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Their faces tell their stories. Each story having a different twist. Their only commonality is that another precious life is being poured down the drain of a wasted existence. Is life so cruel as to not acknowledge that every soul can live a fulfilling one, at least to some degree, perhaps among a loving family, sharing tales from their day around the comfort of a warm fire. , it's simply not mean to be in our current existence, and that some lives are meant to be sacrificed as part of some ritual of human existence. The precariousness of life, itself, hinging on a bad decision here or some bad luck there, but always on full display to remind us of it. Could that be me tomorrow? The nameless and the faceless who we pass each day, our hesitancy to look up to acknowledge their condition, our reflex to avoid the avoidable, our curiosity of what it must be like "out there," the expression of relief as "I'm glad it's not me" passes silently over our lips, our resignation that this simply isn't "fixable." Others may be less sympathetic: they've chosen this lifestyle, get a job!, you should have stayed in school,. serves you right for becoming a drug addict. I've certainly been one of later in certain phases of my life as position on homelessness has always swayed back and forth, like trees in a windstorm, seemingly unable to make up their minds in the direction they wish to go. While we each reflect, at some point in our life, on our role in this inhumanity, our Meanwhile, the plight of these souls marches on--unabated and without out human Homelessness is not simply a collection of a bad choices that culminate on a hard, cold sidewalk when you go to sleep, but a societal failure caused by the continual decline of our American institutions.
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Our future newsletter will contain special interest stories, including our personal interviews with members of the homeless community, profiles on organizations' aiding the homeless community and how they're making a difference, video excerpts of ride-along's and passenger perspectives, benevolent beans of the month, call-outs to key sponsors and differences they have made in helping our organization, public health updates, results of community surveys, and statistical updates tracking the status of the homeless problem at the local, state and national levels.
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