I lived in Samoa for several years and I also have a lot of Samoan friends and
acquaintances. Alofipo is a common Samoan name and I’m almost certain
Faaita is Samoan. Having said that, I know there’s a saying/belief among
the Samoans that there are no Samoans who are homeless - at home and/or abroad.
The reason being that Samoans have a safety net in the extended family concept -
grandparents, cousins, nieces, uncles, etc.. These family members will always
take in any of their own, and even friends, who have nowhere to go. Alofipo
therefore represents an anomaly among Samoans.
What a positive report. So happy for the kids to have a second chance and give
What a great program! Things like this are among the many reasons I am proud to
work for a government entity that provides these things.On a
different note, I can't help but reflect on the fact that there is a (too)
large segment of our society that looks down on these people as being part of
"the 47%" -- the "takers" rather than the "makers". They
resent their hard-earned tax dollars going to provide these people with housing
and other necessities ("they need a 'hand up', not a
'hand-out'"), and are convinced that these folks are just too lazy
to compete for a job ("they should just get more training so that they can
pull themselves up by their own bootstraps").The reality is that
there is also this other segment of our society who are seriously disadvantaged
through no fault of their own. These people need both a 'hand-out'
(for the short run) and a 'hand up' (for the long run). They need a
social safety net, combined with their own commitment and efforts, to help them
overcome the barriers they face.
I suspect it is cheaper to house these young adults, rather than to spend money
on the Justice system, including incarceration. We, as a society, need to
help these kids. Our lawmakers need to address this. Having one-third of
foster kids become homeless within 2 years of aging out of the system is
terrible. Let's deal with it!