No matter what you are doing right now, you are most likely reading this somewhere warm.
No matter what you think, you have more than others.
No matter what, you don’t know what it is like.
No matter what, I don’t know what it’s like.
I haven’t checked in on one of my favorite Delaware blogs in a while. It wasn’t on purpose. It just was. On this second day of staying indoors, I thought I would go there. See what is happening with the homeless in Wilmington. I didn’t expect anything to change. I’ve thought about the homeless a lot this week. Praying there are none outside in this bitter cold and they have all managed to find shelter. This is the kind of cold that can, and will, kill you if you aren’t careful.
The following excerpt is from Homeless1 in Wilmington. It is a powerful blog. It is about the homeless and how to help. From someone or a group of people that do everything they possibly can to help homeless people in Wilmington. I have no doubt they would hate to be called heroes. But they truly are. For many in Delaware, they are one paycheck away from being homeless. It really doesn’t take much. We all need to care a little bit more.
homeless. homelessness. two words. two simple words. but these words carry such heavy meaning, stigma and consequences that they really can’t be considered simple. these two words bring with them such a heavy burden and life altering experience that they are not simple. they are complicated far beyond the definition and far beyond the meaning we all associate with them. they leave a devastating trail of heartbreak, frustration and scars that just don’t seem to heal.
the homeless are called a lot of different names, most of them bad or insulting. they are lumped into one large group and thought of as drug addicts, alcoholics, misfits, mentally ill or suffering from some other form of affliction whether it be physical or psychological. they are thought of as a nuisance, a bother and generally someone you would rather not have to be aware of, much less associate with or take into any sort of serious consideration. they are thought of as being unworthy of your time, attention or conversation. they are not deserving or worthy of your time, help or your compassion except fleetingly at holidays.
To read the rest of this article, please go to We Can No Longer Look Away.
There isn’t scandal and sensational news in homelessness. It is depressing and sad. It is very real. It is the forgotten of society. It has existed as long as mankind and it will never be completely eradicated. It is. It isn’t just in Wilmington. It is all over The First State. You may not see it, but it’s there.