Entry: "Uhh...it cold."
Now that Old Man Winter done pretty much set up camp around here and made himself "comferble" I may as well accept it as fact and slap myself 50 times for not having the foresight to buy some gloves ahead of time...duh. I mean it wasn't like it just got cold suddenly either, as it's been a bit nippy in my part of Baltimore lately for a few weeks now too. Along with the cold unfortunately, another familiar sight becomes even more visible...homeless people sleeping on steam grates on the sidewalks downtown. I can't understand how people in power in local guvmint here can just step right over them and walk by or even drive past in their rides without even a passing glance or thought. I'm not saying hurl money at 'em or shower them with pity...but aint there something...anything that can be done? What would you do if you were in charge of a major city and had the will and wisdom to do something? What would you do to eliminate the need for folk to camp out on the streets on a steam grate in your city? What would you do?
6 brothers and sisters helped me to understand.
on Saturday, December 18th, 2004 @ 02:06 AM EST
brrrr! it shole is cold!
I remember someone telling me sometime ago that some homeless pple don't want to find assistance, like they refuse to go to homeless shelters bcos their freedom gets restricted.
Now i'm not saying that's the case for all homeless pple. It must be terrible espeicially in the cold. I always try to help out best as I can tho' I wish I could do more, but they say lil drops of water make a mighty ocean. so a little contribution from each person will help solve this problem.
I think it's a damn shame that some people in this country are riding in jaguars and don't even care that they splash muddy water on somebody's child who has been reduced to sleeping out in the cold and going thru garbage cans 4 something 2 eat. Something's otta give someway.
BTW still waiting on u to put up that meme
on Thursday, December 16th, 2004 @ 04:45 PM EST
G, it seems they're oblivious to everyone's problems but their own. That's why these people only get fed at the holidays.
Hi Yolie! That is so true actually. I have noticed how everyone get's all charitable and Good Samaritan-like around the holidays but once the New Years celebrations are over, it's back to the same ole stingy and mean-spiritedness in the way we view and have compassion for our fellow man. Have a great weekend my friend...G
on Wednesday, December 15th, 2004 @ 10:49 PM EST
I feel you on the cold thingy Greg cause believe it or not it is freakín cold here in GA these days probably not like B-Town. I remember once while living in Chicago, and having one of those hellashious days as we often do in the graphics industry, I pulled off the interstate to get gas still bitching about my bad work day. When I pulled out of the gas station there was a homeless man siting in the middle of the street. It was cold and raining. I had the lunch that I took to work and didnít eat because the weather was so bad and the operators so busy the company had lunch delivered in. I gave my home made lunch to the homeless man. When he sat back down on his crate trying to cover himself under a cardboard box while eating what I gave him in the rain. I was pissed at myself. Iím driving a Saab Turbo, Dress to the 9's for work of course and hereI am bitchen about what a bad day I had but not realizing how Iíd been blessed by all that I did have. A roof over my head. Food in the fridge, a warm bed to sleep on a loving man by my side. Iím so old school... If you give a man a fish he will eat for a day. If you teach him how to fish he can eat for a lifetime. Iíd give the homeless a place to stay. Teach them how to work in todayís work place and give them shelter until they could get out on their own. I have to agree with Frank stay on top of it for a year to make sure they are established, then move on to the next group. Excellent post Greggy. Thank you for reminding me of how well off I really am. We working stiffs putting in time for others are really only one paycheck away from being homeless ourselves. Take it EZ sweetie.
Amazing how most of us wander through life taking for granted all the things we've been blessed with on a daily basis. That was a very admirable thing you did by giving your meal to him, I've done the same thing on many separate occasions, but now it is too overwhelming to even attempt to help someone. Here in Baltimore I can barely walk even 1 block without being approached by at least 3 or 4 homeless people asking for food, cigarettes or money. I'ts easy to see how so many people have given up and developed hardened hearts to their fellow man. It's almost like a catch 22 situation...the more you give, the more you will find in need...You take it EZ yourself Nina, and have a Blessed Christmas Season...G
on Tuesday, December 14th, 2004 @ 11:17 PM EST
Oh Greggy! I LOVE your avatar! You're all decked out in your winter green. Really Kool!
*grinning hard* Why Thank You young lady :o)
I chillin' hard, eh?...G
on Tuesday, December 14th, 2004 @ 06:49 PM EST
Let them eat cake!! That's what I'd say and then the city folk would promptly cut off my head.
Actually I blogged about this very topic recently and if I were in charge I'd create a fund where wealthy people could make a tax deductible donation and create more shelters with more aid for the needy. That's what I would do.
LMAO @ "let them eat cake!!" Your idea of creating a fund where wealthy folk could take a tax deduction by contributing is an excellent idea, knowing as how the wealthy are always looking for any and every possible tax break out there...LOL. Me myself, I think it's a great idea, but you know then the problem would be "Hey I want to help but please don't build that homeless shelter in my neighborhood"....*sigh*...G
on Tuesday, December 14th, 2004 @ 06:06 PM EST
Hey brotha Gregg. You're right. It's a little nippy out there and I'm loving it! Finally a reason to wear a "jacket" because up until now, there hadn't been a reason to. I get hot a little too fast when I wear heavy articles of clothing.-lol
I feel you on the homeless sleeping on the grates in the winter time. I see this site all too often when I lived in NYC and right outside the President's north side window in DC, scattered dozens of homeless (some veterans) fighting thru the night to survive the frigid temperatures.
I would open up and provide services to ALL of the homeless that would consist of an extention that would be beyond moving them off of the street merely to survive a cold evening. It would be made into the most cost-effective but up to date living quarters of any local apartment.
The program would start off with a few at first building on word-of-mouth and good PR in the hopes of recruiting other homeless people to try the program.
In the meantime, those that live there would not simply be collecting welfare, but They would build skills, like cleaning and budgeting, which obviously would be necessary to secure and maintain future permanent housing.
When formerly homeless clients move into their own apartments, my project could provide some kind of social services for approximately lets say a year. This continued support evens the odds and helps ensure that the individuals are able to successfully maintain their housing.
Hmm...you sure you don't want to run for Mayor here or something? LOL. Seriously, those are some very good ideas to help the less fortunate. I also agree with you that unless there is some type of follow-up all is for naught. Just sending someone a check every month as welfare and expecting that in itself will keep folk from becoming homeless is a folly. Great ideas Frank....err, Mr. Mayor maybe? lol...G