SPIRITUALITY, FAIR TRADE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
16
October
2013

Dollars, Sense, and Dignity

Text 1:
"All of our projects are totally self-sustainable and replicable and generate
good operating margins. Many private sector investors are motivated by these
revenues. Our projects have proven to drastically cut Medicare and Medicaid
costs. We have used these results to convince state and federal governments
and legislators to properly fund community care and in the end effect policy
change at the federal level."

Response 1:
It was surprising to read about such a revolutionary and innovative approach to senior housing, and to not have heard about it previously. It's amazing to see that someone has come up with a self-sufficient business model for senior housing and can be easily replicable. I also like how Conchy uses the available government resources available to make his idea a success. It leaves me wondering why the government or anyone else has not seen the potential advantages of the resources provided. Conchy mentioned all of the awards and accolades Mia has received (rightfully so) which shows that the public is conscious of the changes he is bringing. I hope to hear more about Mia and its expansion in the near future.

Text 2:
Living in an orphanage taught me to identify with those less fortunate,
with their plight and needs. Ever since, I have not been able to face injustice
and remain uninvolved.... And I said to myself, "The world must not know about this, and I must be here for a reason. I think that I am the right person to change this. I need to tell everybody what is going on.”

Response 2:
The story of Conchy Bretos' background and history was very touching and motivating. He had to learn how to be responsible and independent at an early age. he faced many injustices himself which led to his yearning to help those who face similar situations. Seeing social injustice first hand, fuels his efforts in helping and making a difference. This is a trait that I am very found of and hope that I can develop. Most people become disheartened when they see groups being marginalized and they focus on the negatives. People like Conchy Bretos and Oscar Romero gain motivation and a type of inner-fire when they either witness or experience these injustices firs hand. It is people with this type of characteristic that are going to make major social changes and impacts in the future.



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