Please know that some of these answers may be tough, but they've been time tested and observed in real life situations for over a decade. We pray that they may lead you into a deeper understanding of homelessness and what you can do to help.

 

 

Question 1: What Should I Do About the 'Will Work for Food' Guy?

 

I know you have seen him; he is holding a sign that says 'Will Work for...

Well, if you actually look at the word 'homeless' it's clear that we are talking about someone without a home. Housing is extremely important in helping people change their lives. Most who are homeless have had housing in the past, but poor decisions can end in them not having a place to live; sometimes repeatedly.

 

People can also get in a cycle of homelessness th...

At this point, the person has been on the street a little while now. They know the routines: Where to go for food on Monday, where to get clothing on Sunday, and other basic necessities. This person is starting to get in a routine of being homeless, which is not a good sign. This is also the place where people start to learn about some of the other ways to survive on the street,...

Induction is the first phase of homelessness and can be very hard on the person who is going through it. This person probable won’t identify themselves as homeless. They might use phrases like "I’m in transition" or "currently in a bind" or "I’m between houses". The fact that they don’t currently see themselves as homeless is a good thing--if you can help them recover from the s...

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