I think I had been conditioned to think that homelessness was a problem related to drugs alcohol or is a result of some other nefarious activities. That is until during a transition our family became displaced. Though only for a short time, we lived in a rundown hotel long enough to realize that some hardworking families, moms, and dads like many of us want the best for their children. According to an article penned by the US Department of Education, 41% of the homeless population consist of families with children, an estimated 2.5 million children are affected each year (Williamson, n.d).
How did they end up in that situation? My mom used to say often “but for the grace of God, there go I”- -life happens to all of us. I had the privilege of going through that time of transition, however, at the time I felt that it was the worst experience my family and I could have ever faced. During that time I got dressed, went to work, church and fulfilled all of my moral and social obligations. For those outside looking in, it was business as usual.
Our situation was temporary, for many other families, theirs was not. We decided as a family that as a family we would always do what we could to help other families. Over the years we have opened our home to families in transition, our children have grown accustomed to giving up their rooms to help a family in need. We were blessed, so we became a blessing, so many of you are blessed to be a blessing. Maybe you cannot open your home to the homeless, but you can open your heart. You can change your mind. You can share a meal, spare some change, donate to a local charity and you can say a prayer.
Williamson, E. (n.d). Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness for America’s Students and Families. Retrieved from