or entertaining church groups worried that every bag lunch they bring gets distributed within a certain timeframe. It’s all a matter of great sensitivity and thoughtfulness.
Relief work is no substitute for grace, and is only and always radically short-changed without it."
-Tim Huff, Street Level Network