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I meet with a friend for lunch last week. I parked and had to walk a few blocks through the hussle and bussle of downtown Milwaukee in order to reach the little cafe that carries the best cheese cake in town.
On my way I happened to be approached by a man who appeared to be homeless. He was filthy…I was certain by the smell he hadn’t showered in days…maybe weeks…and his appearance cast the illusion that he was much older than he really was.
“Do you have any change?” he asked in a rough tone of voice.
“I’m sorry…I don’t…,” and that was the truth.
He waved his hand at me and went on to the next passerby.
I watched for a bit as his fellow human beings shuffled past him…carried on with their day…not caring if he was cold…had a place to rest his head or even enjoyed a solid meal within the last couple of days….
I felt saddened for him…saddened for the way we could so easily walk by on our way to eat…on our way to our homes which held our nice warm beds….our fridge full of food and our families and friends that love us….
The final outcome that afternoon was I bought an extra lunch…had it packed up to go and on my way back to my car…I found the gentleman, who then shared his name was Michael. I handed it over with a steaming cup of coffee and received a heart warming smile in return.
I left then, but for some reason I can’t get Michael out of my head…
I hope he ate today…I hope he’s warm…I wonder if I could find him and give him one of the spare blankets I have in the closet….
I’m not writing this because I think I’m a hero….I’m writing this because I think Michael is a hero for surviving on what little he can from day to day…
I’m writing this because I worry about “Michael” and others in the same situation…
I worry about us…as individuals…that we can so easily walk by…that the first thought that may go through some of our heads is disgust at the person Michael has become.
Some of us are told…”There’s nothing you can do….” or “It’s his fault that he’s in that situation…” and maybe the latter is true….
But I think the first step towards change is a big one and it’s hard to do it alone sometimes….
The kindness we share with others may just be enough to make a difference…to start a chain reaction toward something wonderful!
So with this post I’m including some helpful hints on how you can help the homeless in your area (thanks to earthsystems.org).
Some of the options are a bit grand in nature…but sound like wonderful ideas and you may have the ability…
Be kind…stay safe…and NEVER put yourself at risk in any situation.
Hope the following helps… Kram ~J~
1. Understand who the homeless are and remember…not all of them are at FAULT for their current situation
2. Educate yourself about the homeless in your area
3. Respect the homeless as individuals
4. Respond with kindess
5. Carry fast-food certificates – from Mc’Donalds or Burger King for example
6. Develop lists of shelters to hand the homeless who you may encounter
7. Bring extra food if you know you’ll be walking past an area the homeless tend to frequent
8. Give money to local shelters in the area
9. Give recyclables
10. Give proceeds from a craft/rummage/garage sale to a local shelter
11. Give clothing
12. Give a bag of groceries
13. Give toys
14. Volunteer at a shelter
15. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
16. Volunteer your hobbies to raise money for local shelters
17. Tutor homeless children
18. Bring a meal to the homeless
19. Volunteer at battered women’s shelters
20. Volunteer job training
21. Teach about the homeless
22. Publish shelter information
23. Enlist community organizations as advocates
24. Educate your children about the homeless
25. Create lists of needed donations
26. Employ the homeless if you have the ability to do so
27. Help the homeless apply for aid
28. Join Habitat for Humanity or a similar organization