To be homeless

@dorannmwin (36608)
United States
November 29, 2012 10:48pm CST
I know that there are some mylotters among us that have been through the experience of being homeless and there are many of us that will never have to face that experience in our lives. With that said, if you think about a homeless person, is there something that you automatically picture? If there is, can you describe what you think you would see if you were to see a homeless person? For me, I used to think that all homeless people were drug addicts that were too wrapped up in their addictions that they didn't think about getting a job or a roof over their heads, the only thing that they thought about was their next buzz. However, because of meeting some of the people here that I have and also as a result of learning more about my community, I've come to realize that homeless individuals come in all shapes and sizes. There is no age, race or creed that is exempt from homelessness. I do have to admit that the thing that really shocked me the most was to learn that in the city that I live in, there are a lot of homeless children. I wouldn't have realized this except I was going to my mother's house one day and saw the kids getting off of the bus at the Salvation Army shelter. Please share with me your views.
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• United States
30 Nov 12
When I think of a homeless person. I think of someone who looks lime myself. someone dressed well,and looks like they belong to a nice family and someone who has a smile on thier face when passing by others on the road. the reason I feel this way is because when I was homeless you would only know this is you saw me walking in and out of the shelter. I did not dress like I had no home or family. I looked just like I look now I was just homeless at the time.
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• United States
30 Nov 12
looks like myself...
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@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
1 Dec 12
That is more of the view that I'm starting to get now. Yes, there are homeless people that aren't trying to do anything for themselves. However, I really think that they are the minority and the majority are people that look just like you and I and are simply down on their luck at the time.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
30 Nov 12
I think that many of us think that we know what it means to be homeless. until we have acutally had to walk in those shoes we have no ide what it can mean to a homeless person to be homeless. we can only sympathszize and assume.
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@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
1 Dec 12
There is no way that I would be able to imagine what it would be like to be homeless. Now when I was a teenager, I used to take part in a drive to stop end hunger where we would collect donations in return for going 30 hours without eating anything. I do have the experience of being hungry and it always really pulls at my heart when I see someone that is hungry because though I did it voluntarily, I do understand what it is like to be hungry.
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@erikmama (12934)
• United States
30 Nov 12
I have been homeless and it is no fun. It takes something minor, even out of your control for it to happen, and while they say there is help out there it is limited and sometimes almost impossible to obtain. It is also the way that people treat homeless. The homeless shelter in Nashville makes you work or voulteer 30 hours per week, yet they offer no assistance in helping you find a job or get there if you did. They treat homeless like they are no good scum sometimes. I am not saying there are not good programs out there because there is but sometime not everyone can get those. Once you are out of the streets of course you want to drink or do something to try to alleviate the pain and heartache just knowing that you have nowhere to lay your head at night brigns you way, not to mention how you will eat. there is no time to try or think about getting back on your feet! there are far more homeless people than most people would lie to think or admit. Beca8se tey are viewed as drunks and addicts the mothers and children can get left out.
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@Dominique25 (9476)
• United States
30 Nov 12
I completely agree with you. Homeless people do come in from a variety of different people and backgrounds. It is really sad that there are so many people that are homeless. I wish there was a way to get rid of poverty and all the problems that come along with it. That though will require a lot in order to be successful at that.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
1 Dec 12
It would be quite difficult to be able to get rid of all homelessness, but I do think that as a result of what the global economy has been through in the last several years, it really is something that should be done all over the world. I strongly believe that there is much more that should be done for displaced individuals.
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• United States
15 Dec 12
I agree with you. There should and could be a lot more done to help those who have no homes. It is absolutely crazy how much money is wasted all around the world by governments on things that are not necessary. It is sad that so many people are in that situation and have a hard time getting back on their feet.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
18 Dec 12
Agreed, I even think that some of the problems could be stopped before they even happen. I think that children should have a mandatory class in high school for budgeting and other practical matters that everyone has to deal with during their adulthood.
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@jureathome (5363)
• Philippines
30 Nov 12
Oh my, i can't imagine being homeless. I grow up in a middle-class family, who has enough to eat everyday and send the kids to school. We can't buy everything we want like a fancy car or a big house, but we had enough to live a balanced life. I was satisfied. I wouldn't know what to do if I ever get to experience that situation. When I see a homeless person or child, I would think that they may have been abondoned by their family and left on their own. Or, they may have run away from home.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
1 Dec 12
I couldn't begin to imagine what it would be like to ever be homeless either. The main reason that I couldn't begin to imagine it is because of the fact that I know I always have somewhere to go. You see, my mother might not be a wealthy woman, but she has always said that her children will always have a place to go if they are struck by bad luck.
• Philippines
5 Dec 12
As for me, I know that with the degree in College that I have and the working experience, i could always find a job. It would be a shame, not to. Perhaps, when I ever get homeless, that's when I go crazy and insane, and all my relatives and friends won't find me.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
5 Dec 12
In all actuality, I don't think that there is anyone that is immune to the possibility of losing their home with the economy that we live in today. Yes, your possibilities of always having a job are greater because of your education. But you could still, unfortunately, still find yourself without a job, at least temporarily.
