Only YOU Can Prevent Homelessness…..
Yes, only YOU and Only me and only ALL of us, 100% of ALL of us…
Each and every one of us…
You read all the time about “ending homelessness”. Ten Year Plans etc etc
What about preventing homelessness in the first place?
Homelessness….hmmmm…well what is it in the first place?
It could be your adult able bodied son or daughter sleeping on your couch.
It could be a friend of a friend sleeping on your neighbors couch or in their garage.
It could be a 16 year old girl sleeping in an abandoned house or under some bushes or a bridge.
It could be a single mom sleeping with her new born baby in her car in a dangerous part of town…..or for that matter right under your nose.
It can be a newly married young couple with their 1 year old child sleeping in an abandoned house with no electricity, no refrigerator, no beds, no water.
It could be an 80 year old disabled or healthy man or woman sleeping in their car or behind a bus stop in the bushes.
It could be a family with children staying in a run down motel in the rough part of town at $250-$300 per week on funds they do not have, with no jobs. Yeah, i know that’s tough to get your head around. That is a whole separate blog.
It could simply be YOU, wandering the streets looking for your next place to go to the bathroom, lay your head, find a meal or even a drink of water.
A shower? Forget that. Clean clothes? Forget that.
Do not think it can’t happen. Homelessness is Not prejudice.
So, what about preventing it?
It takes “time”, and I mean spending time…..lots of it.
Handing someone $5, $25, $100 etc may help for the moment but most times it does not help for the long run to get someone off the streets or out of homelessness in an efficient manor.
Handing someone a voucher for a bus pass, voucher for clothes, or for food, or for toiletries, or to get their ID or to go get their birth certificate, or even for housing and then send them on their way and say…”Have a good day…be blessed!” does not get to the root causes of homelessness or why the person is in the position of even having to seek assistance for any of these things mentioned in the first place.
Please do not misunderstand me. The things above that i mentioned do help with some much needed items. However, that is not where it ends, not even close.
It Takes ALL of it and more, PLUS a great deal of your Time and Efforts.
(Notice the plural on the word Efforts)
It takes time to get to know those who are down and out. Time to get to know their needs, desires, likes, dislikes, what makes them angry, what makes them sad and what makes them happy in life. It takes time to get to know what they really like to do for work or can do or are good at or will be good at.
It Takes Time. It Takes Effort. Over and Over Again.
Do you know someone right now who may be on the brink of becoming homeless and losing their apartment or house? Do you know someone sleeping on yours or someone elses couch who is technically what is labelled as homeless? Do you know of someone who has been forced by circumstance and is sleeping in their car or in some garage or abandoned house somewhere? Do you know someone staying in a small motel in the run down part of town known for homeless, drugs and more, someone who does NOT want to be there? Do you know someone who is having trouble fighting with drugs or alcohol and in danger of becoming homeless?
Take some Time…Make an Effort…Even if it is the 100th time…
Each time you see someone “fail” or what appears to You as a “fail”…it actually is a little tiny window where that person in need knows they experienced something good….next time they may get a little further…some make more progress then others at different times….it is our job as people put here on earth to help each other, to Take the Time and Make the Effort each and every time…
You never know…it could be THE TIME….and maybe You will be a part of helping Jesus Save a Life.
But there is the issue….You must understand that we need Jesus to be able to do any of this….without Him…..you will not succeed in truly helping others in preventing homeless or homelessness or even ending homelessness for someone…
If you truly care about someone who is in need, who is in danger of losing their home, in danger of becoming homeless or is currently homeless….if you truly would like to prevent that or truly want to do something about it but simply do not know what to do and you believe in and have a relationship with Jesus….
Call me, and i will be glad to help you, to give you ideas and direction.
But be forewarned, the focus will be on what i know Jesus and His Father want and how they work….not on referring you to resources in your area.
It will be to give you ideas and direction on what you yourself and or friends and family can do yourselves on your own. It might be very easy sometimes and sometimes it may be extremely difficult.
In a nutshell….Seriously? All it takes is being a true friend….being and doing what families are supposed to do, what friends are supposed to do…what neighbors are supposed to do.
What Ever It Takes.
Our society has created all these “programs” to address this or that.
What “program” did Jesus have?
Can you picture it? Yes, You Can? Then Go Do It!
Do it Now!
Remember, Only YOU can Prevent Homelessness!
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