Homeless not helpless

Sometimes it’s easy to walk by because we know we can’t change someone’s whole life in a single afternoon. But what we fail to realize it that simple kindness can go a long way toward encouraging someone who is stuck in a desolate place.”
Mike Yankoski

Netflix recently added the documentary Tent City, USA to its selection list and I happened to watch it.  Very interesting take on the homeless people living in this temporary community in Nashville, Tennessee. A major flood forced them out of Tent City and they had to scramble to find a new place to live.  Interesting that the group enforced rules of behavior to allow residents to stay in the community. It appeared that they had developed their own support system by looking out for each other and helping provide whatever they could to aid and assist their neighbors without judgement.  They all were cognizant of the fact that most were there due to poor decisions made in the past along with lack of employment, but remained hopeful to move forward toward a better life.

My only question is how any of them were able to purchase cigarettes and why would you smoke in front of the camera. It certainly didn’t help their cause. Other than that it was a very informative documentary showing the homeless as real people with skills, abilities and compassion for other human beings.

Homelessness is not unique to the United States:

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Living on the subway, Chicago, Illinois