Friday, April 18, 2014
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Remember our most vulnerable

We were heartsick to read the news about the current issues at FamiliesFirst. Our experience with the organization was prior to the merger with EMQ and shortly thereafter. We were there every Wednesday for several years because staff sought us out to prepare a healthier on-site school lunch than the one that was available via the Davis school district.

The staff, many of them Davisites, was professional, caring and impressive at providing a positive environment for boys who had been removed from their homes due to horrible abuse. And when we read statements that none of the children are Yolo County kids, our response is, “Of course they are.” These children live in Davis and go to school here.

While it is clear that the merger with EMQ, a large corporate entity that implemented typical corporate cost-cutting strategies after the merger, has clearly damaged FamiliesFirst’s ability to provide the previous level of care and their former positive reputation, we should not forget that the real issue is society’s and the government’s corporate culture, where we continually provide the least resources to those who are the most vulnerable.

Rhonda Gruska
Davis

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  • Rich RifkinJune 15, 2013 - 3:00 pm

    "the real issue is society’s and the government’s corporate culture, where we continually provide the least resources to those who are the most vulnerable." ... No, Rhonda. The real issue is the "families" which bring these children into the world when they are incapable of providing for them a supportive and loving environment. Very often, that happens when the so-called parents are not themselves in a stable and loving and established relationship. They are just having sex and not acting responsibly to prevent a pregnancy. They are extremely selfish people who don't think ahead about the likely harm they will cause their offspring. The men in these so-called relationships normally just abandon their responsibilities, and the women, who know in advance the type of men they are sleeping with, end up stuck with babies that they cannot raise properly. ... The result in so many of these cases is the tragic consequences of group homes. That is not the fault of corporations or governments. In this case, the company running FamiliesFirst seems to have done a terrible job and deserves to have its license revoked. However, the real fault lies with the breeders of these children who never considered their children's needs when they decided to irresponsibly have sex and produce these "unwanted" kids. ... If you want fewer outcomes of this sort, don't try to fix corporations. Change the behavior of the so-called parents.

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  • Eric GelberJune 15, 2013 - 7:05 pm

    Corporate greed? Irresponsible parents? If only things were as simplistic as both correspondents would have us believe.

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