Imagine living under an overpass; hungry and thirsting for water while attempting to aware any passer-by of lonesome existence. Or even moreso, the offspring accompanying are crying for food and warmth. This is homelessness; something Americans fear and face every day in America. However, no one begins life with dire needs of resources. In relation, there are various factors impacting homeless including life experiences, gender, and finances.
Know Thyself, an article by John D. Mayer, features the thoughts of Shelley Taylor and Susan Fiske. Fiske and Taylor explain that it is often challenging to understand others when we have preconceived notions and stereotypes about people before we get to know them (77). Homeless people are often considered social outcasts. And because they are outcasts, do we not understand them very well? A good question to ask about homeless people therefore is how do preconceived notions and stereotypes about homeless people cause city governments and it’s citizenry to treat them as inferiors who need to be hidden?
Because of this attitude toward the homeless, it seems like the situation is just getting worse. This definitely changes my view of the homeless. It is especially sad that the children of these homeless people are not given a chance. The way Kozol describes how
They fight for our freedom and our rights and we repay them by becoming homeless. Us Americans should be helping our troops when they come home. We do not treat our veterans right. They fight for our country, but when they come home they are not treated right. The physical, mental and emotional fatigue that comes with serving in combat is immense and many soldiers see their
I have spent my whole life hearing about how children around the world are going hungry every night and sleeping on the streets. It is a very important issue that needs to be addressed more there are kids in other countries who have nothing and no one. People don’t like to address the issue because it is too hard to accept just how sad of situation they are in or who people who want to help but just don’t know how .But as hard as it is to accept that there really are kids who have it rough who need as much help as they can get. Now yes there are organizations out there that are made to help these kids like Andre House of Hospitality Formed in 1984 by two Holy Cross priests From Notre Dame. The house provides food and clothing, as well as education
Race, gender, and social class doesn’t matter. We are all humans that have different attributes, but at the end we all have a heart we need to live. I also see issues about health care, homelessness, and how teens are going to adult jails like in the book “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson. Lastly, I would like to close by saying that gloomily I see these issues in my community and it’s sad that I don’t do anything. Health care has become one of the most important issues in the country.
Homelessness has a great impact on children’s health and education. Homeless children have twice the rate of emotional and behavioral issues including anxiety, depressions and withdrawal. I began preparing for this mission by volunteering as an advocate for the Mockingbird Society (TMS). Although I had many responsibilities, the role consisted
Nouwen blames this hopelessness that individuals feel in this life to a fear of death, a fear of life, and what he calls “the impersonal milieu”. Nouwen uses the story of a man who has fallen ill to describe the impersonal milieu: Suddenly this tough man who had always maintained his own independence through hard manual labor found himself the passive victim of many people and operations that were totally alien to him… An anonymous group of “they” people had taken over (60). As simple as it sounds, personal concern is the antidote that Nouwen provides for the impersonal milieu. It has amazed me at times in my ministry that the most significant things are often the simple gestures of asking “how are you?” “What’s going on with you?” “What’s wrong?” and then genuinely offering myself to listen to the response. This is a day to day act of giving ourselves for others.
My topic for the one to the world project was local homelessness, which was a topic I was really interested about. Where we live, there are homeless people all around us. From Loudoun County to D.C., it surrounds us. From this project, I not only learned things about my community, I learned things about myself. This project has impacted my personal development in more ways than one.
Why is homelessness such a huge issue in the world? Many homeless people have mental illnesses and it is not easy for them to restart their lives and get a job. Many of them also have drug or alcohol problems, which makes it very difficult to get a long term job making enough income to support themselves. Homeless people need help getting off the streets but are unable to do it by themselves. Homelessness is a very huge problem that America has come to face.