“What does compassion mean to you?” the intern asked.
The resident thought for a minute and asked, “Can I get back to you on that?” A few days later, came this response, “Here’s what compassion means to me,” the email began, and attached, the intern found a picture of the resident’s children, sitting together, being brothers, reading.
It isn’t world-changing, but then again, maybe it is. After all, domestic violence is an all-too-well-known reality for the majority of Family Scholar House residents. Add to this the experiences with homelessness, poverty, inadequate medical care, and food insecurity that many FSH participants have known, and it’s no wonder that for this resident, her two boys sitting quietly and safely and kindly in their home, on a couch together, is an expression of the compassion at work in her life.
Compassion is part and parcel of who we are, what we say, and how we act here at Family Scholar House. And although this has been true since our inception, the FSH Board recently took things a step further, approving an official board resolution as a sign of support for the Compassionate Louisville movement. The resolution is below. Our tremendous thanks to the Board for making such a public statement of who we are at FSH. And our even deeper thanks to the families of FSH, who are, so very often, personifications of compassion themselves.
Now, therefore, be it resolved!