Fighting Poverty with Passion
For the most part working with the homeless is a very rewarding experience. Its very exciting to see clients come to the warehouse and pick out stuff for their new house. Sometimes when they first arrived they are skeptical and need a little help to find the perfect items to make there house/apt a home. We are very grateful to our donors who continually make this possible. We have a great decoration section with beautiful art work that adds the finishing touches for our newly housed clients. By the time they leave they are smiling and feel a little more hopeful about their new situation.
This week was very tough for me. One of our clients was killed in a hit and run accident. When he came in for furnishings for his apartment, I spent an extra few minutes speaking to him about Alcoholic Anonymous meetings. I never thought when he left that day he would be killed in a few weeks. But he wasn’t the first. Last year around the same time another one of our clients was also killed in a hit and run accident. Two homeless people froze to death in New Orleans last month. In December of 2010, eight homeless youth died in a house fire as they were trying to stay warm. These are just a few of the horrific things that we know about. So many of the homeless suffer through many things while they are out there with no protection.
I personally try to do everything I can and go the extra mile, make the extra phone call and advocate anyway I can to help the homeless. I believe we must do all we can do in that moment. The most important thing is we must treat them with dignity and respect. Many people out of ignorance think homelessness is a choice. That is a myth and not true. Many of our homeless suffer from mental and physical disabilities and they can”t work or take care of themselves. My motto is help all you can when you can. I want to be the person they remember as being nice to everyone and making their life a little easier that day.
“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.”