Sunday, May 15, 2011

Putting a perspective on Homelessness...

Tonight was the Children's Choir Musical, and wanting to support our kids and our children's ministry team I attended though I did not have children performing and really don't know any of the children that were either...Well I came away with my eyes opened or should I say re-opened.

We all know in 2008 here in the USA the housing market hit a wall and the economy went belly up...We all know in the back of our minds that this created homelessness...But 2008 was so long ago and as each of us has faced our own struggles to make ends meet and keep a roof over our own heads, we forget how lucky we truly are...If you are reading this you have a home, you have electricity, you have food.

So many that are homeless it is not because of anything they did or did not do...Today's homelessness is real and it is effecting not just individuals but whole families..

How much harder is it for those homeless that have children...How hard is it for the children to look towards the future when their basic needs are not being meet today...Through no fault of their parents these kids are experiencing hardships in life that is this day, in this country is crazy...Unemployment is like a cancer and minimum wage does not cover the basic costs of living, with oil prices rising, so is the cost of food...People are having to choose between eating or paying the rent/or morgage...

Now I knew that there was a few kids here in our town that are classified as "homeless"...I have heard about via my eldest daughters school last year...But we live in a small rural community...how bad could it be...

When my daughter graduated in 2010 it was a graduating class of 107 students...The student body is made up from kids from 3 small towns...Now here is the perspective that slapped me in the face...there are over 200 homeless CHILDREN in our county (that is children K to 12 register in the school system)...and I am not just talking homeless living out of a hotel...there are families with children living in the woods behind the shops on Main street...I was shocked, and cried just hearing this...Actually I am crying as I type this...My heart breaks for these families...We personally know how hard it is to find work around here...4months hubby was unemployed in 2008 and I lost my business, but we are so blessed and have a roof over our heads today...Many have not been so lucky...more than I though so it turns out.

For a community this small 200+ is an astonishing number...I know many of you that read my blog also live in small or rural communities and like me probably think of homelessness as a "city" problem...I challenge you to find out what the numbers are in your own back yard...

What am I going to do personally about this???..Talk to our Children's minister and see what we can organize to do to help these families...Find out how we can contact them and bring them the help they need to get back on their feet...and of course PRAY and ask you all to pray too...Just because the media has stopped covering this issue does not mean it has gone away.

Blessings Kelsie

4 comments:

On Crooked Creek said...

Kelsie,
We, too, have been impacted by the staggering economy. Just yesterday, "Mr. Ed" carried a bag of food items to our mailbox to aid the Post Handlers in their efforts to feed the hungry in our community! It was announced in worship today that the food goes to our Food Bank and stays in our community! God bless us and help us find ways to help others in need! Thank you for this meaningful message!
Fondly,
Pat

mississippi artist said...

This is just shamefull that this is happening in the United States! When I think of the trillions wasted by our goverment, I get so mad!I think we should take care of our own before sending any money to other countries!

Cindy@OldTimePickers said...

It is sad how our children are affected by this. When I was a teacher, we had a backpack program in which we put food from donations to help feed those who were hungry. It can seem overwhelming on how to help, but little things, including caring, can make a big difference in the life of a child.

Debbie @ Swampbilly Ranch said...

So sad that this should happen in this country with all the help that our citizens and gov't sends overseas.