When life unravels: A tale of the homeless

  • Article by: WAYNE GARRETT
  • Updated: December 9, 2012 - 8:15 AM

In a festive season, take time to ponder how little separates those who suffer from those who celebrate.

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pumiceDec. 8, 12 7:23 PM

Painful as this is to read, Wayne Garrett, I thank you for sharing your experiences. Two thoughts--(1) From the Christian Science Monitor: "The National Center [on Family Homelessness] findings were released in its “America’s Youngest Outcasts 2010” report, which documents the number of homeless children [most are under age 7] in each state and their well-being.... 'Despite their growing numbers, homeless children are invisible to most of us; they have no voice and no constituency. Without a bed to call their own, these children have lost safety, privacy, and the comforts of home, as well as their friends, possessions, pets, reassuring routines and communities.'

"Children experiencing homelessness also tend to struggle with hunger, poor health, and missed educational opportunities. A majority of homeless children have limited proficiency in math and reading, according to the report." (2) There but for the grace of God ...

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callmeronDec. 8, 12 8:19 PM

"Imagine being homeless for a moment..." Imagine the "homeless" stopped pouring booze down their throats long enough to take showers and go look for jobs. Then they might not be "homeless" any more.

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liora51Dec. 8, 12 9:59 PM

callmeron: Your post made me think of this quote from Stephen Colbert: “If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn't help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we've got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don't want to do it.”

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erikj3Dec. 8, 1211:38 PM

I wasn't quite homeless as in living on the streets but a while back I lived in hotels for about 4 months. You might think it would be nice, but it was AWFUL. Always having to move from hotel to hotel, never knowing if when I went to bed if I would have to pack up the next day and move because to rent that night would be too expensive or there were no available rooms (I didn't have a super steady income so I usually had to go night to night, and moving around all the time made it hard to spend much time looking for more work). It was hard enough with a roof over my head every night, I can't imagine being on the streets with no place to shower or sleep in peace and quiet. So, telling someone who's homeless to just take a shower and start looking for a job is just plain ignorant of what homeless people go through.

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probsolverDec. 9, 12 4:11 AM

Well written. This is he type of person that our resources should be going to help. The truly needy and downtrodden. Problem is we are giving resources to everyone who asks which leaves less for the desolate amount us.

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Area51Dec. 9, 12 8:35 AM

What are the chances that the plant shut down because the union got greedier or that the additional taxes it will have to pay under Obama made it no longer profitable? Elections have consequences and he got exactly what he voted for.

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melloncollieDec. 9, 12 8:40 AM

I, for one, am sick and tired of the homeless stories every winter. Most homeless choose the lifestyle. Follow one of the "homeless' after his shift at the end of a freeway ramp t6o his home or apartment. The so-called homeless guy that police officer gave a $100 pair of boots to in NYC turns out not to be homeless.

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melloncollieDec. 9, 12 8:41 AM

liora51 - Jesus gave help and then commanded people to take responsibility. Just a fact.

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djscoreDec. 9, 12 9:14 AM

He is probably as good a psychiatric nurse as he is a writer, but I hope he puts his excellent skills as a writer to use in persuading people that profound suffering can lead to madness.

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shushyn78Dec. 9, 1210:10 AM

One "nick" does not equal a jug of vodka. While people need help, there are consequences to choices and how we react to trying circumstances. Places like Teen Challenge make a difference.

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