When we think, and see someone who is homeless we tend to jump to conclusions that they’re on drugs or abuse alcohol. It’s hard to say but, many homeless people do tend to fall in to these patterns due to losing their jobs, homes and/or families. National homeless awareness day tends to fall on the first day of winter every year to bring awareness of how significant this cause is.
Breaking an addiction is hard for anyone to do, especially someone who is homeless. They do not have the same resources or the same support that many other people have. Many homeless people find it easier to turn to drugs or alcohol to cope the fact that they are homeless and to numb their pain. Someone who is homeless is not thinking about getting help with their addiction. Their first thoughts are to find food and shelter. It’ hard for someone who is homeless to live a normal life and to find someone who genuinely cares about their well-being.
Homeless People in America
Being homeless during the winter time especially in the states that see snow fall and decreasing climates can be extremely difficult. Per the National Alliance to End Homelessness there were just under 600,000 homeless on January 2015. This is based on sleeping outside, staying at a homeless shelter or living in a housing program. There has been a decreasing trend in the number of homeless people each year.
Substance use disorder is a huge problem for many Americans today. Being homeless often leads to being an addict. Many families are often tired and drained from their addict’s behavior, that they kick them out. Most homeless people can’t find jobs and are finding themselves standing on the side of the road begging for money. Most signs say, “parent of 3 children, need money or food.” Do we trust these signs? Are we feeding in to paying for their next visit to their drug dealer or liquor store? Many of us do not know where that money will be going, but we do know that it’s our choice to either give them money or not.
Helping Someone Who Is Homeless
December 21st is a day to come together and spread the message about this cause. No, we cannot prevent someone from being homeless, but we can come together and provide shelters and soup/food kitchens. The next time you see someone homeless remind them that there is a shelter in your area where they can go. You can also help and volunteer to work at ones of these organizations. Many of the housing programs can help homeless people who have an addiction to sobriety and then stay on a path of recovery. These support groups can help re-establish residential stability for people who were once homeless. Look up housing programs within your area to change someone’s life today.
By: Jennifer T.