Homeless Nashville

How do you describe being homeless? Growing up in a middle class family, doing all the right things. Then one day, you are on the street.What Happens now?

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Now that I am no longer homeless, I still hope to help others. There are a few who truly want off the streets, out of the soup lines. Back to a "normal" way of living. Everyone who is homeless isn't a bum, nor a criminal. There are those that just need a chance. My first day as a homeless person was April 1st, 1997. From then on its been an unreal experience. Not one I would suggest anyone go thru, but one I know I have learned from. I hope in some way this blog helps you, the reader know a little about me. But more important , I hope it helps you understand a little more about homeless people in general.

12.15.2004

12.15.2004

Cold again last night. Down to about 18 degrees.However there seems to be a slight warming trend coming in later on in the week.
Locally,Gov. Bredesen signed an order to create a council to address homeless issues.
A good idea, most likely more political than heartfelt, but I guess anytime anyone tries to address an issue, its a good thing. I do hope they include members of the homeless community in the council.
On another note, many times homeless are in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Many sleep in abandoned buildings,doorways of business', or in parking garages. They get arrested many times for trespassing. I wish something could be done to 1. curb the arrest rate, it just puts more of a burden on the taxpayer.2. find a place where the homeless are willing to go, thats safe, warm, and dry.
Many suggest the Nashville Rescue Mission, I have a link to the Mission's website, but I for one wouldn't recomend anyone stay there. You can eat your noon and evening meals there, if you need too( they won't serve breakfast to anyone who doesn't stay all night). I stayed there for a time. I don't think I have ever been treated so badly in my life. I imagine they offer such treatment because of the way many of the men that stay there act. I have seen grown men act like 10 year olds.But I have always treated each person on their own merits, and like to be treated that way myself.
The Room in the Inn program also runs in the wintertime.(see link) I have never been in the program, but it seems to draw a large crowd of homeless back to Nashville in the winter, so I guess they must enjoy it.
Thanks to all who have written to me directly. I do appreciate the kind words.

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