Honestly, homelessness is frustrating. Unknown to many, the homeless community is full of people who have simply been unlucky. However many of the homeless are in their position due to addiction or mental illness. When I see someone asking for money on the side of the road, my heart says to give. I think of all the positive resources that person could use my money for and I lean towards helping them. After further contemplation I think of the possibility that the use of my money would be not for self-nourishment, but for the perpetuation of an addiction.
In order to remove this discrepancy, we can help the homeless in different ways. Rather than hoping our money goes to the homeless’, we can jump straight to what will really help them. This is why food drives are extremely important. In fact, feeding the homeless directly is more helpful in the long run than just giving them a couple dollars.
Not only do food drives help the homeless, they improve the community around us. By coming together for a greater cause, we find comfort in each other and in the knowledge that we are assisting the lives of others.
Many believe we should not invest our time in the homeless because “it’s their fault they are homeless”, or because “they are a lost cause”. Unfortunately, these types of beliefs are what perpetuate homelessness further because these people lack the empathy to carry such beliefs. If you have never experienced a time where you can’t express stability in the most basic fundamentals of life such as nutrition, then how can you form such a distinct opinion? While some may have caused their own detriment, we must not use that as a reason to exile all the homeless. Everyone needs help in their life, whether successful or failing, rich or poor, housed or not and I believe it’s our job as human beings to stretch out a hand where it is needed. I’ve been blessed with a life in which I can take out some bread, peanut butter, and jelly, and make a sandwich without blinking an eye. Let us help those who can’t take out that bread, peanut butter, or jelly, by doing it for them; a gesture of care and support, from one loving human to another.
About the Author:
San Juan Capistrano CA
Major: Mechanical Engineering