Yes and no. I’ve always been conflicted about how I feel helping homeless people. There are days when a homeless person will ask me for money and I willingly give it to him. And then there are other days when I ignore their requests. By handing them money, am I encouraging them to stay on the street or am I helping them? I hate not helping out another human being in need. I’ve taken opportunities to talk to some of these homeless people and most of them seem to have the same problems. There are many alcoholics among the homeless. Then there are those whose lives have fallen apart because of drugs. Others, lost their jobs and just basically gave in to depression. Quite a few of the homeless have mental disabilities. Some homeless are on Social Security and because of low-income can’t afford to rent an apartment. So it’s a hodgepodge of homeless people. How do I pick out the ones who can really use my help and not waste it on alcohol? Or drugs?
It’s a tough question. I really don’t have an answer. I’ll just keep doing what I’ve done. Some days I’ll help and some days I won’t. Either way, the homeless will always be with us.
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