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					Helping the Homeless Can Make a Huge Difference

We see them everyday in every major city in the world. As we drive to
work they are there at the entrances and exits to freeways, signs around
their neck asking for a handout. We studiously ignore them and in fact it
has become a skill to not make eye contact though sometimes we just
can’t help ourselves. We may comment to our fellow passengers that the
person is too young to be homeless, that they should get a job and make
a decent living. We feel self righteous saying these things but as the
number of homeless people continues to increase we know inside that there
has to be something we can do about helping the homeless and especially
homeless families.

Because what we many times do not see, except in third world countries
are the children of the homeless. They are living in cardboard boxes under
the freeway overpasses and huddling for warmth around kerosene fires.
These children are the true victims of the current economic crisis and the
numbers of children who are homeless and beneath the poverty line is
staggering in this, the riches country in the world. It is one thing to deny
help to a homeless man and quite another to ignore the plight of these
innocent children. They are caught in the political crossfire and as states
battle with budget deficits, the first things to be eliminated are the social
programs such as welfare and child aid.

We cannot allow ourselves to become so hard hearted as a society, as a
people, that we ignore the plight of these innocents. The only way to
helping the homeless is to establish organizations that will depend on grants
and funding from the government. Private institutions, as charitable as they
are, will never replace funding from the general public. It is our duty to
continue helping the homeless in this country.

Helping the homeless will cure many ills that befall out society. First of all
we can battle disease. Homeless people are many times more prone to
getting and spreading communicable diseases than people in the general
population. Homeless children are at even higher risk since they do not
know how to properly clean themselves and have no facilities to do so
were they so trained and inclined.

We need to establish caring and working homeless rescue shelters where
homeless people can safely live and be cared for in an intensive, holistic
and long term way. We can’t just give them a meal or two, clean them up
and send them back out to face the rigors of the street. In order to help
homeless people we need to educate them, give them jobs, provide
medicine and health services for them and treat them as if they were
members of our families, which they are. Helping the homeless is our duty.

We are all part of the human race yet sometimes it seems that the most
privileged among us are the most hard hearted and uncaring. If everyone
would just look into their hearts and give a little each day, or each week,
or even each month, the problem would be solved in no time. Homeless
agencies are understaffed, under funded and over worked.

Volunteer some of your time to helping the homeless in your community if
you do not have the money. Any little help will go a long way.
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