We see them every day. We walk around them. We look away from them. We look away from them. Some beat them. Some blame them for being like they are. We call them homeless people.
Who are they when they look in the mirror? They are us. Any one of us can become homeless, from the rich to the poor.
How does it happen? Some people work hard but things start to go bad for them. Others have the good job and money or not. But then you start to make bad lifestyle choices from substance abuse, vices, make bad business decisions or spend more than you make. Then, when you’ve gotten yourself into financial trouble with no savings, disaster strikes. You lose your job, get sick or a natural disaster strikes your area. Before you know it, you’re out on the street asking for help.
Government social programs can help most of the homeless get back on their feet. But some fall into the cracks of the system. They are forced to quit their jobs or don’t get sick enough and don’t qualify for help.
The deadbeats and panhandlers should be weeded out of the system so benefits can go to the people that need help.
So, how do we help the homeless help themselves? Along with those benefits should be work programs that people can use to get back onto their feet.
So, don’t blame the homeless. Show compassion. They can be any of us. Remember to make the right lifestyle choices. It can help keep a lot of us from becoming homeless.