The least among us. There but for the grace of God go I. Certainly you have heard these phrases. Perhaps you have thought about what these words mean, or maybe not. The harsh reality is that too many of the people who take life’s journey with us struggle, sometimes in very big ways. And sometimes these individuals cross our paths and become our most powerful teachers. The Lebanese prophet, Khalil Gibran, once wrote, “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” And this is what we hear from Jessica Mowry.
Jessica Mowry is a social worker with the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island where she oversees programs that support homeless Rhode Islanders with severe mental illness and addiction issues to access home, health, and peace of mind. Originally, from Portland, Oregon, Jessica now considers herself a tree-hugging Rhode Islander who loves a rainy day, strong coffee, and ending homelessness.