Hard working people are now calling themselves Homeless.
At one point in my life I considered a homeless person to be the few men and women that sat around Venice Beach, CA begging for money. It was normal for me to see these types of individuals hanging around the Southern California beaches. In fact it was so normal that when I was in the fourth grade, I drew a picture of my family at Santa Monica Beach and even included a homeless man sitting near a park bench. When my teacher asked me about my drawing, I named my family members and included the homeless man that I frequently saw resting besides a bench. It never once occurred to me that I would actually come across so many people, including friends that are now in a simliar situation. Working class Americans that have lost their homes and jobs. Don’t get me wrong, they’re working but they went from C-level salaries to minimum wage incomes. They just can’t get back on their feet.
Over a year ago, I lost my job but there are so many more people out there that have not only lost their jobs but also their homes. I have pretty much given up on the whole idea of finding the perfect job so until I fine something, I am volunteering at a non-profit organization in Seminole County, FL called Christian HELP . This experience has been an eye opener! Christian HELP has helped Families from all over Central Florida with job opportunities and food. My first day volunteering, I recognized two individuals that live in my community that were in need of assistance! I’ve met people who are working just to pay rent but can’t afford a car, gas, phone, or food. What’s worse is they make minimum wage so with their small income, they don’t qualify for food stamps or any other type of government assistance. Others in need just can’t find work at all. Christian HELP has yet to turn their back on these hard working people that are struggling to make ends meet.
Christian HELP’s staff work together to create a second family as well as make a difference in their lives. The organization provides employment assistance, food, material items, toys during the holidays, and spiritual support. I’ve learned to respect these the Christian HELP team because they work hard to bring smiles to many faces in Central Florida. Most of the clients that come to Christian HELP haven’t given up in life and continue to work as hard as they did before their luck turned. The stories I hear and friendships I have made has been a blessing for me. Volunteering at Christian HELP has changed my life for the better!
What one used to consider as being “homeless” has changed. Some may have lost their homes and reside with family or friends while others may reside in trailers (once used for vacations). There are many ways to help. If you can’t make a financial contribution then consider volunteering, opening your home, or donating unused items. Even a smile can make a huge difference in the lives of others.
Click to watch- 60 Minutes Documentary – Homeless in Seminole County, FL