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In lexington, kentucky I learned about and experienced FEAR. I learned that going into a shelter and spending the how to save a lot of money fast night with strangers day after day in FEAR wears down how to save a lot of money fast the body’s natural defenses and makes one vulnerable to sickness and how to save a lot of money fast mental breakdown. I learned that it is FEAR that often makes a how to save a lot of money fast person compromise their own moral and ethical standards to survive. I stayed with 150 men plus women and children for how to save a lot of money fast 3 days on the floor of the gym in a how to save a lot of money fast salvation army. I slept next to a man with a knife. The only reason I knew he had a knife is how to save a lot of money fast because I watched him threaten to stab another man earlier how to save a lot of money fast in the day. Fear changes one’s personality and affects a person’s life choices. Prolonged fear can turn you into someone you don’t like and don’t want to be with. Could it be fear that prompts some people to lie how to save a lot of money fast in order to survive?

In charleston, west virginia I learned that the system of sheltering people how to save a lot of money fast who experience homelessness tends to caters to the chronic and how to save a lot of money fast not the those in crisis. I felt treated like an alcoholic and a drug addict. I didn’t have proper identification and when I went to the how to save a lot of money fast police to obtain the I.D. The shelter staff wanted, the police wouldn’t give me any proof that I had been there. I returned to the shelter and the staff implied that how to save a lot of money fast I was lying. I felt caught in the middle. I felt misunderstood. It was in charleston that I befriended an un-employed pimp. I learned how to listen to the voices from the how to save a lot of money fast streets; the voices of men and women who are survivors in how to save a lot of money fast a world in which they see little opportunity.

In indianapolis, indiana I learned that time is the enemy of the how to save a lot of money fast homeless. It seems like there is nothing to do and nowhere how to save a lot of money fast to go. So much idle time to get depressed. So little hope. Yes, you can work hard for 8 hours at minimum wage how to save a lot of money fast but you spend each days earned income to meet the how to save a lot of money fast needs of each day. I learned that it is very difficult to save money how to save a lot of money fast when you live on the streets. When you do earn money, you become a target for others to steal, exploit or beg you to give some to them. People are in a rut and need someone to pull how to save a lot of money fast them out. It is this sense of hopelessness that often tempts people how to save a lot of money fast to medicate themselves with drugs to relieve the pain.

In cincinnati, ohio I learned that there are many complex rules in how to save a lot of money fast shelters that are not clear. I remember getting yelled at for doing something I didn’t realize was inappropriate. We were staying overnight in a room with 50-75 men. The rules said “no smoking” but that didn’t stop people from smoking. I went to the staff and asked if I could how to save a lot of money fast have a pillow. The staff told me there was no pillow available. After I left the streets, I looked up their web site and discovered a large how to save a lot of money fast pillow as their symbol of welcome. How ironic.

In louisville, kentucky I stayed the night with about 60 men in how to save a lot of money fast a converted holiday inn. We had to pass through a metal detector. The rules appeared to be 8 pages, single spaced and were located behind a glass case. On the wall in the dining room were 3 large how to save a lot of money fast posters about diabetes but there appeared to be no relationship how to save a lot of money fast between the instructions on the poster and the only food how to save a lot of money fast option we were served. My intake interview was done while I stood up at how to save a lot of money fast a desk and people stood behind me. There were many things to read and sign but I how to save a lot of money fast was not given the time I needed to read them how to save a lot of money fast before I had to signed them. I felt the pressure to just sign my name to how to save a lot of money fast something I had not read nor understood. Late at night, one man wouldn’t (or couldn’t) stop talking while the other men were trying to go how to save a lot of money fast to sleep. Finally, one of the residents next to him became so exasperated how to save a lot of money fast by his constant talking that he got up, offered a few emotional words and told the staff what how to save a lot of money fast was going on. Two staff workers came in to the room and made how to save a lot of money fast many vile, emotional threats to the man who was experiencing some kind how to save a lot of money fast of mental illness. I remember being very surprised at how the staff handled how to save a lot of money fast that man. I would characterize my entire experience in louisville as dehumanizing.

In akron, ohio I learned about the need for privacy and loss how to save a lot of money fast of identity. Privacy is a commodity purchased by those who have money. The more money one has the more privacy one can how to save a lot of money fast purchase. The less money you have, the less privacy you can obtain. We need privacy to maintain our mental health. I remember feeling like there was no place to go how to save a lot of money fast where I could be alone, to be by myself. We were always around others who were constantly talking, people whocould potentially take advantage of us. This low level stress combines with physical sickness to make how to save a lot of money fast a person behave strangely. No wonder some of the homeless appear mentally ill.

I also learned about the loss of identity. When we lose a sense of who we are, we lose the realization of the image of god upon how to save a lot of money fast us and our purpose in this world. The loss of family and work confuses our identity. We become vulnerable to the seduction of a new identity; the identity of a bum; unattached from the network of accountability and purpose which fosters how to save a lot of money fast real human growth. Having a family (or “a people”) gives us a sense of identity. Having work gives us–especially men–a sense of identity and purpose. Being loved gives us a sense of identity. I saw the loss of family, the loss of work and the loss of love, and with these things, the loss of identity.

In jacksonville, florida I learned that while there are many good and how to save a lot of money fast caring people on the front lines of helping the homeless, the problem of homelessness doesn’t seem to be getting much better. I stayed in a city with an estimated 3000 homeless how to save a lot of money fast people. I went to shelter after shelter looking for a bed. Only by accident (or by god’s grace) was I able to find a place to sleep. Homelessness continues to be the result of a collision of how to save a lot of money fast personal choices and societal systems beyond one’s control. People without a home are often caught in a nightmare how to save a lot of money fast of social oppression combined with the learned coping habits of how to save a lot of money fast survival.

2019 marks my 39th year with good works. I am aware more than ever before how these experiences how to save a lot of money fast have helped me to more fully understand that those who how to save a lot of money fast experience homelessness are people; human beings made in the image of god; people who in many ways are not much different from how to save a lot of money fast myself. Over the years, I have learned that for any of us to understand how to save a lot of money fast and help people who are suffering, we must lean how to leave the comfort of our how to save a lot of money fast own security and reach out, perhaps incurring some personal risk and pain. As a christian, I now more fully understand what christ jesus has done how to save a lot of money fast for me. I am grateful and I want to continue to turn how to save a lot of money fast my gratitude into a godly activism.

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