Bullying: it has been an important topic in the news and is more prominent and relevant than most people think. That cause of bullying others and being bullied can be argued until everyone is blue in the face, but the matter of the fact is, it happens. We are fortunate that enough people realize it is a growing problem and have begun to take steps to stop it.

Earlier this fall, a conference was held to discuss ways to prevent bullying, help those that have been bullied, and even provide help to the actual bullies. Turns out, many people bully as a result of stress in their own lives that is projected outward. One very large stressor to a teenage bully is not having stability, such as permanent housing. The work that we do and the services that we offer go way beyond just helping families with housing. And I would say that if we can prevent just one person from being bullied or for bullying others by offering them stability, then this work if worth every second of it. The most important thing to remember: if you are being bullied or see someone being bullied, tell someone. Anyone. Do this because you never know what is really going on behind the scenes.

By: Amanda Perry, Community Case Manager