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How to help the homeless people and yourself

Updated on September 29, 2014

Why are there so many homeless people living in poor conditions on the streets or doorways? Is it because there are not enough homes? No, even if there were more housing facilities available some of these people would still live on the streets, it has become a way of life to them. Many people do not realize that these homeless people are not there because they are lazy drug addicts or alcoholics. It is far more serious than that.

From my own personal research into this subject I found that many are there because of domestic violence situations or teenagers and younger children running away from home Homelessness affects millions of people all over the world, and they are not all old, many of these are teenagers and even children as young as eight or nine years of age. Which makes me ask again why is this happening especially to so many children? Why can’t the powers to be do something to reduce this problem?

Many celebrities have donated millions of dollars to a variety of homeless organizations and yet it is like a speck on the ocean. There are so many homeless people all over the world that it will take more than money alone.

The majority of people are so wrapped up in their own daily schedules, that they do not appreciate how lucky they are. And completely ignore that homeless people exist, or choose deny the knowledge of their existence. Yes they may offer a donation when prompted, but would never consider to do something themselves to help these needy people.

Wealthy or less fortunate

Why does the less fortunate person give more of themselves and their possessions than a very wealthy person? And why does a wealthy person always tell you how much they paid for something, especially if it is cost in the thousands. Whereas a lesser wage earner would just show someone what they had bought. This has always fascinated me.

Donate unwanted items

First go through our homes and sort through our clothes and cupboards for things that we no longer wear or use. Go through the kid’s rooms and look for items of clothing that the children have outgrown or toys they no long play with. You might even find some food in the cupboards that you bought a heap when on special and found you didn’t like it.

You can bundle these up and take them down to the homeless shelters. You can be sure that these things will be appreciated.

How to help the homeless and yourself

I am sure that everyone could spend an hour or so every week or month helping others less fortunate than themselves. Or walk in and help whenever you have any spare time. Not only will it help the homeless people and lessen the load on other volunteers it will help yourself more than you realize.

You learn that voluntary work will make you feel so much better as a person, simply because you can make a personal difference to someone else’s life with a little effort on your part by offering your time.

Work at a shelter- Anyone can volunteer to help feed the homeless or work in soup kitchens.

Sorting clothes for the Salvation Army- Donations are appreciated, although someone still has to sort out the suitable goods from the rubbish.

Make use of your talents- If you are an office worker, offer to answer the phones, help with any paper work and accounts.

Professional people- can offer their time and professional services free. This could be doctors, teachers, or dental services.

Spread the word- Tell other people about the work you are doing and encourage them to help out too.

We cannot help everyone, although every little bit that you can do will make a difference. Not only to the homeless person to the person inside you as well. Once you have helped people less fortunate than you, you will appreciate your own life and realize how lucky you really are and never take things for granted again.

Crafters- why not make baby clothes and novelties in your spare time and donate them to charity or the homeless. Winter is coming and they say it will be cold.

Remember, above all show respect to these people as you never know, if your circumstances change and go downhill, you could end up being just like them.

Helping the Homeless True Story


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    • janeenjesse@yahoo profile image

      Joanne Kathleen Farrell 

      7 years ago from Rensselaer NY

      I wrote a similiar hub article about a homelessman I met named Rodney. It is called the plight of the homeless. I enjoyed your article and I am glad you are trying to educate people about this issue. Joanne Kathleen Farrell

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      ed77burns, Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Christmas time is even tougher for the homeless people. Everyone is celebrating and most of them dont even have anywhere to sleep or eat.

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      8 years ago from USA

      This hub gives cool ideas about homeless people.And also interested in knowing that where are they putting their new modern buildings.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Denizee, yes it is terrible about our homeless all over the world.

      Yet the detainees that are coming into the country are being housed in brand new accomadation while waiting to be processed.

      The latest is in an old army camp and now they are putting new modern buildings for them. Yet we are ignoring our own people. Don't get me wrong I am not against anyone but I think we need to look after our own first. cheers. thanks for commenting

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      8 years ago

      Wonderful Hub. I believe a lot of them lack the resources of information available to them and the system fails to recognize the importance of just putting a roof over someones head. I've notice two counties away from where I live there are "Tent" cities, constructed much like those in the depression era. This should not be. Your compassion is enormous in the Hub, God bless you and yes others can help the needy if they would just take the time out to advocate for those less fortunate.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      pamela kinnaird w. thanks for that, we all need to do a little bit whenever we can.

