Tag: homeless

Advent 13: Warming Room

You get to be warm on Tuesday, they said, Tuesday Good of you to wait

On the Question of Homeless Photography

The homeless outreach group I work with has established a new policy asking volunteers to not post photos on social media of the homeless people we visit on outreach or their encampments. It was a tough call. Photos make homelessness real. A photo of… Continue Reading “On the Question of Homeless Photography”

Good Morning, OB

To the left of the stairs leading up to the pier at Ocean Beach in San Diego, there is an overstuffed couch. A couple of guys with heavy blond dreadlocks are sitting on the couch and smoking while others in various types of homeless… Continue Reading “Good Morning, OB”

Mornings in the Polar Vortex

She was an old woman who sat with her purse on her lap like she was waiting to be called to have her blood pressure checked. Instead, she was waiting for breakfast to be served at the homeless warming room and watching the TV… Continue Reading “Mornings in the Polar Vortex”

Morning at the Warming Room

We had already folded and stacked most of the blankets and sleeping bags. A few people stayed sleeping on the floor, abandoned by their comrades who had already awakened, gathered their things, and moved to the other room where there was coffee and big… Continue Reading “Morning at the Warming Room”

Inside Out

Use the side door, out of sight Ring the buzzer just once Imagine hot bowls, padded chairs Hunger for the light, all the light Shuffle quarters in your pocket, the dime Nonchalant, used to waiting your turn Someone will come, don’t ring twice Twist… Continue Reading “Inside Out”

This

In today’s news, we have this. It’s good news that will, at least temporarily, wash away the grime of everyday news. This is about heroism and gratitude. Five homeless men saved our son. We are still in awe and almost speechless that anyone would… Continue Reading “This”

Kind Donation

“I have some socks. Do you want some socks?”She held out the bag so he could pick a pair he liked. “I don’t want socks. I want to come home with you.” He looked straight at her. Locked on her. She flinched and rattled… Continue Reading “Kind Donation”

A Week on the Street: Homeless in America, Your Turn

A Week on the Street: Homeless in America, Your Turn A pitch for a new TV reality show Five dollars, the clothes on your back, no cell phone, dropped off in a Midwestern city that’s new to you, challenged to survive, not get robbed,… Continue Reading “A Week on the Street: Homeless in America, Your Turn”

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