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The Plight of the Homeless in America

Updated on December 11, 2016
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Theresa desires to share inspirational writings from her heart and sharing of those who are making an impact in this world.

Homeless Man in Los Angeles

Homeless man los angeles - terabass.jpg 1 August 2009 CC-BY-SA-3.0
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Sometimes it’s easy to walk by because we know we can’t change someone’s whole life in a single afternoon. But what we fail to realize is that simple kindness can go a long way toward encouraging someone who is stuck in a desolate place.

— Mike Yankoski

Turn it up! "People are starving . . . and they live right here!" Sadly, these words still ring true today, and this song came out over 20 years ago!

Never Take Anything for Granted

Each night I climb into my nice warm bed with soft pillows, so tired from the day, knowing I am able to sleep in sweet peace, and I am so very thankful that I have a nice warm bed with soft pillows to sleep in each night. I think this very thought each and every night. Let us not take for granted these simple, but wonderful comforts, as we may not know of them one day, just as many do not, whose bed is the asphalt earth with a concrete pillow.

The Rosslyn Hotel
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Skid Row

Skid Row in Los Angeles
Skid Row in Los Angeles | Source

The Million Dollar Hotel ~ The Irony ~ That Other America


The Million Dollar Hotel is located on the corner of 5th Street and Main in downtown Los Angeles. It is now called the Frontier Hotel. It was built at the beginning of the last century and was one of the most prestigious hotels around. At that time, it was the headquarters of Griffith and Chaplin, the American entertainment industry.

Actually, The Rosslyn Million Dollar Hotel was connected to a sister hotel across the street, the Rosslyn, by underground corridors. They were surrounded by The Million Dollar Theater and the Million Dollar Pharmacy. This area was certainly worth millions.

Millionaires of the time had celebrated very elaborate parties there, but that was over 70 years ago.

Once the entertainment industry moved to Hollywood and Burbank, the decline began.


By Night

Today, ironically, The Million Dollar Hotel is a flop-house, where one can sleep for eight dollars a night, unless you are among the countless homeless people who spend the night in cardboard boxes, night after night. Once the garbage collectors come in the morning, the homeless lose their cardboard homes.


By Day

The outcasts disappear and the streets around the hotel are filled with those hurrying past---tourists, bankers and the like.

Once the sun sets, all vanish once again, and the outcasts return with another cardboard box home, clinging to that dream where all are equal, but that would have to be in that other America.


Location of The Million Dollar Hotel

A markerCorner of 5th Street and Main, Los Angeles, CA -
South Main Street & West 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
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Location of The Million Dollar Hotel

Johnny Depp
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Actor Johnny Depp Hires Homeless People


It would be so great if all celebrities, or anyone with the means to do so, actually hired the homeless---those who are desirous of working and are capable to do so.

Actor Johnny Depp saw a homeless couple in Albuquerque, New Mexico while on location, and called the casting director right away. The couple was hired as extras in his upcoming movie, "Transcendence". Johnny Depp is known to help out the community when on location.

Thumbs up to Johnny! This is one example of HOW it is done.



Homeless America
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The Man On the Bench


It was a beautiful October day, with the sun shining and not one cloud in the azure skies above. She thought it would be nice to get out and enjoy the day for a bit during her lunch hour. She left the large office building in which she works and traveled down a couple of blocks to grab a quick lunch at Chris’ “Famous” Hot Dogs in downtown Montgomery, just a few blocks down form the Capital. Chris’ Hot Dogs is really a piece of Montgomery’s history, good for a really quick lunch, and the dogs, while not extraordinary, do go down pretty easily with their great chili sauce, onions, mustard and kraut.

As she was traveling, she was praising and thanking the good Lord above for such a beautiful day. When she turned left onto the street where Chris’ is located, she thought how strange it was that there was no normal lunch traffic and she did not notice a soul on the streets. Simultaneously, she noticed that the world around was so very quiet and she seemed to be driving into a some type of dream-state world, as everything was so very still and her vision seemed to blur a bit and become dogmatic, like a tunnel with the surroundings not in clear sight. How odd, she thought to herself.

This “state” only lasted for a brief moment or couple of seconds, for as soon as she pulled in front of Chris’s to park (and there was plenty of parking, she noticed too, which is also unusual), and opened her car door, all of a sudden, the noises of downtown and people everywhere were there as usual. Wow, had she been daydreaming or something?, she questioned herself.

The moment her foot hit the ground, she heard a very jovial voice speaking loudly towards her. She had not noticed this man sitting on the bench right in front of her parking space, until he started speaking, and then she realized he was speaking to her. This man questioned her, "Oh, you must have just come down from Heaven above? Are you an angel sent from God? Did God open up the heavens and place you right in front of me?" She smiled when she heard these words, while walking towards the African-American man sitting on the bench under a shade tree. She noticed his clothes were torn and tattered, but he truly possessed the spirit of good-fellowship. She responded to his questions saying, "No, no, no, I just came from up the street a bit; from that office building," and she pointed in the direction of the building.

The man continued, ". . . but surely God has sent such a lovely vision and placed you right in front of me? So, you surely must be an angel from above!" Once again she assured him she did not just fall from the heavens.

They chatted a bit and she sat down beside him on that bench. Samuel was his name. Samuel told her he was happy and thankful to God to be able to just enjoy this beautiful, glorious day, sitting on that bench under that tree and watching all the passers-by, rushing to and fro. She found him to actually be such an interesting person, who had had such a fascinating life to have ended up on the streets. After a bit, she told him she had better get her lunch and return to work. She told him she would love to treat him to lunch, and he told her that would be lovely, as he was especially thirsty for a cool drink of water.

