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Homelessness, Panhandlers and what to do

Published October 11, 2012 by crayolasandcombatboots

hello Everybody!

I was on Facebook yesterday and ran across this post  from Life with Levi’s Facebook page

http://www.facebook.com/LifeWithLevi/posts/49457762723293

It raises a very good question that baffles a lot of people. What do we do when we see a homeless person on the street asking for money or a handout. First of all, I was homeless at one point by choice and circumstances. I also did things for money that I am not too proud of.

During my time being homeless I became a member of a great organization that is called Inspiration Corporation today.

http://www.inspirationcorp.org/

Back then it was just simply Inspiration Cafe. The founder Lisa Nigro has a blog that is very eloquent.

http://www.lisanigrospeaks.com/

She tells a lot about the reasons she started Inspiration Cafe. At one time someone had actually posed the same question to her and what she said has always stuck with me.  She said that she will give them a God Bless you, a smile and a business card of a legitimate organization that can help them.

I know a lot of people that will say that is not going to solve their immediate need for food or clothing however I truly believe this is the right thing to do in this situation. As a person that was homeless the help that an organization can give that has all the professionals and is set up to take care of long term needs will far better serve that individual than a quarter or a sandwich in the short-term. It all boils down to whether the individual wants legitimate help or short-term temporary help.

I personally am very grateful that I was able to be a part of a great organization that helped me very much. It was at Inspiration Cafe that my husband and I met, became friends and fell in love. These types of organizations can and do help more than giving a sandwich or cash can help any day.

So get a stack of business cards of local organizations that can help people and when you see a person on the street holding a sign give them a God Bless You, a smile and a card that may change their future in the long run.

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