We need to be more hands on when we’re out and about, helping people who are homeless. I came to face to face with a homeless guy who was sitting on the floor outside my local supermarket, when I was out grocery shopping on Sunday.

I noticed an empty packet of sandwiches next to him, which had probably been there for some time. I stopped to give him money; his eyes lit up when he saw how much I’d put in his hand. It was enough to buy him two meals. It felt good when I came out of the store and he’d gone. I knew he’d gone to buy his next meal.

Before I left, we exchanged conversation, he thanked me, told me to take care and I told him to take care also. As he smiled, I made my way into the store feeling good. I’m not rich, I have a roof over my head, therefore I can afford to make a difference.

When I came back out of the store he wasn’t there. I smiled to myself because I knew I had made a difference and he would live another night. It’s wrong for us to assume or form opinions on people who are homeless. Charities like The Salvation Army and Centrepoint are there to help people like the man I found.

We can’t know why people are homeless, it’s not our place to question their circumstances, but we must make a difference. It’s also not our job to make a judgment, instead we must make that person’s life more bearable, so that they may find the courage with food in their bellies, to make themselves mentally and emotionally stronger. No one chooses to make themselves homeless.

It is important we take away the stigma around homelessness and disability, anything and everything that makes us different and welcome difference into society, into our communities, and into our lives. We must continually think about people on the streets, we cross their paths for a reason; we must be selfless, less selfish and put others who need our help first.

Homelessness can happen to anyone. Please don’t walk past someone who is begging for money, because the next time you walk past them they could be dead on the street. Winter is such a cruel time of year for those who find themselves homeless.

You can support vulnerable people, by helping charities like The Salvation Army and Centrepoint. https://www.salvationarmy.org.uk   https://www.centrepoint.org.uk

7 Jan, 2020

6 thoughts on “Homelessness

  1. I have been homeless a few times, so I know what it’s like. It is particularly brutal this time of year, especially in places like Maine, where people freeze to death during the winter months.

    The saddest part is that it wouldn’t take a lot to get people into housing here in the US, but our government doesn’t think that it’s worth the expense.

    Politicians live in mansions so they don’t have to worry about it, while we have homeless veterans dying on the streets. I could rant and rave about this subject for quite a while, but suffice to say that there is so much more that could be done.

    1. Thanks Randy for being open and honest about your experiences. I love that you wear your heart on your sleeve.

      Your experiences help others understand more of their own lives, whilst talking about your experiences, helps you to understand your life also.

      Stories like the one I highlighted show two sides to life. It also shows we can and must make a difference for ourselves and others.

      We get one crack at life. Life isn’t about being self-absorbed or egotistical. It’s about helping and reaching out to others. and doing what we can to make other people’s lives more palatable.

      Thank you again for sharing your experiences with us. You’re pointing things out that should be obvious, but aren’t and need to be.

  2. It was sobering for me when I saw my college professor sleeping in a cardboard box in the freezing snow. We are not beyond homelessness, no one is!

    My heart bleeds for anyone sleeping on the streets and being exposed to the elements like that.

    1. Yes our lives can turn. My heart also bleeds Tim. We all need to do more to look after each other whilst we’re here. Take the ego out of the equation and we help others to survive.

  3. Homelessness is devastating, dangerous and is completely unacceptable in modern society. I really don’t know how we dare tolerate anyone having to sleep rough and subject to violence and abuse.

    It’s a crisis that governments have to address as the top priority, but certainly here in the UK seem too complacent about.

    My thoughts go out to anyone sleeping rough and I support the amazing work that homeless charities do every day.

    1. Thanks, yes I agree. I am agitated by the attitude of those who should know better and who are in a position to do something about the homeless crisis.

      They seem more concerned with winning votes. Those who are homeless can’t always help themselves, but those in government must.

      ‘My thoughts go out to anyone sleeping rough and I support the amazing work that homeless charities do every day’ – yes my thoughts do too. Charities who help those who are homeless are a godsend.

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