It is like watching a car accident. You see the vehicles try to stop or steer out of, it but you know the collision is inevitable. One of the hardest parts of serving at Oasis is to see a community member get sucked into a swirling, downward spiral. Typically it involves a descent into addiction or the growing acuteness of a long-standing mental illness. City case workers, friends and Oasis staff and volunteers try to head it off. We all make special efforts to help the community visit their physician, find a job or search for a new place to live. But the symptoms advance, your ability to communicate with them weakens and the community member’s ability to cope retreats. The outcome is admission to a facility, incarceration, homelessness or even worse. You feel helpless. All you can do is let them know you care, are willing to listen and will be here for them when they finally come back from rock bottom.