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Old 08-31-17, 05:50 PM
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Wow, I just saw a homeless family with an infant

so sad i gave them what i could but i wish i had a empty rental. they didnt apear to be on drugs or booze
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Old 08-31-17, 08:06 PM
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Hopefully they will be able to take advantage of the services in your area. Thanks for caring though. You gave what you were able to and that does help a lot. It's not like you looked away as if they were nobodies.
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I find it odd when I see a homeless person with a pet dog or cat. Really? They're homeless, trying to get by on minimal resources, and they take on the responsibility of caring for a pet, too? They should get rid of the pet and get their own life straightened out first.
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A pet may be the only companion they have and one who doesn't judge them. That may even help keep them alive.
It could be a problem if the pet is taking from limited resources or limiting opportunity (i.e. shelter may not take pet), but that may not always be the case.
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Originally Posted by skidder View Post
I find it odd when I see a homeless person with a pet dog or cat. Really? They're homeless, trying to get by on minimal resources, and they take on the responsibility of caring for a pet, too? They should get rid of the pet and get their own life straightened out first.
Except that the only thing that cares for them is their pet. Would YOU give that up?
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Old 08-31-17, 09:14 PM
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Originally Posted by skidder View Post
I find it odd when I see a homeless person with a pet dog or cat. Really? They're homeless, trying to get by on minimal resources, and they take on the responsibility of caring for a pet, too? They should get rid of the pet and get their own life straightened out first.
Spend some time talking with homeless folks. Spend more time listening. Might change your perceptions.

Many pet owners regard it as a commitment as serious as having a child. Financial setbacks that lead to homelessness don't alter that commitment. If anything keeping a pet, rather than giving it up to a shelter where it's likely to be destroyed, demonstrates a level of commitment and responsibility lacking in some folks. Most of the homeless folks I've met who do have pets tend to be better adjusted mentally and socially.

From a purely pragmatic and even mercenary perspective, many passersby are more likely to donate food, including pet food, or money, to homeless folks and street people who have pets.

For people who aren't suffering from mental illnesses, physical disabilities or addictions, homelessness is often the result of a series of financial setbacks that would be regarded as minor to those who've had steady jobs for years, health insurance and savings. Many folks are a single paycheck and one financial setback away from being on the street, at least temporarily. Once that happens it's very difficult to recover.
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
Hopefully they will be able to take advantage of the services in your area. Thanks for caring though. You gave what you were able to and that does help a lot. It's not like you looked away as if they were nobodies.
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Old 09-01-17, 04:43 AM
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so sad i gave them what i could but i wish i had a empty rental. they didnt apear to be on drugs or booze
If you see them again and there is Family Promise in your area, that may be a good place to refer them. It is a program that gets families restarted (assuming no addiction problems...the parents must meet the conditions) with housing and assistance finding jobs, as well as fiscal counseling/mentoring. Our church is involved in it locally.
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Another cyclist had indicated that they carry around McDonald's Gift certificates when they are riding. A meal/coffee is usually a welcome gift and it puts the giver in a less vulnerable position out on the road.
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Another cyclist had indicated that they carry around McDonald's Gift certificates when they are riding. A meal/coffee is usually a welcome gift and it puts the giver in a less vulnerable position out on the road.
That is a great idea!
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