So she went inside and had them prepare two lunches to go, and she then returned back outside to enjoy a lunch with her new found friend on that bench. After enjoying the lunch and great conversation, she told Samuel goodbye, and all he said was, "God bless you and thank you. I know you are a busy angel."

When she returned to work that day, she told her boss about what the man on the bench asked her, about her being an angel, and her boss laughed and asked her, did she tell the man that she has heard those 'lines' plenty of times before?

After that day, she would see Samuel from time-to-time, sometimes early in the morning, and after learning where he would usually be in the early mornings, she would stop and bring him a cup of coffee and a biscuit. Samuel would greet her as the lovely angel lady in a business suit and heels, who comes to greet him in the mornings with a smile, coffee and perhaps breakfast and a little conversation too.

Continued below . . .


Location of Chris' Hot Dogs in Montgomery, Alabama

A marker138 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104 -
138 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104, USA
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Chris' Hot Dogs

Bleak, dark, and piercing cold, it was a night for the well-housed and fed to draw round the bright fire, and thank God they were at home; and for the homeless starving wretch to lay him down and die. Many hunger-worn outcasts close their eyes in our bare streets at such times, who, let their crimes have been what they may, can hardly open them in a more bitter world

— Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist
Homeless Children in America
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In This Other America, do They Dream, even if It Is Free?


One day, during their conversation, she asked Samuel did he have any dreams left in this life. Samuel responded that he does not have the luxury of giving up hope, and so he does have dreams, dreams of having his very own warm bed in a safe place, which he said would be so nice. Although the homeless shelters do provide a bed for a night, they are not very safe places at times, as there is a lot of biting, scratching and other harmful acts going on. He also dreams of taking a nice hot bath and having a filling meal every day, which he then thanked her for the meals she did share with him. He said he does dream of the day that he goes on to that place the Lord has prepared for him.

Samuel also mentioned that when he does fall asleep, and if he actually has a dream, it is always the same dream, that of ankles and shoes passing by quickly.

She also asked him about whether the people who pass by him each day, actually ever acknowledge him. His response panged her heart, as he told her that she really was the only one who truly acknowledges him as a person, worthy of speaking with, as “their” eyes look straight through him, therefore, unknowingly inflicting a pain only he knew.

She does not see Samuel around any longer, and just knows in her heart that he has gone on to that place that has been prepared for him, where asphalt beds and concrete pillows do not exist. She smiles, as she knows she will have another conversation with him at a later date.


© Copyright Faith Reaper, June 12, 2013

"HOW" It is Done

Home is a notion that only nations of the homeless fully appreciate and only the uprooted comprehend.

— Wallace Stegner

Sharing a Poem Written by a Homeless Person


Homeless that’s what they call us

They say we have no home

Because we live out on the streets

And choose to drift and roam


But, homeless is that what we truly are

Who knows maybe it is

But what about the heroes

The women and the kids


They say we chose this life of freedom

To live out on our own

To sleep beneath the stars at night

To live our lives alone


Webster says a home’s just a domicile

A place to live, a house

If that’s all it really is

Then I know I can live without


Some say its where your heart is

And we pray that this is true

Cause some of us have spilt our blood

And it was red and white and blue


Some say that we are crazy

That we sold our souls too cheap

Because we’ll sell our bodies

Just so our kids can eat


But if you think we choose this life

Then it’s you who has lost your mind

To suggest we woke up one morning

And said I’ll leave it all behind


To live the life of a prostitute,

An addict, or a drunk

To wear the same clothes every day

That we carry in a trunk


To sell our bodies like a piece of meat

Because we cannot cope

To beg all day every day

Just to buy the dope


To watch the people laugh at us

Who look right into our face

Who forget that we are there

Unless we’re in their space


Like when we beg for food

Or break into their house

To still a million dollars

More like a sandwich or a blouse


Well there now we have it

The materialistic chain

That wraps around your human heart

Depriving oxygen to your brain


Making you think that we are homeless

Because you’re blind and cannot see

That a home is where your family is

And we are all your family


We might be sick and tired

We may be down and out

But we're still the long lost relatives

This world tries to forget about”


By Benjamin T. Fisher II


"HOW" It is Done

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Scripture on Serving the Downtrodden


“For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.”

“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?"

“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me." ---Matthew 25: 42,43 & 45,46



Music by Secret Garden (Short Clip)

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.

— Unknown Author

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    • stephanieb27 profile image

      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Inspirational hub!! Love the story about Johnny Depp! I wish we heard more stories like this in the news! :)

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Faith

      Great job here and totally agree that humanity could do more to help one another. Then again world governments are better placed to come together to globally assist or solve problems.

      Great thing H.O.W. that Sir Bill started.

      Have a great day.

      MJ.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      What a wonderful hub.. so many stories of hope and faith.. burns and stains the cloth of Heaven.. but there is so many left to complete.. it's a different time.. and help becomes more difficult.. I say this because ..well, this family who fell on hard-times lived in a condemned building and they were put out and the father arrested for trespassing.. got moved into a shelter in Norwalk.. which proved even more of a decline.. mother and daughter raped.. son killed and hell covered their spirits.. I tell this story because we need to do more.. and eye opening hubs like this can start the domino affect.. bless you Faith.. and I'll always have faith in what you convey in your messages..

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      Awesome hub Faith!! Voted up and awesome.

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Well researched Faith! You are showing the best of you and your humanity in this hub. Congrats! Sharing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A brilliant write my friend. This is your best work, and not just because it is about H.O.W. Excellent writing throughout.

      bless you

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Faith, this is an incredible piece. What a fabulous writer you are! I also feel the woman in the story who befriended Samuel is you. Am I right?

