Why Do we Want to Help?
"I don’t know about you, but I felt terrible and perplexed about seeing a homeless person on the sidewalk or on a freeway off ramp. I wanted to do something to help, but knew giving money would only help temporarily if at all. I would see the same people on the same corners month after month. My thought was that somebody ought to do something that really helped them and got them off the streets. I thought they should just get a job and stop begging for handouts. Not being mean, just confused as to why they were in the position of panhandling.
I find it hard to believe that we are one of the richest countries in the civilized world and we have people living in the woods. They are just like you and me but have fallen off the grid and find it impossible to get a fresh start. Many are talented and educated but find themselves unable to get established in our community. Some have made poor choices, some have made mistakes and all of them are still part of humanity. Their needs are great and they have the same desires as anyone: to be loved, appreciated and valued. That doesn't go away with the rest of their belongings. We should not think of them as a problem to be removed or at least moved somewhere else. We need to thinks harder and develop ways to renew their situation and reintegrate them into our community."
- Dave Murray, Founder