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Tuesday, March 6, 1990
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C6 THE COURIER-JOURNAL, TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 1990 The homeless are 'just like you and me good Samaritan finds MARTHA ELSON SPEAKING OF PEOPLE Donita Bridgeman was hoping to find help not give it when she stopped by the Wayside Christian Mission Family & Women's Center one day last month. She had injured her back lifting a patient at the Good Samaritan Center in Jeffersontown and hoped to recruit a homeless man "one of those big bums," she thought at the time to help out at the long-term-care center. Instead, Bridgeman took four homeless people to her own home to live, rounded up clothing for them and helped two of them get jobs at the Good Samaritan Center, where she is a nursing assistant. Loretta Patton, a staff worker at the mission, 812 E. Market St., said it's rare to find someone who will go to such lengths. "She was just doing all she could. We need people just to come in like her, and say, 'I care.' She wasn't asking for anything." Bridgeman, 34, who lives with her husband and three children in West Louisville, said she was wary about even entering the mission. But once inside, she saw Kim Hed-den, 29, with her two daughters, ages 12 and 6, and it almost made her cry. "They were just like you and me," said Bridgeman. "There was something about them I knew was right. They had just had a stroke of bad luck. I said, 'They don't belong here. This is ridiculous.' "They were suffering, with nobody to talk to. Somehow, I just knew I could do something." Hedden said she left a job in Cincinnati after she could no longer arrange her work schedule to make trips to Louisville for her daughter to undergo reconstructive facial surgery and treatment. "She was more important," Hedden said. , She said her daughter had been burned by water from an overturned vaporizer as an infant and had disfiguring scars. (Both of Hed-den's daughters are now in school in Louisville). ; Bridgeman also took in Hedden's fiance Mark Smith, who left a security-guard job in Cincinnati to join Hedden and try to help her end her children in Louisville, v "When Kim came in, you could see this wasn't really where she wanted to be," Patton recalled. "She was outgoing, wanted to go out and find a job. She was constantly out looking for housing. She was de- 1 i STAFF PHOTO BY BEN VAN HOOK Donita Bridgeman, left, has helped Kim Hedden and her family find a new life. "I just knew I could do something," Bridgeman said. termined she wasn't going to be in this shelter two or three months." Although Hedden had a van, Patton said she often walked to job interviews, including one in Jeffer-sonville, to save gas. She was working part time at a Jeffersonville motel when she met Bridgeman. Until last month, Hedden said she had lived in Newport, Ky., and worked at an alcoholic-drop-in center in Cincinnati. She had been making trips for about a year to Louisville for her daughter's appointments with Louisville plastic surgeon John Weeter. Weeter had been recommended by the Newport office of the Kentucky Commission for Handicapped Children, which pays for medical services for needy clients. More treatment and surgery are planned. Hedden's daughter has been to Weeter's office about 18 times and has undergone surgery twice, according to Bill Minix, executive director of the Kentucky Commission for Handicapped Children. (Minix said Hedden was referred to Louisville after further treatment could not be obtained for various reasons at two Cincinnati hospitals). Hedden had been living at the mission about iy2 weeks when Bridgeman came by. Hedden said she was wary of Bridgeman at first "I thought, 'This lady doesn't even know me.' I thought she was joking." "I could have been a mass murderer," said Bridgeman, as they talked at her home after Hedden's first day on the job recently. "We both were skeptical," said Smith. "We thought there would be strings attached somewhere. After Bridgeman took them into her home, she explained their situation to the Good Samaritan administrators (the center is operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society in Sioux Falls, S.D.). "It was my position that we inter view people for positions regardless of where they live," said center ad ministrator James R. Thomason, "We want to view people as people, without putting them in categories, Oftentimes, the homeless are overlooked The mission of our soci ety is to share God's love through service to people. We felt we had the opportunity to help." "They were very anxious to work," said Shirley Andrew, director of nursing. Thomason said Hedden and Smith met the qualifications for nursing assistants, who help patients with personal care and activities, and were hired to begin training. Bridgeman said the experience has inspired her to try to do more to help the homeless and encourage other employers to give them a chance. She has also taken a couple of other families at the center out to eat and helped an 18-year-old get a job at a fast-food restaurant. Hedden and Smith hope to rent a house near Bridgeman. "They're family now," Bridgeman said. "I hope if it ever happens to me, someone will come help." "Speaking of People" appears Tuesday and Sunday in the Features section. Mentally ill fight misinformation, myth Dear Ann: You have been tremendously effective in informing our nation that mental illness is no different from any other disease and that people who are mentally ill should not be stigmatized. Here are the facts. , Mental illness is not the result of personal failure, lack of will power or moral weakness. It is linked to functional abnormalities in the brain. Although many Americans believe that mental illness happens only to others, the truth is that one in five people will have a mental illness at some point. In fact, nearly 13 percent of our citizens suffer from a mental disorder. Most Americans believe that mental illnesses are rare. This is not true. Ten million Americans have some form of depression; 12 million have a phobia; 1.5 million are schizophrenic; 2.4 million suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorders; and 1.5 million have panic disorders. ' Because of misinformation and myth, people who have a mental illness often encounter fear and prejudice when seeking work, housing, health care, insurance and friends. Thanks to remarkable progress in research during the last 20 years, we now have effective treatment for many specific mental disorders. The tragedy is that a majority of Americans do not realize that help is available. Hope for the present lies in urg- ANN LANDERS ing people to seek the help they need. Hope for the future lies in continued research on the brain and behavioral problems. The goal of the National Institute of Mental Health for the coming decade is to educate the public and intensify research so that we may alleviate the enormous suffering and disability caused by mental disorders. Please continue to help us, Ann. LEWIS L. JUDD, M.D., DIRECTOR, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH Dear Dr. Judd: You can count on me. Thanks for the opportunity to tell my readers who want information about mental health and mental illness (and where to get help) that they should write to: Mental Health, Consumer Information Center, Pueblo, Colo. 81009. They will receive some fine material at no charge. Dear Ann: I am in my 40s. I have a healthy, bright, delightful little girl, a challenging career, old friends and a lovely home. But I am a terrible disappointment to my mother, a failure in life because I'm divorced. Since the day my ex-husband and I separated, my mother has done nothing but sigh about my life and tell me how sad it is that I am "all alone." Not once has she compli mented me on how well I have managed my life as a single woman and what a fine job I am doing of bringing up my daughter. Mother talks constantly about my ex-husband and his new wife. She asks my daughter loaded questions and "reports back" to me on her answers. She clips articles that fo cus on the destructive effects of divorce on children and insists on asking the same old question, "What went wrong with your marriage?" When I tell her I don't want to talk about the divorce or my ex anymore, she tells me I need therapy, because, "after four years, it should not be painful to discuss." What can I do to keep her from battering my self-esteem? ARLINGTON, VA. Dear Va.: There is nothing you can do about your mother, but you can do a lot about yourself. Stop be ing a victim. 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