The sun was already dipping behind the horizon, but the daylight still lingered in the sky. People watched with an unwavering gaze, as a fiery red orb of light slowly sank beneath the horizon, and threads of light pierced the sky, until all that was left of the sunset was darkness. Then, suddenly the clouds lingered together, becoming darker as time passed. Heavy rain flooded the streets. Fortunately, so many of us can be in the comfort of our homes avoiding getting drenched, but much more of us have to suffer with the agony of not having a real place to call their home. What if everything was suddenly snatched from you, forcing you and possibly your family out to the unpredictable streets with little to nothing? This might not even cross your mind as being a possibility, but this is reality for over 100 million people worldwide. All of us can do something to help those suffering. And it’s our sole responsibility to help those in need, including the homeless.
A common stereotype for the homeless includes being lazy or unwilling to help themselves. However, homelessness is often a direct result of poverty and a lack of affordable housing. But for those remaining they include substance abusers, the mentally ill, or more often than not caught in a cycle of hard times. 1 in 7 people were at risk of suffering from hunger in the United States. In addition, 3.5 million people were forced to sleep in parks, under bridges, in shelters, their cars, or right on the street. According to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, in the last decade there have been more than 600 attacks and sexual assaults against homeless people. Tracy Kidder points out that, “Throughout the world, the poor stand by far the greatest chances of contracting treatable diseases and of dying from them…Medicine can address only some symptoms of poverty.” But the homeless do not have the resources to be helped, so many of them die. But hopefully after knowing this you can find it in your heart to help with the needs of the hungry, thirsty, and lonely strangers on the streets. There are many effective ways to help the homeless in your community and it takes nothing more than a little time to complete.
The homeless are morally, spiritually and even psychologically destroyed and we should be more understanding about it. That is why, we should help each other, remembering that we are all people and such qualities as compassion and loyalty shouldn’t die in our souls. It is often easier to ignore people who are homeless or even ignore that homelessness exists in our society because it is easier for society to blame the individual rather than society itself. “It may be that these are the conditions that finally gave birth to empathy, the mother of compassion. We cannot deny the existence of the helpless as their presence grows”, states Barbara Ascher.
The responsibility of helping the homeless cannot be put off to someone else. Financially capable citizens must work together...