I met a lady tonight. No ordinary lady, a lady who less that one year ago was married, lived in a nice apartment, had a job and not too much to worry about. Then, by God’s grace, her husband’s diabetes killed him, she lost everything while trying to pay their medical bills and now she is living in the homeless shelter in which I volunteer. She smiled as we talked, her two middle top teeth missing, her skin unwashed and uncared for, her eyes filled with some sadness and some joy. Her new friend, a portly African-American gentleman named Brian, now the love of her life, although just exactly how they can demonstrate that love seemed impossible to me, only because they slept in a communal bedroom with 100 plus others who have suffered the same fate. No matter what, Joan was happy to be cooking, talking and relating part of her life story to me as I listened intently, cracked a few jokes and tried hard to make her feel wanted. Joan is a perfect example of why our society is completely screwed up. She is also an example of hope. Hope for change and hope that sometime in the future someone somewhere will see and do the right thing to erase this horrible wrong that is homelessness in America. The greatest country on the planet, supposedly, with the greatest problem. 2 and a half million Joan’s walking the streets each day, and yet we have all this wealth and technology which we cannot seem to utilize to eliminate a very simple problem and impose a very simple basic right. Getting a roof over these people’s heads and making sure they are fed. How difficult can that be?
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