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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Location: Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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.

12.18.2004

12.18.2004

There are tens of thousands of homeless in the country. Why is that? I have tried to narrow the reasons down to a few, but its impossible. SO, how do we prevent it? How do we help those that are homeless?

I read an article once about a group of people who had donated to help the less fortunate for years. They realized that thru the bureaucracy, they weren't getting the "bang for the buck" they wanted. 25 people went together and sponsored a homeless person. They didn't give him a free ride. But they did help him back into the mainstream of society. They provided living expenses for a year, including transportation. Found a suitable job for him that paid a living wage.
When I read the article he had been off the streets and working for 4 years. I would say that was a success.
I don't see that kind of success within the differing programs available. I would say that is one former homeless person that thanks God and 25 people every day.
What else can be done?
That's part of why I started this. What can be done to help all homeless that want off the streets, want their life back?



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