On the very first day of school, I began to plan my Senior Project. I wanted to piece together a project that would mean something to me and be beneficial to others. I came up with the idea of collecting donations for homeless people and delivering them to shelters. A close family member of mine was homeless for two years, and because of this, I hold a special place in my heart for homeless people.
One of the greatest reasons to live in the Quad Cities is because it is home to the best minor league ballpark in the world, Modern Woodman. Modern Woodman was voted the "best minor league ballpark" in America by the readers of USA Today and 10Best.com and the Midwest League 's best ballpark by Baseball America (“Modern Woodmen Park”). This ballpark is the oldest stadium still continuously used by a minor league baseball team (“Modern Woodmen Park”). The park used to be called Municipal Stadium when it opened on May 26, 1931, to a crowd of 3000 people (“Modern Woodmen Park”).
Homelessness is a serious problem all over the world. This problem used to be of an emergent issue but is now seen as a chronic problem (Howard 38). Almost everywhere people go there will be homeless on the street or overcrowded shelters nearby. Chronic, transitional and episodic are the three main types of homelessness (Byrne 3). Although most people think that having no money makes you homeless, in fact, to be considered homeless you just have to not have a permanent home.
There are cities, like Philadelphia, that as time passes they start to grow in size and population as a result they have to create recreational places. As years go by, people start to interact more in recreational places until they become a cosmopolitan canopy. According to the book “The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life” by Elijah Anderson, a cosmopolitan canopy is a place that provides opportunities for new relationships to develop and where people come together to socialize and practice getting along with others. In this reading, Anderson also explains that a cosmopolitan canopy is not just created by the place itself or by the diversity of ethnicity, gender, and social class in and around it but also by the “goodwill that is expressed and experienced by most who enter these premises” (Anderson 11). Personally, I agree with Anderson because in order for something to become a cosmopolitan canopy, there has to be difference on the people in it.
Hi Tracie, Banks makes a good point about the human condition and gives an insight to a natural day in people’s life. In the story, I love the idea of losing. The loss is an unavoidable event found in everyday life and a crisis like a bomb explodes in someone’s life because it is not something that tends to cause pleasure when experienced. Throughout the story, the character Chappie experiences the loss of something that is very important to him, which is his parent. This loss triggered a feeling of lack of meaning and purpose in life within him.
Have you ever had to experience homelessness? Have you ever felt alone with no hope left? During the novel Lennie was one of the main characters. He was one of the most important people in the novel. Both him and George were homeless, they had no money and no way of transportation other than walking.
Homelessness. Goldberg draws attention to the homeless advertised on the nightly news were "sympathetic souls who told stories about how, because of hard times, they were temporarily down on their luck" (Goldberg 2001, 68) where compared to the homeless Goldberg described as "the ones on the sidewalk, by and large, were weirdos or drug addicts or schizophrenics" who "mumbled crazy things" (Goldberg 2001, 68). The exaggeration the media drew about a small fraction of the homeless in America was the ultimate call for support and compassion from watching audiences. Goldberg called this "prettifying of reality" (Goldberg 2001, 69). Following the media exaggeration for viewer sympathy, numbers of the homeless in America were rapidly becoming expansive:
“They’re back, Matt,” Doctor Sarah Leslie, CDC’s Chief Medical Examiner spoke through the phone. Retired, Detective Matthew Benson clinched the phone tighter, there was only one reason she would make that claim, a dead body. “How many?” “Two,” she said, “but we both know more will follow.” “Unfortunately,” he agreed.
Homeless not Hopeless In November 2012 I had hit lost my job and was unable to pay my bills. I didn’t have any family or friends that was able to help me out I was later evicted from my apartment. Having nowhere else to go I ended up staying at The Salvation Army homeless shelter in Texarkana. I didn’t know at that time I met a man that would forever change my life; Michael.
As I sat on the sidewalk with him, shame overtook my heart. The glares from others passing by caused me to feel utterly uncomfortable but I continued to listen to his story. I knew what I had been called to do when I accepted this opportunity but never had I imagined it to be like this.