Photo: The Empowerment Plan Many people experiencing homelessness would like a job even more than a coat warm enough to sleep in outside. A student’s idea to help people experiencing homelessness got a whole lot better after a homeless woman offered advice. Kimberly Wong writes at Streetwise magazine, “Some students might believe that school projects […]
Originally posted on Not Freud’s Couch: Good morning all, welcome to the social sofa, its too early for wine 😂, so grab yourself a brew and settle in. Today’s post is one about a social issue that is becoming more and more obvious as we walk around the streets of Britain…homelessness. The man without…
Every night in the Greater Lafayette Area, 50-60 people sleep in with no shelter in conditions “unsuitable to sustain life”. These being literally on a park bench, under a bridge, or curled up in an alley. When I heard this statistic, I was stunned. We’ve all seen people experiencing homelessness before, but I had no […]
WFMY News 2Cover The City Holds Winter Blanket Drive For The Homeless In The TriadWFMY News 2Each chapter strives to collect at least 5,000 blankets for the homeless. The purpose of the winter blanket drive is to provide warmth for the homeless in the bitter cold. Cover The City is also working with Heal Our…
we stand in the doorway of a lingering dream to reach a close space of four walls with a roof overhead called a room to shelter us from a sneering world- the full moon in the open with its icy touch is deadly to us- let all open space be theirs, the sky, rivers, […]
#1 My brother Dan = On June 30, 2015, Dan Brettler day was proclaimed by Seattle Mayor Murray for his extraordinary commitment to helping end homelessness. Check out Dan’s work to end homelessness: truly inspiring and remarkable.
#2 All the volunteers who participated in Project Hope (including me) from 10 pm to 4 am on January 22/23, 2018* This event was a yearly census The National Coalition for the Homeless create and inspire to count the homeless on one particular night in NYC. There were several sites throughout the 5 Boroughs. Teams of 4 were created amongst the volunteers at each site, routes were assigned – maps given – a bit of training and off we went. Our assignment was to elicit information and offer assistance if we came across a homeless person on our route. If the homeless person was sleeping, we were told not to wake him or her. The team I was on was assigned a route in East Harlem. We had one encounter with a homeless man who was happy to speak with us and only one other that was sleeping. The man we conversed with did not want any help which would consist of being transported to a shelter because shelters in NYC are notoriously precarious at best and you are kicked out at 6am. So we were utterly helpless, with nothing to offer but a smile, hug and kind words. Yes, he appreciated it, but obviously far from satisfactory. How do we as a society allow anyone to have to spend the night on our streets? I’ll never understand why more cannot be done*
I See You Michael Genhart, PhD, Author Joanne Lew-Vriethoff, Illustrator Magination Press, Fiction, Oct. 9, 2017 Suitable for Ages: 4-8 Themes: Homelessness, Poverty, Child’s reaction, Empathy, Kindness, Social Justice Synopsis: I See You is a wordless picture book that depicts a homeless woman who is invisible to everyone around her—except for a little boy. Over the […]