Slice 9 of 31
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A Slice from a Slice
On March 5, I read a thought stirring piece about the plight of the homeless and the subway system at Raivenne's blog. I really thought a lot about this as I have noticed more and more homeless as I drive through the city. This linking and thinking caused me to want to write about how they might see the world from the city street corners, the highway exit ramps, or the median strips in the middle of the road...I did some searching and found out that there's a brochure from the city called, "A Better Way to Help". Some of the facts I found interesting were:
- "Statistics show that most panhandlers are not homeless and most homeless do not panhandle. For some, panhandling is a career... and a lucrative one.” source: U.S. Department of Justice, Ofﬁce of Community Oriented Policing Services"
- "Donate your money to organizations dedicated to helping the homeless and others in need."
- "Volunteer your time to organizations and service agencies providing aid."
Making a Living
I started my day at the corner of Case and Market again. I've got my bucket, my sign, my long johns, my scruffy down jacket and some vittles for later. I can make a living at this. And my day begins...
I hold my sign as cars drive by and sometimes I hit the jackpot. I usually strike it lucky at this stop because people are on their way into the city for various reasons. A lot of workers and commuters drive this route as they bring loved ones to and from the hospital.
It's on the red light that I make most of my living. Every two and half minutes. Sometimes I see the same people every day. I watch them through the windshield and notice their habits...
I see them lean over as if to grab a little something...sometimes it's just what I want, a light of a smoke, or some cash. One woman I see does the same thing every time I watch her. She makes the sign of the cross and it's as if she's praying. She never makes eye-contact with me... I just want her to know that I'm doing this because it's what I chose. Thanks for the prayer. Maybe someday it will make a difference and I'll choose differently...