The Homeless And Needy

At the shared meal for the homeless and needy in southern Bucks County, PA last night, the host passed out tickets to their guests as they entered in order to make sure nobody misses out on the goods they graciously give them. There have been some people who, like wild animals, go and grab all the gusto they can and could care less if others miss out. 

The shared meals are for the homeless and needy, not the homeless and greedy. “The Homeless And Greedy” would make a good soap opera, wouldn’t it? 

The homeless and needy themselves should realize that their brothers and sisters are going through the same thing they are, like the characters in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and should help and encourage one another. 

Instead, some of the homeless and needy in southern Bucks County act like the rabid, jealous, greedy characters in Frank Norris’ McTeague. 

It’s unfortunate that hosts at the shared meals have to regulate adult guests. The guests should be mindful of the interests of others, and not just look out for themselves. “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” -Philippians 2:4 

Overall, the shared meals are a venue for friends to get together and talk about shoes and ships and sailing things and ask whether pigs have wings. Seriously though, it’s a place where people can talk about dealing with life, especially when things get rough.  Not only the guests among themselves, but many of the hosts fellowship with their guests, not only making them feel at home and show that they matter, but are there to address their concerns and feed them spiritual as well as physical food.  

How the shared meals in Bucks County are an important ministry is one thing I address in my book: 

Copies of There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless are available in the Bucks County Free Library system.

It’s Not Fair!

“…targeting smokers disproportionately harms poor people”, said a medical ethicist at the University of Pennsylvania, as reported on “Harms poor people”! Really! 

Smoking, like any other addiction, is a choice. This psychobabble, taken seriously, like most modern psychology, traps people. Smoking keeps poor people poor, not to mention harms their health. Cancer sticks burns a hole in the pocket as well as their lungs! They don’t really need smokes, although the addicted ones think so. They are wrong! 

And there’s the matter of “fairness” that smokers and their advocates harp on. Nobody is making smoking illegal; just a condition of employment!  An employer has the right to create such as policy! Employers’ reasons are far from arbitrary. 

Here’s a bit about fairness: 

Some smokers clearly show the entitlement mentality. An encounter I had with a smoker about a year ago at a fast food restaurant in Bristol, PA, illustrates the gimme gimmee mentality.  As I pulled into a parking space at the place, a young guy, who seemed to come out of nowhere, slipped behind me, and went around my car and stood about ten feet from my driver’s door. As soon I exited the car, the guy asked if I had a cigarette. I told him no – that I don’t smoke. “Can you give me ten bucks for a pack of cigarettes?”, he unabashedly asked. “No,” I unequivocally said. “When I become an old as* see if I give you anything, the punk snarled, as he walked away. “You need to change your attitude,” I replied. His ignorance grew. “F*** you,” this intellectual spouted. 

To some, smoking is a religion, the god of this age. Although now I know that before a smoker opens a pack and taps it against his/her palm countlessly the purpose is to better pack the tobacco, this still strikes me as a ritual.  Many smokers religiously light up, like a panting deer drinking water at a stream. 

Maybe the ACLU could fight an employer’s prerogative to not hire smokers on religious grounds. After all, it is a de facto religion to some! They worship at the church of Sister Nicotine and The Holy Smokes. Johnny Smoke, a hired gun, is an evangelist for the church. 

I’m always been puzzled when I see homeless people smoking.  Although they can’t afford a place to live, and have trouble getting food (although in Lower Bucks County, PA, between the state and benevolent people, they usually are provided for) they manage somehow to find cigarettes.  To save money, some of them make their own.  But some stoop to picking butts off the ground and out of ashtrays. What I don’t think is right, fair is for others to fund, support unnecessary, even harmful habits. Smoking is a personal choice. If they would rather use their money for cancer sticks rather than food or shelter, then that’s their choice. Not on my dime!  

To learn about the life of the homeless, including the propensity of some in this population to worship at the church of Sister Nicotine and The Holy Smokes: 

PA Governor Big Bad Wolf Attacks Another Windmill

Here comes the big bad Pennsylvania Governor Wolf to save the day, again! This tax and spend Democrat promised action on their mental health, but doesn’t know how he’s going to fund it. Yea, right, I’m sure the Big Bad Wolf will find a way, even if he has to huff and puff and blow your house down to get your attention!  Evidently, Big Bad believes you have to be prodded by big government to address the state of your mind, your issues. Wolf is at his opioid command center, up in his Ivory Tower, to come up with a scheme to find another way to soak the taxpayer. This wisdom comes, evidently, from The Land Of The Lotus Eaters! 

In Pennsylvania, former governor Tom Corbitt wisely cut the fat by defunding the mental health hustling industry, just as he permitted drilling for fuel on state lands to provide jobs, needed affordable fuel and some of the proceeds to go into the tax coffer to be used to fund needed things and give the taxpayer a break. The Big Bad Wolf blew that house down and saved the day to save the environment! 

In southern Bucks County, PA, a few years back the mental health hustling program, where “recruiters” reached out to homeless people, with their a priori knowledge that in order to get housing, the homeless need mental health services, which they feel the homeless don’t know. They think they know better than us mortals! 