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Stephanie,

      Thank you so much. Yes, that would be so great to hear more stories like that of Johnny's no doubt. And maybe there are, hopefully, but we are not hearing of such in the media.

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi MickeyJoe,

      So glad for your visit here this day!

      Thank you so much for your kind words.

      Yes, you are right, they very well could, but . . . :(

      For sure, Sir Bill, has done a great thing here with the H.O.W.

      Have a great day!

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Frank,

      Always a blessing when you stop by to read!

      Thank you so much. I really appreciate you sharing that tragic story, as you're right, we do need to do more and maybe it will create a domino affect.

      I am glad that you will always have "faith" in my messages : )

      You're the best!

      God bless you, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi JThomp,

      So nice to see you hear this day reading!

      Thanks so much for enthusiastic comment, and I appreciate the votes up.

      God bless you, Faith Reaper

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Wow... Faith, you have surpassed yourself with this excellent inspirational work. The world needs more Johnny Depps, can you imagine H.O.W much good can be done, if every one with the means did something like this? Maybe there is hope after all.

      This is an exceptional hub, well done my friend.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Joseph,

      Thanks so much for your kind and encouraging words here this day!

      God bless you always, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Bill,

      Thanks so very much, and I am humbled by such a gracious comment.

      It means a lot, especially coming from you : )

      I know I have been promising a H.O.W. hub, and finally, here you go.

      Bless you too, Faith Reaper

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Dear Faith, How are you my friend? I missed u.

      This was an excellent hub! Thought-provoking and powerful message. I agree, a little kindness goes a long way and we should never take anything for granted. A very inspirational angel story.

      Johnny Depp won my heart now for most compassionate philanthropist. I agree, we need more hotties like him to step up and make a difference. voted up++

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Sha (bravewarrior),

      So glad for your visit here this day!

      Wow, thank you so much for your wonderful comment.

      Well, being I am a non-fiction writer for the most part, and I have written hubs in the past on personalministries to the downtrodden/homeless . . . I will just leave it at that : )

      Hugs and love to you this day, Faith Reaper

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      cleaner 3 4 years ago

      Faith .. this always crosses my mind when ever i see anyhuman who has been a perilous situation...

      “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me." ---Matthew 25: 42,43 & 45,46

      "But not for the grace of GOD there go I ".. beautiful hub ..Faith ..just beautiful ..

      Michael

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend, this is such a beautiful and caring article and it's inspiring. If everyone would just help one person a day, what a awesome place this would be to live in.

      Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Jo (tobusiness),

      Always such a pleasure when you stop by to read!

      Wow, right back to you dearest friend, for leaving such a wonderful comment here towards me. You're the best!

      So true, just imagine . . . maybe there is still hope : )

      Hugs and love to you this day, Faith Reaper

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Faith,

      You have such a way of bringing hope and joy. Beautiful hub! I did not know that about Johnny Depp. It makes me like him that much more. Overall stellar hub!

      Thank You for being you.

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Marlene (lovedoctor)!

      So awesome to see you stopping by to read this day!

      I am fine, just publishing away here. More importantly, how are you sweet lady? Talk about missing someone, just where have you been for so long? I really have missed you!

      However, I am so glad you are here this day.

      My sister and I went to see my former country singer, Gary Allan, obsession, back about a month or so ago, as we were surprised to find out he was singing at the Crawfish Boil here :) ha ha It was fun.

      I have had my grands up for the past five days, so I am worn out, but it is a joyful worn out!

      I hope you are doing well also? Sure do miss you, and hope you are going to start writing back here on HP soon.

      ha ha ha, yes, we do need more "hotties" with good hearts to step up!!! :)

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Michael (cleaner3),

      Always such a joy when you stop by to read!

      I appreciate your lovely thoughts and kind words here.

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi my dear friend Kashmir,

      Always so great to see you stopping by to read!

      Thank you so much for your lovely words here.

      Yes, it would be such an awesome place no doubt about it!

      I appreciate the votes up and share.

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hello there lightening bug Kim,

      Oh, I am so humbled by your wonderfully kind words here.

      Thank you so much!

      Yes, Johnny did pretty good on that one.

      Hugs and blessings, Faith Reaper

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      No wonder I like Johhny Depp!

      Samuel is a great memory and he is blessed in having a little help along the way. Sounds like he has a spectacular home now.

      You are a blessing to us all. Thank you.

      Sharing this.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Wetnose!

      Yes, Johnny is awesome no doubt!

      I believe Samuel truly does have a spectacular home now too.

      Aw, thank you so much for your lovely words here.

      Thank you for sharing your wonderful life with your wetnosedogs with us all. You are a joy to read.

      I appreciate the share.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Faith,

      Oh what a comprehensive, meaningful and heartfelt compilation of awareness / research of the homeless.

      You have a special ministry for this population. You have selected the perfect scripture, videos and photography to bring your points home even more.

      Your poetry is inspirational and fiction has an authenticity about it assuring us you know of which you write. Your beauty is showing from the inside out.

      Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This was beautiful and my heart is always in this. It astounds me beyond all things that America who is opening arms to millions and even feeds and supports them and have for years can let human beings get cold or over heated and go hungry with all the millions they waste and would not miss.

      You must teach me how to use another persons poem here and get it through. I get shut down right now if I try it! (even if italicized, quoted or whatever, lol.

      Up and sharing.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Dearest Faith Reaper,

      You are an angel, this I know. This is such a beautiful poignant but uplifting and inspiring hub. We are taught to fear what we don't know and I fear that we don't know enough. It's easy to see someone dirty and scruffy, in tattered clothes and assume they've made poor choices. What if they hadn't? What if their world has fallen in on them and we only add to the pain by our looks of disappointment? What a beautiful story and equally touching poem.

