Yesterday I was confronted with a problem which impacted the lives of a family in very significant ways. The family had a friend who was doing everything in her power to help resolve the problem but kept finding closed doors. Out of desperation, she turned to a couple of us for assistance and ideas. This is where I found how valuable being networked with others truly is.
After hearing the situation and plight of the family, I began to think about who might be able to provide guidance and direction to solving this problem. I immediately got on the phone and contacted one individual who I knew was faced with similar situations on a regular basis. She provided for me some names and resources that might provide assistance. This led to another phone call which was exactly the right connection. The second individual that I talked with had a whole range of resources and knowledge. By working with her, I was able to connect the family and their friend to the right
people who can help resolve the situation in a positive manner.
I am grateful that I have taken the time and been given the opportunity to develop connections. I have also gained a general understanding of how different agencies, groups and individuals can respond to difficult situations in people’s lives. By being a part of an amazing network of people, I am able to assist others and make a difference.
So I encourage all people to take the time to make the connections. Whatever area in which you work and/or volunteer, get to know other people. You have no idea when you will need to use those connections and speak with other individuals in an attempt to resolve a problem.