Posted: November 12, 2007 in Discrimination, Homeless Shelters, Homelessness, Hopes, Housing, Misconceptions

Here it is: another federal observance of a holiday. Yesterday was Veteran’s Day, but all Federal, State, County and local offices will be closed today. It’s all about giving everyone a three day weekend when a holiday rolls around that way the work week doesn’t get disrupted.

Actually, that’s my theory as to why holidays were moved from their REAL day to a Monday nearest to them. And as far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t make things any easier. It only creates more chaos for those of us who believe that a holiday should be celebrated on the day that it was intended to be celebrated, instead of on some pseudo-holiday day of the week.

After all, how would people feel if they had to celebrate their birthdays, wedding anniversaries and such on the Monday nearest the actual day? Like I said it would only create chaos.  

Unfortunately, there are millions of people in this country who face a life of chaos everyday: America’s homeless.

Nothing in their lives has any semblance of permanency. Nothing in their lives had a sense of order. They are completely at the mercy of the organizations, agencies and people who provide services to them. And contrary to orthodox beliefs, the majority of homeless DON’T want to be homeless. What they want is an opportunity to get out of living in homeless shelters, sleeping behind buildings and under bushes, having to carry around all of their worldly belongings and having to live with the day to day uncertainty of life on the streets.

Plain and simple: what the majority of homeless want is a place they can call "home."

Most of them actually want a job: one that will allow them to provide for themselves. They want to be able to live like "normal" people. They want to be able to go home at the end of the day, kick off their shoes, grab a cold drink or a cup of coffee and watch TV, or take a shower, or just sit and relax.

Instead what most homeless get is to stand in a long line getting processed through a make shift type of assembly line, hoping that the meal they get will be hot, or at least warm. Then once they sign up for the bed, they have to wait around with uncertainty to see if there are any beds available. If it turns out there are no available beds, then they must go out and try to find someplace to sleep for the night. Hopefully they won’t get rousted by the local police for sleeping out of doors. And even more hopefully that someone won’t sneak up on them in the middle of the night with a mind to do them bodily harm.

For those men and women with children, it’s even worse. They have no place where they can leave their children during the day; no one who will care for those children so that they can go out and try finding a job. So even more so, these persons are trapped within a system that uses these unfortunates as a statistical way of acquiring more funding – the majority of which will go for "administrative costs" – with very little of that funding going toward actually helping the homeless or of creating programs that will help the homeless find a way back into the community.

The only thing that most homeless have to look forward to with a certainty is that the majority of the society around them doesn’t want them around…

… Every other part of their lives will remain "up in the air" unless someone decides to intervene.

  1. wanderingvet says:

    I wonder how many Veterans had to work both Veterans Days? And how many Non Veterans had both days off?

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