In the United States there is a new image of homeless. The growing number of homeless is looking a lot like you and me. Imagine wandering your days away with your children in tow. All your possessions in a black bag and of all the things in your life you miss, the top of your list is your own hot shower and bathroom. If you can’t find a shelter for the night then you and your children will wander the streets until the next sign in. If you are lucky enough to find shelter your family maybe separated and you don’t know who is sleeping next to you or your babies.
I don’t know how many of you have been camping. We love camping and we love coming home even better. Many towns and cities are having an increase in tent cities popping up. I noticed many of the tents aren’t the nice tents and campers we have all used, they are tarps with wooden props. No water or electricity, that I only experience on an occasional vacation. If they are blessed there is an portable potty, blessed!
My car well we have a van and I have been watching more and more stories of people living in their cars. In some cities there are safety parking lots set up by churches. These are parking areas for those who sleep in their vehicles and this is a designated safe area.
I have seen over the years all the stuff we think we need, bigger is better, keeping up with Jones and finding out the Jones are probably in worse financial state then we are. With the homeless stuff isn’t important. Your focus is on where will I sleep and/or what will I eat. I see families moving in together to make ends meet, but was surprised to hear did you know many of the parents that are homeless won’t tell their children because they don’t want to worry or stress them out.
I have been watch Youtube videos of reports from other countries about our homeless and economic crisis. I was sadden because the greatest place in the world to live and now many of our own can’t take care of themselves. The entire world is looking at us and how we handle this downturn.This time will affect how they see us forever.
For the last two and a 1/2 months, a few from my church and myself go to downtown Toledo to serve eggs to the homeless. It started out getting out of my comfort zone and has become meeting with friends. My favorite thing is listening to the stories and I am finding even the volunteers are out of work. Many of us are only a few checks away from living in a tent, our car or standing in line for a hot meal or a pair of gloves. Do what you can, because those aboard are watching! We live in a great land and I know with some work it will be restored. Here is a new site about President Obama Renew America Together. Lets help each other and make it through this difficult time. God’s blessings on you, Candy