Gracious people have worked hard to help the homeless in Bucks County, PA, but a few miscreants are risking losing the free meals they provide. Lately I heard that before one of the meals homeless guys urinated in the parking lot, where people could possibly see them.
There’s enough prejudice against the homeless; this kind of crass behavior only adds to stereotypes! All the people who, out of the goodness of their own hearts, put in the time in effort to feed to homeless needs is for someone in the neighborhood or passing by to see, and possibly report this crude behavior. It isn’t good public relations for the homeless. Some of us are trying to convince the public that the homeless are basically decent people – that they just don’t have a home – but when certain individuals create problems it makes the PR campaign to educate the public more difficult.
Evidently, some homeless people think that because they “live in the street” it’s natural to adapt a street behavior. As I’ve written before, just because you are homeless you don’t have to lose your dignity. You can act civilized. Let people judge you on the content of your character and not your living situation! Homelessness is no excuse for bad behavior!
Some homeless people have not let their station in life define their behavior. The Bucks County liberal establishment is heir to the philosophy that believes in a caste system, so it’s no surprise that its view of the homeless is that once you are homeless, you will always be homeless. On the contrary, the consensus in our country, before it was contorted by the French enlightenment and eastern religion, is that everybody has an opportunity to be whatever he strives to be. Examples of this are Abraham Lincoln, who grew up in a shack but improved himself and became President, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and now HUD head and top neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson.
Speaking of Dr. Carson, one of his quotes applies to the homeless situation. “Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next.”
I’m a great believer that people can be restored. One guy who was homeless and struggling for work got temporary jobs through an agency. He told me that one place he worked as needed asked to have him back when they needed someone. Obstacles did not stop him, and he kept plugging away, having faith that God would provide. God did. He also has substance abuse problem, but went through a Twelve Steps program and was able to lick the problem. Now he has a good steady job he went to school for, and is doing well in it.
He told me that he doesn’t want to be made too comfortable in his homeless situation. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have the incentive to get out of this place, if it’s the last thing he ever does.
There are other homeless success stories in Bucks County. In one such story, a formerly homeless guy became self sufficient and got his act together because, as he told me, he took responsibility for his actions and didn’t blame others. “They don’t like that.” I’m not sure to whom he was referring – we talked briefly as he walked by my table at a community meal, but I believe it could apply to world view of the establishment in Bucks County – Penndel Mental Health, The (alleged) Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN), the county commissioners, the soccer moms whose bratty kids terrorize the Levittown Public Library…
It’s good that some of the churches are doing more than feeding the homeless. Many of them genuinely make them feel welcome, accept them and minister to them. After all, man does not live by bread alone. Likewise, some homeless and needy people counsel one another, encouraging, building one another up.
With Allen and Keith’s wasteful, problematic mental health hustler programs about to be defunded, the churches and the brothers and sisters need to fill in the gap – to fill the empty shell with genuine concern and help, something not, as was the case with Alice in Wonderland, found in a pill.
The community meals for the homeless and those in need in Bucks County is a wonderful thing. Let’s not ruin it!