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homeless way of traveling  in the 1930’s


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I have been involved in low income and homeless ministry for 20 years and during that time I have seen a lot of changes in the homeless population and in the low income population.  They really go together .  Because low income is the door that often leads to  Homeless.

The poet F Scott Fizgerald made a comment about the rich

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“Let me tell you about the very richThey are different from you and meThey possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born richit is very difficult to understand.

He could have added another line “the poor and homeless are also not like you and I.
We need to remember that as we minister to them.

Many years ago there was a young man and his family of four.  Billy  was a hard worker not addicted to anything but hard work.  We first met him in a tiny 16 foot trailer with no heat or electric.  He paid a $150 a month rent on this worn out hovel.  He had to pay for it he had no choice.  The rich man who owned it had choices.  He chose to charge $175 a month. That is the difference between the wealthy and the poor and homeless.

Our church was wealthy and had good people who helped our ministry.  One day the church announced a retreat for youth and they invited Billy’s 15 year old daughter to come to the retreat, there was no charge.  I got her a sleeping bag and Billy and I took her to  the drop off point.

She was excited.  Billy opened his wallet and took out a $5 bill and gave it to his daughter she had not expected that and a  look of pleasant surprise came over her face when her Father said “take this but spend it slowly.” He could not really afford $5 but he did it.  I was tempted to give her a $20 but  He was a proud man and I would have upstaged him. so I didn’t.

She accepted Christ after that retreat.










This thought has haunted me for a long time. If it is a false conclusion I would like proof.  if it is true then what are the causes.  This is an area of discussion that should be serious in nature and not a place to attack others thoughts. 

In the 19th century the poor house was a way to deal with the homeless.
Poorhouses were tax-supported residential institutions to which people were required to go if they could not support themselves. They were started as a method of providing a less expensive (to the taxpayers) alternative to what we would now days call “welfare” – what was called “outdoor relief” in those days. People requested help from the community Overseer of the Poor ( sometimes also called a Poor Master) – an elected town official. If the need was great or likely to be long-term, they were sent to the poorhouse instead of being given relief while they continued to live independently. Sometimes they were sent there even if they had not requested help from the Overseer of the Poor. That was usually done when they were found guilty of begging in public, etc.

Was the poorhouse a good idea or a bad idea?

What do you think?thoughland@faithinactionaz.org