"Things that heal the world" by Lacresha Johnson

My experience with Life Together is intertwined in my life daily. In my role as a case manager for Boston Healthcare for the Homeless and in my home living with my roommates. Life Together taught me the importance of community, communication, compassion, and seeing God in everyone you meet. I work with some of the most amazing and challenging people I have ever met. I try to make every client I work with feel like they are apart of my community. Life Together has given me the strength and the patience to see past people's initial hesitancy to trust someone they don't know. I currently live with two of my roommates from the Life Together house I lived in and we still use some of our old house rules. We have weekly house dinners and meetings to keep connected.

Right now I am discerning God's call to go into social work. I have always thought I wanted to be a doctor and I finally realized that I am not passionate about medicine, but about people and how to help people overcome the trauma in their lives. I am moving towards getting my Master's in Social Work. Then getting my JD eventually so I can work on public policy that affects poverty and social issues.

I would not be able to get through my job without my faith and spiritual practices. I work with 26 clients trying to help them with their social issues like getting a Mass ID, Green Card, getting clothing, finding them a safe discharge plan, just being a listening ear. I try to read my Bible, meditate, exercise, and spend time with my loved ones. Working with people who has overcome so much in their lives has renewed my faith. It has also made it more evident to me that community and connection are two of the things that heal the world.