Sunday, July 24, 2011
Getting ready to take out more meals this weekend. Depending on how things go in Washington, will determine if the homeless count increases dramatically.
It is becoming more and more apparent that if the homeless, poor and needy are going to be helped to any great extent, it is going to have to come from each and every one of us. One helping one.
This picture is of some of the people I help feed on a regular basis without any kind of assistance. I will be able to go out more often once I get a car. If an unemployed, single mom, without a car can help, surely a lot of you can do that and much more. Am I trying to put pressure on you? Yes. What would happen to you if your company suddenly downsized?
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
For many reasons it is difficult to fully account for the actual number of homeless
(including veterans) in the US. Many sleep in their cars, in the woods, or other
hard to locate areas, and many veterans do not use VA / VA affiliated services.
The difficulty in accurately counting the homeless is compounded by the fact
that the numbers do not include those living with others due to economic need
or in motels due to lack of adequate housing. Furthermore, the definition of
homeless is in itself problematic. For example, some definitions, & therefore
statistics, exclude those who are in prison or jail and those residing in housing
for the homeless. Many of our incarcerated veterans are homeless. There
is not a national database to help track our homeless vet. Most available
statistics don't include the many that are at risk of becoming homeless.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Two weeks after saying that the government is providing plenty of money and resources to help homeless veterans, that homeless vets are in their situation by choice, and that Americans don't owe homeless vets anything, BOR announced that he would support the creation of a new GI bill because the government isn't providing enough money and resources to vets and that we as Americans owe veterans more than they are getting. BOR had previously said that politicians can "do little" to solve the problem of homelessness among veterans.
Friday, July 8, 2011
Many people conclude that people are poor through some fault of their own. This kind of reasoning makes it easy to close their hearts and hands to the needy. But we are not to invent reasons for ignoring the poor. We are to respond to their needs no matter whom or what was responsible for their condition.