Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Desire to Help the Homeless

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Desire to Help the Homeless

 The top 10 cities with the largest homeless populations are New York City with an estimated 76,500, Los Angeles with an estimated 55,200, Seattle with an estimated 11,650, San Diego with an estimated 9,200, Washington D.C with an estimated 57,000, San Jose with an estimated 7,400, San Francisco with an estimated 6,900, Las Vegas with an estimated 6,500, Boston with an estimated 6,150, and Philadelphia with an estimated 5,700 according to
Homelessness can be caused by a number of things such as poverty, unemployment, lack of affordable housing, poor health, drug or alcohol abuse, gambling, family breakdown, domestic violence and abuse as reported by the Salvation Army.
I love seeing people help the homeless. What I'd really love to see is people helping the homeless get off the street and back on their feet. There are a few people who build tiny homes for the homeless, which I think is amazing.
I have a huge heart for the Homeless. My husband and I would love to open a homeless shelter one day. This wouldn't be an ordinary shelter, it would be the best homeless shelter anyone has seen or heard of ( of course I'm biased). We have started a business plan for it and I can't wait to finish it.
God also has a heart for the homeless.

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘’ Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you? And the king will answer them, ‘’ Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me. - Matthew 25:35-40
When we help the homeless we help the Lord.
A lot of people won't help the homeless because they are afraid of what they will do with the money. But, I think it goes deeper than that because there are other options. Instead of giving homeless people money you could give them clothes, shoes, blankets, a motel or hotel room for a night or a week, a ride to a job center to look for jobs, or even a bus pass to be able to get where they need to go.
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. - Proverbs 19:17

The Lord will bless you when you give to the poor.
What does Homelessness look like?
My husband and I were homeless for about five months in 2013. We stayed in a motel for a week and before going to a homeless shelter we stayed at my job for two nights just so we could keep our kids in a safe place. All of the homeless shelters in the city were full or would separate families for sleeping arrangements. No homeless shelter was geared towards family except one. Thankfully God pointed us in the direction of a family homeless shelter. The only problem is they had less than ten rooms and a bit of a wait. We called just in time to get a room.
Many shelters only serve one meal a day if any. Homeless people have a hard time finding soup kitchens because most are only open once a week. They have a hard time finding food. When my family was homeless we were blessed with a place that had breakfast and dinner, but they closed for lunch. Most shelters close during the day forcing everyone back into the streets. They are also mostly first come, first serve and you have to bring your stuff with you wherever you go because there is no safe place to keep your stuff.
Not everyone is blessed to have family that can help them with a place to stay or with food to eat. A lot of the homeless population are homeless because they don't have the help they need. We need to be the change they need.
Being homeless sucks, it's depressing, and you feel hopeless. Unless you find the right people or programs to help you out, you're pretty much stuck in your situation.
We need more people and programs to help, not just with shelter or food but by taking steps to help them get back on their feet.

 Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered. - Proverbs 21:13

 Let's work together and end homelessness. Let's be the change this world needs and that the Lord is calling us to be.
Do you have a heart for the homeless? What do you do to help the homeless? Comment below.

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