Archive for the ‘Acceptance’ Category

In late May of 2008, I wrote a post called: Why Help The Homeless?

It was my attempt to answer one of the most frequent and common inquires this blog receives: "Why should we help the homeless?"

In the end, my answer was simply that we should help the homeless because it’s the right thing to do.

To be sure, my answer was an altruistic one. But, when all is said and done, showing basic compassion to our fellow human being – regardless of their social standing within the community – is the clearest sign of humane society.   (more…)

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One of the biggest challenges faced by any community when addressing homelessness is where to locate homeless support services organizations and agencies.

While, some may feel sympathetic to the homeless and agree there is a need to help them, no one seems to be willing to have the facilities placed in their neighborhoods.

Reasons range far and wide for folks being opposed to the building or expanding of homeless services facilities. However, it all comes down to the perception of how it will impact the surrounding area.   (more…)

Despite evidence to the contrary, many folks still believe that the majority of homeless are drunkards; drug addicts; derelicts; psychologically disturbed; or just too lazy to work.

Those are the typical stereotypes.

The truth is those homeless who fit that description represent a minority of the overall homeless population.

In reality, the typical face of homelessness is comprised of vast diversity of people from all walks of life.   (more…)

Most of the southern part of the U.S. is experiencing extreme drought conditions.

Being hit the hardest are three of the top four most populous states: California, Texas and Florida.

According to an article in USA Today, Record dry start to 2009 worries, farmers, firefighters,

"The first two months of 2009 are the driest start of any year since the USA began keeping records over a century ago, leading to severe drought in Texas, dipping reservoir levels in Florida and a surge in wildfires across the nation."

Not exactly the rosiest way to start the year is it?   (more…)

The following statement is from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness website,

"The elected officials’ agreement, America’s Road Home Statement of Principles and Actions, affirms the roles of the U.S. Interagency Council, U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the National Association of Counties in providing jurisdictional leadership through 10-Year Plans to End Chronic Homelessness, adoption of innovations such as Housing First, ACT teams, and Project Homeless Connect, and the involvement of the philanthropic community in investing in results with a focus on permanent housing."

Although the push to implement solutions for helping the nation’s homeless find permanent housing was borne at the federal level, homelessness is nonetheless primarily a community issue. As such, it is one which has to be addressed "locally."   (more…)