UPDATE ON VICTIMS!
Anne Wright on 06/09/2014
Let me start by giving my sincerest thanks for the outpouring of love for the four men that were hit by a car in front of the shelter last Wednesday. Every time I visit the gentlemen, I share how The Firehouse community is praying for them and cheering them on- I simply do not possess the writing skills to effectively communicate the change that occurs when they hear the kind words that have been written and the amount of people who are vested in their recovery. For men who have been invisible their entire life, the fact that people actually CARE about them in their time of need is literally life changing.
I am so excited to announce that today, for the first time, I was able to communicate with the guest that is in ICU! God has truly heard our prayers! According to the (amazing) nursing staff, he is not out of the woods yet, but his surgeries were successful and they are working to wean him off the ventilator in the next week. He is feeling frustrated that he can’t communicate with his voice, but he was able to mouth words and even write a sentence. I assured him that when he was discharged he would have a place to go, and he was able to mouth “Thank you so much”.
Our other two men are recovering nicely as well. Our friends at St. Vincent’s worked incredibly diligently to secure a charity rehabilitation bed at The Spain clinic. This is extremely good news, and I am so thankful that our men have received exceptional care in the hands of both hospitals. The third gentlemen is waiting for a rehab bed, but may have to be discharged tomorrow if one is not available. His leg is non weight bearing and he is still in severe pain from his facial surgery this week, but our wonderful housing coordinator and case manager have been readying an apartment in transitional housing to make sure he will be as comfortable as possible!
As strange as it may sound, I know these men will come out of this tragedy stronger than they were before. I think that everyone, at some point in their life, needs to know they are wanted, needed, and thought about. The men of The Firehouse are no different. In the past week I have seen broken bodies but healing hearts. That is what your support, donations, and prayers have done- that is what every meal served and every smile given does. The act of being served a meal often is more important than the food itself. For this I thank each one of you. I will update again next week.
Anne Darden Wright