homeless day 18
master_jim2008 | June 21, 2008 at 05:45 pmby
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someone today on cnn/ireport criticized me for putting in the bottom portion about donations. someone else there called me a bum and a con artist.
well lets have a lil reality check here shall we? what i'm sure this person is used to seeing is smelly, dirty old men pushing shopping carts and asking for money. but the facts today are that middle and poverty class individuals and families are being forced out of their homes by a failed economy. she's not used to the fact that in today's economy, it doesn't mean you lost all but the clothes on your back. it doesn't mean you don't have a car. it doesn't mean you can't have a laptop still, and r get online somewhere to post your reports. it means you lost your home due to foreclosure of one form or another. it doesn't mean you're a bum, an addict or alcoholic. you may still have a job, you may still wear clean clothes. you may still shower daily, you just have to sleep in your car or a tent. i lived in a community of roughly 4000 people. maybe 50 of them see me any differently today, because i'm able to stay clean, wear clean clothes and don't smell. they just don't know that MY reality has changed, and that on a daily basis i sleep in the back of my car and borrow showers, toilet facilities and laundry. they don't know i have to use food stamps to buy cold sandwiches to stay nourished because i have nowhere to cook or store food. they don't know that if i have to use the restroom, i have to walk in whatever weather happens to be happening at the time, just to go use someone else's bathroom. until i once again have a home of my own, in my name, something nailed to the ground, i'm homeless, pure and simple. am i whining about it? i hope my posts don't sound like i am, i'm just sharing what life is like when you loose your roof that was over your head.
sure i can use some help. i don't plan to live the rest of my life in the back seat of a ford taurus. but if these posts will do any good, i hope that they will open people's eyes to a few thing.
1. it can happen to you too
2. this is the journal of one it HAS happened to
3. the things i describe in my journal are meant as a preview, and survival guide for what you will face if it does happen to you
4. perhaps my story will make the desk of a politician or two who will get a sense of the struggles of homelessness and work towards legislation which will help those who need and deserve help.
this is the new face of homelessness in america today. get used to it. and realize you are not immune from it no matter what your status is currently. just because i don't look like i just woke up from sleeping in a box on skid row, doesn't mean i'm not someone who lost their home of 10 1/2 years in a failed economy, just like millions of others who are now on the street.
in fact i wish more of them would post their stories to bring to the public's attention that we're still viable, willing/able to work, and will work if given a job. i'd even work with a broken arm if it was a job i can handle with my arm all busted up. i worked since i was 16. i drove city transit buses from 74-90. i drove trucks and forklifts after that. i spent 4 yrs hauling railroad crews. i would have worked during my recuperation from shattering my left elbow into 22 pcs at work, but they wouldn't clear me to do so. i've been hard working all my workable life. and i'll work again. jobs in this town just don't exist anymore unless you're well connected.
so i'm going to NC where i have a job and people to stay with, all waiting for me to get funds to go. and they're helping me get the funds too. NC is one of the states that cnn has been reporting as having not yet felt any recession. sure things are tough, but their job loses are nothing like the rest of the country. so that is where i will make my new home, God willing, and no brow beaters will stop me.
and if mccain gets elected, watch out, it will never get better, it'll only get uglier. if obama is elected, sure he'll have a lot of damage to undo, but it will get done.
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