• Philippines
30 Nov 12
Yes, you are right. There is no age or size when we are talking about homeless people. I see a lot of homeless people everywhere here in my country. Elders and young children are really pitiful to see. If we could only provide them home, for sure we'll do it. I hope the government will help these people. I hope they will provide a facility that they can use so that they'll also experience to have a shelter of their own. May God bless them and I hope some generous people will help them.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
1 Dec 12
It is actually quite a joke in our family that I am the one that takes in strays. Of course it started with the typical cats and dogs. However, I've even got a roommate now that wouldn't have a steady roof over her head if it wasn't for the fact that I told her she was welcome to stay with us, free of rent, for as long as it would take her to get on her feet.
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• Philippines
4 Dec 12
Oh, you are so kind. I hope you'll help more needy people and in return God will shower you with more blessings. Keep up the good work. You're an angel.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
5 Dec 12
I don't know that I would consider myself to be an angel and I don't do things for other people because it pays me back, instead, I simply do it because I just wouldn't feel right if I wasn't helping other people in some way, shape or form.
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@leeandrew (1226)
• Philippines
3 Dec 12
I'm not homeless but I don't have a house of my own house yet, but I'm hoping that one of these days I'll be able to live with our own house. I definitely agree that not all people are blessed with good life and many are striving. I just praise God co's in all these... He's knows what's happening to us and definitely He has purpose that only Him knows on why things happens this and that way. I saw a lot of people here in my place where they live in the street and slept on cardboard. It aches my heart to see them, but I'm not born in with a rich family myself in fact there were times when I was young that we have nothing to eat too. Being poor did not made my dreams and aspiration became like it co's it had made me become stronger instead and I fought the good fight of faith, and now.. I live my dream... not probably all of it but at least I did not remain poor.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
4 Dec 12
As I was growing up, my family was neither rich nor poor. I know that there were times that we had to do without, but I also know that we always had food on the table when it was time to eat. Now I also have a close friend that was dirt floor poor and when we met, they didn't even have a bathroom in their home (this was the late '90s and early 2000). I'm still friends with this family today and they've all come a long way. Their poverty didn't kill their spirits, that is for sure. But then, they did always have a roof over their heads.
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@leeandrew (1226)
• Philippines
4 Dec 12
Yeah, sometimes it's just about dreaming and praying that that dream will come to pass and of course doing something to reach that dream as well. People needs to work harder to get life better, it's hard to just wait for generous people to take pity on you.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
5 Dec 12
I believe that a big part of the reason that they are where they are today is because of the fact that they want better for their own children. She has three children of her own and he had five children (three are still with us, two of them unfortunately passed away two years ago.)
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@cynthiann (18572)
• Jamaica
30 Nov 12
It is so sad isn't it? all the homeless who are in almost every country in the world. We do not have many facilities in our country but the homeless in our area are fed every day as the Churches cooperate and take turns to feed them. It is so awful and I cannot find words to describe the pity that I feel and also a sense of helplessness. The only thing in our favour is that we do not have snow or ice to contend with.
@cynthiann (18572)
• Jamaica
1 Dec 12
Weare trying to have a building where the homeless can go to and get a shower etc then seen by a volunteer nurse or doctor if necessary. Some obviously have mental probems and then they could get the necessary meds. After this process then they would be fed. They would also been given a clean set of clothes after bathing - obviously not new clothes. It is a beginning and we are working hard to acquire some land or a building by a donation. The sad thing is that in these harsh world wide economic timesthere are many homeless who are there by default. They did not do anything wrong I wash and refill used soda/water bottles and keep them in my fridge. I usually grab some when I leave the house as on a hot day, a drink of cold water is appreciated by so many of the homeless. I just hand them out at random to any homeless person. I am always amazed when they say 'God bless you', as I would have expectd them to be hostile and bitter instead of grateful
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
2 Dec 12
That really is a neat idea of something that could be done to help individuals that are homeless. It would be something that would probably be difficult to make a reality, but once it is done, that would be a service that would be appreciated by many people.
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
30 Nov 12
It is different in our country because people who are considered are out there sleeping in the streets. They are very dirty and you see them actually sleeping on pavements with only a piece of paper to cover their backs. It is so sad to think that there are people living this way while there are thousands of others who live in rich houses.
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
30 Nov 12
I mean "people who are considered HOMELESS"
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
1 Dec 12
That is how I always pictured things when I was growing up and though I know that there are people in my country that are in that kind of a situation, that is an exception to the rule rather than being the rule here.
@mariaperalta (19097)
• Mexico
30 Nov 12
I feel for the homeless.. Im lucky I have family all over the world who would never let me be homeless.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
1 Dec 12
It is the exact same way for my family and myself. I've been lucky to have a wonderful family, and especially my mother, who would never allow any of her children or her grandchildren to be without a roof over their heads.
@savypat (20248)
• United States
30 Nov 12
I think some of the people in our gym are homeless, if you think about it, if you are living in your car and can afford the thirty dollar gym fee, you could get a daily shower, a snack and some exercise for that small fee. Of course I understand that some have no money at all, but I know the gym membership works for some.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
1 Dec 12
I'm not a member of a gym, but now that you mention it, something like this would make a lot of sense. That would ensure that people could take a shower and have a little snack without spending a lot of money that they didn't have the money to spend. This really gives me something to think about.
