My name is Cassandra Tribe and I think the simplest thing that can be said about me is that I wear a lot of different hats.
I came to volunteer at Street Sights after finding them online one night when I was looking for a way to give back to the world from some of what I feel I have been blessed with receiving. Blessings are not always gilded things; sometimes it is the scorched and tarnished ones that have the most worth. The issue of homelessness is one I care about deeply, both from my own experience with poverty and homelessness and as the human rights activist I have become. I am a staff writer, technical advisor, style queen, and help deliver the newspaper.
I am also a poet, video artist, writer and essayist. I am the founder of LoveandWords, the Little Flower Presents, founder and senior pastor of Grace Independent and director of holistic-e-care.
One of the things I appreciate most about Street Sights is the presence of the staff in my life. It is a wonderful thing to sit in a room of bright, creative, intelligent people who are all motivated to action around a belief — a faith — in the dignity of human life and a drive to end the suffering of homelessness. Not one person on the staff even considers that there might be something in each of our lives that someone else would consider to be “in the way” of our contributing to the effort to end homelessness.
There is no rational reason, in this age and in this country, for homelessness to exist. Irrationally, I think many of us have gotten used to the idea of “the homeless” always being present. I firmly believe that idea has long outlived its stay and I am proud to say I sit with a group of people who hold the same belief to be true.