People react differently to the subject of homelessness. Some are offended by the homeless, some want to help.
Maybe you are one of many who sometimes gives a little something to the person standing on the corner. They may be holding a sign that reads: “Anything Helps”, or something similar. You may be the person that just can’t understand how anyone would become homeless in the first place. You might think to yourself, “They must be on drugs or something.” Maybe you came to this page because you are looking for answers for yourself. Regardless of which person you are, I am here asking for help today for our nation’s homeless. I am also here to let those who are homeless know that help is available to you.
Individuals and families become homeless for many different reasons. There’s a myriad of circumstances that may land a person in a situation where they find they have nowhere to turn. Some of the most common reasons for homelessness lie in the aftermath of a tragic life occurrence. Tragedies such as the loss of a loved one, domestic violence, and displacement from family are a major cause. A great number of the homeless in our country have a history of untreated depression, mental illness, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), among other disabilities. These disabilities can leave a person feeling as if they have no control.
Other factors that may lead to homeless situations are the lack of work or inability to maintain stability in the workforce. With high unemployment rates, we see a rise in homelessness. We live in a day and age where it is not enough to have just one job, a supplemental income is often necessary for people to make ends meet.
Emergencies that arise can often time lead to homelessness. Sometimes, a broken down vehicle or a missed car payment can send an individual into a downward spiral that they are not able to get themselves out of. Maybe their only option is to become homeless because they have lost their job due to the situation. The point is, we never know how or why a person has become homeless only that we have the ability to help
I encourage you to visit The National Coalition for the Homeless today to view ways that you can help.
Or you can simply make a donation to the Network For Good and help someone in need.
If you are currently homeless-please ask for help. There are resources available to you.
If you NEED HELP NOW-Please contact your local homeless shelter who will be able to provide you with a list of resources for your specific area.
If you feel that you may hurt yourself or someone else, I urge you to call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline @ 1-800-273-TALK (8255) immediately!
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