Keep On Knocking But You Can’t Come In!

At Thursday night’s shared meal for the homeless and those in need in southern Bucks County, PA, one of the guests was denied access to the meal because he was starting fights and talking extremely loud.  He was recently kicked out at another shared meal for this reason.   

The troublemaker tried to enter, only to have the host tell him he was not allowed in. He didn’t want to take no for an answer, and at one point demanded the host give him a ride home. The host didn’t grant him his wish and the guy finally left. 

https://youtu.be/FJ6SstTS4YY 

The difference with the out of control guest and the Little Richard song is that I don’t believe the guy can come back and try again! 

It’s good that the host Thursday night threw the problem guest out, as did the host at another church that hosted a meal not too long before that. His behavior disrupted the meal for the other guests, who just want to go to a meal to be fed physically and spiritually at a place where friends can get together to mutually help one another. It also gives the homeless a bad reputation and sets a negative tone for this which, for many, is a social event. 

There’s been a long season of peace at the shared meals, as the problem people have either stopped coming or have been conducting themselves in a civil manner. In other words, they either shaped up or were shipped out! Not allowing bad behavior at a meal sets the right precedent. Letting guests know there are consequences for bad behavior sends the message that there is a standard for behavior at meals. Most guests act civilly on their own, but it’s good there are borders to prevent some people from ruining the meals. 

Homelessness does not define your character.  

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.  

Expecting and demanding civil behavior from those who are homeless shows that they are basically no different than all of us and that they are not written off as hopeless. 

Society must have rules. Not following the rules is how people get into trouble! When there is a consistent, major problem with people not following the rules, the only thing to do is to throw the bum out! 

https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there%20are%20homeless%20in%20bucks%20county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull&fbclid=IwAR2x3SKmaynu1NpSSlpiXlxRhJ_Rd0csXzhmoCc5UHDifcHVRLbAbpmVZok 

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 Levittownnow.com, 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. 

http://levittownnow.com/2020/01/02/man-accused-of-putting-pants-in-holding-cell-toilet/ 

By contrast, in another article on Levittownnow.com 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!  

http://levittownnow.com/2019/12/30/man-charged-after-being-found-sleeping-in-van-at-dealership/ 

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.  

http://levittownnow.com/2019/12/30/homeless-man-dies-in-woods-off-route-13/ 

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: https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there%20are%20homeless%20in%20bucks%20county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull&fbclid=IwAR2x3SKmaynu1NpSSlpiXlxRhJ_Rd0csXzhmoCc5UHDifcHVRLbAbpmVZok