Driving down the street tonight there was a slow moving figure crossing the street ahead of us. We laughed and said “someone’s trying to get hit tonight”. While passing the slow moving person I realized that is was a homeless person. He had a cart filled with stuff which I deemed to be everything he owned. I thought to myself that it’s crazy that homelessness actually exists in the United States of America.
I once watched an exposé on homeless people and they were saying that homeless people were homeless because they wanted to be. They did not want to follow the rules of society. Not even the rules of the homeless shelters and mission centers. Now that may be true for some, but that could not possibly be true for all homeless people. I believe that a lot of homeless people simply fall on hard times, due to finances, lack of family or drug/alcohol related problems. Whatever the case, everyone should have a place other than a cardboard box to call home.
Earlier in the day I had given a homeless guy with a sign the change out of my purse because I did not have any single dollars in it. Whenever I see a homeless person on the streets of Vegas I always give them a dollar. I do not care if they go buy a beer with it or go hop in a Benz around the corner afterwards. All I know is that if they were in need I helped a little.
After all those thoughts went through my head, I thought that If I was rich I would work on helping homeless people. With the media and general public suddenly talking about former homeless person Ted Turner and his miraculous rescue from the streets. I think that this is the perfect time for America to focus on helping more people like Ted. I wonder why rich people who are ambassadors and philanthropists do not work on helping the homeless or make homelessness one of their main causes. Is it because it might possibly be a waste of time? Is it because no one in this country really cares about the homeless people? How do you think we as Americans can eradicate homelessness? Or is it not possible?
What can we do to eliminate homelessness?