Editors Note: Be The Change is a local effort spearheaded by a local Freeport resident with a mission to spread a special kind of positivity by putting the HUMAN back in HUMANity. This is a story as told by the founder of Be The Change.
Freeport – In a recent conversation on why Be The Change wishes to clean up Freeport, the person who asked stated it’s useless because “Freeport is a lost cause” and wanted to know why we’d even bother.
Freeport is not a lost cause for those of us living here. Freeport is our home. Home of our friends, home of our families, home to the daily lives we live. I absolutely despise the unspoken elephant in the room that Freeport is somehow a “death sentence” to those of us still living here. I despise that anytime someone moves out of Freeport, there’s always that person saying “they’ll be back” as if living here is a plague.
Freeport literally saved my family when we moved here in the 90’s. This little safe-haven of a town offered my family a fresh start away from the many varieties of abuse & hardships our lives were so deeply rooted in. Twenty years ago, in a two-door hatchback stuffed with what belongings we could fit, my family made a cross-country journey in the deep dark of the night, unknowing of where we would end up.
Had this sanctuary of a town deemed my family a “lost cause” when we came upon it, I have no doubt in my mind that we would not have survived. If it weren’t for various services, organizations and love from individuals in this community- my family wouldn’t be here to even call this place a home. So when I hear “Freeport is a lost cause” from someone living in this community, it makes my blood boil. Freeport is not a lost cause and it sure as heck isn’t a death sentence. For us, Freeport became our chance for life and it’s time we return the favor.