Homelessness: Before and After

homelessness essay

Homelessness can be a rough life and has been over the last twenty years
of my life. But in different ways it can be a rewarding life too. Getting
one with God’s nature, opening up your heart and eyes to surroundings
of God’s nature and beauty He put in front of us.

Whether it’s rescuing a baby wood duck from the river or sitting on a
bench and watching a tree branch fly off, then I looked again. It was a
grey stork perched on the trashcan by the tree or walking along in the
winter time seeing snow spiders dance in a circle on the frozen ground
or just sitting at the prayer table outside the center and having talks with

Making yourself a flintstones home on the Mississippi river in Rock
Island. God provided everything, just had to work hard. They are
probably still wondering how I moved a twelve foot sidewalk down the

Homelessness is a very hard life to live but having a place to live is
even better. I can get up in the morning and make a pot of coffee and it
will be done by 8 am. Just push the switch and coffee will be done.
Being homeless, you chopped the wood, get the coffee pot on when the
fire is finally going, then coffee will be done by noon. Now all I have to
do is turn on the stove and the burners light. No more chopping wood to
cook something to eat.

A nice soft bed to lay my head to fall asleep instead of laying on the
cold hard ground and sometimes rain will get you all wet.
I have a fridge to keep my food in and not a cooler to have spoiled milk
kept in.

Now I live upstairs to lay my head to stay dry and warm.

2 Replies to “Homelessness: Before and After”

  1. This certainly would be something I’d like to share with the mothers that are in the NAMI Family to Family group that I am currently co-teaching. This program was started over 35 years ago with the help of a trained professional dealing with mental illness in her family. The program is extremely helpful to me helping me to recognize my own emotions and naming them instead of hiding these feelings in anger and fear. The program gives family members dealing with diagnosed major mental illness, information about the difficult diagnosis, complicated medication and limited availability of services. Then it offers tools and resources for families to use to help them deal with the problems and stress of living with an ill relative. In our final classes of this 12 week process we attempt to give families hope and the ability to take care of themselves without guilt. I would also like to share this story or something like it to help us see the beauty in the people with disabilities. I believe we have much to learn from each other.
    Can I obtain copies or can you show me the way to make copies to share? Thank you for all you do for all of us.

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