My biggest concern about Frontline Services continuing as the provider for the women’s shelter is the total lack of empathy, consideration, and failure to take responsibility for their actions. After all the complaints that were made, no one seems to be listening! The problems that have been presented were totally ignored and all the grievances that have been filed were not even considered.
There is either a lack of communication here or the people making the decisions have no regard for human life, specifically the lives of women. It seems that women have been targeted as outlets for people who are supposed to be responsible professionals as a way to practice doing the extreme opposite. A lot of the women residing at the shelter have children or don’t want to be a burden to their family or possibly running from domestic violence with nowhere else to go! They all have their own lives and responsibilities to address.
The people that were selected for the committee don’t have a clue what homelessness really is or what to look for to make this type of decision and I’m pretty sure that it is totally unethical. They should be more representative of the population being served.
The women residing at the shelter aren’t even getting enough consideration to have programs in place or a television to watch and keep up with what is going on around them. This is a form of isolation which is also abuse, not to mention the horrible food that is served with no real nutritional value. Under the current conditions, I’m sure that if they could every women in the shelter would leave tomorrow.
I feel that the decision to continue to let Frontline, even with Lutheran Metro Ministry as a partner, provide services for the women’s shelter would be mean, heartless, and cruel. When will the women be the focus of which group should be providing services for the only single women’s shelter in the entire city…and it has no TV!!!! I feel that it is the provider’s responsibility to make sure to provide necessities that will eliminate chaos and boost morale?
by Ramona Turnbull
Editor's Note: Ramona testified before the County Council. These are her adapted comments without the County time limits. These are the opinions of the author and not necessarily those of NEOCH. The legislation is going forward, but there may be a limiting of the time frame of the contract from 19 months down from 31 months which was in the original legislation.