Have you ever seen a woman sleeping on a park bench and wondered how did that happen?
Have you ever seen a guy with a military jacket asking for a handout on the corner?
Have you ever seen a tent in a park with children inside and wondered if
they were living there?
Have you ever seen a large parking lot with vehicles parked there all night?
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, on any given night in 2018 there were approximately 552,830 people in the United States experiencing homelessness. And there are millions more who live paycheck to paycheck, just one emergency away from being homeless.
It can happen in a moment. In one moment you can have a job and apartment, and then fall victim to an illness that wipes out your bank account and the extras you have. Without outside help you could be homeless, hungry and cut off. And homelessness is so much more than just “doing without". It is accompanied by deep loneliness, depression, fear and a feeling that no one cares.
All Saints Catholic Mission Soup Kitchen was started by someone coming to my door
late in the evening asking for food. I don't cook but I can make a mean PBJ sandwich
and a soda. The Soup Kitchen now feeds 100-200 daily, and provides showers, clothes, shoes, medicines and temporary housing to those in need. It's not a permanent fix, but it sure makes people feel that someone cares about them.
Don't kid yourself, some of our LGBT brothers and sisters also experience homelessness. This holiday season, please consider what you can do to help those in our community who are less fortunate.
Think about all you have to be grateful for, and just give a little of your time or a little of your resources to help those in need. Put your gratitude into action!
Father Bob Caudill-Patton
All Saints Catholic Mission