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My Brother Jack Part 2

March 20, 2021 by admin  
Filed under From the Founders

Read Part 1first
I often find Jack waiting outside my building (my fellow tenants inform me he is there) and I can only assume he wants a little company. So, as tradition is starting to have it, I offer him a muffin which he still declines if he is not hungry. If he accepts one he continues to want to pay me for it.

I recently commented that I really liked his shoes. They appeared to be newer as they were in great shape. He smiled widely. Perhaps they were a lucky find but I was hoping he had had a successful few days collecting and re-selling copper in order to buy them.

To my horror though, one morning I found him laying on the cold wet grass right outside my door in the fetal position, moaning and writhing in pain. All I managed to ascertain was that the pain was in his back as well as in his tummy. Although not a medical expert, that indicated to me he has internal problems. I asked him if I could call an ambulance and he would have no part of that so I went back inside and brought him a glass of water and two Advil which he gratefully took. I waited for him to be able to get back on his feet and helped him strap on the ropes he uses to pull his carts and suggested he go ‘home’ to rest. Always with a “thank you”, he left. Sadly, two days later, same situation only he didn’t make it to my place - he was laying on the lawn in the next block heading towards me, his single cart in the middle of the street. Rinse and repeat - refusal of ambulance, acceptance of water and Advil. Only when he recovered this time, I insisted that he go home to rest.

I became so concerned at this point that I wrote an email to our federal and provincial members of parliament, our mayor and the county mental health administration - CCing them all (squeaky wheel approach and for accountability purposes) - asking them to read Part 1 of this story first then outlining the reasons for my concern. I closed the email with my feeling that an intervention needs to take place… soon! Surprisingly, I immediately heard back our federal MP’s office and they are attempting to co-ordinate with mental and physical health, immigration and translation experts to facilitate some sort intervention… yet to be defined.

At this point, I needed to know what territory this hard-working soul covered in his daily traverses (we knew he traveled between the two markets - the south and east boundaries - but I had no idea of the north and west). As the Universe would have it, I had just gotten content insurance over the phone for my new apartment and in speaking to the broker’s assistant was told their office was in my neighborhood - at the northwest end. I then recounted my Jack story to her and she knew exactly who he was even bringing up the incident where the teens had beaten him to within an inch of his life. So, as she sees him almost every day heading east, I now had my north and west boundary. I recruited her in my mission asking her to call me when she spots him in the event the intervention is scheduled for a particular day and I’d at least know his vicinity. She called me the next next day with her first sighting and promised to keep doing so!

While this is going on, my partner and I made our weekly delivery to the homeless center - although close to his north/west boundary they only know who he is, he doesn’t eat there being the independent soul he is - but she called the center in advance to ask if we could have the ‘kit’ they provide to the new homeless they encounter which includes a sleeping bag and waterproof ground mat. We now have that with us at all times.

The last time we saw Jack he was far down the alley adjacent to my building. He was leaning up against a concrete building, obviously in pain but at least not curled up. He was having lunch. He struggled to get up and went to look in one of his carts. I managed to make out that he had shoes to give me. Goodness, I’m a puddle once again. I declined, giving him my usual ‘hand on my heart’ signal. My thinking process at that moment was ‘I’m not going to take a possession from a homeless man’ and in retrospect I should have thought this through a little differently. It was only after we had parted ways that I realized that in his mind, me liking his shoes meant he was going to find me brown shoes just like his to give to his ‘brother’ as a gift. What I will do when we next see him if he still has the shoes is to offer to trade them for the sleeping bag. An honorable deal… for the both of us.

This story will warrant a Part 3 when there is hopefully a solid resolution for Jack in all areas of his life - physical health, mental health and a citizenship path. What is of the utmost importance to me is having his honor, integrity and self-respect remain intact along with the personal trust he and I have just begun to build.

At this point I couldn’t help but think of another of my personal quotes, “To exercise your soul, lift up another.”

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