Project targets help for the homeless
Debra Cheeks zips closed her tent Sunday afternoon as she prepares to go to the Under the Bridge Ministries for a Sunday afternoon worship service and lunch.
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#1 Feb 7, 2011
I lived near the bridge in question for 20 years. For years, the same homeless people could be seen walking the streets, hanging around the nearby stores, and panhandling for money. As a property owner in that neighborhood, I can say that these people make a marginal area much worse.
While the charitable efforts are commendable, the majority of the people they try to help are beyond helping. Anyone willing to get up and go to work on a regular basis can eventually get a job and home of their own. Anyone living under a bridge for years is in that situation due to their own poor choices. You could set them up with homes and jobs and a year later they will be back under the bridge, due to their own lifestyles and choices.
Before too long, the good people trying to help will get fed up with the complete lack of effort shown by their "clients". The issue will stop being publicized and things will go back to the way they have been for decades. Hopefully, the area under the bridge will be closed off, the homeless will move on, and the neighborhood will thusly be improved.
The saddest thing about all this is that the few people out there truly down on their luck are often deprived of help and not heard from because of the "professional homeless" described above.
Good luck helping these folks, and please use private and church funds. The taxpayers have and are spending way too much already trying to help those who can't and won't be helped.
#2 Feb 8, 2011
A substantial percentage of those homeless people have severe mental problems. Also a lot are alcoholics or drug addicts. Some can be helped but some cannot.
#3 Feb 10, 2011
If this ministry can help even just one person it is worth all the effort!Keep on doing what you are doing... It is a great minisrty!
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