Jerry has been in the downtown St. Petersburg area for many years. I have known him and seen him around for at least twenty. When I say know him, I have had the privilege to talk with him many times over the years. As a teenager I would see him on somewhat of a regular basis because of how often I was downtown. I always appreciated the wisdom he so freely shared with me, not to mention his laugh out loud comedy.
I was driving and saw Jerry standing at a bus stop. Excited to see him, as I haven’t in several months, I pulled over to say hello, give him a hug and check in with him. The last time I saw him he had just gotten out of the hospital. He gave me a good report on his health, which made me happy to hear.
I gave Jerry two YAV cards and let him know how much I appreciate him. When he read one of the cards front and back, he instantly said, “there are a lot of people that need this.” He then went on to say, “there are many people at Williams Park that definitely do not value themselves and they need someone to value them.” He then asked if he could have some more and said, “I know exactly who I will give these to.”
Regardless of what “programs” are done and where they take place, the essence of YAV is valuing others. Where ever that happens or however that takes place, it is all one in the same.
Everyone matters and deserves to know it!