So people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness doesn’t need your looks, your disrespectful comments on social media. 

Giving someone some dignity can be as simple as saying hi. 

This past week on Facebook there was a post that a women posted on a “community” group, about a women who was panhandling outside of a book store. There was a group of 3; two were inside sitting at a table, while the other was sitting out front asking for help. 

This “concerned” citizen commented that she thought it was disgusting that these people would take the money, say they are homeless and use the money to buy food.

How are they, right? 

Wrong! I couldn’t believe the responses I was reading, people so hurtful and rude as they tried to right the wrong that some how happened in their minds. I never get involved, but felt I needed to say something. 

“I can vouch that these people are in fact homeless.” Most people probably tried to ignore my comment. 

A day or two later the same young women who I know is staying in our shelter was outside of a grocery store. I always stop to say hi, and show respect and hope that the person feels like they are human. 

I stopped to speak with the young lady for a moment and reminder her we are open so she could go there. 

When I was leaving the store she asked if we could speak again. She asked where she could get help with job search, resumes and asked questions about our Step up program. 

I answered her questions and reminded her that we have staff to help with all her requests. 

I honestly don’t put much thought into conversations like this, cause it’s a part of me and I feel that everyone should just act kind to everyone!

The next day when I entered the shelter and looked in her direction I watched as her face lit up. She was excited because I gave her some time, dignity and respect. 

Why are people so judgmental, hurtful and rude? We are in 2017 I would think that society has done away with descrimination and stereotyping people. 

Be kind to someone today, say hello and build a relationship. You never know how you are blessing someone else. 

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Dream Big

Posted: June 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

I always love hearing the dreams and desires of our guests. I often ask people what their plans are and what they want to do with their future. For most people who are on the street or living in addictions today is the only day they are planning for. It is hard to get some people to dream again, or for some to dream for the first time.

Over the past couple of years it has been a great blessing to see some friends start working on their dreams. 1 wanting to have a career in tattooing, and another in wrestling. I have encouraged both many times to follow after these dreams they have had all their lives.

The other day I got a strange phone call from a recent resident of the shelter. He had a message for another guest that he would like to read the book that he has written, and that maybe in the future he can publish it.

It was only a few min before the “author” came into my office. I gave him the message, but he said he currently doesn’t have a copy, that he needs to write it again. He then started telling me how he wants to be a Christian rapper, he informed me he would have to change some of his lyrics, but wants to tell people about Jesus.

See he recently became a Christian and is excited. He told me the title in his song would need to be changed, and then started rapping the song for me, and when a swear word came up he apologized lol.

I love that people can just be real! Some might be upset about his swearing in that instance, but I just loved the genuine attitude he was in.

He has moved into our Step Up program, is working and taking GED, but wants to make a living at his music.

I love hearing people’s plans, I exceptionally love being able to encourage people to go for their dreams!

The biggest dream we think of is nothing compared to the plans Jesus has for our lives.