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Homeless family finds kindness in abundance

 Stephanie Lulay

Stephanie Lulay

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Updated: January 24, 2013 6:28AM

Begging for money and praying she wouldn’t run into someone she knew, there were times that Aurora mother Destiny Loza felt like breaking.

“You feel like you’re the bottom of the Earth,” she said.

But just then, something would happen.

“Then, some nice lady would tell me not to worry. Not to be embarrassed,” Loza said.

After a series of stories I wrote about the closing of Jericho Circle, the public housing complex on Aurora’s West Side, people I’d see around the community would say: “You didn’t get the whole story.”

The “whole story” — meaning that I didn’t always point out that a resident had a criminal record, used drugs, or some other qualifier that made the reason they were in public housing or homeless more or less legitimate.

The reason why someone ends up homeless isn’t a story that I’m trying to tell. And I suspect that there’s not enough room in the newspaper to accurately tell it, anyway.

After writing this, I looked up the definition of Hesed, the namesake of Aurora’s homeless shelter.

And although the Hebrew word doesn’t directly translate, here are a few that scholars think come close: “loving-kindness; consistent, ever-faithful, great kindness; mercy.”

In one moment, just a few kind words gave Loza the courage to carry on.

One may not be able or willing to depart with a few dollars, but the capacity to depart with a few kind words lies within all of us.

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