      I recently told Billybuc about the time I had journeyed off by train, to New York City with a girlfriend of mine, our senior year of high school. When we came to the surface after coming out of Grand Central Station; I didn't know if I should be excited our terrified. There was a scruffy man, leaning against a post and asked us girls if we could spare some change. My girlfriend immediately picked up her pace and I felt compelled too, but the couple of dollars I had left in my pocket from buying food on the train, I handed over to him. He smiled and looked almost as shocked as I felt and thanked me, very sincerely. The moment the money was free from my hand, I scurried away as fast as I could because I was afraid, in an unfamiliar place and my overly dramatic personality wondered if he might want to hurt me. My friend asked how I could have given that homeless man some money and I said 'I don't know'. I didn't know why, except that I had felt bad and I felt better after having given it to him. That might've just made his day and it really didn't ruin mine. We will never know, nor can we presume what leads people to such dire circumstances. If we all cared, just one time... what a difference we might make.

      I've always liked Johnny Depp, but now I have a new appreciation for him.

      Thanks Faith Reaper, for an absolutely wonderful hub!

      Hugs and love, Cat

      Oh... Up and all but funny, sharing too!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Maria,

      Thank you so much for your lovely words here as always. It was several years ago that my eyes were open to the downtrodden/homeless around the building in which I work in the city. I remember being so exasperated one hot July day when the temperature was almost 110 degrees and I saw a homeless man standing on the busiest downtown corner in front of my building, but I was exasperated about all those "other" people out there who did not even act like they saw the man standing there with every article of clothing he had on in that heat. I remember thinking, as I turned the corner, driving past the man, "why doesn't anyone even offer this pour soul a drink of water!" and that is when the Holy Spirit convicted me and convicted me good too, I mean to tell you, as a thought popped into my head, "What about YOU?" "What!"

      Then that is when I began my personal ministry to the downtrodden/homeless around my building.

      So, there I was thinking about all those "other" Christians, and where were they, when I was right there my own self! Boy, were my eyes opened that day :)

      The poem written by the homeless person was powerful to me to say the least. The "fiction" has an authenticity about it because remember I write non-fiction : )

      I appreciate the vote up.

      Hugs and love to you my dear friend always, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi my dearest southern friend, Jackie,

      Thank you so much for the kind words as always. You have made a lot of great points here no doubt! It just boggles my mind to try to even comprehend such of this world. I know your heart is in it too, as you have such love in your heart for all indeed.

      I noticed in other hubs that when you want to share another one's poem, you state "Sharing a poem by . . ." and then put it in quotes, etc., but of course it must be related to the subject at hand, as in my son's poem I shared in the hub I did about his gifts of music, painting and his writing poetry.

      I appreciate the vote up and share.

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I wanted to use the Declaration of Independence once and just never got to. I had a follow up hub about potassium that I wanted to repeat some things to go over and I was forever finishing that too, finally just had to take all out that was in the other....I have had some bad experiences, lol.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Cat,

      Always lovely to have you stop by to read! Thank you for leaving such wonderful comments, which add much to the subject matter of this hub here.

      Yes, a lot of people would tell me it was too dangerous or not safe for me to do such if they saw me out giving out water bottles, etc., and there is certainly that possibility no doubt. One really has to pay attention to one's intuition and, in the years of serving the homeless, there was only one time when the Holy Spirit told me to just keep driving and so I did.

      In lieu of giving money, what I would do is simply buy a package of 100 brown paper bags (sacks) and fill them with bottled water, protein bars, maps to homeless shelters in the area (there were three here) that I printed off, scripture, germ-x, little packets of sanitary wipes, etc., and on the front of the bag I would simply draw a cross (really elementary) and on the other side scripture to give hope.

      Much to my surprise, each and every time I handed out one of those brown sacks and I would tell the person that the Lord told me to tell them that He loved them and that He wanted me to give them the bag, they in response would say, "Thank you and God bless you."

      These stories are linked here as background.

      We don't have to have a lot of money to be kind, as a little kindness goes a long way, at least that is what I believe.

      I am glad you shared your story with me, and I am glad you did what you did, and you have brought a smile to my face. Your intuition kicked in that it would be okay to do what you did, and that is want counts. Each one of us can truly do a little, whether it is just a kind word or a nice smile. Even the smallest of these acts, makes this world a little less brutal.

      Hugs and love to you too, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      Hmm, one time I included parts of one of Roosevelt's speeches and said I was sharing part of his speech and stated the name of the speech, date, when and where, and it was okay. Just like we share quotes and scripture all the time too.

      However, another time, I did as you did and did not realize I had already used the same language in my own hub as I did in another one of my own hubs concerning my dad, and it was "duplicate" and it had taken me the longest time to figure out I had duplicated my own words : ) I mean I was racking my brain trying to figure out what was duplicate and when I did, it went through after I changed the wording.

      Just be mindful when it comes to your own hubs, you cannot use the exact same language you have already used in another hub, as that will not fly for sure.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Dearest Faith Reaper,

      You just filled my eyes and heart... I can find no other words. You are truly a special 'human' being ;-)

      Hugs and love, Cat

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you again dearest Cat,

      You are truly a kind and loving person no doubt.

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Dear Faith, this is so touching and so true! Your writing reaches the heart..... We see this, yet we are unable to do much, but I believe every little that we can do will help. Loved your poem, so well written with such compassion!

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dear LaThing,

      It is always so great when you stop in to read! Thank you so much for your kind words. Yes, we may not be able to solve the world's problems by ourselves, but each of us can surely show compassion and a little kindness along the way to others who are a little, or really, a lot less fortunate than us. Benjamin T. Fisher, II, a homeless person, did an awesome job on his poem I shared, coming straight from his mouth.

