“The police is investigating a stabbing that took place at a Sininauhasäätiö facility for the homeless” (HS 13.7.2019)
“A big police operation in Töölö at Sininauhasäätiö facility for the homeless” (HS 14.11.2018)
“Drug abusing Sininauhasäätiö inhabitants cause trouble at Töölö library” (HS 18.7.2018)
The news are happy to tell what I think. Violence, crimes, drugs, bad behavior and big trouble. This is what I think when I hear the word Sininauhasäätiö. Our project with Sininauhasäätiö (a Finnish organization that works against homelessness) arises mixed feelings in me. I have a 15 year history in working at a second hand store located right next to Sininauhasäätiö unit in Vallila. During these years I met dozens of Sininauhasäätiö customers. Most encounters were neutral and I most likely met a huge bunch of their customers without realizing where they were coming from. But I also met so many people that threatened to kill me that I lost count. As the faces became familiar I learned to predict which people were bound to cause trouble.
So when my group member Katja suggested we’d ask Sininauhasäätiö if they’d be willing to let us plan and execute a project with their customers, I said yes, sounds terrific! When I was in my twenties I used to see myself as an open minded, tolerant people lover. Now I see the challenge. How can I admit this? How can I write a blog saying I, an educated Helsinki born left wing voter, 30-ish-year-old female, am actually prejudiced and narrow minded when it comes to Sininauhasäätiö customers?
This is no isle of bliss. In my ideal world, my isle of bliss I’d still be 20 and perfect. I expect and hope to be in the beginning of an educational journey here. People at Sininauhasäätiö, please prove me wrong. I need it.