Janice Burdick
Janice Burdick

I have to tell you, that most of the suggestions (up above) on how to approach a homeless person, are pretty corny. I was homeless for about 4 years. Unless one is brand new to the street life, they already know where the shelters are, and how to get food stamps or meals. Not all, but most people on the street have either alcohol or drug issues...or both...and all they really want from you is money so they can go get a beer...or whatever. In this town, there were people who went around...

I have to tell you, that most of the suggestions (up above) on how to approach a homeless person, are pretty corny. I was homeless for about 4 years. Unless one is brand new to the street life, they already know where the shelters are, and how to get food stamps or meals. Not all, but most people on the street have either alcohol or drug issues...or both...and all they really want from you is money so they can go get a beer...or whatever. In this town, there were people who went around and handed out bags with helpful things inside like socks, warm gloves, toiletries, and so forth. Now those things were helpful...far more than someone who has never been homeless, trying to tell me about the Mission. LOL...oh my god....you have NO idea how many times homeless people hear, "go to the Mission." I doubt they had ever seen the inside of a mission.

Jen Whitwell
Jen Whitwell
  • Janice Burdick

I heard about a lady who had an outside bathroom and she let homeless people have showers there if they asked. I thought that was a good idea.

Janice Burdick
Janice Burdick
  • Janice Burdick

Yes! Very generous of her and an excellent idea. Staying clean is so hard when you live on the streets.

Kittie Lassiter Grimm
Kittie Lassiter Grimm
  • Janice Burdick

Very true, Janice! Good points...

Wellspring Family Services
Wellspring Family Services
  • Janice Burdick

Janice, thanks for sharing your insight on this topic! Don't forget to share what else you have learned this week on our Story page:

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Susan Suka Taylor
Susan Suka Taylor

FOOD AND SHELTER ARE PLANETARY AND ORGANIC RIGHT, NOT SOMETHING TO BE BASED ON CREDIT, WEALTH OR PRESTIGE. EVERYONE DESERVES THE RIGHT TO CLAIM A CAVE AND PICK A PIECE OF FRUIT OFF THE TREE TO SURVIVE WITHOUT PAYING SOMEONE WHO CLAIMS THEY OWN THAT RIGHT. DISGUSTING!

Susan Suka Taylor
Susan Suka Taylor

I will say this... IN THIS "GREAT" COUNTRY IT IS AN ABSOLUTE TRAVESTY AND SHAME THAT WE AS A NATION HAVE THIS GOING ON. IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE AND UNACCEPTABLE. TO THE WEALTHY... HOW FUN CAN THE PARTY CONTINUE TO BE IF YOU HAVE TO STEP OVER STARVING AND DYING PEOPLE ON THE WAY TO YOU DOCKED YACHT? YOU WILL BECOME PRISONERS OF YOUR OWN WEALTH LIVING IN CAGES OF GATED ESTATES AND TRAVELLING IN BULLET PROOF CARS. HOW SAD IF THIS IS WHERE WE END UP AFTER ALL THIS EVOLUTION AND PROGRESS... DO WE JUST DE-EVOLVE INTO CHAOS?

Er Abhishek Gautam
Er Abhishek Gautam

it should have a great reason.

Marija Dordevic
Marija Dordevic

no comment, that's important, it's all!

Marija Dordevic
Marija Dordevic

no comment, that's important that's all.

Marija Dordevic
Marija Dordevic

!

Gerald V McKenna Lmhc
Gerald V McKenna Lmhc

The homeless have the usual range of issues. On the left those are liberals and are amazing people who give their all to help. However, somewhere in another galaxy were some awfully cruel people posing as human beings.

John Shute
John Shute

I was homeless for quite awhile.

Wellspring Family Services
Wellspring Family Services
  • John Shute

John, thank you for sharing a bit of your personal experiences with us. Be sure to share what you learned this week on our Story page as well:

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Jen Whitwell
Jen Whitwell
  • John Shute

It looks like a really cold place to be homeless, glad to hear you are not in that position now :)

Jami Lee
Jami Lee

I have talked with hundreds of homeless people over the past 3 years. The most difficult thing to get on a regular basis is a shower and clean clothes. Homeless people, for the most part (unless newly homeless), know where to find a meal and a place to sleep (even if outdoors) and even where they can take a shower (although not available every day). What they need most is a place to wash their clothes and get socks and underwear. The other thing they need is REAL help finding a job. ...

I have talked with hundreds of homeless people over the past 3 years. The most difficult thing to get on a regular basis is a shower and clean clothes. Homeless people, for the most part (unless newly homeless), know where to find a meal and a place to sleep (even if outdoors) and even where they can take a shower (although not available every day). What they need most is a place to wash their clothes and get socks and underwear. The other thing they need is REAL help finding a job. Many shelters profess that they provide job assistance, but do not provide a bus pass or taxi fare to get to an interview. They also do not actively go out into the community to partner with employers. While they do enable one to have a roof over their head, food to eat and a place to clean their clothes, they do not allow enough time in the shelter to find a job and save enough to afford a place to live. 60 days is not long when you need to find a job and afford a place to live. And sometimes, they just want someone to listen to them for a while.

Wellspring Family Services
Wellspring Family Services
  • Jami Lee

Jamie, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and insights with us. Be sure to go back and tell others of your experiences on our Story page:

http://www.causes.com/causes/773040-wellspring-family-services/actions/1702151

Nancy Wilson
Nancy Wilson
  • Jami Lee

That is SOOOOOOO TRUE!

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