Monday February 11, 2013, 1:09 pm
It's Easy To Become Homeless. It's Almost Impossible To Get Back.
You know how you take a shower before a job interview? Well, what if that wasn't an option?
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Monday February 11, 2013, 1:50 pm
I have been homeless so know the feeling Thats why I help with Homeless charities now No one knows when its gonna happen Its happened twice to me once when i had 52 ft of water over my house from floods in Australia The second time sleeping rough in London so i know All you want is to have a shower and wash your hair You are right It can happen to anyone So many people I see now lose everything from broken relationships lose their jobs, lose their house, have mental breakdowns etc but at least i understand been there done that
Monday February 11, 2013, 2:12 pm
You are right Rose. Thanks for sharing the perspective of one who has experienced it Carol and kudos for giving back!
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My sister is my hero. We stopped at a taco bell in Downtown Milwaukee (there is a rescue shelter not far) and a homeless man came in to warm up. My sister felt guilty using the bathroom and not buying something so, she did. The minute she spotted the homeless man she asked if he was hungry and gave him her order. I love my sister. I love all that help those in need.
Think hard about that homeless person (before judging) and what his/her life must have been like before that path took a sharp turn. Volunteer at a shelter for an hour and tell me these ppl will not break your heart.
Monday February 11, 2013, 6:25 pm
Heartbreaking such fate. Standing ovations to Ellen's sister. Stars to you***.
I donate a lot, but cannot give to all US organisations when there are also so many needing my help over here.
Thx for posting JL
Monday February 11, 2013, 6:33 pm
My best friend (of 51 years) lost her home and lived with me for 13 months, until she could get back on her feet.
It makes me want to cry whenever I hear the word "HOMELESS" and it is getting worse for us baby boomers.
Monday February 11, 2013, 6:36 pm
Thank you Terry and Angelika for adding to Ellen's story of the different ways available for us to help others facing homelessness. You cannot currently send a star to Angelika because you have done so within the last week. You cannot currently send a star to Terry because you have done so within the last week.
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 9:29 am
A big part of the problem here and I suspect in much of the continental US is mental illness. I think 1/3 of all our homeless people suffer from it. Unfortunately the provincial government under David Peterson in Ontario closed many of the facilities back in the 90s without providing alternatives for them. No government whether Federal or Provincial has re-opened them or perhaps prefers to ignore the mentally challenged.
Just build another SuperMax and toss them in and let the staff handle them. That's the solution many states and I suspect Canadian officials have accepted.
Of course I suspect that the FEMA sites in the coming years might warehouse many of us regardless whether we'er mentally challenged; unemployed or just professional panhandlers [that's the last third of the homeless; the one's that always look better fed than you and I].
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 6:22 pm
Ronald Reagan did similar to Peterson in CA--and the prison health care issue began related to how their needs were illegally not met (the Madrid decision). You cannot currently send a star to Michael because you have done so within the last week.
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 6:43 am
When conservatives get their way, the homeless population grows and sink further into despair. It's hard to get back up when businesses refuse to hire you simply because you have lost your job. It's despicable.
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 8:13 am
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This is indeed a risk most people face.
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 2:55 pm
The problem is lack of resources because we never look at prevention in this country. We always respond to a crisis after the fact. The other issue is the resources that are available, aren't that great. People feel like the homeless are 'less than' so why would they want to spend money on them. Just like animals :(
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 3:41 pm
If the mentally ill could have stayed in facilities but no lets thank Reagen for that........
if the housing mortgage fiasco did not crash and put people in the streets.we can thank bankers for that...
if people would help each other out in what ever way needed not thinking of themselves...we could thank us all for that
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 6:25 pm
I worked many years as a Social Worker and when I first started and when I finally left the field some 25 years later it was a whole other world. The funding kept getting cut back, staff depleted, then what we use to do to help people get back onto their feet was taken away from us and all they wanted was the papers filled out in triplicate. The less time in the field became more and more paperwork and the people were getting less and less help. So I had to get creative and figure out how I could still help these people now that the State wouldn't let me, and I wasn't the only Social Worker doing this. Those of us who started in the field many years ago because we cared about people had to keep being what was in our hearts despite the cold "changes" that were being forced down upon us.
I use to have all sorts of connections to help those to get out of the woods and into homes. I had a barber that told me to send any Veteran to him that needed a hair cut and shave, he'd do them for free. He said, any man that had a job interview that was homeless to send to him, he allow them to take a shower at his shop, brush their teeth, a shave and hair cut. On the flip side I had a woman who would do the women's hair for job interviews and I would be able to send the women to the local YWCA for "free" showers provided I called to let them know who was coming. I also had a fellow Social Worker that would go to the people's homes after her day at work and give them a perm do their nails, all at her own cost, anything to help them to find work. Sometimes she'd do the Elders as they couldn't afford it and it gave them a lift in their otherwise hard life.
