A job, a place, a damage deposit, a chance, and the list could go on and on and on. These are the most common phrases I hear amongst the active addicts that live outside. Yet when I ask them how they ended up homeless they blame others, situations and once I had a guy tell me that he just wanted to see what it was like. (A year later he is still doing research) Recently, a local hotel closed and three people were given a substantial amount of money to secure housing. My partner and I were there when they received their cheques and this is what they said: I am going to get a place
I am going to get my kids back
I am going to start over.
I am going to get my life back.
I could go on, but I think you get my message. Sad to say I saw the man a week later malnourished, skinny and broke. The two women lasted a few days longer before they appeared asking for blankets, clothing and camping supplies. The bottom line is this: All I need is…Honesty.
by Darren Charuk