If, in moving through your life, you find yourself lost...go back to the last place where you knew who you were, and what you were doing, and start from there. Bernice Johnson Reagon.

07 August 2013

Homes and Stability

For the record, I have never been homeless. On the other hand, a couple of times I have been close. Such are the times we live in. You can make the right decisions, or at least not the wrong ones, or even big wrong ones, and things, well, implode.

A lot of attention is thrown towards homeless veterans. There are a lot of reasons why it turns out that way, and deep down, there is a part of me that truly believes that no one really wants things to turn out that they are homeless. With nowhere to go.

In reading the comments, there are a few people that think this is a bad idea. I guess it is part of that ‘give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach him to fish and he eats from now on’, or something like that.

Of course, in my travels on an ambulance, I have seen my share of homeless people. And for the most part, they are basically good people that either life through a curve ball, or maybe they did not make the right decision(s). Sometimes, it can be about not being taught what the right decisions are.

My hometown has a large homeless shelter on the south side, and there are a couple of other places for folks to go. But of course, those are not intended to be long term solutions. And somehow, I don’t think this is a long term solution, but it is a start.

Things are a lot easier if you know you have a place to go, a place to eat, a place to sleep, bath, and keep your stuff. Maybe it is the difference in getting back onto your feet and making a difference.

And some people will say this is another form of socialism, of hand outs, or pandering.

To you I have one thing to say…maybe.

But, these folks have demonstrated that they can work, that with a little, well, supervision and stability, they can contribute.
And in my mind, anyone that rose their right hand to swear an oath to defend the constitution of the United States, against all enemies, both foreign and domestic, then well, they have earned that extra helping hand, whether it is healthcare or help getting a place to stay, or priority points in getting a job.