Homelessness is something that really puzzles me. As a society, I feel we have a responsibility to take care of one another. The stigma and stereotype around homelessness is detrimental to those living on the streets. It’s caused people to turn a blind eye many times without a second thought. It’s created a view in society that those who are homeless are less deserving of kindness and compassion and have brought it upon themselves.
Today I wanted to challenge you to ponder what it would be like to be faced with homelessness. What circumstances would land you there? If you lost your job today unexpectedly, how long would your savings be able to keep you afloat? Have you ever made a bad decision or series of choices that could have put you in a bad predicament? What if you didn’t have the support of friends and family? What would it be like to be stuck between a rock and a hard place and be left with no choice other than to live in your car? What if you didn’t even have a car to live in?
I encourage you to see those who live on the street as people. Ask youself what their life must be like. Do they have someone who is worried about them? Someone who cares? Someone who wonders if they’re safe, clothed, fed, and clean? How will they get their next meal? How long has it been since they’ve had a conversation with someone? How long since someone has smiled at them instead of rushing past trying not to make eye contact. Would you be willing to smile at them the next time you go by? How about say hi to them and wish them well. Would you go as far as to have a conversation with them? Take a moment out of your day to inquire about their wellbeing, their story, and even find some common ground?
As a society I think we have a lot of work to do to provide a support system so people don’t fall in between the cracks. In the meantime, it’s up to each of us and the organizations that do what they can to help. Summer is just around the corner which means the temperature will be rising and in some cases will be unbearable. Would you be willing to keep a case of water in the car to hand them out to the homeless? Could you get together with a group of friends or coworkers to make care bags? Can you make time to volunteer at a local food shelter or an organization dedicated to helping the homeless?
I found an organization that I hope expands all across the country and even the world. They dedicate themselves to not only donating items purchased through their crowdfunding efforts but creating a relationship to support the homeless in Philidelphia. Please take a look at their website to see how they’re contributing to impacting those that could really use support.
Will you contribute to doing something to help the homeless in your local area? How will you help? Feel free to share in the comments! ❤