Homeless issue #85 ….. Sept. 2015
U. S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals: “…… different police officers interpreted the laws in various ways, making it “incompatible with the concept of an evenhanded administration of the law to the poor and to the rich that is fundamental to a democratic society.”
Homeless “Pigeon Holes.”
So many, that societies will never be able to plug them up.
A. The mentally challenged who fight demons daily, large and small, real and perceived, who do not have anyone willing or able to take care of their basic needs, such as shelter and food to eat..
B. The addicted to alcohol and legal and illegal drugs, escaping from reality because they can’t deal with the realities of living in the general society. This starts at a very young age as they are not taught accountability, cause and effect, responsibility, and a good work ethic. A good test for this is to learn what jobs they held before age 16. A parents or guardians job. And who do not have anyone willing or able to take care of their basic needs, such as shelter and food to eat..
C. Just out of prison with one or more “sub-pigeon holes” attached. And who do not have anyone willing or able to take care of their basic needs, such as shelter and food to eat..
D. Those unskilled who do not have the opportunity or ability to learn wage-earning skills. And who do not have anyone willing or able to take care of their basic needs, such as shelter and food to eat..
E. The older persons who is viewed as too old to learn a new trade, a possible burden to one’s business and might be “set in their ways.” And do not have anyone willing or able to take care of their basic needs, such as shelter and food to eat..
F. The 54+year old who lost everything and was deemed “too knowledgeable” in his field to be trained for a younger, growing company and was a past competitor, (In my case) And who do not have anyone willing or able to take care of their basic needs, such as shelter and food to eat..
G. The transient, wandering explorer, “Hobo” of past years, who is an adventurer in their mind. They’re always looking over the next hill.
A & B will always be with us. Hospitalization, compassionate incarceration, continued tailored professional mentoring and care would be the only solution, and would need to suit each individuals needs. And this is not about to happen.
C, D, E & F are there for us to uplift spiritually and materially. Giving them a job for long/short term with minimal or above wages gives dignity and allows some sense of independence, “Christ Like Services” (530) 622-1267. CLS has a “Free of Liability” form available. Many have used their services and changed their view homeless persons.
I’m sure I’ll hear from some of you because I left out a point you want to make. Please fill me in.
Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS) servers this varied population in El Dorado County, as others do, and have for over 12 years. The Upper Room comes to mind, and we pray that individuals, cities, and County governments recognize that these groups of people are here with us now. Whatever your religion, philosophical spirit, gut feeling is saying, there is a place for you to not only think and pray about it, but do something about it. Volunteer!
The Nomadic Shelter is starting up for another year. You, your group, your church, contact Pastor Frank Gates at 530-409-3940 or Carole Smith at 530-644-6018, and volunteer for something.
Donate clothing and/or money to JSS to be distributed to our homeless population. Contact me, Ron Sachs, at ….JobsShelterOrg@Gmail.com …… I’ll come pick what you have to offer up.
Please visit the JSS web site: www.jobsshelters.org.