We all should know what homelessness is, but what truly causes it? And if so, how do we end it? But unlike how many of us out there think, the term homelessness doesn’t mean they’re unintelligent or brought their troubles by themselves. All it means is they’re just going through tough times. As we’re all fellow humans, we ought to support them and help them off their feet rather than just being happy it’s not our life by taunting them to make us feel better.
Something so commonplace may make a huge change. Just changing the way you think about the homeless could help them. Instead of thinking and talking about the homeless as if you are better than them, rather, think of them as people who are suffering through some problems. This way, you stop degrading these people as if they don’t matter at all, while unconsciously influencing others you converse with to do the same.
Treat others as if you want to be treated, isn’t that the most widely known saying? Imagine yourself in the shoes of the unhoused, wouldn’t you want someone to help you through your trying time? Even if you can’t do much, donating a small amount or helping out at a local shelter or group could help many homeless people. You could donate food to the LA Food Bank, or donate money to local charities that need the funds. Very few citizens are willing to help strangers, which is why anyone who is able to should do their best to ease the unhoused’s problems. Just listening to them talk about their problems could lighten a little of the burden the homeless have.
Like many other problems in society, just the smallest kindness, a small donation, or even just a helping hand is one of the first cures to solve them. That is exactly what we need to do. Many students at school do not know the full extent of the troubles of the homeless. To solve this difficulty while raising awareness of the plight of the unhoused, every school, whether private or public, should begin a group of volunteers, or a service club, willing to help at local shelters and deliver goods to those in need. Why shouldn’t we compel every student volunteer? For the reason that not everyone has it in them to assist those who need help. Bringing along students that may insult the homeless or don’t really care at all could just jeopardize the work of students who do, and we would all be back to square one. There may not be many people who truly care, but even a few volunteers could impact the situation of the homeless.
It will take a whole lot of work to truly and finally stop homelessness. While it may not happen as fast as some of us would hope, even a small change may end the dilemmas of the homeless, for good.