while this is happening all around us, we sleep safely and warmly in our beds every nite. our children are just a few feet away tucked in for the nite and safe from what lies just a few blocks away in our own city. this too is as it should be. our children should not be aware of, much less experience the horrors and hardships of being homeless in this, the wealthiest country in the world. president obama, the central planners in washington dc, the senate and congress, homeless advocates and any other agency or organization remotely connected to homelessness all speak loudly and passionately about homeless children and how we should expend all efforts in housing them. but yet night after night our children continue to sleep ion the streets, in cars, in rundown hotels, in missions and shelters, exposed to situations and things that no child should experience. despite words, promises and plans our children continue to die and be abused because of our neglect and unwillingness to step forward and demand that they be our first priority and demand that no child go one night without a home, without food, without the safety and love that every one of them should have. every single one. it's not a secret. they are not hidden. they are not difficult to find. homeless children and teens are everywhere in our communities, in our cities and in our country. there is not excuse. there is no denying. there is no looking away. there is not stating it's not really our problem.
we should take up the larger responsibility for our children, not just your own, but for every homeless child in america. yes, collectively we owe it to this very helpless, very vulnerable part of our society to do everything within our power to ensure that not one more child dies due to being homeless. not one more teen dies alone on our streets and not one more mother grieves the loss of a child. what will it take america? how many more must die before we feel the twinge of guilt and ask ourselves why this continues while the government, on all levels still spends billions of dollars needlessly. why are we sending money out of this country when our most precious resource, our future, still suffers from a safe place to be a child? why indeed.
we are the problem. we are the solution. at some point we need to say enough is enough before we taint a whole generation.
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