We are our brothers keeper.
That is my point of view to the world with all the painful way some people are thrown out with the trash. You know the ones that fall between the cracks so to speak.
I am ranting now aren't I?
In my town which is about 4600 people the authorities seem to have a zero tolerance for homeless people, no matter who they are. That is where the ones that fall throught the cracks come in.
We met a man in our town last summer who was living in the woods by the river because he had nowhere to live. He is a man that has lived in this town for years. I don't know what is wrong physically with him but the doctor said he can no longer work. He kinda gimps around like his back is killing him.
The powers that be are dragging their feet to give him disability so he can have a roof over his head.
Some how he gets food stamps though.
He has nothing.
Not a car and only a few clothes.
All is gone.
He gathers cans with a few other men he knows to get a little cash.
The only problem is they start buying beer and end up drinking themselves silly and staggering around in our alley way. Too much time on their hands.
Oh yes, our neighbors called the cops and told on them.
I don't blame them one bit.
That wasn't suppose to happen!
It was getting cold so we let him sleep in our air stream which is not hooked up to sewer or electricity for a place to lay his head out of the cold.
We told him the old cronies had to go down the street kicking rocks.
To make along story short.
The city planning committee sent us a notice stating that they are aware of an individual staying in or occupying our airstream.
We have to have a permit to let that happen.
The city is just trying to get rid oh him.
People in my town beat up people like these for fun, one did get beat up the other day!
There is nothing in this town to help the needy.
There is nowhere for him to go.
The Salvation Army will give him clothes.
But there is no open door for him to stay but ours.
I get to go tell him tomorrow morning all this.
I really don't know if he will stay in our house or not.
He does have pride and needs to feel independent.
So we will see what he does. We have a spare bedroom he can stay in.
But!!!!!! No more of his buddies gathering cans in our alley and none of them here drinking!!!!!
We are laying down the rules, Oh yeah.
Oh Yi Yi Yi Yi!!!!!