May 21, 2022 – The continuation of a story by Howard Diamond
RANDOM ACT BY A PEER SPECIALIST Part 2 by HOWARD DIAMOND
HOLLY SEARCHING FOR RUTH
Part One ended with Holly Stephens, Peer Specialist and her Peer Supervisor, Steffie Green, concerned about one of the individuals they were working with. Her name is Ruth and is eight months pregnant. She was staying at a respite, named Generations Lodge Respite managed by Marty Sinclair. Inexplicably on March 29 Ruth left Generations and now two weeks later, April 12 no one has heard anything.
Although Steffie and Holly were not directly working with Ruth, her case was miraculously still open. Miracles do happen! Therefore, Holly gained the opportunities to use work time to assist in the search for Ruth. Each day Holly spent at least one hour in search mode. With the assistance of Generations and her contacts, Holly has made numerous phone calls and met with people to discuss finding Ruth. To this point there are no leads and if like magic, Ruth disappeared.
Although Holly tried to stay safe, she went to places that often had a history of bad instances. Steffie gave the okay to Holly to explore certain areas to look for Ruth. On April 14, Holly went to a neighborhood known for drugs and alcohol, a place where she ventured before. This time was different. Holly’s antenna and radar were in full force as she walked around the back streets, but no sign of Ruth.
ACKNOWLEDGED BY HER DIRECTOR
Around two weeks later, on April 27, Steffie received an email from Marty concerning Ruth. Before reading the entire message, she printed it and wanted the ability to share with others, especially Holly. Steffie went down the hall and read and discussed the email with Holly. Steffie read the email aloud which included that on April 24, Ruth gave birth to a son, named Gabriel, five pounds, five ounces and were both in good health. Also, they were pushed ahead on the Lake Town County’s wait list for a low-income housing unit.
When and if they return, Marty stated that they probably will be able to return to Generations, pending new physicals. What everyone was still troubled by is, whether they are safe where they are currently residing. In the email, there was no mention of where Ruth gave birth or where they were. A few days after, Ms. Carlson invited Holly and Steffie to the next Board Meeting scheduled for May 12 and they will be sitting at the dais table. Gladly, both the ladies confirmed with an enthusiastically dramatic, YES!l