In todays depressed economy I have seen an increased number of people standing on corners asking for "help" money, work, food shelter etc. I know I cannot be the only one to have seen this kind of thing going on.
To that end, what is your initial gut reaction when you see a person holding a cardboard sign "will work for food" "please help, homeless"?
Is you reaction the same if it is an old man who is dirty and by himself, or a couple standing there with a child? What do you do?
I saw a couple the other day standing in the heat, with a toddler in a stroller...it tore me up...but then a voice said "they have time to stand there, but no time to have at least one of them looking for work...or don't they qualify for assistance?
What do you think of these people and what do you do?
Answer by micheledo at 11:26 AM on Aug. 25, 2010
Answer by DreainCO at 11:28 AM on Aug. 25, 2010
Answer by L.A.F.outloud at 11:32 AM on Aug. 25, 2010
I've been homeless and not had food. I'm disabled and can't work. The unemployment rate is so high people can't get jobs. Where one of my sons lives the unemployment rate is 30%. Thinking people should just go out and get a job is unrealistic.
I've been homeless 3 times. The one time I didn't eat enough or sleep that I ended up in the hospital. I wouldn't beg. I would sleep during the day in a lawn chair in a park across from the hospital and near a fire station. I had a service dog so I felt safe. One day one of my sons found me at the park barely alive. I have several serious medical conditions including asthma and it was really hot. My teenage son that was homeless with me had a part time min wage job but we had to pay for gas, our camping spot, and save for the section 8 apt we were waiting for.
Answer by Gailll at 11:32 AM on Aug. 25, 2010
We live in Tucson now and it one of the cities in the US with the most homeless. It isn't Mexicans, it's Anglos. There are people begging everywhere. There is a really good outreach program that has meals, food, gives away clothes, ect. They have a thrift store. I shop there and donate things there. If I had money I would donate there.
There is a park where like 100 homeless people sleep during the day. It's sad. On Craigslist there has been ads for people needing food for their dogs or someone to care for their dog or cat until they get back on their feet. People will help these people.
Answer by Gailll at 11:38 AM on Aug. 25, 2010
Answer by justnancyb at 11:38 AM on Aug. 25, 2010
Answer by reigndrops12689 at 11:40 AM on Aug. 25, 2010
Answer by Gaccck at 11:45 AM on Aug. 25, 2010
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