Amen to prior comments by Agnes.
Please help our children here at home first-before we expand our help further!
I couldn't have said it better, Agnes. I totally agree.
Homelessness is more prevalent than many Americans realize. Fortunately there are multiple social safety nets and non-profit shelter programs but they don't exist in every city or state. I get disturbed some days by the number of homeless people begging for money, saying they are hungry, in my city, Cambridge, MA, because 99% of the local homeless population know of the multiple places which provide free meals all around Cambridge and Greater Boston and they also know where the various...
Homelessness is more prevalent than many Americans realize. Fortunately there are multiple social safety nets and non-profit shelter programs but they don't exist in every city or state. I get disturbed some days by the number of homeless people begging for money, saying they are hungry, in my city, Cambridge, MA, because 99% of the local homeless population know of the multiple places which provide free meals all around Cambridge and Greater Boston and they also know where the various shelters are but many choose to live on the streets and begging or hustling or stealing rather than go to a shelter. In Massachusetts it is unlawful for a shelter to turn away any woman, including children, even if she's intoxicated but that law doesn't apply equally to men. Even so, there are beds available from one place or another for any homeless person who wants one. Additionally there are many programs to let any homeless person get housing even if they have no income at all. (Most are HUD funded but some are state or privately funded.) There are also multiple agencies which place families into affordable housing. But sadly this is not so throughout the entire country and in some places there are few, if any, services addressing homelessness. In a country which can spend money to construct a colony on the moon and has a blank check for defense spending and actually spends multiple billions of dollars to support allies, e.g. Israel, there should be far less than 5% of the current number of homeless people and absolutely no child should be homeless. A person who doesn't even have a green card can get shelter and meals any day of the week around here as well as in other parts of this country and I think this entire issue can be resolved if enough public awareness is raised and voters speak with their legislators and if people who have enough money can share some of it with poor people who don't have money or a place to live or food for themselves and their children. I'm pleased to join this cause and I hope many more people will join it and I also hope some people will take additional action to continue raising awareness or doing some fundraising or to make donations of money or volunteer some of their time to a local shelter or maybe a food bank.
There is a poem from a famous Persian poet, Sa'di, that I really like:
"If you have no sympathy for the troubles of others, you are not worthy to be called a human."
This translation of Sa'di’s poem is used to grace the entrance to the Hall of Nations of the UN building in New York:
Human beings are members of a whole,
In creation of one essence and soul.
If one member is afflicted with pain, Other members uneasy will remain.
If you have no sympathy for human pain,
The name of human you cannot retain.
suppose I get lashes with a wet noodle for missing this, but Eric is the numbers guy.
Tragic - the most defenceless suffer the most from greed.....
all children are entitled to a home, give these children a decent life, they deserve to be saved.
sad to see such news.
We will not end poverty by joining a Cause, we can only do it by having a Free and United country.