Back to the topic of the homeless
This is a cause very dear to my heart. Dh and I with our children spent two years traveling the country in an RV working with the homeless. I will stop short of saying we lived as the homeless, because we did have a home, with beds, toys, water, stove, bathroom, tv etc… But basically we were transient. While we were generally able to work for enough $$ to move on, I will not forget the many, many kind and loving people who helped us out.
Honestly, my die hard Baptist hubby had to admit, if you really need help the Catholic church is the place to go. We worked and ate at soup kitchens, met with and visited homeless shelters, and lived and loved with homeless folks. And most of them would agree.
Many, but not all protestant churches want to help you…as long as you are willing to “tow their line”, attend their church services, obey their rules etc… Now, not all. Some of the protestant and non-church affiliated services were great. But generally they had a lot of rules and hoops to jump through.
Also we found that some nationwide services, such as the Salvation Army varied from place to place, with some being wonderful, and some not so much.
The one time we really needed some help, one of our children had gotten ill and needed medicine, we went to a Catholic church. Not a charity like St. Vincent, but down to the local parish. We explained we had money for food and such, but not the $85 for medicine. The secretary didn’t even bat an eye. We offered to have her go pick up the medicine (not wanting her to think we were lying) but she just called the pharmacy, found out how much it would cost, and gave us the cash. Then gave us a tour of the lovely church.
On the other hand, in one instance St. Vincent told us they do not help the homeless. They had no programs at all we could use if we were homeless. I was shocked.
And don’t even get me started on homeless shelters. I would rather sleep under a bridge than stay a single night in any homeless shelter I have ever seen or heard of. Horrible places that treat people like scum, or prisoners.
Honestly, the most love and support came from random folks. Seriously. We met people who told us things like “God told me to come talk to you”, and one lady who gave us enough money to live on for a while, just because she said “God was calling her to us”. So I think that it is really us, everyday people who can be of the best help to people. By just not ignoring what is right in front of our face, or judging the guy asking for a handout.