Tonight was good. We did our every-other-week-downtown-hot-dog-cookout, where we go give hot dogs to homeless people and drug addicts. What was different about this week, however, was that it is “homeless awareness week.” Now, I don’t know if this is just something
Tonight, though, we were given the opportunity take a tour of the facility. Normally, our world collides with the world of the people in drug rehab and homelessness for approximately an hour and a half on a street corner in downtown
Mel Trotter is working right now on an initiative to do away with homelessness. To me that seems like a lofty goal, but I wonder what it would be like if there were no more people curling up in the doorways of shops, sleeping under bridges, begging for money outside of restaurants, or collecting pop cans during concerts downtown. I wonder what it would be like to no longer have to feed homeless people hot dogs. It’s one thing to go set up on a street corner and give away food, but would we be just as comfortable having these people sit down around my dinner table? Because if we’re serious about doing away with homelessness, then we may have to open up our homes to people who need a place to stay. As welcoming as I am, I’m not sure I’m ready for that. I want to be ready for that, but I’m not sure I am.