A homeless person
December 9, 2010 2:14pm CST
A wealthy lady gave enough money for a homeless person to spend the night in a guest house. He had a bed for the night in a warm and comfortable room. Then in the morning he got breakfast to eat. The lady said that she had more pleasure doing that. She spent the same amount of money as this when she went out for an evening. What do you think of the lady giving the homeless person somewhere to stay on a cold night? How you think homeless people manage when the weather is so very cold? Do you imagine that homeless can be helped?
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9 Dec 10
It is much easier to give a man a fish, and feed him for a day than to teach him to fish and feed him for a lifetime. One reason for this is its so much easier to eat the fish, than to learn to fish and have to work to eat. We can help others, help themselves but they must have the will to learn, and the ambition to work, before we can really help them. How many Homeless people have the ambition necessary to feed and shelter themselves and their families?
9 Dec 10
When I read about that woman and the money she gave to the homeless person I can't help thinking about the sencence: "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and he'll eat forever" I think it is way a kind thought to pay for one night in a guest house and it is nice of her that she wants to help, but on the other hand one night in a comfortable room doesn't solve the longterm problems. In the town where I used to live the homeless people stayed at the train station when the weather was cold. They weren't allowed to stay there, but they kept coming back because it was less cold that walking around outside.
• United States
9 Dec 10
I think it was a wonderful thing for her to do.....to share her wealth and give someone a nice warm bed. Here in Minnesota they have shelters for them when the weather gets cold. They also have their own little spaces where they congregate together and have fires etc to keep warm. I do think some homeless can be helped. Some though are that way by choice.
• Gold Coast, Australia
9 Dec 10
I think that is a fantastic thing to do. The only problem is that the homeless person has to go back to the streets after a luxurious night. I think it is a kind gesture, but it does not help solve long term issues. I am not sure if you saw my recent discussion about a young girl who was helping the homeless in her area. She is doing wonderful things. http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2450272.aspx
22 Dec 10
that was very nice of the lady. but what about the next night and his next meal? although the help was much-needed and surely appreciated, something far more lasting could have been provided to the homeless person like taking him to a shelter for people who are in similar situations, or better yet, help him find a job that will make him self-reliant, keep off the streets, and be able to buy his own food and other needs.
22 Dec 10
Some problems can only be solved with transformation, not reformation Someone can be homeless because of their own mistake - keep spending money beyond earning or the company they work for is not good managing money so it goes under But what about those who become homeless because somebody wrongs them, unfairness, disability can't work, world economy suffers and so on giving one homeless one day of breakfast and shelter is not solving anything! if she is rich then she could do much much more
20 Dec 10
Just like what other people say, I also think that this lady could have gotten something like a shelter for the person instead of just paying for a night at a guest house, because it will not be the same again for the person the next day. It is such a wonderful thought for someone who is homeless and have to sleep without anything to cover him from the cold weather though. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day
14 Dec 10
I've heard of stories about homeless people trying to break police car windshields so they could get arrested, and spend cold winter nights inside a jail cell where there is heat. It is sad. For a wealthy person spending just the same amount of money for her evening 'outing' to spare a homeless person a night out in the cold is definitely better than nothing. Or could be a wonderful start. She might experience such a high that she might consider doing other things to help the person not be homeless for good.
11 Dec 10
hi maximax, this is one place i never heard that we have here except for boys town or girls town where they accept kids (abandoned) or no parents. i see so many now (which i find a sore to the eye) because they are on the streets, begging, and then sleeping on sidewalks with just carton boxes as bed and sometimes.. only newspapers. i see also families without homes and they live in pushcarts and still they get to have 3, 4 or even more children. these people are not from here actually. most of them came from far away provinces hoping to find gold in the city. the government should prioritize the cleaning up of these people and sending them back to where they came (where i think - they are better off there) or find later on that what litters on the streets are no longer garbage.. but people. the lady you mentioned is very kind. but she should think of long term if she really wants to help. what a terrible sight and a pity to see these people walking on well lighted and paved streets.. looking at pictures of food outside restaurants but cant get in. ann
11 Dec 10
Wow, that lady is generous and she deserve blessings. Homeless persons hid in warm places when it's cold weather. I don't know and I'm not sure where they stay if it's cold weather. Homeless can be helped because there are now many people who likes to help and donate to homeless people. The homeless person in your story should thank the wealthy woman.
10 Dec 10
Why does she feel the need to help one whom she has no connection or prior past with? because of compassion in all people. we like to believe people all carry common good, this story in a way aids the reality that some people who do good are still live among our ever down grading society.
10 Dec 10
Hi Maximax - I have never done anything that good... but hopefully, I will do something better... because I am already planning for it. The first time I felt sorry for a homeless person was around midnight when I was returning from work. A young child ... must have been around 10 or 12 ... he was sleeping on the pavement ... alone. It was chilly though not as cold as your parts of the world. My mind wandered to why he ran away from his home, and a whole lot of scenarios. I didnt have the courage to bring him home because of two reasons. One thing is ... it is difficult to explain such things to people... second thing... my own financial position was not up to mark that I could take up his responsibility. But the least I could have done was give him a place to sleep in the night...
10 Dec 10
that is very kind of her... i am amazed to hear that there are still so many kind-hearted people in this world despite of so many evils things happening in this world as well... i think the problem of poverty is not that easy to be fixed... it required lots of efforts from the government and the society to help to fix it together... take care and have a nice day...
10 Dec 10
This wealthy lady is indeed a very passionate person. I do have this thought of reaching out to the needy. I hope I will be given an opportunity do do so. I do not have the means, however there is a saying : contribute money if you have money, contribute strength if you are strong ... lending a hand to the needy
10 Dec 10
I am always hoping that we will be able to help each other. But I´m not sure that what the lady did was the best thing to do. I don´t know what exactly is a guest house (as compared to a shelter) but I think it is important that the person is sheltered for some time and not just for a night. That´s why I think it is better to give money to institutions than to make a news story by giving out some money for a one night of bed and breakfast.