I remember my first encounter with extreme poverty.
Tag Archives: poverty
It just doesn’t make sense to be “working poor.” To put it simply: if you are working 30 hours per week, you should earn enough to be able to support your family.
We are a country that embraces its “rights.” We have the right to speak our minds, to worship any god, to defend our homes, to wield a gun. We have the right to not be discriminated against because of the color of our skin. But what about the right to be helped when we are […]
Which city actually deserves the inglorious distinction of “Homeless Capital of America”? Who is the winner of this human tragedy?… Sadly, the real losers here are the people struggling on our nation’s streets.
Building smaller just makes sense. Wouldn’t you rather live in a 10’ by 15’ home, with a kitchenette, a bathroom, and a roof over my head, than spend the night in a sleeping bag on the sidewalk?
Sometimes our efforts to battle homelessness feel like an uphill struggle, especially when society thinks self-portraits next to suffering people are part of a fun, adventurous game.
But the answer to homelessness in this angelic city is right in front of us. We simply need to assign two millionaires to each person experiencing homelessness, and we are done. We could call it the “Two-For-One” program.
Those of us who have been operating emergency homeless programs for decades sometimes still struggle with the idea of letting people get a “free ride.” But, if our true mission truly is to house people no matter what, then softening the toughness in our love for people on the streets is simply the best approach.
Giving special gifts to our loved ones and friends is part of this wonderful holiday season. Giving to those in need is also part of the season’s joy.
Unfortunately, 1.1 million American school children call homeless shelters, vehicles on the streets, and even the streets, home. They certainly won’t be bringing apples to their teachers. The barriers that homelessness imposes upon school kids are significant.