Fear and anxiety spreading like wildfire. Uncertainty concerning employment causing many to fall into varied states of depression. Protests and uprisings amidst a political divide. People are hurting….What can we do? For starters, remain compassionate. Many are one decision away from having all of their resources depleted. The emergency shutdown of businesses in our nation recently should give us a little insight into to just how fragile our individual economies can be. Compassion is necessary because those that are homeless now may already feel as if hope is gone. Imagine being the reason that a person in need, who has been seemingly defeated by circumstances, suddenly begins to believe again. Imagine showing humanity as opposed to looking down in disdain. Imagine offering a hand up (not necessarily a handout) and being the bridge that gets someone back on their feet. I am one who searched for solutions. Harboring on the problem does nothing in terms of seeking answers, so that’s my mission.

Secondly, find a way to get involved. There are some great non profits in our city that are on the frontlines serving those in need weekly. DHS Rotary, St. Elizabeth’s Parish, Word of Life Fellowship Center, the DHS Senior Center, and Food Now are all in need of donations and volunteers. But beyond that, consider the fact that you may have a surplus of what a neighbor is in need of. Now is the perfect time to rally as a community and share! You may know of a family or individual in need, let’s get them some help. You may have hours to volunteer, lets get you plugged in. We can do this, together!

Mr. Chandi of the Chandi Group

DHS, we are amazing. I have seen so many big hearts in action the last few weeks. We are known for our philanthropic endeavors and community-oriented approach to problem solving, but this has been stellar. As previously reported, many of our churches have collaborated and intensified their programs to feed our homeless, youth, and many others. Our local Rotary Club has been hands on, as has our City staff. Lastly, our local Indian Community served 3000 meals on Thursday to our community. Led by Nachhattar Singh Chandi and the Chandi Group, they set up tables behind our UPS store and served food (even provided masks and gloves) for all in need. At one point I counted over 125 cars utilizing the drive through program!!!

As with any city, there are some who refuse to appreciate unity. Our local yarn bomber Stephanie Buriel had a couple of her masterpieces stolen and vandalized. However, in DHS we refuse to quit! How did she respond? See for yourself!!

Many Great Things!!!
Baseball may be on a brief hiatus, but opening day is coming and DHS will be ready! Check out our new scoreboard!!!

At Advancing DHS, we strive to continually provide you with reasons to smile and have pride in our city. Today is just a reminder that we don’t have to resemble the rest of the world. We can remain unified and become the blueprint for maintaining peace in the midst of a pandemic. We are in this together!

-Dr. Kephyan Sheppard

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