Will homelessness ever end?

Posted: September 24, 2014 in Uncategorized
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I am so glad that I have reached the end of this little mini series of blogs, I have had a great time sharing with you, but sticking on one topic just killed me, I really want to stick to only writing two blogs a week.

Will homelessness ever end? The answer is simple, No. There are Governments, non profits and more devoted to ending homelessness, but I do not believe that it will ever end.

There are two reasons why I think this:

  1. In the Gospel of John we read

    Chapter 12: “5 Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. 7 “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you,but you will not always have me.”

    Taken from www.biblegateway.com

    Definition of poor: Having little or no wealth and few or no possessions.

  2. Because there are a number of people who choose to be homeless.

It is hard to track the number of homeless people in any given city. There are many people who use a homeless shelter, and other agencies like a shelter, then there are people who choose to live in the woods, couch hop and who stay down town on the street with a sleeping bag/a small tent, we call this the “Hidden Homeless”. In the summer it is easy for people to stay outside, but at this time of year some people realize that they do not want to be outside for the winter so they acquire a residence, but there are some who “winterize” their tents. And there are some who do not want to come into a homeless shelter for many reasons like pride, safety and the other clientele.

One day while I was at a possible new site for our recovery program, I received a call. This is a call I have gotten many times, by many people. A concerned mother inquiring about help for her son.

“What kind of help is there for my son, who doesn’t want to live at home.” Having to explain to her and many other parents that their children need to want help. This is a city where there are some holes, but there are many agencies and help for people in need. I met the next day with her and her son. I informed him of the times that we give out free food, and when he can have a shower if needed, and made sure he was aware of the soup kitchens and other help agencies. I have never seen him come in our building, but just the other day I saw him riding along on his bike and invited him in for a free coffee, he seemed very happy about the idea, but again did not come in our doors.

Will we end homelessness? No, but we can help all those who admit that they need help. I often tell people come and stay in our shelter temporarily just so you can get the proper assistance. People can use our address to get help from Social Development, and use any of our other resources.

Lord I pray that everyone who is on the streets in Moncton right now will hear about our shelter or another agency where they can get help, live safe and start to rebuild their lives again.

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