"POVERTY IS A GREAT ENEMY TO HUMAN HAPPINESS; It certainly destroys liberty, and it make some virtues impracticable and other extremely difficult." Samuel Johnson (1704-1784) December 7, 1782 In James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Jackson, 1791When the homeless is not fortunate enough to get in a temporary shelter because the shelter is full at capacity, sleeping becomes a struggle and even very dangers. Below are some places where the homeless will sleep when the shelters are not an option:
In a Vehicle – Sleeping in the vehicle make the homeless subject to vandals and to the authorities for illegal parking. They must always keep moving.In a Storage Unit – Some homeless are sleeping in storage units keeping their belonging dry and secure while avoiding the dangers on the streets.Motels & Extended Stays – This type of stay once was affordable but today most of these rooms are unaffordable for the homeless because in most cases, the cost to stay in one of the units starts at a minimum of $300.00 a week depending on the territory and region.Tent Cities – This type of living is in ever major city today and comes with its own problems and controversies.Abandoned Homes and Buildings – The homeless seek out these types of facilities that are not boarded or protected by security and they take up shelter within.Parks and the Streets – Although parks and streets are open to the public, the homeless are often made by the police to move alone.
How to help the homeless:
1. Be Careful – Many homeless people have mental issues or criminal backgrounds. You should always go in groups of two when approaching a homeless person to ensure your saftey. In the pictures on this page (the founder) Debbie Ward’s husband is in the background protecting her safety.2. Direct the homeless to a shelter in the community and encourage them to arrive early at the shelter to ensure bed availability. The local shelter will have acess to programs and resources to help with getting the person back on his or her feet. 3. Offer socks, blankets, water bottles, and mabye a prepaid card to a local fast-food restaurant.4. Pray with them and for them. Share God’s love with them by just taking the time to show you care. Ask your community to pray for them.5. Donate to your local shelter with your money and or your time.
Acts 20: 35-38 ESV "In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all."