Tag: Homelessness

Angels on the Head of a Pin

Sometimes my work involves counting people in misery. Not helping them. Figuring out how to count them. It’s disconcerting sometimes to think a lifetime of education and work has come down to discussions about how to find every single last homeless person so that… Continue Reading “Angels on the Head of a Pin”

7 Steps to Organizing a Menstrual Supplies Drive for Homeless Women

Women who are homeless suffer a lot of indignities. One of them is being without tampons and pads when their periods occur. Put yourself in their place. How would you feel? Homeless shelters do a tremendous job of providing a safe place to sleep… Continue Reading “7 Steps to Organizing a Menstrual Supplies Drive for Homeless Women”

Time of the Month Club: Indignity Prevention

Is there possibly a cruder phrase than ‘she’s on the rag?’ I don’t think so. We hear it now as a nasty, sexist reference but it wasn’t all that long ago that this was a woman’s monthly reality. My mother told me that when she… Continue Reading “Time of the Month Club: Indignity Prevention”

The Man with the Sign

He was standing at the base of the downtown exit ramp from the east-west freeway. The light was red so I had to stop and for a while only a part of his jacket was visible, the car’s windshield frame obscuring all but the… Continue Reading “The Man with the Sign”

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”

Call It What It Is

Today I was on a panel of 12 community ‘experts’ talking about homelessness to a group of 100 doctoral students who had spent weeks dissecting the issue and they were waiting to hear from us, “What are the root causes of homelessness?”  The panelists… Continue Reading “Call It What It Is”

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