As a social worker at Bread for the City and Zacchaeus Free Clinic, I have had many experiences with those who are suffering. When I enter a home where the heat has not been turned on in the middle of December, where there is a 6-month-old child living in a cold, unfinished basement apartment, I see need. There are no doors on the adjoining rooms, just curtains. The room has a few small windows, some boarded up, and parts of the room are covered by fallen debris from the ceiling. I ask myself, Where are the laws that protect the least visible of our society?
HEATHER WENGERD is a volunteer social worker in Washington, D.C., through the Mennonite Board of Missions.