Words by Tania Meridiaris.
I have many stories, but perhaps what troubles me the most about their situation is that we can make a difference and in many cases we look the other way and ignore the problem. Being homeless is a problem that has a solution. Many homeless people were once working, social and active people in society. But something happened that caused them to hit rock bottom. It could be one of many things, but what troubles me the most is that there is a large number of them who want to get back to being the “working, social and active people in society” but have no one to give them a hand.
A large number of these precious people were incarcerated for different reasons (some guilty, some innocent) and when they were released they had no home, no money, no phone, no car, no license and no one. Having nothing, they start roaming the streets and their journey as “homeless people” begins. It’s very difficult to get back into society having nothing. I have met very smart and educated homeless individuals that were once productive and very well off. Another HUGE problem is that if you have a criminal record, most places wont rent to you or hire you. It’s a system that’s incredibly crooked. A system that keeps one sunk like a ship at the bottom of the ocean. It’s a system that’s designed to make you fail.
In my case I have helped homeless people apply for social security benefits, food stamps, medicare and medicaid, as well as found them a room for rent. All it took me was a little time and a computer. That’s why I say WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. God can use us to change a life. But it takes action on our part to respond. To not ignore a “homeless” person we encounter. A short conversation reveals a lot on the need that we may be the one person to reach out and help change a life.