Recently I was fortunate enough to work with the Point in Time Homeless Census. I say fortunate because I met over 200 beautiful, very polite, thankful, humble, gentle souls. I was in “the tent” where donated items like blankets, tarps, hygiene kits, and protein snacks were placed in water-proof bags for these neighbors without the benefit of homes. Every single one of the people I met were calm, humble, and full of “God bless yous” and “thank yous.” It is one thing to speak of homelessness as a scourge on our community, or an economic or political problem. It is quite another thing to interact with these neighbors, to speak with them, laugh with them. The absolute truth is, as Jesus is recorded as saying, “whatever you do to one of these (unfortunate poor, sick, in prison), you do to me.” I’m not a super Christian, but I do believe in human kindness and we can be kind(er).
Let’s all be kinder. We should pass the Home Fund ballot issue by voting our kindness to do better by these human beings — these brothers and sisters, mothers, grandmothers, fathers and grandfathers — while selfishly improving our community environment. These are our neighbors. Let us smile when we see them and help however we can. Millions more have fallen out of their homes since 2008. We can volunteer with the Community Youth Services, Family Support Center, Salvation Army, Union Gospel Mission, YWCA, ROOF in Rochester, Yelm Community Services, Sidewalk, Interfaith Works, and food banks county-wide.