Homeless and Helpless...

Turning a corner the street seemed to decrease with life. With a bar at each end of the street the scent of the city seeped through the vents of the car, which provided much needed air flow on a sweltering day.  Tall buildings blocked the light dimming an already dreary part of town. The curbs were littered with trash as I gazed on people in a way of life unfamiliar to me.  With curiosity of a small child I asked my father at the steering wheel of our car, “Who are these people? “ With a quick glance to his right, checking that the door was locked next to my shoulder, he replied, “bums.” My father as usual had little or no contributing words to further our conversation.



Stopping at a traffic light, observing the faces outside of “my world” they wore no emotion but despair. I sat there in the silence which soon was broken by my father’s comment, “they have no jobs, so they walk the street.” As if reading my mind, he now more generous with words voiced his opinion. “They live in the streets, begging for food, alcohol and drugs.” From his statement it was obvious he paid them no respect.

I asked no more questions but continued making mental notes. The clothes on their back were as a uniform of the street, dark, worn and in much need of laundering and repair. Where do these people go at night to find rest, escaping the constant noise and busyness of the city? Who takes care of them when their sick? Where do they bathe? How could it have been they live only miles from my home? This was a part of the “real world” I never knew existed.

Leaving the restaurant with a co-worker, turning onto the street there she walked in a world of her own. The woman was homeless, with all her possessions hanging in a bag from her shoulder.  My every thought went back to the drive in the city with my father.  Only time slipped by, I was in a small town, there were no tall buildings to hide the sunny day or trash with a  multitude of bums littering the curb.  The street she walked did not appear to be her residence. The homeless were different individuals from that day, trapped in the same circumstances of life

As an adult with my own perspective, has led me to the realization of a society that for some have given up enslaved in addiction, abandonment, financial misfortune, abuse or a combinaton.  I have no disrespect just pity, with the hope and prayer for intervention in their lives.

The image of this woman is  etched in my mind, though now my questions; how do these homeless arrive at this place in their life?  How close to the life they lead do some of us come near and escape?


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Timely 6 years ago from United States Author

Thank you for the visit. I guess my comment might seem misdirected. With the wealth around the world, It would have been better phrased "There should be a law that would help care for the homeless."

And yest there is a way out for all, for some not till their return home.

Thank you for sharing and God bless;)

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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Interesting comment you made Timely: "It is one of the most disturbing problems in society and should be against the law."

Speed backward in time before the earth was formed and listen to a conversation that might have taken place in the Trinity: "Creating mankind is a good thing and giving the freedom to choose will make their love for us real when it is offered." the Father says. "Yes," says the Holy Spirit, "but they may use that freedom to ignore our wisdom and direction and waste their lives in degradation and misery so we should make a law that prevents it." Jesus speaks up, "If we make a law preventing free choice in one area, even if it is for their good, we take away their greatest possession." "Alright," the Father says, "We won't prevent it but we will enforce strict penalties for going against our will--even their own death." "That seems so harsh," said the Spirit, "if they die they will have no choice at all, couldn't we come up with a way that we can take their death on us so that at least we can give them the chance to choose a way out?" "I'll do it." Jesus said. The Father said: "Make it so."

And that's why He said "The poor you always have with you." They are here because they didn't have to die, He did it for them. And while they are here He tells us: "As the Father has sent me, so send I you."


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Timely 6 years ago from United States Author

Glad you found and read. It is one of the most disturbing problems in society and should be against the law. God has blessed us with so many riches it is a shame so many go to waste.

God bless your work DrPastorCarlotta!

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drpastorcarlotta 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

When I seen this Hub, my heart cried! For this is what I do for a living!! Helping the homeless, feeding them, clothing them, and finding a place for them to live is all a days work!! It hurts my heart to see them this way and in working with them I have found out that all homeless victums are not drug related!

Some of us is just a pay check aways from being homeless!!! I saved a young lady from becoming homeless because she was paying rent with the HUD project for $400.00 and then they stopped HUD and her rent went back up to $730.00 dollars a month with utilities! he was devastated! That's all it takes, a change in living expenses among other things!!! GREAT HUB Blessings!!!

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Timely 6 years ago from United States Author

Moulik Mistry, reality strikes home when our hearts are open. This event in my life has always made me humble in appreciation for the life I have.

Thank you for your comments, I appreciate them much :)

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Moulik Mistry 6 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

This is the crude reality of this world - it is a wonderful story from the 'other' side of the world...

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Timely 6 years ago from United States Author

It is our responsiblity to respond, as you and Christine stated above. God uses all things be it another human being or intangible, to get His work accomplished. The homeless need the Lords ministry as well He uses them to minister to us.

All that God does is "timely", it's when we apply our own agenda we lose track of time:)

God Bless

"Quill" 6 years ago

Great Hub and timely as your name "Timely". Thank you for this wonderful gift today, know that you are loved by the Father sister.

Homelessness is with us, it is upon us, whether we chose to look at it or turn away and wish it out of our sight. When we are urged by God to move into action for one, then we should be willing to do more.

The change you give belongs to the Father to begin with, what happens to it after the fact is between that person and God.

I lived in a city of a million people, daily I would carry an extra sandwich to work, often I would give the one I had for my lunch to simply say I love you Brother or Sister.

If I learned anything during those few years it was always that a prayer with them was received when offered.Love is shown one person at a time, we are the conduit through Christ. Love and be loved as well.


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Timely 6 years ago from United States Author

Christine, you are so right. God urges us to obey, He knows the circumstance, they are not ours to judge.

Thank you for sharing in His blessing with them and me:)

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christinecook 6 years ago

It is sad isn't it,to see someone homeless.You wonder why,what you should do.Why does it happen.One time I came across a young man and when he looked at me,his face to,was etched in my mind.I gave him all my cash and our eyes met,for a brief moment,I was reminded of Mother Teresa,when she said to see Jesus in others.It truly impacted me deeply.

I have known people who say why give them any money they just scam you,waste it on booze.Yet I think we have to give if we feel in our hearts to do so,when we give from our heart,we know it is Gods urging.

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