Can You Pass This Month’s Test on Homelessness?
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The West Side Homeless Outreach perspective on this question will be obvious to anyone familiar with our work. A huge difference exists between the two approaches.
When viewing service to homeless people as sequential social events—fun runs, walkathons, Internet funding projects and the like—negative results often accompany positive outcomes. For instance, funds might be raised at a fun run or a dinner, but most events have significant overhead, so much of the money raised goes to fund the event. What’s worse, people who try to help the homeless through fun runs and other events are focusing on the activity rather than on the needy.
In truth, little sacrifice is involved when helping the homeless takes the shape of social events. Rather, helping the unhoused rebuild their lives is unadulterated service. There’s little that's pleasant or painless about it. And when more men and women who are able to help the homeless realize that, local homelessness will diminish dramatically.
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