After the winter that we’ve all had, there’s collective sigh of relief as spring is finally upon us. I know for myself personally I really couldn’t take much more cold. My body don’t handle it like it used to. Partly due to the inevitable wonders of aging, and allot of it due to the fact that being homeless for those 2 years really did a number on my body.
I’m extremely arthritic since the experience, as well as hyper sensitive to temp changes. My body spasms sometimes simply going from light to shade.
It’s things like this that keep me obsessed with trying to help those who are still on the streets.
I come off strong at times looking for support, but you must understand is because in this case, I’ve seen the truth and I know things you don’t. I also feel confident that you wouldn’t be able to simply overlook if you did.
Before I became homeless, I didn’t get it either. I seen someone in the street and I believed all the normal stereotypes.
Now I have friends on both sides, and the fact is that I know more homeless people that once accomplished amazing things, with higher education degrees than almost ANY of my “normal” friends/acquaintances.
These people were writing great novels, they were changing science, hell one friend was Rollin with the Kennedy’s and at one time was a household name.
Most of my normal friends stayed with first job as a career, married the first person who seemed like logical choice, and basically count thehours till they can get together at the bar and talk about what a fun time they had at the bar the night before.
Quick joke: A Heroine addict, a crack head, and a pill abuser are all together in a room. An alcoholic walks in with a bottle of beer.
Suddenly everyone leaves the room
The punchline? There is none. While we glorify alcohol in this society it is hands down the ugliest drug and ugliest disease out there! And fact is that a HUGE number of you are functioning alcoholics and don’t realise it.
My point is we have to stop pre judging each other based on what we think we know about life. People on the street for the most part are not there because of the reasons you think.
There’s tragedy at the root of every story out there. Honestly, and I know in the past I’ve caught heat for saying this, but in my time and travels, I’ve yet to meet the person who is homeless due to just bad economy or money problems. They say it’s just economy, and brush over the fact they witnessed their parents murder or something.
The brain is so fragile and complicated, everything you know can crumble and you simply don’t function right any more.
So why this gloomy talk in a post about spring?
Rebirth. I’m calling for a rebirth in how we perceive the world and the people in it.
I know you all read my posts and dismiss when I say it can happen to you, but trust me, I know smarter, more accomplished people out there.
Take the time to learn about people, you’ll be better for it. Stop idealism, because it just don’t apply in the real world.
But most of all HELP
I sent off two boxes of women’s dress clothes to a sober house for the Ladies to go to interviews and jobs. I want able to give any gift cards along with it. I only have 2 left from the batch that I bought out of my pocket, and frankly I couldn’t send just 2 cards. Determining who got them would bring more harm then good.
But if my readers cut back on ONE drink that they will have in a bar this weekend and donated that $5 or $10, I could’ve sent over a stack of gift cards for these ladies.
This weekend I’ll be packing up the backpack full of socks, and some easy open canned meals I have.
I really want to get some more family dollar store cards to those in street for various supplies they need.
I Apreciate the support over the cold winter, but the help is still needed regardless the weather.
Spring means MORE people on the street due to emergency winter shelters closing, and regular shelters cutting back the amount of beds.
It means less soup kitchen openings while more mouths to feed.
The problem didn’t stop, the game just changed up a bit that’s all.
I still need your help bringing some human dignity to these people, and with donations still at $zero for this month as we reach the mid point, it’s just not good enough.
We need to do better. Fellow human beings need our help, and we can’t turn our backs because it’s not a popular cause, or because people don’t do wacky fun stuff for awareness, or most of all, because there’s no cocktail hour with helping.
I need your donations to keep helping people move forward, or at least make it through the day
Let this spring open you up to a new mindset.
Please, I beg you use the donate button on the right side of the page and help make a difference.
Street Level Enterprises, Inc