To the Telegram:
The risk of homelessness can strike most anybody. People with real jobs and real families may think they are safe and then one day be left with nothing.
Unfortunately, the homeless population is increasing, each year since 2009 has shown an increase in homelessness of 15 percent a year. In 2012, it went up another 12 percent, according to Cathedral Center Shelter for women and families, a shelter that provides families in need a warm and safe place to stay.
“When the recession hit in 2008, 2009, and 2010, the public was very supportive of shelter and need organizations,” said, Rongholt-Migan of the Cathedral Center. “But with things picking up, people’s attention is elsewhere. The reality is that when the economy takes a tumble, the people we serve are hit first and they’re the last to be impacted by any recovery,” she told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, according to an online editorial dated Jan. 20.
With so many shelters being filled, not only in Milwaukee but throughout the United States, it is, according to Ronghlt-Migan very difficult to find more support when people are in such desperate need. There are a lot of day time shelters around the country are willing to help; but when it comes to overnight shelters, they are filling up very fast, and the shelters cannot always keep up. For the homeless, there is nowhere to go.
In these tough economic times, we really can’t forget that many of today’s homeless once had great jobs and had everything they thought was good enough for them. Now they have almost nothing except the need to be helped by others.
These are times for forgetting the old stereotypes, forgetting whatever hang-ups and excuses you may have for not lending a helping hand.
Come on, get off your butt. Volunteer to help at a food shelf, soup kitchen or shelter for the homeless.
Help some families, help some people — just plain help.