Community Lifeline Center is in the business of helping individuals and families manage a crisis and return to self sufficiency. The notion of “crisis” – which is a fundamental ingredient in Community Lifeline Center’s DNA – is worth thinking about.
A “crisis” is often thought of as a dramatic, dangerous, foreboding circumstance: the intersection of a number of events, or a radical change in circumstances or status. But, the word – the first known use of which was in the 1400’s – comes by way of Middle English derived from the Greek krisis, literally, decision, and from krinein to decide. So, a “crisis” is really just a decision: the point at which action replaces contemplation.
Unfortunately, for most Community Lifeline Center clients the decision is no longer in their hands. If it were, they wouldn’t be asking for assistance. That’s why donations of money, time, and services to CLC are so important: individuals and families in need simply can’t make the decisions that have to be made without our help. They usually know the right thing – the right decision. But, they need a lift to help them make it.
And, doesn’t “decision management” sound a lot better than “crisis management”?
Community Lifeline Center provides crisis consultation. CLC strengthens communities in North Collin County by guiding residents in crisis back to self-sufficiency and independence.