Recognizing the dignity of every person

Dylan Schwaegel has been working with Our Lady of the Road on emergency rental services during the pandemic. In partnership with the county they use federal funds to help those who are at risk of not being able to afford their rent or utilities, they also assist people experiencing homelessness with affordable housing. Dylan shares that many of the people that come to them for assistance were already living in precarious situations and the pandemic pushed them over the edge. For a lot of people just missing one or two paychecks can quickly take them down the road towards destitution. “There’s an inherent dignity in all of us that cannot be abridged, cannot be ignored. When we see people fall into a situation where they don’t even have their basic needs met, that should be seen as a breech of basic human dignity,” states Dylan.