Funding woes hurt homeless, read a headline in The Courier Times a while back. Actually, it is the mixing of mental health services with housing for the homeless that hurts the homeless. “And when county departments divide these funds among different local initiatives” said Donna Duffy-Bell, administrator of the Bucks County Department of Health…, “more money sometimes goes towards more visible priorities, like opioid addiction, rather than hidden ones like homelessness” the article continues. 

Big Bad Wolf recently held a meeting of his knights in shining armor at the Round Table.  He and his philosopher kings are going to figure out how to plan their schemes.  The listening phase of the scheme has not been planned.  There’s no need to listen; if Big Bad Wolf wants your opinion, he’ll tell you what it is! 

The church, not secular psychiatry/psychology should fill this void in mental health programming by getting even more involved in helping people with problems. 

As to the defunding of mental health hustling in Bucks County, another parody from the They’re Coming to Take Me Away Band: 

Don’t Think Freely (parody of Buck Owen’s Act Naturally) 

Well, they’re going to put me in the nuthouse 

They want to make a monkey out of me 

They’re going to put me in the nuthouse 

And all they have to do 

Is round up me 


Well, they are going have to chase me real far 

They’re going to hunt me and they can’t really tell 

If I really need to be in the nuthouse 

They expect me to play the part for them real well 


I hope you’ll come and see me in the nuthouse 

Maybe you can slip me a file in some cake 

I hope you’ll come and see me in the nuthouse 

Where I’m all doped up and can’t think freely 


They want to put me in the nuthouse 

That’s because they don’t think I am OK 

Well the only reason I am in the nuthouse 

Is that I’m homeless in Bucks County PA 


Well, they are going have to chase me real far 

They’re going to hunt me and they can’t really tell 

If I really need to be in the nuthouse 

They expect me to play the part for them real well 


I’ll be a homeless collection in the nuthouse 

From the state they want to collect their precious bounty 

I’ll be a monkey caged there in the nuthouse 

Where I’m all doped up and can’t think freely 


They want to put me in the nuthouse 

That’s because they don’t think I am OK 

Well the only reason I am in the nuthouse 

Is that I’m homeless in Bucks County PA 

Is that I’m homeless in Bucks County PA 


Dupe-dupe a looney Dupe-dup a looney Dupe-dupe a looney… 

They’re coming to take me away ah-hah he-he ah-hah ah-hah he-he ah-hah he-he… 

To learn more about the homeless in Bucks County, including the role of the mental health hustlers and the church, read: 

Homelessness Does Not Define Your Character

A formerly homeless friend of mine’s pet peeve is that when someone causes a problem the media highlights that the culprit is homeless. Recently, on, a man was accused of damaging the Bristol Township PA police station when he was in a holding cell. 

In the second sentence of the article, the accused is readily identified as a homeless man. Homeless people should not be identified with crime, like the game Marco Polo. Instead of responding “Polo” when someone says “Marco”, one would respond “crime” to “Homeless person”!  

Yes, the alleged perpetrator is homeless, but being homeless does not define your character. Someone not homeless could have very well done the same thing. 

By contrast, in another article on doesn’t identify a man, in knee jerk fashion, who was arrested for illegally sleeping in a van at an auto dealership in Langhorne, PA after having been repeatedly warned by police not to do this as homeless. It is appropriate that at the end of article there is a reference for those who are homeless. That the man was homeless was inferred in the article; it was certainly not the salient point! 

Homelessness a problem in Bucks County and throughout the rest of the country, and it must not be glossed over, ignored! 

In yet another recent article is a report about a man who dies in the woods in Croydon, PA. The man was obviously homeless and the article reports on another homeless person who died in the woods. 

Homeless advocates, myself included, have beseeched authorities and various parties to do something to give those without walls an opportunity to find a way out of homelessness. I say “opportunity” because some people who happen to be homeless don’t want to take the steps to improve their lot and act responsibly. My proposal a few years back to a Bucks County Commissioner to provide a homeless community fell on deaf ears. Others who wanted to privately help the homeless with housing were likewise stonewalled by the Bucks County establishment. 

These homeless issues are among what I address, based on years of personal experience with the homeless in Bucks County, in my book: 

Man Does Not Live By Bread Alone

As I was reading the devotional Our Daily Bread, which was in a care package I recently got from one of the shared meals for the homeless and needy in Bucks County, PA, I was reminded about what a blessing these community meals are. As I read the devotional, I was truly fed spiritually.  

He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.“ -Deuteronomy 8:3 

The salient points such as we have a God who loves and cares for us no matter what. He helps us navigate through troubled waters. When we mess up, it’s not over; God forgives us of our sins and renews our hearts. 

A little while back, one of the hosts at another church community meals gave me a copy of Dr. Charles Stanley’s In Touch. It was very edifying. The hosts interaction with their guests is another good part of this ministry. In one of the Our Daily Bread devotionals I read today, ”Written on the Heart”, the author pointed out that we communicate the faith by the way we talk to others and behave. 

God created us to live in community, helping one another. 

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” -2 Corinthians 5:20 

In my book, the shared meals are one thing I write about.