Homeless Issues #143

Homeless Issue #143                                                   05/01/19

Hidden Homeless, Not seen, Invisible; Yet are the largest segment of our homeless population.

I was awakened, you might say, by this statement of an educated professional. A person in a doctor’s office who made this amazing statement, and I quote, “All of the homeless people are drug attics; that is the reason why they are homeless.”

Her judgment was based on her observations or of “what she has heard.” She had seen the “pan-handlers,” the “drunks,” the “despicable” minority of the homeless population, that runs to about 3% to 5% of the homeless population.

We had 170 persons who were homeless in our Nomadic Shelters this winter. They were interviewed and answered a battery of questions.
53% were 51 years old or older. 25% were 37-50 years old. 69% were men. 35 or 25% of those interviewed persons, were persons who had been in ED County for less than one year. Those figures show that the vast majority of homeless in El Dorado County are El Dorado County citizens. About the same in most Counties.

Why are they hidden, invisible to most of us? They are not the “pan-handlers,” the “drunks,” the “despicable” minority.

44% had some income. They do have “SSI” government assistance of about $650.00 a month. One month’s existence of rent, heat, electricity, health insurance, and food alone are unobtainable for $650.00 a month income. Could you do it? It is true that this group has limited employment skills or are just to old to be considered as an asset to an employer.
What did the “farm-hand, handyman, field hand, house-maid, dishwasher, hourly- wage earner plan for a retirement? They didn’t. They never prepared to have a well-paying job with benefits.

Dear lady had you thought about it? Or is it just more convenient to say they are all drug addicts? Not people at all.

Homeless: Homelessness starts when one quits school to take that little job making a little money on the side, that minimum wage job, and just never goes beyond that skill set of minimum wage and minimum life accomplishment. When they are young, they can endure much. They have family to fall back on, whether that family has resources large or small, they are there for comfort, and get fed. However, the person gets older and older, then comes to the point where family is gone and there is no support system and their body aches. Medical insurance. That is way beyond their reach. But they have found that if you have a tooth that is aching, a deep depression, that huge disappointment when realizing where you are and what you were doing, and the things that you don’t have. You find that much of these feelings and aches and pains can be cured by a $6.00 bottle of vodka or a crystal of “Meth.” It not only relieves the pains, physical, mental emotional, but you can also lie down and go to sleep on solid concrete. This is the progression that many have taken from the day they walked out of high school or in some cases no school at all.

Yes, there are exceptions. I was homeless at age 54. I had skills and a reputation and got back on “my feet.” In our Homeless ministries in Southern California, we had 3 different lawyers who found themselves homeless for various reasons. They did afford “The East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless” some free legal advice. Anyone can become homeless at any one time. And they or you will need assistance and also someone who cares.
We are all dependent on others. From older family fortune to a husband or wife, church or friends, learning from others, food sources, our shelters, all depend on the help of others.

We are not alone in life and must help with the efforts of others who did not receive the help we received, but maybe we did not acknowledge the help we received. At the moment of birth, we are all equal. At that point we are all then poured into the mold of our lives.
I think that PayPal does not make enough money off of JSS and thus has stopped their involvement in collecting donations for JSS.
JSS needs your donations to continue our services to “The least of our brothers and sisters.”
In the future please send your donations, by check to our P.O. Box, in Shingle Springs
   Our address:
P.O. Box 1839, Shingle Springs, Ca. 95682
Cash donations can be left at Foothill UMC for JSS. Just write on the envelop; Ron Sachs/JSS
3301 Green Valley Rd. Rescue/Cameron Park.