Sometimes its hard to realize what is happening in our own backyard…. This morning our class had the opportunity to visit Carmichael Outreach, it is a support program located in the heart of Regina who focuses on meeting the immediate needs for the less fortunate. Carmichael runs several programs and provides meals for those in need. Some of the programs include a needle exchange, art program, parenting classes, free haircuts, and food bank referrals. The director provided us with a tour of the facility and a lot of great information about the problems in Regina that those of us who are more fortunate so easily ignore. As we discussed the causes of these issues we talked about our personal support systems. Most of the people who access the services at Carmichael were people like you and me, who somewhere along the line turned down the wrong path, and unlike you and me they didn’t have anyone there to redirect them. 90% of the time, these people who we depend on is our families. I am so thankful for my family and friends who have provided me with the support I’ve needed to get to this point in my life, and who continue to do so. I love you all so much! Happy Valentines Day!