      Again, thank you so much for reading and leaving wonderful comments which add to the subject of this hub.

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Abby Campbell 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Such a beautiful hub, Faith! Thank you for sharing your heart. Brandon Heath's song is one of my all time favorite songs. It helps me to 'remember.'

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Brilliant and very inspirational. I wish we have more of a Johny Depp's heart around and I wish I have the resources to adopt a homeless (maybe more). Thank you for this very beautiful story that I am voting up +++ and now passing along.

      Love from the sky~

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      This was a heartfelt and moving piece of work! The message is loud and clear. We need to stop walking by and ignoring. We need to include all individuals regardless of their lot in life. We need to care! Brilliant hub! Thanks for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Faith, this is beautiful! Your message, as well as your story (you write so well), and the poem from a homeless man. Chills are going up and down my arms.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      How beautifully you have focused once again the plight of the homeless in our land. Having been homeless, I know what it feels like/to be invisible and shunned and looked upon as less than worthy. Thank God that did not last.

      Reaching out and touching just one life can mean so much.

      Voted up ++++

      an abundance of Angels are on the way ps

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Abby,

      So great to have you stopping by to read here this day!

      I appreciate your kind words. Oh, yes, I love Brandon Heath too, especially this song of his!

      Have a lovely evening, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Cris, my dearest friend who sends her love from the sky,

      Always such a joy when you visit!

      Oh, wow, thank you so much for your lovely comment. I am humbled by your generous heart, which is obviously full of love for others. I know you would do just that too without a doubt : ) !!!

      Yes, we need more hearts around like, not only Johnny Depp's, but your heart too!

      I appreciate the votes up and share.

      God bless you always, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Dear Rose, rose-the-planner,

      So very nice to meet you! I appreciate your visit here this day and especially the awesome comments you have left. Thank you so very much for leaving comments which add much to the subject of this hub. Yes, we never know, for one day it may just be us out on those very streets! I was reading an article about the homeless in Los Angeles, and people seem to stereotype the homeless, but a lot of homeless this day, are out on the streets due to the economy. One woman was a nursing assistant, who has children, and she was let go, and is just unable to get employment anywhere and is now homeless with her children! This should not be, especially in America, but really anywhere in the world.

      Yes, we really do need to care, as they are real people not garbage on the side of the street.

      I appreciate the vote up.

      Have a lovely evening, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Kathryn,

      Oh, what a nice visit from you this day! Wow, thank you so much, as that is exactly what every writer loves to hear no doubt. Chills are good : )

      I appreciate you so much and please know that you have blessed me this evening with your kind words.

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, there's my dearest friend, PS!

      I am so blessed by your visit here this day. Please know you and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers precious heart.

      Wow, now there's a powerful comment if there ever was one!!!

      Thank God indeed! You said it . . . reaching out and touching just one life can mean so much . . . a big Amen on that one!

      I appreciate the abundance of Angels you always send, as I truly know they are encamped around me at all times, and you know they are headed back your way too.

      God bless you always. Tons of hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Samuel was absolutely correct, Faith. You ARE an angel sent from above. And this is a beautiful, angelic piece of writing that reminds us how easy it is to be kind to those who live on the 'mean streets.' Thanks for the sweet reminder, m'dear.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hello m'dear drbj,

      Always truly a pleasure when you stop by to read! Huh, who me, no : )

      You are so kind to me with such lovely words here. Those streets can truly be "mean" no doubt, and a little kindness from each of us truly goes a long way, a lot more than one would think.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Faith my dear. this is so powerful.. and heart wrenching.. this is an eye opener.. thank you dear Faith for writing this.. So sad but so true..

      God Bless you dear one this takes my heart and wrings it with tears..

      I love you and your Faith and the way you write

      Debbie

      sharing

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Debbie,

      I have sure have missed you, and I am so glad you are here this evening!

      Thank you for always being so supportive and encouraging to me in my writing and otherwise.

      Yes, it is indeed a very sad reality, but even the smallest act of kindness, believe it or not, does truly go a long way. It does that same thing to me too when I see it face-to-face . . . as the pangs in my heart are so very sharp.

      God bless you too, and thank you for sharing.

      Hugs and love to you always, Faith Reaper

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      What a heartbroken story!It is ridiculous that some people think of homeless people only when the weather is cold as if warmth is good only in winter.Of course it s great that the cold caught the conscience of our kind,but we must remember that the need persists, and continue to work to restore human dignity and remedy the homeless crisis even when the weather outside isn't so frightful.

      The poem is beautiful and touching!Thanks for this perspective.

      Much love and tons of hugs from northern Morocco to southern USA :Faith.

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      I d like to share with you this,maybe it fit the subject:

      https://hubpages.com/literature/Lets-Go-in-Cahoots...

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Good Morning James,

      I am blessed twice this morning with your visits! Yes, good weather or bad, they are humans who need a hand that is reaching out to them no doubt!

      Thank you so much for your wonderful comments to add to the subject matter of this hub.

      I am glad you used the word "perspective" as maybe a lot have not even thought of such, but any one of us could be on those brutal streets, as we could be one paycheck away from . . . except we always tend to think it is those others and never us. There are plenty right now on those streets who used to think that very way, sadly.

      Of course, thank you so much for sharing.

      Hugs and love to you from southern USA, Faith Reaper

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is a very thought provoking and touching article. I have always wondered how our government can basically ignore them. One of my "pet peeves" is the money that is given away on game shows! It may sound silly, but I won't watch them anymore. We give millions of dollars away for fun, when little children are homeless and hungry! There are so many other places that we waste money that could be used to give shelter to the homeless and food to the hungry.

