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...

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Paul Santo
Paul Santo

I have slept right on the streets of NYC, I think this is a good thing because like me everyone says no not me, until It's too late.

Margaret Santo
Margaret Santo
  • Paul Santo

I know what you mean. I was one day from homeless and an angel was sent. Perfect stranger who said i looked like had lot on my mind. I told him and he told me about an apt. Went right there and they workwd with me so my kids and i could move im next day it can happen to even hard working

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Paul Santo
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  • Paul Santo

Aunt Margaret, Thank you so much. Aunt Barbara too , You always get involved with things that are important to me. And should be important to all this day and age.

Paula Summerlin
Paula Summerlin

Just help each other and pray for each other. I pray for the homeless, the needy, the poor and all those that it's my duty to pray for every day, many times a day.

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Brandy Mclean
Brandy Mclean

One of the best things to have is clean socks! Try keeping some in ziplock bags in your car to give away if you see someone in need.

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Karen Miller
Karen Miller

karen ambrosino we are all in this together it mite be one of us that becomes homeless reach oout touch someones hand give a helping hand to someone if you can don't enore anyone be kind lets do this as if we are one. love each other as you would want to be love.

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Gloria Lazcano
Gloria Lazcano

Some people are not as fortunate as we are. A kind word and a smile :-)...goes a long way! GOD BLESS!

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ANas Sadien
ANas Sadien

This is a problem alround the world. I would love to cooperate.

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Hany Hanna
Hany Hanna

لا وطن بلا ارض ولا مواطنة بدون مأوى.

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Cathy Arnett
Cathy Arnett

Back in 1997, I was homeless & living in a shelter for 6 months. It was VERY lonely. The people at shelter were nice. I met some of greatest homeless people. What really broke my heart was the homeless Vietnam Vets. Where is our goverment! Those men need to be taken care of.

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Joseph Nhial
Joseph Nhial

How do I find meaning in life?

Statistics indicate that over one billion people visit the Internet each day. Of these, at least a million are searching for answers to the deeper questions of life: Why am I here? What is my purpose? What is God like? A phrase that is frequently used by those exploring such deeper issues is "the meaning of life."

Gratefully, the Bible helps us understand that life's meaning is rooted in a unique friendship. Billy Graham says, "It is the greatest discovery...

How do I find meaning in life?

Statistics indicate that over one billion people visit the Internet each day. Of these, at least a million are searching for answers to the deeper questions of life: Why am I here? What is my purpose? What is God like? A phrase that is frequently used by those exploring such deeper issues is "the meaning of life."

Gratefully, the Bible helps us understand that life's meaning is rooted in a unique friendship. Billy Graham says, "It is the greatest discovery you will ever make: You were created to know God and be His friend forever" (The Journey, p. 23).

A key to understanding how you can be God's friend is to know you were created with more than a body, mind and soul. You were created with a spirit. Your human spirit was awakened when you were born again, enabling you to communicate directly with God and have fellowship with Him. The Apostle Paul says we "received the spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father'" (Romans 8:15). "Abba" literally means "Daddy."

The heart of every person deeply longs for true friendship. Think about your best friends and how important those relationships are. Yet human friendships can and do fail. This became very real to me recently when the twenty-one year old son of a close friend tragically took his own life. The reason? The young man's closest friend, a classmate he had known for several years, stated firmly he no longer wished to continue the friendship. The loss was so devastating to my friend's son that life lost its meaning to him, and he completely gave up.

Even though friends on this earth may come and go, in God you have a friend Who will be there forever. Graham says further: "This is a staggering truth. Think of it. The infinite, all-powerful holy God of the universe wants to be your friend! He wants you to know him personally. He wants you to know He is with you. He wants to comfort you when you are upset or anxious. He wants to guide you when you face difficult decisions, and He even wants to correct you when you are about to do something foolish or wrong" (p. 31).

Take a moment now to let this profound reality sink in. You were created to be God's friend. This reflects the enormous heart of your wonderful Lord! What a privilege to be one of His children, to be able to come to Him any time, day or night, to be completely open with Him, to share your most intimate thoughts and fears.

Key Scripture I no longer call you servants... but friends (John 15:15).
Key Thought The real meaning of my life is to know God and to be His frien.

How do I find meaning in life?

Statistics indicate that over one billion people visit the Internet each day. Of these, at least a million are searching for answers to the deeper questions of life: Why am I here? What is my purpose? What is God like? A phrase that is frequently used by those exploring such deeper issues is "the meaning of life."

Gratefully, the Bible helps us understand that life's meaning is rooted in a unique friendship. Billy Graham says, "It is the greatest discovery you will ever make: You were created to know God and be His friend forever" (The Journey, p. 23).

A key to understanding how you can be God's friend is to know you were created with more than a body, mind and soul. You were created with a spirit. Your human spirit was awakened when you were born again, enabling you to communicate directly with God and have fellowship with Him. The Apostle Paul says we "received the spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father'" (Romans 8:15). "Abba" literally means "Daddy."

The heart of every person deeply longs for true friendship. Think about your best friends and how important those relationships are. Yet human friendships can and do fail. This became very real to me recently when the twenty-one year old son of a close friend tragically took his own life. The reason? The young man's closest friend, a classmate he had known for several years, stated firmly he no longer wished to continue the friendship. The loss was so devastating to my friend's son that life lost its meaning to him, and he completely gave up.

Even though friends on this earth may come and go, in God you have a friend Who will be there forever. Graham says further: "This is a staggering truth. Think of it. The infinite, all-powerful holy God of the universe wants to be your friend! He wants you to know him personally. He wants you to know He is with you. He wants to comfort you when you are upset or anxious. He wants to guide you when you face difficult decisions, and He even wants to correct you when you are about to do something foolish or wrong" (p. 31).

Take a moment now to let this profound reality sink in. You were created to be God's friend. This reflects the enormous heart of your wonderful Lord! What a privilege to be one of His children, to be able to come to Him any time, day or night, to be completely open with Him, to share your most intimate thoughts and fears.

Key Scripture I no longer call you servants... but friends (John 15:15).
Key Thought The real meaning of my life is to know God and to be His frien.

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