A few months ago, I was waiting in the car, in a 7-11 parking lot, waiting for Mike who had run in to grab something. I noticed a homeless person sitting by the corner of the store. I was surprised there was a homeless population near our new house, but didn’t think a whole lot more than that at the time. When Mike backed up the car, the headlights shone on the homeless person. It was a KID! I yelled for him to stop and approached the boy – he must’ve been maybe 16. He told me that he was cold and hungry, so I ran back to the car (that I had bought out of my mom’s estate), and grabbed the blanket in the back that had been there for years. I wrapped it around him and he started to cry. I told him that it had been my mother’s blanket and that she would have wanted him to have it. I gave him all the cash I had on me at the time – you know the drill……
Well he stayed on my mind for days. I went back several times looking for him, to take him some home cooked dinner – but I never saw him again. I never did quit thinking about him, even to this very day. So I wrote a song that he inadvertently inspired me to write. But in doing so, I learned some very interesting facts about being homeless.
1. Roughly one third of homeless people are under the age of 24
2. 3.5 million Americans (1.35 million of them children) experience homelessness in a given year.
3. 800,000 men, women, and children are homeless each night in this nation.
4. Many homeless people are homeless because affordable housing has been disappearing
5. Many are homeless because jobs have also been disappearing
6. The value of minimum wage has dropped making it hard to get by financially
7. Homeless resources are becoming harder to get, leaving people to fend for themselves on the streets
It is heartbreaking at best. Surely, we as caring human beings can find a way to help people who find themselves homeless……..
So here’s a sneak preview of a verse from the song I wrote for that young boy. We are currently recording this song and hope to have it out on video shortly. I pray that the boy’s situation turned around and that he is happy, healthy, and warm now.
He said the first day was the worst
It’s the loneliest feeling in the world
Nothing to lose, He started to cry
He touched my world much more than I
Was able to touch his
Do you have any experiences with homelessness that touched you in a very deep way? Do you have any solutions or recommendations to help the homeless population? Let me know in the comments below – We’d love to hear from you.