    • Pamela Kinnaird W profile image

      Pamela Dapples 

      8 years ago from Just Arizona Now

      You've made some good observations and suggestions here. Thanks for a thought-provoking article.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      mquee, thanks so much for commenting, yes it is hard to work out how people survive in the winter time when we have our heaters and they have nothing.

      yes they really do it tough and most times it is not their fault.As you say it does not take much to find yourself homeless

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      8 years ago from Columbia, SC

      Hi Eileen, a topic that needs all of the exposure that it can get. Many of us are in denial about this situation and many just say that the homeless are lazy. To have a home and a job is a blessing and many people don't realize that it can take just one major event to make one homeless. Great work and reseach, thank you for reminding us of our responsibility to one another.

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      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      maryrenee, thanks for stopping by

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      9 years ago

      wonderful hub! so many great points :)

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      wealthmadehealthy, thanks for taking the time to read this hub. cheers, we all need to help one another. thanks.

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      9 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

      The answer to "question #1" is the fact that those with less have more to give because they know the Lord better than those with wealth....Jesus called the fisherman and carpenters to be his diciples, not the rich....The rich people should learn something very basic in that one statement. It is better to give that to receive, and in the end, it will all be taken away from you anyhow, so why not show God what a good person you are and share it??

      Great hub, great hub!!

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Alex, that is terrific, we can all help in different ways. thats for sure. cheers

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      9 years ago

      I started out by working at a shelter now I created my website and help that way. I did well in life and it is only proper to give back.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Salt, very good comment. The boom up north has really created housing problems out of all proportions. Fancy paying over a $1000 a week just for rent. It is so stupid. You cannot even get to stay on a caravan park without difficulty up there when traveling through.

      Everything is so full. And like you say housing and land is far too expensive. Althoug I heard this week that the government is going to stop the increase of housing.

      I wont hold my breath though. If accomodation and living expenses were not so high it may reduce some of the people living in cars etc by at least a fraction.

      We have to dream before that will happen though. Thanks for commenting though. Glad to see you still around here.

    • salt profile image


      9 years ago from australia

      Good topic eileen, I am sitting in the car right now due to someone being upset at home. I am not big on the salvation army though, as they are the far right of the liberal party here and I do beleive that a healthy social housing policy would stop alot of this and I have sent this policy idea to the Prime Minister, yet he only seems to use the ideas I send without copyright.

      Developers make over 120% they often also have part ownership in the loan brokerage companies that fund developments and are thus earning extraordinary profits. Add a good social housing component to developments and housing estates and you might see a change in outcomes. Not a getto based housing system that maintains an under class.

      (copyright 2010.

      WA was doing quite well before the minerals boom and the bizarre increases in housing costs there were astronomical. People forget that if you increase property prices to far, you just create greater payments for mortgages, so if they dont get you via the interest rate, they get you by increasing the cost of the building... same people.. just different way of maintaining control

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      bedbug, yes you are so right. Especially in Australia as we are coming into our winter. worst luck and awful wet here today. thanks for stopping by and leaving nice comment.

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      9 years ago

      Wow! What good information. Homelessness is a problem that keeps on growing and we, as a society, need to adopt the mindset demonstrated in this article: reaching out and helping the less fortunate.

      Your point about donating unwanted items is sound. While so many people will just toss out a blanket or old comforter, these items could help someone to stay warm. A person in desperate circumstances will not care if a comforter is old--just that it helps to keep them warm.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      valeriebelew, thanks for sharing that part of your life. It is so hard when you see very young children on the streets, for whatever reason. It should never happen to them. And they sure need help, but maybe they are a little independent too which makes it harder to help them. Thank you so much for stopping by

    • valeriebelew profile image


      9 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Eileen, I am just like them, only my family has money and helps me out since my business failure. I never stop being grateful for how easy I have it in comparison to so many less fortunate. I inherited my home, without which I would not be earning enough on my current part time job to pay my monthly bills. Sometimes I still don't earn enough to pay them, and my family steps in and helps. It is easy for me to understand how people become homeless in the current recession, and I would also be homeless without a somewhat wealthy family, and parents who worked hard all of their lives and left me a home. Too often people are proud, when they should be grateful. Thanks for this hub. (: v

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      samboiam, yes you are so right we just dont do enough.

      lctodd1947, thanks linda yes it makes us feel better too by being able to do that something and know it helped in a small way to brighten their day

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      Linda Todd 

      9 years ago from Charleston

      Eileen, as always a great hub and good advice. There is nothing more fulfilling than to help someone who needs it. Caring about others is most important and healthy. Thanks for sharing.

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      9 years ago from Texas

      It is important to remember, we may not be able to help everyone, but we can help someone.

      If everyone would do what they could the world would be a better place.


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