Our homeless situation is everywhere. At my condo project at a board meeting I learned that there was a family with 2 children living behind one of our dumpsters for a couple weeks. They were flushed out and sent away. Where were they supposed to go?
My neighbor allowed a homeless person to park his van in his parking spot. (At least he had a van.) This was next to my car. I thought someone was there, but said nothing. The van was safer there than on the street and was better sheltered against the weather between fences and my car. I had spoken to this man before. He was very friendly and I knew he also would safeguard my car. He told me he bought the van for only $350. Not bad price for a place to be able to actually lay down in. A neighbor complained and our security service made him move the van. What was the man hurting? Nothing.
Sometimes last year I worked 100 to 130 miles from my home and needed to stay a couple days. Working only part time, I could no longer afford even a cheap motel room, so would drive around looking for quiet residential streets to park for the night. As long as it was Summer and early Fall I was OK, except I would have to leave the neighborhoods before the joggers would begin to run past my car at around 4:30am or so. Also the need to use a restroom in the middle of the night meant a drive to a 24 hr market a couple miles away. Many towns have "no parking" ordinances so I found it hard to find places to park. I didn't always work in the same city.
Some nights I'd park where I thought it would be quiet, only to have cars drive by every few minutes. I often moved my car 4 or 5 times in 3 hours.
At least I've had some practice at being homeless. One to two nights at no colder than 50 degrees is one thing. I'm not looking forward to this coming mid-October '09 through early March '10 though.
I have physical issues that prevent my doing many types of work and I have stamina issues that prevent my working a regular 8 hr job. Please pray that things get better for me before I am out of my condo (foreclosure) and totally out of work.
There are many people who are working poor, who are homeless. After paying for much needed medical insurance and medications, food, toiletries, and the car they need for their job, there is not enough money left to pay for shelter and utilities. Even if I find a job I do not foresee making enough to even be able to afford a room for some time to come.
Anyone who reads this, please pray for all of those face homelessness. Today I spoke with a man I have done jobs for for over 10 years. He lost his home last year, is behind in the rent on the apartment he is now in and is facing eviction, and he is a highly educated and skilled professional. He too may be joining me and so many others parked on some side street. The face of the homeless is changing.
Sorry for the rant. I just needed to vent my situation somehow.
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
- Thomas Jefferson
Do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you like it or not. - Thomas Huxley
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