Our Homeless -
I'm a born teacher. I'm a certified Biology teacher, but I was truly born to teach. I found my calling one day when I was in my 30's. How I found my calling is not as hard as you might think. I just wish I would have done it sooner. I believe in the phrase, "Teach a man to fish," as opposed to handouts.
Everyone has a different story
I'm aware that the world has mental illness and substance addicted individuals. Most of our homeless are classified this way and they do need help. But what about those people that really did have many terrible turns of events occur that just turned their lives upside down? We all probably know people that unexpectedly lost a spouse and had a hard time getting it together. What about a disease like cancer, that can rip someone's financial standings to shreds? How about a natural disaster or a house fire? There are many instances that can occur to throw someone into a tailspin. I personally don't have family to depend on. They're all in Heaven. Other people don't have family to look to for help either. We need to be sensitive to situations since everyone has a different story.
Addicted or not?
I attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. It was common for the homeless to peruse the trash cans for empties for the money and 1/2 full empties to drink for some calories. I offered a meal and was told no. I sometimes wonder if it was because they knew that I was a student and almost just as broke or that they'd rather have money for booze or drugs.
In 2007, I attended a business conference in St. Louis. While walking with a co-worker to get some breakfast, a homeless man in his 20's approached me for some money. I told him that I wasn't carrying any cash, but I'd be more than happy to get him a bite to eat. He literally cussed me out. Most likely he had an addiction to feed.
Teach a Man to Fish
I've always believed that America needs to help the homeless by giving them an opportunity to succeed. Most will not want it because they have addictions, mental illness, can't read or want to remain free. But, I believe there are souls out there, that if given a chance, will take it.
I don't believe in feeding a man for a day, I'd rather teach them to succeed in life, to be fed for life. My goal is to pass out Book Art to as many homeless people as I can. Each book will contain the pattern to create the Book Art. It will contain simple instructions to complete the book. Each book will cost me only .20 cents, but it will be an opportunity for them to turn it into $50 or more within an hour or two.
If I reach just one person out of a hundred, I will feel as though I made a difference. At least I gave the other 99 people a chance. The choice will be theirs and if they don’t want it, they can give the book to someone else.
We all know that the homeless are concentrated in our largest cities. These are the cities that are visited by tourists. Book Art that's been beautifully crafted will probably be purchased within minutes by a tourist. It will be up to that individual to get a meal, id card, library card and eventually a peddler's license to continue with this opportunity.
Please join me
Would you like to join me? Helping 5 homeless people would only cost $1. Please learn more about Book Art to find out how to get started. Together, we can help the world, one person at a time.
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