So you think you understand homelessness? I did… until I discovered I didn’t!
As we approach the feast of St. Vincent de Paul we can draw strength and be challenged by all that St. Vincent did. Many may not believe that one man could do all that Vincent did!
The deeper I got into the article I realized I had more of a stereotypical and simplified understanding.
Jesus says any time there is a hungry, thirsty or ostracized person, that person is Christ himself. And if we don’t share our food, our water, or our welcome, then we are rejecting the Incarnation of God in this world.
St Vincent believed that if you gave a hungry person a sandwich you fed that person for a day. But that did not solve the underlying problem.
People who are not homeless have a variety of experiences with public transportation. How do you think homeless people view public transportation?
We must debunk the myths around why people become homeless so we can move toward solutions. Most never stop to put themselves in the shoes of the people they see suffering from homelessness.
Every day, throughout the day, the homeless have to worry about the law. Being without a home is not in itself illegal, but the routines and behavior that go with it often are.
Partnering with St. John’s University in Queens, the Dax Program is designed to assist homeless and housing insecure college students by providing housing, supportive services, and financial assistance for food, transportation, and academic expenses.
Magdalena puts a face on the problem. But where is that place and is it possible to follow the guidelines we have been hearing. The story of one woman who is affected.
You may not believe that one man could do all that Vincent did!
A 2015 Harvard study found that access to reliable transportation is the biggest factor in determining whether someone will escape poverty and avoid homelessness.