The shooting in Las Vegas seemed far away to me. Watching on TV, the reports and eye witness accounts stunned me though. Why would someone do this to others?
Then an email came. An email from the site manager from one of our apartment complexes near Las Vegas. Several of our residents had been at the concert that night and while none of them were shot, several people they knew had been and some tragically were killed.
Two months before the shooting, I had Karen Nicola, of Comfort for the Day (a longtime friend and a new ASI Pacific Union member I recruited), come to my business and conduct a seminar for my corporate staff and all of my site managers on how to reach out to people when someone has passed away. Our focus was, how do we skillfully care for others who are grieving?
Years ago, I realized we spend far more of our waking hours during the week with those we work with than our own families–and in our case, with 10,000 individuals housed in our complexes, I wanted our staff to know how to care for each other, and how to care for the many families that call our properties home. In the email from our site manager, she detailed how she jumped to action, arranging meals from other residents for those impacted by the shooting. Skilled and informed staff taught residents how to be a good neighbor, how to be there for people who had gone through something terrible. Genuine concern, expressed with skill, assuaged the tears and disappointment felt by those at the tragic event. Consider having Karen come to your church or business, as Comfort for the Day got our staff talking about spiritual things, and how to be there for each other during tough times. Your place of work is your mission field and Comfort for the Day is a natural way to share your faith, and hope with others!
Fred Cornforth, President, ASI NW