      I have never cared for Johnny Depp, but I am impressed that he tries to help the homeless where he can. This is a wonderful hub and I am certain that you were the angel this homeless man spoke of! Voting this up and awesome! :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest sg,

      So great of you to stop by to read this day!

      Wow, what a great point there you have made about the game shows!!! I agree totally!

      I appreciate your great comments which add much to the subject matter of this hub.

      Yes, Johnny did good there at least that one time, and hopefully more in the future, and maybe others will follow. Although, I do know a lot of other celebrities donate to many charities.

      As far as Samuel's angel . . . I will just say, I do write non-fiction for the most part : )

      I appreciate the vote up.

      Hugs and blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      This is such a wonderful hub. The government is taking so much away. They have cut down on food stamps. Not that food stamps helps the homeless. Nor does the government care about the homeless.

      But you care, you really do.

      God bless you Faith, God Bless you.

      Michele

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi my sweet friend with a heart of love, Michele,

      So glad for your visit here this day!

      Yes, every little bit does help no doubt, and you are right. The plight of the homeless seems so overwhelming and we really do not know what to do, but showing a little kindness in this brutal world, truly can go a long way.

      I appreciate your kind words here.

      God bless you too. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Faith,

      "Samuel told her he was happy and thankful to God to be able to just enjoy this beautiful, glorious day, sitting on that bench under that tree and watching all the passers-by, rushing to and fro."

      I had an experience where a man approached me and asked me if I could help him out. I said sure and gave him some spare change. He continued chatting and I listened. Then he asked if I could spare $20.00. I smiled and said I am sorry but I am not rich. He then told me I was a good person even if I hadn't given him any money at all because I acknowledged him and he really appreciated it.

      Blessings

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Sue

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Faith, every night when I climb into my cosy bed, and even afternoons when I come home from work, entering a cosy home, and also when I drive to work in my nice car, I cannot help but think of all the many people who have less or even nothing. And I thank God because he provides, definitely not the way we would like Him to – I mean, I would have loved more luxuries and a Mercedes Benz Sport – but nevertheless God keeps on providing, but VIA his representatives – people. But he also takes via his representatives – people. After all, he did create humans as his representatives, whether they want to know it or not. (Job, and others, have lost their assets for a reason.) Could this mean that God ALLOWS theft, crime, fraud in order to provide where provision is needed? Of course, this is a controversial Christian perceptive. Those of others are just as controversial.

      Anyway, I forget all about being the representative of God (or then at least of Goodness and Kindness) when a beggar approach me, irritating me with his manners and arrogant attitude. But then, back home again, I regret my unkindness.

      Your account of The Million Dollar Hotel and the picture of Skid Row in Los Angeles came as a shock. So many smart places in our country have declined since 1994, since Apartheid has been demolished and all SA’cans obtained the right to live wherever they want. During Apartheid I have never seen so many rubbish in a street and so many declined buildings in my country, although I have seen the untidy and slipshod neighborhoods of could-not-care-a-damn-about-nothing poor whites. But that was because the people who were even poorer – with an even more negative attitude – were living separately in the black townships.

      Poverty deprived people of pride, integrity and all positive senses. And now, instead of spreading wealth and improving living conditions for all – realizing Nelson Mandela’s dream for this country – Greed are forcing the rich – (now mostly the blacks in power) – to become richer and the poor and even those who were not poor to become poorer.

      But this is written in the Bible..... as if this is what Life is all about? What is, was, and will be?

      Oh, my dear Faith, I don’t know. HOW are we ever going to make a difference if our human nature tend to go from bad to worse. Thanks for encouraging me to be kind. Sorry for this longwinded comment. But you know, out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh....

      Heart-breaking story and poem!

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You offer such a great message here. It is so sad that there are still many areas in North America (not to mention the other areas worldwide) where people are homeless and downtrodden. I think that sharing hopeful hubs such as yours, sharing kindness with others, and remembering to help one another, can do wonders to help the situation. I will share this hub to FB and Twitter. So well written.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Sue,

      So glad to see you stopping by to read this beautiful day!

      Thank you so much for sharing here with us too. At least you were honest with the man and he saw that you are genuine and understood, and he appreciated the fact that you had taken the time to acknowledge him!

      I appreciate the votes up and sharing. Hope you are having a lovely Sunday!

      Blessings to you too, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi my dear and sweet friend from South Africa, Martie!

      Thank you for taking the time to leave such a profound comment, which does add much, and then some, to the subject of this hub indeed! You're the best!

      I appreciate you sharing a bit about your country too. This world is such a brutal place due to the hearts of men being full of greed and all kinds of unspeakable evil no doubt!!! I have been in prayer for South Africa since you have educated me on the goings on over there and asked for prayer for the entire country. I respect you so much for the strong and beautiful person you are and for bringing more awareness to such sad conditions in your country, of which maybe many were not aware. Nelson Mandela had a beautiful dream for your country and it is a shame that evil is running rampant! Thank you so much for sharing!

      Yes, it is shocking in LA, here, that just a few blocks over are multi-million dollar homes, and then, back just a few blocks, are those cardboard box homes! What irony to say the least.

      For change to occur, the hearts of men must change. I do know of many, many good men with good hearts who do their part, but for every good man, there seems to be 10 or 20 men (or more) with evil in their hearts.

      I remember my dad saying while growing up that "the rich get richer and the poor get poorer."

      No need for any apologies at all!!! I am blessed you have taken the time to provide all with such an eye-opener as relates to your country too. Since you do live in South Africa, it would be an awesome hub to write about your firsthand knowledge of exactly what is going on in your country from your perspective (daily life), but only so long as you would not be placed in harm's way.

      Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers for protection from harm, as well as your country too. My heart just could not take it, if you were ever harmed in any way.

      Please know how much I value you as a writer, intelligent woman and now sweet friend.

      Hugs and much love to you this day, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hello ChristyWrites,

      So nice for your visit here this day! Thank you so much for leaving such wonderful comments. Yes, homelessness is a worldwide problem no doubt. I do not know the answer to this problem, but I do know that a little kindness towards another human being is possible and that each one of us can at least be kind, whether with just something as simple as a smile.

      The hearts of men must change from being filled of such greed to loving others. I mean, how much does one man need in this world!

      I appreciate you sharing on FB and Twitter!

      Thank you so much for your kind words here. You're the best!

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Sadly, when I see a homeless person, I try to walk by them quickly. Your hub inspires me to interact with them, which is just a small kindness, and yet can be meaningful to them. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi alocsin,

      Good to see you stopping by here this day. Thank you for leaving an honest comment. Yes, even the smallest acts of kindness can go a long way.

      I appreciate the votes up

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a wonderful hub, Faith! The different components combine to make a very caring, effective and inspirational article. The hub is a great way to encourage people to help the homeless. Thank you so much for creating it. I've voted and shared.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dearest AliciaC,

      Always lovely when you stop by to read and leave such kind comments.

      I appreciate the votes and sharing.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Beautiful, touching, and true. Each story you recounted brought tears to my eyes. "Whatsoever you do for the least of my brethren".... and yet, many of us, like the people Samuel described, look the other way and refuse to see.

      Thank you for writing this beautiful hub. I hope and pray it sparks movement in people to help the homeless in whatever way they can and our government to start caring more about the homeless and veterans in this country. And yes, God bless Johnny Depp.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. God bless.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Mary (till),

      Always so nice when you stop by to read! Aw, thank you so much dear heart for leaving such beautiful comments here which add to the subject matter of this hub no doubt! That is my prayer too.

      Yes, God bless Johnny and God bless you and all.

      I appreciate the votes up.

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      The Stages Of ME 4 years ago

      Hi Faith Great piece ~

      I have experienced some of the best conversations with people I have randomly met in the City. I always leave a conversation blessed by them and their tenacity for life and often their great appreciation for the moment in life.

      Great work and eye opening for all ~

      Blessings to you always

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hello The Stages Of ME,

      So wonderful to see you here this evening! What a blessing dear heart!

      Wow, thank you so much for sharing of your personal experiences, which add much to the subject of this hub here.

      I appreciate your kind words. You're the best!

      God bless you, Faith Reaper

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      Angela Joseph 3 years ago from Florida

      Wonderful hub, Faith Reaper, and very timely. More people are becoming homeless as a result of our economy. We need more hubs and people like you to remind us that each of us can make a difference.

      God bless you

      Angela

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Anela (quildon),

      So glad for your visit here this day! Yes, the economy for sure is not helping with homelessness certainly. I truly believe that each one of us can do something, anything, no matter how small ... it can give a little hope and brighten another one's day. The problem may never go away, but we can each certainly do something.

      God bless you,

      Faith Reaper

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      That is a nice thing to know about Johnny Depp! That's a lot to charge $8. The shelter here charges $2 a night, unless the person has a family or is from a natural disaster. I love the scripture you included in your Hub.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Crafty,

      Thank you so much for reading. Yes, that is a lot to charge! If all who were able to do so ... hire those homeless who are able and who truly wish to work, did so, that would be so amazing.

      I am glad you love the scripture included here.

      Have a great rest of the week ahead.

      Faith Reaper

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      mythbuster 3 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Nice tidbits about Johnny Depp. I'm glad people are writing humane hubs like this about those who are homeless.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello mythbuster,

      So nice to meet you and glad you are reading here this day. Yes, if we all could do just a little bit each day to brighten another one's life, this world would be a much nice place in which to live.

      Yes, when I serve in ministries, I try to keep in mind those which involve those in need ... water, food, shelter, clothing or those in prison as He tells us in Matthew in His Word.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Lori Colbo 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      A beautiful piece, faith. You're heart reflects God's heart. The plight of the homeless and suffering in general are a burden God has laid on your heart and mine.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Lori (lambservant),

      Always a blessing when you stop by to read! Thank you so much for your kind words here. I know their plight has been laid on your heart too. It would be so nice if all were to be the hands and feet of Jesus and reach out and love others less fortunate, just as Jesus did. This world would be such a nicer place in which to live if each and every person just did even the smallest act of kindness for another person.

      God bless you. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Maree Michael Martin 3 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Some of the most grateful people I know are from the streets. I was amazed about the L.A. Hotel too. Yet, I like knowing it is available for use. More empty buildings need to be filled with people in need of care and love. As we trust them, as we listen to them, it becomes us. So many small ways to help. Thank you for this story of hope.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Ruby,

      Thank you so much for reading! Yes, there are so many abandoned buildings out there, and they could be transformed into housing for the homeless. They are human beings and not trash. When the Lord placed it on my heart to serve the homeless and/or downtrodden, I found that all were so grateful ... those who are truly homeless. I believe each on of us can do something, anything, even if just a kind word or a smile to acknowledge that the person is there, can go a long way in making this brutal world a bit better place.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi Faith this was very beautiful and thoughtful, often times if we just stop for a moment and think on these things we'll be better people. We need to rest down self most of all its our biggest enemy, especially when self gets in the way for us to look down on people or feel that we are better in some way. I never think that i am better than anyone in that sense. I have a good job etc but you know what, what does it profit me if i am unkind, i can't give someone something i am all stingy etc. NOTHING.

