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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Gina McLeroy
Gina McLeroy

I gave a homeless person 5.00 yesterday.. Wasn't much but they could get a cup of coffee and some crackers.. ;).. I will continue to give.. :)

Wellspring Family Services
Wellspring Family Services
  • Gina McLeroy

Thank you for the kind gesture, Gina! Be sure to go back and share your story, here, with others!

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Donna Deiss
Donna Deiss

I have been technically homeless living in a self contained RV for over six years. I was evicted for helping tenants fight eviction with the Tenants Rights Union of Santa Cruz County, was refused access to public files in 1999, and now we have a worse situation as homeowners are subject to the same fast track eviction law as tenants in California and the evictions of homeowners has multiplied ten times over. I fought in the Occupy movement last year and eleven activists and journalist...

I have been technically homeless living in a self contained RV for over six years. I was evicted for helping tenants fight eviction with the Tenants Rights Union of Santa Cruz County, was refused access to public files in 1999, and now we have a worse situation as homeowners are subject to the same fast track eviction law as tenants in California and the evictions of homeowners has multiplied ten times over. I fought in the Occupy movement last year and eleven activists and journalist were charged with felonies for trespassing at Wells Fargo unused mortgage bank as a form of protest and the courts go on prosecuting activists with cases that clog the courts, cost large amounts of money and deaden the community to its very problem of homelessness.

Wellspring Family Services
Wellspring Family Services
  • Donna Deiss

Thank you for sharing some insight into the eviction issues California and elsewhere is having. Be sure to go and share your story about this week, here:

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Elka Zwick
Elka Zwick

I have a client who had to leave with two young girls, because his wife stabbed him in the leg, and choked their daughter. They lived in a flea-bag motel at Christmas-time for more than two weeks. She still owes them child support, but she spends it on beer. Why must domestic violence always have a feminine image? Seriously...

Wellspring Family Services
Wellspring Family Services
  • Elka Zwick

Yes, domestic violence has quite the impact on leading people down the road to becoming homeless. Be sure to share your story and experiences with others on our Story page. Thank you for your support!

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Gerald V McKenna Lmhc
Gerald V McKenna Lmhc

Nice fairly normal array of people in the shelter I went to.

Wellspring Family Services
Wellspring Family Services
  • Gerald V McKenna Lmhc

Gerald, would you mind sharing more of your experience on our Story page? We would love to read more! Thank you for your support!

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Adriana Arnaut
Adriana Arnaut

Kind gesture that's worth doing.

Wellspring Family Services
Wellspring Family Services
  • Adriana Arnaut

Thank you for taking our pledge! We are looking forward to hearing your story later this week; keep us updated!

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!

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