Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” -— Isaac Asimov
We as humans assume,assume, assume.
There are several assumptions or myths, about our friends, let’s discuss some of them and maybe scrub our own windows off at the same time.
All homeless people are criminals..
Actually the homeless commit fewer crimes than those that are not homeless.
Most of their crimes are what we call “petty” crimes, loitering, sleeping on the streets,and trespassing.
The homeless are VICTIMS to crimes more than the person committing the crime, recently we had two of our men assaulted and robbed in a gas station bathroom. One of them was robbed of two dollars, as he said it was only two dollars, but it was my two dollars.
They want to be homeless..
I’m often asked about why they don’t go to shelters to live, many shelters will not accept a person with mental or drug addictions. Another thing is most shelters will not allow them to have a pet, their closest and best friend.
They don’t work..
Many homeless people have jobs, the word homeless opens up a can of worms to where an employer doesn’t pay them as much as other employees, they are paid in cash and it usually is not enough to afford rent, utilities, medicine, or food.
Most are uneducated..
Truthfully many are not educated, and yet there are some 60,000 college students across America who are considered homeless.
One of our guys is nicknamed Purdue Mike, he has an Engineering degree from Purdue University, folks you don’t graduate from Purdue and not be a smart person. He went on to work in the professional field, and it all came crashing down on him, he couldn’t handle it any longer, and now works changing tires for a trucking company.
Only men are homeless..
It was statistically reported that 40% of homeless people are women. Most of those fleeing from domestic violence. Most have children who are being cared for by family members, the streets are not kind to a woman,the streets become rougher and more dangerous as the hours of darkness tick off the clock.
I hope you have learned something new about our friends and that you can see more clearly out of your windows now..