Sunday, May 21, 2006

A Tough Week at the Coalition

NEOCH Vice President Still in Critical Condition

Last week, Marcia Bufford was shot. She was the apparent victim of a domestic violence attack. She still sits in a hospital bed at MetroHealth unconscious and on a breathing machine. Marcia has touched so many in Cleveland as is apparent by the large number of visitors stopping at the hospital. It is so difficult for everyone to see her lying in the ICU just six days after being honored as the advocate of the year at the NEOCH Annual Meeting. She turned a one minute acceptance into a seven minute retrospective of her life. To some this might be annoying, but to those who know her this is her way. She and all of her friends are so proud of her accomplishments and how far she has come in the last 10 years. We had a board meeting last week and no business was conducted as we were all shocked over the events of the last week. Truth be told very little work was done at the Coalition this week as we worried, wondered, struggled and mourned.

When Marcia came to NEOCH she was working in a retail job. She started volunteering and then became a VISTA for the Coalition. From there she has always worked in human services. The staff of the Coalition are so thankful to both the Mobile Crisis Team and the Domestic Violence Center for their help in talking about some of these issues. They were extremely helpful in answering questions, talking about the anger, confusion and pain of this situation. The Witness/Victim Group for Cuyahoga County are also very useful in explaining the process and they can help track possible domestic abuse in the court system.

Marcia is hanging on, and the Board and staff are hanging on to hope that she may pull through.

Posts by Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless staff and Board.

No comments: