Carrie McKay is a marvelous soul. She went from homelessness and addiction to being a remarkable spokesperson for spiritual awakening through overcoming bankruptcy; mentally, emotional, physically, and spiritually. After recovery she found Goldie’s Place, a support center for people who are homeless (goldiesplace.org) She is now a poster child for being able to connect people to hope in the depth of their despair.
It is always an honor to interview Carrie, and this week is the perfect time. Nov. 17-21 is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week. and Carrie is one awareness raiser! Read she poignant story below… And Join us Friday night Nov 21 at 6:30 pm at Unity in Chicago for a showing of the film @home, a documentary about the stories of the homeless (athomedocumentary.org) $20. Carrie Mckay will be on the post-film panel discussion.
In Carrie’s words:
“I started coming to Goldie’s Place in 2002, when I was in treatment for alcoholism. At the time, I had been homeless for 15 years. I remember days back then when I would see people going to work, and just doing stuff that normal people do, and I would wonder, what happened to me, and how did I get like this?
Goldie’s Place gave me hope, confidence, purpose, direction, perseverance. I see life differently now. I don’t take water for granted, or the washroom, or seeing someone smile at me. I don’t take life for granted. I don’t take people for granted. I smile, even when I feel like frowning, because I know it can always be worse. I’m grateful. Oooh, am I grateful. I can sense a movement that’s going on for homeless people everywhere. I think if there’s enough of us working to help, we can make a change.
I understand how so many people can get caught and washed out to sea, but homelessness is not the end. It could be the beginning of something else —it was for me.”
Perhaps if we truly want to live in Oneness we need to walk in one another’s moccasins!