I just saw a great idea

United States
November 13, 2007 3:54pm CST
I was scrolling through discussions and saw something that I thought was a great idea. Someone made the comment about adopting a homeless person. I think thats an awesome idea. I think if everyone who was capable of given and supporting one other person in their lives should do this. Find and help one homeless person. It would give the world a greater understanding of what they truely go through and would get people past some of these stupid misconceptions they have about homeless people. It would also give that other person a chance and a hand to get back on their feet and become the person they know they can be. Sure anyone can give a dollar or two here or there, but to take time and actually help someone, help them get their life back together, now thats real charity.
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• United States
13 Nov 07
Your heart is in the right place, but you may be in for a lot of trouble if you attempt to give a homeless person a home. Most homeless people had a home. Most homeless people have a family. Most of these homeless people lost both for good reason. Do not assume the family of a homeless person is merely heartless. Most of the time they have done all they can and just can't take any more. So, when you try to help a homeless person be careful. You are about to probably learn why that person's family does not want to help them anymore. Be ready to make that formerly homeless person homeless again. If you don't think you could do this if it should become necessary for the safety of yourself or your own family, you have no business trying to help the homeless. Before attempting anything like this, go talk to some people with a few years experience helping the homeless. Good luck.
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• United States
14 Nov 07
Given that for a brief time in my life I was homeless I can tell you that I do know a bit about what I want to do. There are a lot of misconceptions about homeless people and the reasons behind it. I was homeless as a teenager because it was either that or be beat and abused. My family wouldn't help me because it was easier for them to pretend there was no problem then to help fix it. I have met in my lifetime a number of homeless people that by no fault of their own are out of a place to live. Many due to fires, floods and just a run of bad luck. Not everyone has family that can help or even family period. Some do but are to proud to turn to them for help. I'm not saying every homeless person is willing to change, but for those that are who am I to say they can't?
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• United States
14 Nov 07
I'm glad your situation is better now. I'm sure an experienced good hearted person could learn to tell the difference between the homeless who put themselves there and the ones who did not. I only brought up the point I did because there have been people hurt doing this sort of thing. Again, best wishes for you in your new and better life.
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• United States
14 Nov 07
Oh trust me I understand the ones that are there and don't want to change, I see them all the time. This has been something I've thought about a lot recently. We have a few homeless people in the area I live in, two of which I see often. Both men and both over 50. One is homeless because he lost his job, and his wife almost back to back and couldn't handle it. He broke down and in the end of it all lost everything. The other fell on hard times and ended up being homeless due to his own kids. Both are really sweet and it breaks my heart when I see them. I try to help them out whenever I can and I know they appreciate it.
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@jeanniemay (1803)
• Philippines
14 Nov 07
Wheew! That is one heroic idea. If only we can wave our brains good bye about the unnecessary consequences then maybe more people who are capable will adopt one. In this evil manipulated and overly polluted negatively society that we live in, one in one million might think of doing such. I hope more people will think the way that person think and few people will take advantage of kind ones.
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@lgwlong (199)
• China
14 Nov 07
that is great idea ,homeless children are so pitty,they should also have good chance to study ,loved by others and so on,just like other normal chiildren
@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
14 Nov 07
Yes I agree! Your heart is in the right Place. I like the idea! I think I'd like take an older homeless guy in off the street. I'd let him bring his shopping cart and all his stuff in as well, because I understand that he's had that stuff for 40 years and he's grown used to it. If he didn't wanna sleep in a bed I'd allow him to sleep on my sofa or just on the floor in the Kitchen. I'd never make him bathe either. I expect he wouldn't wanna get wet because hes been out in so many rain storms he's tired of water. If he smelled I'd spray him with Perfume. I'd even let him go thru my Garbage, (why not I'm all finished with it?) Actually you can't do too much for these poor helpless people!
• China
14 Nov 07
But not everyone has the ability to adopting a homeless person. Some familys just could feed themselves. Life is not easy for everyone. I do suggest people who have the capability to give strong support on the charitable enterprises.