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Facts vs. Myths about Homeless People
Life and Reality
Too many people, adults none the less, don't understand the homeless situation and what is actually happening. Too many people think that people are living in the streets by choice, because they want to.
This is to help dispel the myths perpetrated to make us believe that it's okay to leave our neighbours struggling in the streets because they want to be there. We have been lead to believe It's okay to turn a blind eye when you walk by a panhandler, someone sleeping in a doorway, someone who is sitting on the street with desperation in their eyes. It is not okay.
Paraphrased from a booklet put out by the Lions Club to help children understand the realities of homelessness, it is information that we all need to hear so we understand the actual reality and impact of the homeless situation in our world today.
Homeless Become Helpless Quickly
Lion's Club International Website
- Community Service Volunteer Work | Lions Clubs International
Thanks to the Lion's Club for creating a book for children that helps them understand the truth about homelessness and poverty
Do you believe most homeless people are homeless by choice?
We, as a human race of caring people, have a social responsibility to help those among us who need the help that the governments won't give. Those people living in the streets were taxpayers; they supported the economic and social service system when they were working and had an income. Alas, when they need the help from those services they paid into, the system fails them resulting in their lives falling apart and no one seems to care. They lived in homes, have children, families, lives, a past; they are like you and I, they've just had the rug pulled out from under them. It's time to understand it can happen to anyone.
Become informed, don't be swayed by bad information that says 3 to 4 million people in the USA want to be homeless. That is the most ridiculous concept in the world; do you honestly believe in your heart that 3 to 4 million people are choosing to live in cars with their children, on streets, in parks, tent cities or shelters? Please! Let's all start realizing that a homeless crisis is in our midst and we need to take action.
There are several ways to take action, writing to your government representatives and demanding your tax dollars be spent on helping the homeless with long term solutions is one way. Supporting programs like Woodwynn Farms Therapeutic Community or San Patrignaon is another way. If you do a little research in your area I guarantee there's an organization helping the homeless looking for volunteers.
Homelessness needs to stop and the homeless people of our world need to be respected and helped because they are part of the human race.
Thank you for taking a minute to watch I hope you are affected enough to take action against homelessness.
Still don't get it? Watch this
Homeless stories by real people
- Surviving Homelessness: Meet Chynaman
I stopped and talked to a panhandler with my camera in hand. Here's an opportunity to hear one homeless man's story of how he is surviving on the streets.
- Being Homeless in America; My story
This article exposes the reality of life as a homeless family in today's America. My family and I became part of those statistics. This is my story
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