@Angelpink (4023)
• Philippines
30 Nov 12
Blessed are we who have have home for we won't feel cold when the wind blows , we won't inhale the dust and pollutions , we can have a sound sleep for we are protected by four walls of our home but how about those who are not so fortunate , how cold are cold blows of the wind ? How they are breathing now ? How safe are they when they sleep ? My heart cries for our brothers who are homeless , our government can't accommodate all those homeless , though many already non government organization helping still many have still none but we will not lose hope , slowly this problem will be solve if all of us will work hand in hand. That is why sometimes i can asked myself why do rich people used to buy vintage cars , limited edition cars when if only they help half of that amount to build houses , i guess they already save thousand lives. Like also buying those LV bags. If only that worth of amount use in building even a small house , i guess many children are sleeping soundly and safely . We won't be bringing even a cents of our money when we die , so why not share them if we have already to much. How can we human being afford to carry millions worth of bag , when in the street , children are sleeping and eating garbages ? How can we afford to drive our Ferrari Car , when some of our children are bone and skin already because they have nothing to eat and they lived in a very hazardous and polluted place ? Yes it is the the sin of those rich people , but morally and spiritually we are liable for our brothers and sisters.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
1 Dec 12
I absolutely love the attitude that you have and I completely agree with you that we can't take what we have here when we die. I think that is part of the reason that I donate to those less fortunate than us items that we no longer have a need for in our family. I also will give a person the shirt off of my back if they needed it more than me. And over the years, we've offered to share our roof with friends of ours that wouldn't have had a roof over their head if it wasn't for our help.
@roshigo58 (4871)
• Pune, India
30 Nov 12
Hi, There are many poor and homeless people in our city. They are like beggars. It is very sad being homeless. I am lucky that I have my own flat where I can live happily. Any person of any age, of any size or any religion can be homeless.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
1 Dec 12
That is very much the truth and I've seen in my own life that not all people that are homeless are beggars. You see, not three blocks away from our house is a homeless shelter. I will see the individuals that stay there for the night outside smoking in the evenings sometimes and for the longest time I didn't even know that it was a homeless shelter.
• United States
30 Nov 12
There are many reasons why people are homeless. Some people can be veterans and have no where to live while others could have had their house foreclosed. I remember hearing a story where a family of 10 had lost their house because both parents had lost their jobs and unemployment was not paying them enough. Sadly the family of 10 had to get into their two vehicles (two vans) and had no idea where they were going to. They were just going to drive and pray that a family member would help them out. It was sad and even though Randy and I did not have any money we were able to give a little extra food to help out. I have also heard of Veterans who had their spouses leave them and had no place to go which had resulted in them being homeless. I know where I live there are a lot of homeless people and sadly there are two people who have begged for money on the street. Both of them claim to be Veteran's, but they have signs that say "I am 23 years old and served in World War II" and the other sign that says "I am 25 and served in Vietnam". These people are not telling the truth because if they are really 23 and 25 years old these wars happened before they were born (World War II ended in 1945 and Vietnam ended in 1975). I was born in 1975 and I am 37 years old so I know it is impossible to serve during Vietnam. The 23 year old was born in 1989 and the 25 year old was born in 1987.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
1 Dec 12
The people that lie about being veterans really is something that does yank my chain. Yes, I do know that there are a lot of people that have fought for our country and have come home so severely affected that they are not ever able to function in society again, but I honestly don't think that all individuals that claim to be veterans really are, I think there are a lot of people that are just trying to pull at people's heartstrings to get more help.
@jenny1015 (13394)
• Philippines
30 Nov 12
There are a lot of homeless people in our city. And I just wonder why the government hasn't made any further step in placing them in a home and teach them how to survive on their own without the need of begging in the streets. I pity the children who would be going from one car to another asking for alms. some would even go on board the jeepney (public transport) and give envelopes to passengers asking for some money. While I pity them, I feel a bit if anger towards their parents. I mean, they clearly do not have any means to survive, why would they allow themselves to bear children when they could barely feed them and would just allow them in the streets and endangering them?
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
1 Dec 12
When it comes to children that are actually born on the streets, I feel some degree of anger. However, I can't say that I feel anger for all children that don't have a choice but to live on the street because they didn't make the choice to have that lifestyle and it could be that they just ended up without a home to call their own as a result of bad luck.
@betty1989 (752)
• China
30 Nov 12
I totally agree with you that there is no age, race or creep that is exempt from homelessness. Homeless people come in all shapes and sizes. I have been lived in big city for almost six months. This city, most of homeless people tend to beg in the street. some are old, some are also three or four. How can I help them since I am not a wealthy person?creating shelter maybe is the best choice. This can be done through government.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
1 Dec 12
I too can't do a lot to help, but I do try to do what little bit that I'm able to do. For example, I will donate warm coats or blankets that we will no longer be able to use, I donate clothes that we are no longer able to use and things like that because I know that if I was in those shoes I would certainly like to be able to have someone give me a leg up.