Most people think that the homeless people they see on the street are just down on their luck, but that isn't always the truth. True, some homeless are there because they have had a run of bad luck but there are more to the untold stories the homeless try to hide.
I have spoken to some of the homeless who have real stories behind them, stories they want you to believe and the actual difference between trying to help them or cause them more harm.
There are Veterans from several different wars who have either been ignored by government programs, don't qualify for help because of their war experiences, have no service records to prove who they are and how they served our country or don't know who to talk to so they suffer in silence.
Some homeless have been on the streets for so long they don't even remember how they got there.
Take for instance a woman, who has been on the streets for 10 years, who loves to talk to anyone who will listen, is very well mannered for someone who doesn't have much, and has friends she doesn't realize she has.
Another person I have spoken to is a young man with a dog who has a sign that says "Please help me and my family". Now this young man could be working but he doesn't want to. He gets $200 in food stamps a month but chooses to exchange them for drugs. He has good days and bad days, as most people do, but the difference is he is a fake. He uses the dog as a tool to make people feel sorry for him and sometimes the dog gets more attention then he does. When that happens the dog disappears for weeks and then he brings the dog back. The family is actually a group of teens (who by the way are not homeless) that prey on the real homeless men by beating them up, taking all that they have and become trouble for the public.
The women you see on the streets come from troubled homes, abuse (emotional, physical) or just find living on the street a better life. They are usually smart but not given a chance to show who they are because they are shut down or intimidated by either family members, co-workers, or bosses.
Now where do you come in or how can you help?
The public can help by recognize that some of the homeless want help but some do not. Beware of who you help......
Those that truly need help will not bother to ask, beg, steal or worse. When you offer to help this type, you will see them come alive, their eyes get big, they say thank you and just glow. If you would like a list of what they really could use instead of trying to guess, please email me and I will gladly send you the list.
For those homeless you need to stay away from and not help at all, look for those who are constantly begging, telling you how much money they want, want money instead of food or toiletries, when you do offer food they tell you forget it.
All of this is true, real stories from real and fake homeless people you see on the street, in front of businesses, walking around.
Take notice because some of these homeless people are truly great but lost individuals.......show a little kindness but please beware.