Lenten Gathering via Zoom 2021!
March 3 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
From age fourteen to twenty Amanda Walkingstick navigated the dangers of living life on the streets. Homelessness was not the ideal option but provided the only safety she could find. Broken and worn down, Amanda and her dog were taken off the streets and adopted by a pair of sisters. With their love and guidance, Amanda slowly began to change into the person she always knew she could be.
Today Amanda is married with two kids and the same dog that got her through the most trying times of her life. Pursuing a burning desire to help others like her, Amanda went back to school and completed her High School education. She is currently pursuing a degree in Human Services, is a co-leader for the People’s Group in the Pierce County Community Engagement Task Force and has been accepted into the National Honors Society.
Amanda plans to continue her education with a focus on Psychology. Her dream is to use her experience and education to help those living in homelessness and struggling with mental health challenges. Amanda is working towards creating her own non-profit that uses some of the holistic approaches that helped her grow.
Amanda Walkingstick has spent six years of her life homeless. During this talk she will share some of her experiences through that time. This includes what led her to be homeless, what is like on the streets, and how she overcame her challenges. She will end her speech with where she is at today and what she has learned.
A poem, by Amanda Walkingstick
Waking to cars splashing,
Another night has passed.
Another. sleepless. night.
Too cold to move yet my body screams.
Lighting up a cigarette I pray.
A silent plea to the universe
Allow me to start my day,
With a moment of peace.
My pup stirs at my feet
Reminding me that time is short.
When I feel her sweet kiss on my hand I know that she is right.
With a groan I rise, my pup close behind.
She moves to a point of defense,
Watching while I pack.
Excitedly she leads the way as I trudge.
On to the park, where I can feed her in relative safety.
Silently, repeating my plea.
Allow me a moment of peace.
Zoom “Doors” open at 6:15 p.m and the program starts at 6:30 p.m.
Meeting ID: 851 5440 1028
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