It is amazing what the loss of a job can do to you.
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Good news. When you sit down at the Thanksgiving dinner table next week, with a spread of oven-baked turkey, fluffy white mashed potatoes, and steaming gravy, your wallet will be a little less empty.
Sometimes, I wish I had a venue to scream a shout-out at the top of my lungs so that everyone could hear about the amazing people who are working to end homelessness for themselves and others.
I think this country needs a new book that reflects a new way of feeding hungry Americans. Instead of Eat This, Not That! we need Do This, Not That!
Soon these shadowy, unknown people transform into myths and urban legends to terrify us. We associate them with violence, theft, and sexual deviation. We run from the shadows, like children afraid of the dark… refusing to look into the darkness and see what is really there.
People are starting to feel that the end of the recession is near, if not over. So, will empathy for people living on our streets be sustained?
I am no longer surprised when I receive an email from a nonprofit group announcing their dissolution of operations. More and more charity groups are going out of business. Typically, these organizations are small, with little capacity to weather this current economic storm.
Is Osama Bin Laden really dead? How about Elvis Presley? The conspiracy theories go on and on, as if movie director Oliver Stone is looking for more story plots.
How about this one? There is a conspiracy in this country to intentionally keep 643,000 Americans homeless (the total number of people experiencing homelessness).
Popular centrist Matt Miller has joined the chorus against health care and pension programs for seniors, i.e., Social Security and retirement benefits for state public employees. They’ve saddled the government with obligations that leave it without “the cash or flexibility to address emerging non-elderly needs.”
He’s not the only one to pit the interests of seniors against those of the younger generation. Stephen Marche, for example, styles spending on Social Security and Medicare as “The War Against Youth.” The baby boomers, he says, are “eating the young at the dinner table.”
Public and private sector leaders arrived at this year’s National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) conference knowing that change would be the paramount topic. With a fragile, ever-changing economy that has drastically affected hurting Americans and the agencies that care for them, the notion of embracing change comes as no surprise.