Experience shows need for the People’s House

OlympiaDecember 4, 2013 

There has been lots of discussion about the People’s House, how it might be funded and where it might be located. I believe finding a safe place for our sisters and brothers who live on the streets is a critical problem for our community.

I and several others of Emmaus Catholic Community experienced this firsthand last Sunday. While six of us were gathered to share how we could be more responsive to the poor in our community, an old man quite disheveled came into our room. He helped himself to a few of the refreshments we had brought for our meeting.

Silently, he ate standing and then sat on a nearby chair. He was obviously quite hungry. I inquired where he might stay for the night. He explained he had no where to go but hoped to find a warm place in one of the doorways downtown. He picked up what was left of the food and slowly walked toward downtown.

I support the communities’ efforts to find housing for those men, women and children who have no place to stay, warm and safe.

Pope Francis said recently: “As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculations and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter to any problem.”

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