It’s a disappointment to me when some folks automatically assume that because a person is homeless that they are not a "nice or good person."
I’m well aware that we are a visually oriented society, and therefore, have a tendency to take our preliminary "cues" based on how a person is dressed. If they look neat and tidy, we equate that with "wholesomeness." And, if they are a bit disheveled, we equate that with un-wholesomeness.
Unfortunately, due to their "residential status," our nation’s homeless aren’t always the best dressed. Consequently, we seldom take – or make – the time to base our opinion of any specific homeless person based on their personal character. Furthermore, quite often we go out of our way to avoid interacting with a homeless person – and, all because of their appearance. (more…)