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April 25, 2010


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I too ponder this subject, but have no solution. I can say I have began to gain a few insights. First, it is obvious a house is not a home, but merely shelter unless there is more. When the homeless leave the streets, they also leave their family, their community. At first, the comfort of shelter is a welcome relief from the discomfort of the streets. But it appears that after time lonliness sets in and one begins to feel isolated, alone and even outcast. For this reason, it is important for the individual to be surrounded by a community of individuals that are able to show love and caring. I have also observed that the former homeless want a means to earn and provide for themselves, but are often given fish instead of being provided the opportunity to fish for themselves. I have yet to see an effective program to facilitate communities for those looking to get off the streets and finding work for these individuals is even harder.

Crews Giles

Provoked by this entry, my reply, I fear would overwhelm. I do not normally blog on homelessness, although there are a few entries which are related "Girl on a Bus" and "Failure of the alter-Christus" for examples, but it is what began as my reply to this blog which I ask you to consider: http://crewsgiles.blogspot.com/2010/04/homeless-heart.html "The Homeless Heart."

Thanks to all of you who "get it."


Hey Crew,

Great post man. I especially liked the account of the dumspter diver in the middle. It is true that being homeless is incredibly hard, but I think it is not settled that all homeless are without communities that shape a form of "home" for them.

Gary M

... and Da Dillo had this to say about that subject @ http://dadillo.wordpress.com

Cheryl Pace

A home is where you feel you can drop your burdens, where you can rest without turning around to inspect your area before you can sit, where your environment asks nothing from you but provides a place for you to lay your head.

I think we over complicate, over think, over squeeze the question. And we don't see the answers because they are not are own.

If we can just be satisfied to not find relief in our own hearts, but to trust that some semblance of that is being found in the hearts of the homeless.

Cheryl P.

Alan Graham

You really hit this one on the head Cheryl! Thanks for your comments. I do believe we tend to ever think the issue. That is really what gets in the way of our doing something about this catastrophe. Thanks again! -Alan

Diane Lehr

I am homeless and would really love to have a trailer to live in. I am trying to e-mail Alan Graham but can't find out how just yet.

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