The Richest Country in America

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Toni Baker-Moore
ENGL 1010-152
Writing # 2
2/20/13
As the richest part of the country in the world, what can we do to help these people?
The way of homeless people seems very far away from yours- but in some ways quite near. For any of us, the loss of jobs, the death of a spouse or a child or a severe physical disability could be the route to total despair. These are the tragedies that have happened to many homeless people. Struck by personal tragedies, the people in shelters across America, have lost their homes and been deserted by the families and friends they once had. What can we do to help them? Sometimes the smallest can go along way.

One way to help is to, understand who the homeless are. Society can help dispel the stereo-types about the homeless. For example, by the way they dress or look and even smell. Also, people can learn about the different reasons for the homelessness, and remember that every situation is unique. Always remember that, that all homeless are not just homeless by choice, but sometimes by force.

The second way to help is to educate yourself about the homeless. A homeless person may be someone who lost their job, a runaway child, or even someone with a mental illness. One of the first steps in helping people is to see them as individuals and to find out what they need. Notice them; talk to them. Most are starved for attention.

Lastly another way to help is to respect the homeless as individuals, by giving the homeless the same courtesy and respect you would accord your friends, your family, and your employer. Treat them as you would wish to be treated if you were in the same situation. You could also, help with kindness. We can make quite a difference in the lives of the homeless when we respond to them, rather than ignore or dismiss them. Try a kind word and a smile.

I’ve never experienced homelessness, and nor do I ever want to but knowing and having educated myself on a few ways to help someone to cope...
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