As you walk through your town, you probably see the homeless. The numbers are growing at a staggering rate. You may be one of those that generously give when you can or you may often feel like they should be able to fend for themselves like you do.
It is understandable to feel confused and even angry when you see someone begging for money when you have never felt true hopelessness. I have never felt it, not really, I have felt pain and I have felt left behind, but never to the degree that leaves someone hopeless, but I have been blessed with an ability to feel pain for others much of the time, most of us have, but unfortunately I know I do not always have the compassion I should. Your perspective is key in your business but it is also key in compassion. It really just depends on how you look at the situation.
In our society today we are so rushed in everything we do that often we don’t stop to look at something long enough to try to understand. We immediately pass judgement without even thinking about it. I am guilty of this at times myself, probably more than I would like to think about.
Most people that are homeless do not want to be. There are the few that travel, usually in groups, they are usually young and it’s what they do. Those are not the people I am talking about. The difference is in their eyes and in their gratitude. Those that are destitute, those that feel hopeless tend to be the most gracious, the most thankful and the saddest.
More than likely there are also children in your own community, right now, that live in their cars and on the streets with their parents in the cold, not sure how or if they will eat. Some of them even attend school. The state knows they are homeless and some agencies help, some look the other way.
I hear people ask the question “why don’t they just go to a shelter?” There are not enough shelters to help all those in need. Some people are too ashamed and some don’t even know they exist. Also, most shelters have a limit as to how long a person can stay. This can be as little as one night. This is so that more people can have a place to stay for a limited time but the need is too big. You can help. Please donate what you can either in person or at the Salvation Army site below. Click the image to donate.