I know I’ve been pushing everyone to make donations to the St. Joseph’s holiday Donation drive at Kinesis lately. But there’s a huge reason. A really-close-to-my-heart reason…
Look at these numbers. LOOK. AT. THEM.
3.5 million Americans are homeless each year.
Did you know that 1/5th of America’s homeless population is in California? (that’s about 700,000 people)
About 39% of the total homeless population is made up of children under the age of 18.
I sit on my couch with my computer, my blanket, my cute dogs and my warm dinner. I am lucky. But a very short series of a couple wrong moves could have possibly left me in the same predicament as Syd. I realize I’ve been blessed. http://embracinghomelessness.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/blanket-2/
Other interesting numbers…
34% have a High School diploma or equivalent (G.E.D.).
28% have more than a High School education.
38% have less than a High School diploma.
44% report having worked in the past week.
13% have regular jobs.
50% receive less than $300 per month as income.
70% work on street corners, pan-handling or prostituting themselves.
24% are married
76% are single
67.5% are single males
32.5% are single females
And all of these numbers…they’re on the rise here in California.
Be careful when clicking “Like”…http://embracinghomelessness.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/funny/#more-64
I realize we can’t “fix” everything or everyone, but we CAN do little things as often as possible to make a difference. Just like with exercise and self-care, small things repeated over and over can make a huge difference…
Stepping into gratitude and the sunlight. http://embracinghomelessness.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/difference/#more-126
I will forever be of a different mindset and am a changed person. Thank you for sharing your story, Syd. Much love and respect…
And thank YOU, if you’ve read to the end of this. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and the best new year yet. And I really hope you “got” this. “Felt” this. “Heard” this. ~Coach Kimmie