April 3, 2013

Myths about Homelessness

I confess, I believed that all homeless people were lazy and unmotivated and most of them were drunk and on drugs. Then I actually met homeless people and everything I thought I knew about homelessness went right out the window. Homeless families are the biggest growing homeless population. Most of the families we work with want to work and in fact are VERY MOTIVATED to make a better life for themselves and their children. The families that come to Village of Hope don’t want a hand out- they want a hand up. It’s impossible “to pull yourself up by the bootstraps” when you don’t even have boots. Hunger and homelessness are not created because families don’t have enough to eat or no shelter for the night- it involves a variety of unmet physical, emotional  and social needs.  It does indeed take a village to raise a child and that includes children who are the youngest victims of family homelessness.