I do not have many profound thoughts for the day. Instead I cannot quit thinking about Deandre. Deandre comes to the Center each night in search of dinner. At 13-years-old, Deandre is entirely self-sufficient. Ironically enough, Deandre is still considered fortunate by some of his friends as he knows where he will sleep each night.
I think the natural inclination is to wonder where Deandre’s parents are or to even criticize them. I know Deandre. He has never met his father and his mother suffers from multiple sclerosis and lives in a nursing home. Deandre currently lives with his ailing 84-year-old grandmother in a house that looks like it will fall down at any time. Deandre’s grandmother no longer drives so he is responsible for finding his own food, clothes, and arranging transportation when he needs it.
At the Center, we will do our best to help Deandre and every other child that comes in need of food and clothing. However, this is not enough. The Center needs to do more as does the rest of Omaha. There is no reason a child living in Omaha, Nebraska should have to worry about where he is going to sleep or when he will be able to eat next.