A woman I knew collected clothes for women and she had all sizes and had them hanging in a spare room in her home. They were clothes that one would need to go on a job interview, shoes of all sizes too, so that the woman would look nice. There was another family that use to give me small soft toys, so that when a child was with the Mother and I found out that they were homeless due to a fire or for whatever reason they didn't have a toy anymore I could give them one. I always had crackers and peanut butter and use to make them up on the spot so the child could eat while I was interviewing.
I use to go around to the various stores and get their day old donuts, breads, snacks, fruits that were still good but had to be eaten soon. I'd bring them to the office and on really cold days we use to allow the homeless to sit in our waiting room. We'd have hot coffee, we'd all contribute to magazines, and I'd bring in these food items. I had to beg to allow this to be done, as I was told that the "higher ups" would frown upon it. But these were human beings how could I not try to help as best I could. I hated that we had our hands tied, that our jobs became paper statistics not what we use to do, "really help".....so I finally left when I was told I couldn't refer the people to this long line of good citizens that were covering my back where the State now left them to dry, oh, and don't pass out crackers or the toys anymore, against the rules now.
This is how the Corporate take over of our Government turned a HUMAN service Agency, into a robotic case file do not concern yourself with them just get the papers to where they need to go. Next.
Is why I always want to scream when I hear someone say, "well just go get a job" not so easy when you live on the streets, with no transportation, clean clothes and no place to shower. Cells phones make it easier now to get a return phone call but that was another problem, when the homeless had only land lines they couldn't get a call to know they had an interview. I use to take those calls, and would leave the message taped to my window and the people would walk by and look for their messages each day, if there were any. For privacy each had a code name.
With an economy so bad now, with even less services, it is a nightmare right now that many Americans still do not fully grasp. While the State of the Union last night spoke of having free education for all pre-K students across this land, here in Florida they just shut down 3 entire schools the next County over. Parents were in tears on the news, teachers laid off, the schools the children will now go to will be overcrowded and more in each classroom. So how can we do better the way were are going for the 4 year olds when we have no schools for those who are older? Its a mess and shrinking the economy through cutbacks and austerity measures only makes matters worse.
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 6:35 pm
I've got tears running down my face Dandelion--I worked with social workers for many years and you are voicing what I've been hearing ever since Governor Reagan instituted his welfare reforms in CA. You cannot currently send a star to Dandelion because you have done so within the last week.
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 11:10 pm
when you see a homeless and it does not move you to the point you would act you are just like everyone else...do you really want to be just like everyone else...careless, egoist, greedy, self centered...or you want to excersise charity and dig deep and see what else you have in that 'big heart'of yours...do good while you can. your time is limited on this Earth...have compassion, have love, have mercy for your brothers and Sisters...and see Jesus in each one of them when you hesitate whether to give or not to...it will pay off I promise you!
Thursday February 14, 2013, 8:00 am
Wonderful reminder Marianna!
You are SO right Ben! Thank you for providing the link of a way everyone here can do something to address the issue of homelessness! I love that site sending daily reminders to click to anyone who wants, not just those who have registered on the site.
Thursday February 14, 2013, 11:48 pm
thanks to all who have shared their personal stories. I am sad to say that in Canada, I see the "helping" agencies are becoming chiefly concerned with statistics, procedures and paperwork such as was described by Dandelion and others. Once people get thrown into the downward spiral, they find it to be almost impossible to stop it, and everywhere they turn, people including most "friends" will turn away from them. Yet, we all like to think of ourselves as compassionate. Even those who would walk by a homeless person with disdain would never realize how uncaring they really are. I have seen it happen to anyone, none of us are immune from the possibility.
Friday February 15, 2013, 7:51 am
Thank you June for adding your understanding and observations affirming how much better the system and we as individuals could be. You cannot currently send a star to june because you have done so within the last week.
Friday February 15, 2013, 9:28 pm
Thanks J.L.A for this timely reminder when some States and Countries want to make it illegal to be homeless. I had an uplifting story sent to me last week about "homelessness". It was a talk given by a man who lived on the streets here in Australia for 12 years before he found his way back into mainstream society. His speech started "Homelessness isn't a disease...Everyone in this room may be only a pay cheque away from being homeless" How true, one disastrous event is all that is needed. He is now a worker and speaker for Foster House, a successful Salvation Army program for the homeless. Don't forget - even if you give a little - you're giving more than most, it doesn't always have to be in the form of money - but that helps too
Friday February 15, 2013, 9:35 pm
You are welcome Ros and thank you for adding the story of the man you heard and his so close to home for so many reminder of the risk we all have. There are many successful programs, most of which don't have sufficient capacity to meet the needs in these times. Thank you also for your reminder of how we all can help.
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Monday February 18, 2013, 8:56 pm
Sad and frightening. Society often wants to sweep the homeless under the rug without dealing with the issues of poverty and in many cases mental illness that bring about these situations. Often the well to do and rich want legislation to hide the homeless so they cannot witness what is taking place in society.