Saturday, August 29, 2009

Where will I sleep?

Several weeks ago, the women of block 12 were discussing how long they had been incarcerated and when they hoped to be released.

One of them said, "I'm getting out in 3 weeks. I should be happy but all I can think about is where will I sleep?"

Homelessness is one of the greatest problems facing ex-offenders. During the time spent in jail or prison, most of them lose their jobs, their homes, their possessions. Starting over is difficult, if not impossible.

Have you read "Under The Overpass" by Mike Yankoski, Multnomah Books, 2005? This young man and his friend Sam crisscrossed the United States living among the homeless for several months. His book is a snapshot of the 3.5 million men and women who live on the streets of America.

Mike challenges all of us to take a long, hard look at the problem of homelessness and to consider what we are called to do. He has many suggestions on how we can help and says, "...I think the most meaningful gift might be your genuine attention and caring."

I couldn't agree more, Mike. We all need genuine attention and caring.

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