“Every step is a new start.” These are lyrics of the song we made together with our customers from Askel kerrallaan when I was doing my first job placement there this spring. That sentence is a good way describing how deeply I got to know the people who took that one step and walked in ready to start again. But first let’s go back to the start…
When I started my job placement in Sininauhasäätiö I was super nervous and excited. This was the place I wanted to do my placement in and I got it. Now what? I decided I was going to go in with a good attitude. I felt motivated and ready to give this my all. Thankfully I was very well taken care of and introduced to the building, people and the organization. The more I learned about Sininauhasäätiö the more blessed I felt to be working there and to be able to have this experience.
So what is Sininauhasäätiö and especially Askel kerrallaan? The basic goal of Sininauhasäätiö is to provide a home and support for those who are excluded from services and defends their rights and dignity. The slogan for Sininauhasäätiö is “There is always hope when someone cares” which is really what I felt they accomplish. The Step by Step project /Askel kerrallaan offers the opportunity to strengthen one’s well-being and provide support for employment and education. (www.sininauhasaatio.fi) Each group will meet for approximately three months and in that time we try to help the people who come there to find a new path in their life.
Everyone has their own way and their own starting point. Everyone is looked at as individuals. We are simply there to be the guiding light if we may on the road to success. The success can simply be waking up that morning and deciding to get out of bed. The most important thing is that you came.
So what are my final thoughts after I worked there for 3 months? Going in I want to clarify that I didn’t really have any expectations or prejudices towards Sininauhasaatiö or the people there but that is maybe because I was unfamiliar with this world. That is why I think I was so drawn to it. But I totally get Anne (thank you for your honesty on your blog) and other people that do have prejudices. Man is the sum of the experiences. Our opinions, fears, and thoughts are influenced by our past and the life that we lived.
While working in Sininauhasäätiö and spending my time with the amazing customers we had there I have never felt more accepted. The people there didn’t judge. They were truly honest, owning up to their mistakes and the choices they made in the past. They just wanted a fresh start. And that is exactly what I want you to keep in mind when you think about Sininauhasäätiö and the people there.