Monday, June 20, 2011

Just saying

Every day, I look through between 50 and 60 Google Alerts for homelessness.  I know I'm only catching a small percentage of the news articles, blogs and websites.  I know this because I've yet to see one of my own articles - guess it takes a while so keep reading everybody!

Within these alerts, there is a classification of sorts that's becoming increasingly prevalant.  It seems as though nearly one in four alerts reference this category. Let's call it weather related homelessness. 

We've experienced some wild weather this spring.  Record setting tornado outbreaks and torrential rains with ensuing floods have obliterated a number of towns throughout the nation.  Fires have added their wrath to the mix and we've just begun the hurricane season.

Knowing that most of these catastrophic events fall outside of the Responsible Referrals mission statement, I nevertheless thought it appropriate to mention the human pain and suffering which has been prolific throughout the country.  It's on my mind - maybe on yours too.  Circumstances could just as easily have dropped one of those spinning clouds to earth above my home - or yours.  In the blink of an eye, a family becomes homeless - or worse.

Help where you can.  Pray when you can.  That's all I'm saying.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Mike. Most people have what they believe is an accurate belief of or the stereotypical view of a "homeless person/family". Many people want to believe that when they see or hear the word "homeless" it means the person/persons are either a criminal, former criminal, addict of some sort or the like. Well, back during the great depression there were many "homeless". They were single people in extremely hard times, they were families, full families. Today, we have the same scenario. Here is our take on it. You or i could be someone who is single or married with 2 or maybe even 4 children. One day, as in the case of your article we become homeless due to a catastrophic event such as some of the recent devastating tornadoes. The thing was, when the storm happened, we, you or i, Mr or Mrs General Public, were living check to check. Sure, we would have a social drink now and then at home or out with friends. Thats acceptable right? Legal right? Welllllll, but now, we, you or i, Mr or Mrs General Public, who was living week to week, has now been on the streets living from shelter to shelter for about 3 months and no Hope in sight. depression is hitting hard, the kids are constantly crying, there is constant confusion and fear and no quality direction or support. What do you do? Maybe you didnt before, but now you may start drinking a little more than you did before because it is so readily available out on the streets. Maybe you give up, give in to the streets because someone will help you watch your kids or your few belongings you have with you. I could go on and on, BUT it is not "maybe". These things happen literally every single day to "normal" people. The "homeless" were all of our neighbors at one time. They were members of our families. They gave up. There was no Hope. They didnt have the guidance, direction or support. They didnt have a friend or even just someone who cared enough to get them where they needed to be. I plea to all communities everywhere. Please, help prevent someone who is in danger of becoming "homeless" from actually becoming homeless. Take some Time. Give them some extensive amount of your Time. Listen to them. Transport them to an appointment they would otherwise miss, feed them, let their kids be noisy because the kids are stressed out more than you can imagine. Give the kids a gift like a stuffed animal or a toy, remember, those kids had to leave literally everything behind including their favorite stuffed animal or pet which helped them get to sleep. I would like to say Thank You Mike! Thank You for being one of the General Public who Cares enough to help make a difference and NOT see the "homeless" as a stereotypical scar on our Communities. The homeless could be you, me or any one of us at any given moment in time. Thank You, Lance Greene - Straight Ahead Outreach (Taking back Your Life) Inc.