It is christmas, a time when people visit their families, eat food, get presents. Something not everyone experiences. My family and I went to Norms restaurant on Christmas Eve. and to our surprise, we found a little old lady. Her name was Rose, and she was down on her luck. He has in her 50's or 60's, very articulate, sharp, and a nice lady. She was no drunk, no smoker, as straight as you can get. She lost her job, and no one will hire her because they dont want to hire a "hobo". She has been living on the street for a month, moving from one place to another. We gave her a ride to the nearest shelter, only to find out that they wont accept her. We were out of ideas, she knew very few people, used up all her favors. It broke my heart that we cant do much more except give her some cash and wish her luck. We had to leave her back at the very Norms that we found her, hoping that Norms will let her sleep there. On taking her back to the restaurant, we passed by 3 other homeless people. All down on their luck, all have probably been rejected from shelters, because of the lack of room. The most powerfull country in the world, yet not enough money for someone down on her luck. When governments "cut off the fat" this is what they cut off, funding to shelters and welfare. Rose is just another number, a statistic. She is not a human to the government, just another of the millions. Only until you met the people, you shouldnt judge them or decide what is considered "expendable". She just called us, she has found no place to go, this is the first christmas that she has been alone. She is still at that resturant trying to sleep.
Is this in some major city or something? I live in DC and about 10 homeless people are on every street, but only during the day when the shelters are closed. It's really sad, but as I have no money I can't do much to help them, and even if I did there is no way to tell who really needs it and who is faking it because they are too lazy to get a job.
this is in santa ana, right next to the city of orange in california
The worst feeling you can get is the thought that you cant help someone that is down on their luck. Money is never enough.
Outsourcing is the cause of these problems, if companys stoped outsourcing all the jobs we would have fewer people on the streets. Rose sounds like a good person, how many 50 year old ladys do you know that are going to do marijuana? (spelling might be off). My prayers go out to all the homeless people out there espicaly in the coming months.
My dad is going to meet with her again at the same resturant. I wonder if he has a plan? Have any of you ever met face to face with some of the homeless?
I have a few times, even dabbed in homelessness for some time after my brother sister and mom left my dad we lived in a car. Though that wasnt the same we were homeless. Many times i have seen homeless people when i see them if i give them anything it's food not money for drugs.
Snipes With Artillery
22nd March 2005
If I have something on hand, then I will give it to them. Don't you love it when the government lowers taxes AND raises spending? It makes 'less essential' programs get cut, resulting in these sort of situations.
yes, it is rediculous. If they actually met the people that they were writing off, maybe they would change...
Why don't you take her in?
Social programs need reform.