I clean a lake rental house with my friend, her mom (L), and her brother on Saturdays. The brother wasn’t there today, but the owner of the home was. When she asked where he was, L said that he was feeding the homeless. (Brother takes classes, and once a month, the students in his class have to do a certain number of hours of community service.) So he was feeding the homeless today. Then the owner was told that I (me. the author of this) would be feeding the homeless next week. It’s true. We are taking a group of youth to Augusta to work with The Bridge Ministry there. (It’s a branch-off of the one in Nashville.) So anyways. Then we joke a little bit about us being gone so often because of doing this outreach and I made the statement, “Someone’s gotta do it!” To which the owner responded, “No they don’t. They need to get off their butts and get a job!” Obviously, I didn’t agree with this and said, “NO. That’s not always the reason a person becomes homeless.” At this point, I’m angry. That one statement just pissed me off. I start going up the steps and the owner tried to cover her tracks and say, “Oh I know. I go and volunteer at (a place I didn’t understand the name of because I was walking away) all the time!”
So riddle me this. If she helps and volunteers with homeless outreach, why would she make such an IGNORANT statement? (Saying all homeless are homeless because they just won’t get a job is like saying that all black people are gangsters, or all Asians own a nail salon, or all Indians own a gas station. It just isn’t true for everyone of that race. Same as with homeless.. you can’t put the whole homeless community into that generalization because it just isn’t true and is just plain IGNORANT.) All I could come up with was that she was either lying about said outreach, or that she just went to be seen and never takes/took the time to get to know the people she was helping. Let’s just pretend, for her sake, that she really has and does volunteer. Why do people, of their own accord and not because of a court order, volunteer with organizations for the homeless? (In her case, it certainly isn’t so she will look good on a resume. She’s got a toe in the ground if you know what I’m saying.) Do you go just to go because there is nothing else to do? Do you go because others are going and you may as well join them? Do you go because you really do have a heart for helping others? Do you go because you want to get to know these people who are so often forgotten? I would hope that the last 2 questions would be the reasons you would choose.
Anyways.. That’s just my short and sweet rant. I’ve never done one of those on my blog, but today– oh today– I just had to get it out. Feel free to disagree or agree. Most of you who read this are friends with me on Facebook, so if you are and want to, feel free to send me a message about it and we can discuss.
(Originally posted on my old blog on July 12, 2014)