sometimes i'm not sure of the answer to that myself. sometimes i wonder why should i continue to try and help the homeless. i can't end homelessness. i probably can't change any major policy from homeless agencies whether i agree or disagree with their direction. i can't employ a group of homeless men and women and offer them a new chance with a new beginning. i'm struggling myself having come out of homeless just a short time ago. i've had my own share of ups and downs and near misses. i'll be fine in the end and i'll make it thru it. so why?
it's for the homeless last nite who needed dry socks that i couldn't provide after a cold, pouring rain. it's for those homeless yesterday morning <saturday> who had no place to go and no place to congregate and nothing to keep them busy. it's for the women i encounter at nite who have no shelter because there is no place for single women in this city. it's for the wife who left in fear and is stranded until the next morning when she can reach social services. it's for the mother and child who need a room for the nite until they can find their way to a family shelter the next morning. it's for these and other people that for whatever reason find themselves without a roof for a day or maybe two until they can regroup or wind their way thru services and find shelter.
it's more than these also. it's for the homeless that need more than a granola bar and bottle of water in a brown bag. they need the every day essentials that we take for granted. things as simple as clean underwear, money for something personal, clean, appropriate clothes for an important job interview and maybe a bus pass or ride to get there. it's for things that come up and need to be dealt with faster than normal services can do. it's for many things. but in the end it's to help a fellow human being during a very difficult and dark time. mine is not to judge....mine is only to help ease the burden along the path to ending their homelessness. perhaps i can shorten that path for them in some way. it's even difficult for me to explain to you what it means to know there is help available when you need it...not in two or three days...but when you need it.
take a minute and go to the donate page and help me get this started and running. i can't say much to convince you to donate except that having been homeless, i know how to help. i know when to help.
go....help with what you can.
see you around town