Several people have asked me if I ever get tired of seeing the same people every week. They cannot fathom why anyone would want to keep going downtown to give clothing and hygiene products to people who keep coming back.
“Shouldn’t they be able to make it on their own without your handouts? Why don’t you tell them that you have already given them enough, instead of always giving them more things? Maybe that would be the nudge that they need to stop living on the streets! Why don’t you just do that?”
These words were actually part of a conversation that I had with an acquaintance the other day. I simply sighed and tried to explain that our mission is merely providing basic necessities – clothing and hygiene – to the people who need it. We do not judge why they are there or how often they come to us for assistance. Many of our homeless friends fit into one or more of these categories:
o They are victims of abuse.
o They suffer from mental illness.
o They suffer from addiction.
o They are physically ill.
o They are children and have no say in the matter whatsoever.
o They have been homeless for so long that homelessness is the only life they know how
o They are the working poor.
o They lost their jobs and have not been able to find work, thus losing their homes.
o They were faced with medical bills that cost them their homes.
The list goes on, but I think that you get the picture.
So why do we help the same people week after week?
Because we can.
Because it is the right thing to do.
Because we are not put on Earth to judge those who are less fortunate that we are.
Because there but for the grace of God go we.
Because they are our friends.
Because we love them.
Because by helping others, the people we help the most is ourselves.
May you always have people who love you and are willing to help you when you need it, no matter how often that may be.