By Joan Artis
Because our economy is so bad, it is causing more and more people to become homeless. This is America and we should be helping our own people, not all the other countries. There are many types of people who are homeless. You have people with drug problems, criminal records, disabled people, de-pressed people, and people losing their jobs. And then you have people who lost their desire to move forward. These people have lost faith in the system and in their fellow man, and in themselves. So how would you go about helping them? That is a question that has plagued me for a long time.
These people are the hardest people to reach. They are the people who live under bridges, in the woods, on the streets and in shelters. I want to help them get back their self respect and help them move forward in some ways. Maybe of they saw that the American people were helping more people in America they might think about moving forward. Maybe with more positive thinking, they can help themselves turn around. Well I believe in them and I know they can get their self respect back. But all I can offer right now is a saying I read in a book which has helped me every day.
Happiness will elude you
Until you convince yourself
You deserve it.
Everyone deserves happiness; please believe in yourself, so life will be a little better.
Try to come and see what we trying to do for the homeless population. We are not the system, we are like you. We have lived or are living in shelters, so we know what you might be feeling. Just take a walk down to 21 Charter Oak Ave, Hartford, CT 06106 and join the Beat of the Street advocates every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:30PM.
Maybe you can collect some of our newsletters to then sell on the street – the $1 you earn for selling Beat of the Street is yours to keep.