|“See me, feel me, touch me, heal me! Can you hear me?”|
Remember those lyrics from the
rock musical “Tommy”? Diana Flahive does and lives them everyday believing that’s all each of us really wants…. to be acknowledged and respected no matter what our position in life. And that’s how she engages with the world on a daily basis starting with her early professional days teaching and organizing community and educational programs in Denver. After being ordained, Diana became involved with the Capitol Hill United Ministries where she was named their Community Minister. That’s when she was made aware of the mounting homelessness problem in the city,
particularly for women, and launched the Women’s Homelessness Initiative. The program’s innovation and success earned her the city’s “Good Neighbor Award” and Diana a winner of Encore.org’s Marigold Ideas for Good contest. She also lives by a Buddhist principal that if we would all be willing to live “so fully, courageously and vulnerably all the world eventually finds enlightenment.” Diana is making up for a lot of us slackers.
Actually Caryl and I graduated from the University of Dayton with Diana where she majored in art and biology. We're feeling a bit deprived that we didn’t have the chance to know her. We read about her in our alumni magazine. Her work with the underprivileged shames us but we're glad we could bring her to your attention. Her family is pretty amazing too.