The CSR Direct Project
Helping people navigate Community, Service, and Resources while leading by example.
I believe most everything that means something in our world starts with a story. A personal story.
I also know that life is best lived from the Inside > Out! Meaning, too many people live outside themselves and feel a certain emptiness because of it. And, those same people don't realize that a great deal of that emptiness can be resolved rather simply, but not necessarily easily. I also know that many, if not most all of these same folks know something of what I speak, but don't know how to resolve it. Addressing and helping people in our community to find that resolution is what the CSR Direct Project is all about. That help and support is also connected to helping people change the direction of their lives, and addressing the sickness of addiction.
Born out of "Homelessness"
This story started in the summer of 2010, while I was staying in the Minneapolis Shelter system. Of course, the rest of my story starts long before this time. But, in regards to the development of this project, this work came right out of doing something to take care of myself.
Regarding "homelessness", I did not fall from grace to reach a personal bottom like so many stories told. I am purposefully saying that my story is the opposite of those stories where the individual hits bottom and is faced with making serious life changes. I was, and still am a success in a way that is, unfortunately not recognized in mainstream society! Truth is, I was forced to make serious life changes very early in my life. And, at times, my life was threatened by the people most significant and important to me. Furthermore, then like now, all of the people in authority, responsibility and leadership failed us! And yet, those people in Authority, Responsibility and Leadership are put into place, and too often supported by the public.
Before I go any further, I need to clearly state that the CSR Direct Project is NOT about, or focused on "homelessness." It's just that "homelessness" happened to be the backdrop that lead me to start down this road Project Development. It happens that "homelessness" encapsulates so much of our historical and social issues.
The CSR Direct Project is about asking questions with the intent of getting the answers. Questions that start with "What are we doing to help those most in need?" Continue with the commitment of making sure the lists are complete and up to date, and shared online. And, finish with facing the truth of how well the services provided "those most in need" are getting the job done. The CSR Direct Project is about providing leadership by example! As well as Challenging, Correcting, and Confronting those in Authority, Responsibility, and Leadership to fix their behaviors and practices!
As a child, I was given every reason to be out of control. I was given every reason to become an addict and/or an alcoholic. I was given every reason to become a criminal. I was given every reason to become a junkie (as it was called back in my day), strung out, lost to a sickness that was troubling even back in the 60's and 70's.
But, I did not!
I bring a lifetime of experience, education, training, personal work and life practice to the community. Over my adult life, I have been living my values, and purposefully building integrity.
Supporting Change & Sobriety
A creative rendering of David Jordahl at Ridgedale Library, Minnetonka, MN.
"Homeless" at the time.
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