First of all, I've done something really stupid...... and dangerous. In addition, I forgot to do the drawing for the books. That means if you haven't left a comment, you can still enter your name.
I'll tell you all about my stupidity tomorrow. It's going to take me a day to find the right words that will allow me to help someone before they make the same mistake.
Today I'm going to ask you to think about how you would react in a real life situation. Here's the scenario: you're in the drive thru line at a McDonald's. Your young children are in the car with you and although the line is moving slow, you have your window rolled down. A homeless person appears and wanders along the line of cars, speaking to each driver.
What do you do?
Think about it. Make a mental note of how you would handle the situation.
Now....... read this.
This is a very poignant story. I think we tend to de-personalize the marginalized people in our society. Roger is right, no one would choose homelessness as a lifestyle.
Unfortunately, there IS another side to this story. My sister ran a soup kitchen at a local church for many years and she stopped her volunteer work after she'd seen enough. The very people who she was trying to help victimized her once too often. Certainly no one chooses homelessness but the problems are very complicated.
EDIT: Commenter Red Shoes is correct. Some people DO choose to be homeless by virtue of the bad decisions that they make. I alluded to this when I mentioned my sister's experience. Many, many homeless people are the mentally ill who have fallen through the cracks or were released from mental institutions. Homeless children are a heartbreak. Do we provide for them, or does the act of providing perpetuate the problem into another generation? It is very complicated.
We mentored a young man who was from a very dysfunctional home. He was thrown into a homeless situation at one point in his life. Although he vowed to live a life of responsibility, he is still entwined with this family, which means he's often "rescuing" them from dire situations. It's a heartbreak that this kid (now young adult) cannot seem to practice tough love on his elders.
If you sew and would like to be involved in a project for homeless children, I'm including a link to Craft Hope. Project 5 involves making and donating quilts to go to homeless children.
CRAFT HOPE PROJECT 5