“Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the son of man (or “the human one”) has no place to lay his head.” ~ Matt 8:20/Luke 9:58
That pretty much summarizes my state in the coming week. On Sunday, I leave Brethren Housing Association’s Campaign Kickoff Block Party for seven days on my bicycle, raising awareness about homelessness while trying it out as well.
Check out the full schedule, facts about homelessness and how we plan to highlight local challenges – and solutions – here: Homeless Horizons Handout.
Of course don’t have all the solutions. None of us. Some people choose to be homeless. Perhaps we need to find ways to let people be homeless. But most of them, research says, want to have a place to call home, a shred of security in an otherwise insecure, changing environment. And research also suggests that it would be far cheaper to us a society – monetarily and morally – to give them a hand up, rather then let them “fend for themselves.”
There are many solutions. I hope you can be one. Most of all, i hope you can ride along with me and my homeless shelter trailer next week. See more at http://www.facebook.com/brethrenhousing or follow tweets @brethrenhousing.
See you out there!
One Reply to “Riding to Remember Homeless in Central PA, May 1-8”
So begins again a familiar dance. The disappointment and bone weariness so many of us who’ve been involved in issues of homelessness in the community for years is significant. But now we have more reasons than ever to be hopeful. I’m thinking that the days of our emergency shelter itself struggling with rejection and the reality of being, as they say, “precariously housed” are almost over. I’m thinking and hoping we’re moving ahead.
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