Category: Faces of Homelessness

Christmas: A day of hope instead of hopelessness

Christmas: A day of hope instead of hopelessness
“We could be depressed at Christmas, but what’s the point? We’re all going to be together. We’re all family.” Those were the word I heard a year ago. What’s surprising was the place they were spoken. A homeless shelter. It occurred during a weekly writing class I was teaching there. I know how tough the... Read more »

My favorite homeless stories of 2017

My favorite homeless stories of 2017
The homeless world is not always filled with hopelessness and despair. It’s far from only people living on the street, dealing with addictions and mental or physical health problems. There are many people who have amazing stories of overcoming challenges. There are also many people who give a lot to help those people when they need... Read more »

They were more than just a pair of glasses

They were more than just a pair of glasses
Most of the every day activities we do in our lives occur without too much thought. We take them for granted. And why shouldn’t we? It doesn’t take much planning to go to grocery store, buy clothes, head to your job or the hundreds of other activities you do on a regular basis. So what do... Read more »
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Would you spend your birthday volunteering at a homeless shelter?

Would you spend your birthday volunteering at a homeless shelter?
It’s your birthday. You’re thirty-ish. It falls on a Saturday. How would you celebrate? Are you sleeping in? Maybe going to a movie or a concert? You might be going to a bar or a club? Chances are you aren’t going to a homeless shelter and cooking enough lasagna to feed fifty people. And yet,... Read more »

The connection of homelessness, music and gratitude

The connection of homelessness, music and gratitude
Imagine you’re living in a homeless shelter. You’re staying with three dozen other people. Three dozens other strangers. It’s not a normal way to live. It’s easy to find yourself depressed and in a state of despair. It’s hard to find a lot of positives. It’s hard to be grateful. Yet it always amazes me that... Read more »

Everyone supports solving homelessness until it reaches their backyard

Everyone supports solving homelessness until it reaches their backyard
NIMBY! Not in my backyard! The photo is of a church in the middle of trendy and moneyed Lincoln Park. In the basement of the church is a homeless shelter. Lincoln Park Community Shelter has existed in one form or another for thirty-two years. The shelter houses thirty-five residents…twenty-four men and eleven women. They also... Read more »
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Can you tell someone is homeless by how they look?

Yesterday I was at a homeless shelter helping out on a program for volunteers. It’s been a few months since I was there and there were a few physical changes in the building. On one of the walls were black and white portraits of people who had something to do with the shelter. Some were... Read more »

I'm in a poverty state of mind

I'm in a poverty state of mind
It was so easy living day by day Out of touch with the rhythm and blues Ben Carson is the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He made news the other day when he said that poverty was just a state of mind. It looks like Ben was out of touch with... Read more »

I got dressed up for homelessness

I got dressed up for homelessness
I don’t do dress up well. I’m pretty much a jeans, t-shirt and Converse kind of guy. There may be a sweater or a long sleeve shirt, but I’m casual almost 24/7/365. I consider wearing khakis as dressing up. So when I was invited to a fancy black tie optional event, I was a little... Read more »
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There's acting homeless and then there's being homeless

There's acting homeless and then there's being homeless
You know how you always hear that athletes want to make music and musicians want to be athletes? Well it goes for other professions, too. About two months ago, I found out my homeless buds were putting on a play. It featured ten stories of homelessness. The Homeless Monologues! What Eve Ensler did for the... Read more »
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    My so called friends think it's time to edit this section. After four years, they may be right, but don't tell them that. I'll deny it until they die! I can't believe I've been writing this blog for four years. It started as a health/wellness thing and over the years has morphed to include so many things that I don't know how to describe it anymore. I really thought this was going to be the final year of the blog but then Donald Trump came along. It looks like we're good for four more years..God help us all! Oh yeah...the biographical stuff. I'm not 60 anymore. The rest you can read about in the blog.

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