      We can be the richest thing out but all it takes is a bank to go bankrupt where our monies are being held, a fire to burn our house down and then we become just as a pauper. So why do some people ever get in their heads they are BETTER than someone else.

      God has blessed the rich to share with the less fortunate but I am afraid it isn't so , the rich wants to get richer isn't it a horrid evil thing.

      I am glad that someone made that homeless mad feel worthy. I am sure if he's dead where he has gone to he never wants to see this wicked world again. No more sickness, no pain no more sorrows over there.

      Thanks for this hub it will make me more aware and appreciative of what i have, if ever i open my mouth to be rude and complain to God. I'd remember this and SHUT UP!

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      ahorseback 3 years ago

      Hi faith Sweety . I have known all kinds in my life , rich , poor , it doesn't matter which , everyone needs love ! Isn't that truly the essence of our social needs ? I will never understand though how anyone can walk right by another who is truly hungry ! How has our society grown so callous ! You nailed this issue . Thank you for your esteemed humanity !...........Ed

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for that very moving post, the story about Samuel and about Johnny Depp , one of my favorite actors. Yes it makes me all the more grateful for having a warm bed to go to every night. Voted up!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Jo (LadyFiddler),

      Thank you so much for taking time out to read and leave most generous comments. I had to wait until my granddaughter was asleep before getting on here to comment back.

      Yes, God tells us that those who are last will be first in His Kingdom and those who are first will be last. Good eye opener for sure. He wants us to be His hands and feet right here on this planet and reach out and give a little hope to those who are downtrodden and share the "Good News" for sure.

      Yes, I am so thankful to just have a nice comfortable bed to sleep in each night, as I know that may not be the case one day.

      I am glad you will think of this hub.

      I appreciate your thoughtful comments here.

      God bless you.

      (((Hugs)))

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Ed,

      Thank you so much for your kind and most generous comments here. Yes, everyone needs to know of love in their lives and each one of us, hopefully, has a little bit to share with another human being to bring a little light in this dark world.

      I am so glad you have stopped by to read.

      Hugs and blessings

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Nadine,

      I appreciate you stopping by to read. I am glad you found this to be a moving post. When we see a person who is downtrodden or homeless, we need to be mindful that they all have a story and are human beings who just need a little hope shown them ... which can go a long way.

      Yes, we could very well be without our nice warm, comfortable bed in which to sleep one day.

      I appreciate the vote up.

      Blessings

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi good night sure no problem, we all should think of things like these and then we'll all be better people, more loving and caring. Trust me God knows exactly how to humble some of us bring us back down to zero like King Nebuchadnezzar anytime we get to puffed up and think we are better than someone else. Sometimes it takes those same street people to help us.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi again Jo (LadyFiddler),

      Yes, plus Jesus tells us that whatever we do not do for the least of these, we did not do it for Him ... I have seen the face of Jesus in those streets while serving the homeless. You never know.

      He knows our true hearts, so no sense in us trying to pretend.

      I know I have learned a lot from the school of hard knocks no doubt.

      God bless you.

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      Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

      A beautiful hub. My husband used to see a panhandler, homeless or not, he did not know. But the man was shabby and always out there panhandling, know to be an alcoholic or drug addict, not sure which. My husband would greet him and hand over some money. Then the man seemed to disappear. One day at the market, someone tapped my husband on the shoulder. A clean neatly dressed gentleman stood there, a stranger. He introduced himself as the panhandler. He had cleaned up his act, became healthy and was on the recovery road. But he was going around thanking the people who had been kind to him. He said that it was the thought of that kindness that pushed him in the right direction, that gave him hope. I know some people frown on handing over money to people on the street, but it is the human connection that is important. A few dollars here or there can mean a meal or much more.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dolores,

      Thank you so much for the amazing comment and sharing about your husband and the downtrodden man! Wow, that would make a great hub too. I am so blessed beyond measure reading your true account which adds so much to the subject of this hub. It is amazing how far just a little kindness towards another human being may go to change or impact a life. We are all capable of showing kindness and compassion to another one, and who knows how much that will take that person in this life.

      Bless you and your husband.

      (((Hugs)))

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Faith, I hope you're well, I just came over to say Happy New Year to you and the family. However, It's a good time to bring out this excellent piece of writing. My Best always.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Happy New Year Dear Jo,

      Yes, I am well, just been having my grands up for the past four days, so a bit busy, but a joyful busy!

      Always so lovely when you stop by. I appreciate your most generous comments.

      Blessings always

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Where I live we have less immigration than we use to but still a good bit and I see some of these people in grocery stores with buggies so loaded down that those groceries has to come to hundreds of dollars and I see their food stamp cards and I think we the citizens of this country are forced to foot the bill for these illegally in our country yet we are not allowed legally to feed our own hungry and homeless! I wish our government would start screaming about doing something for them for awhile! I mean they can vote can't they? Why not try to buy them and their votes?

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      Interesting points you have shared here. I can't imagine how some states have made it illegal to feed the homeless population with our own money to boot!

      Shouldn't it be a crime to allow the homeless citizens to starve to death on the streets of America, even those who fought for our freedom ...

      God bless

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      Missy Smith 24 months ago from Florida

      I loved this one. I loved the story about Samuel, and I was not at all surprised about Johnny Depp helping. He's always been a favorite of mine, mostly because I can see his human struggles. The poem was really gripping.

      Great Hub! Voting ^^^^:)

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      Faith Reaper 24 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Missy,

      Thank you so much for stopping by my side of HP Town and leaving such a kind comment. Yes, that Samuel story is one close to my heart for sure : ) ... Oh, that Johnny Deep stepped up to the plate on that for sure. Yes, I agree with you about his human struggles. I am glad you enjoyed the poem.

      I appreciate the votes too.

      Peace and blessings

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