Date registered: Sep 2004
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Location: Planet Houston
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RE: how to help beggars
After I got out of college, I worked as a statistician/programmer/office flunky for a few years for a company called New Horizons, a company which is kind of the Microsoft of the homeless biz, at least it is in the Northeast. They run homeless shelters and soup kitchens for the homeless, detox intake centers, and provide burial services when its all over. I learned a great deal about the homeless problem. They really come in two flavors - one we called "the garbage bag people" - these are families and individuals who become suddenly homeless due to pretty much running out of options - we called them that because a car would pull up, someone would push them out the doors in front of our building, and then unload their belongings from the trunk, which always seemed to be in black garbage bags. From there, these heartbreaking families would enter "The System". Generally, the family would disintegrate, with the children sent off to foster homes, and the parents sent off to rehabs or disappearing into the streets. Finding out that homeless people had kids to came as quite a shock to me at that age. I also volunteered to work in the soup kitchen, and two years of ladling surplus government food into the bowls of these children is probably the main reason I will forever be a leftist. I think every "libertarian" asshole should do the same. I still see the looks of hopeless bewilderment, fear, tears and anger in the faces of these children in my nightmares.
If you want to find out how to help these people, who are the ones who need it the most, contact a local Lutheran Church, as they are the biggest financial backers of non-profit companies like these and usually know the best place to contribute money in your local area. It's the best place to do it because the garbage people have some hope left.
The second class of homeless are worthless bums. These are the people you see with the street signs and the squegees. "Liberal" assholes should be forced to spend two years among them. They are made up mostly of sociopaths who simply do not want to work for a living. They have two needs in life, alcohol and food. They get their food at the soup kitchen, they get their alcohol from you, if you give them money. The greatest help you can be to them is to give them nothing. If you give them money, you might be the actual source of that night's stabbing or suicide. In addition, the only cure for them is to totally hit bottom, and people giving them money just keeps them afloat enough to stay in the game. Also, they end up in "The System" when they run out of alchohol, as most of them go into life-threatening D.T.s if they dry out. Repeat - the best help for them is to give them NOTHING.
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