Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

How have Y’all been,

This year the longest night of the year is on a Thursday and as usual it is the Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. This day is set aside for those who have died while homeless. Everyone has been exposed to the homeless condition that is currently gripping the world. Here in America I would dare call it an epidemic. I personally have known people that have died while on the streets. And those are the tough days on the streets. I have seen rough and tough men and women exposed to this condition break down and cry for the loss of a loved one that has died on the streets.

Please contact the National Coalition for the Homeless at nationalhomeless.org/about-us/projects/memorial-day/, to get more information about what you can do to help out.

On Memorial Day flags are placed on lawns around the nation for those that have died while on duty in service to our country. I challenge you to do something for the homeless that have passed on. Just so you know the numbers are not always right when it comes to counting the homeless but here are some numbers that will put things in perspective.

These are the number from the 2017 Point In Time Count along with other sources:

  • 1,560,000 homeless men, women, and children
    • of those 40,056 are U.S. Veterans
      • 4% of that number are female
    • 44% of the homeless work and still cannot afford housing
  • .5% of the United States Population are homeless
  • 1 in 10 adults will be homeless at some point in their life
  • 1 in 4 children will be homeless at some point in their life
    • if it is easier 1 in 50 children will be homeless this year, next year, and so on
  • 25% of those children will remain homeless into adulthood
  • in many communities around the nation it is a crime to be homeless
    • It’s a CRIME to not make enough to live a normal life

This website will give better results than what I can share; check it out. endhomelessness.org/homelessness-in-america/homelessness-statistics/state-of-homelessness-report/

I know these numbers can be off as not all those that are homeless report it. The year Sweets and I were counted during the Point In Time Count we were the only ones in Sanctuary; two people out of a possible thirty people. The numbers are off by more than the statistics show.

One way that you can help out at one of these events is by looking at what talents and gifts you possess and donate an art project; whether it is writing poetry, knitting mittens, making food, providing an ear to listen to someone experiencing loss or a shoulder to cry on. Art comes in all forms.

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Yours faithfully, Sweets & Elroy

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