Rethink Homelessness

by duncanr

there are many things that separate us from one-another but one thing we have in common is our humanity

sadly, all too often this is overlooked as we make snap judgements about people based on their appearance

there are far too many people living on the street but most of us pretend they aren’t there. We walk past, avoiding eye-contact, deaf to their entreaties – reluctant to engage with them

this video seeks to remind us that the ‘homeless’ are people like you and I, who have had the misfortune to fall on hard times


14 Comments to “Rethink Homelessness”

  1. how hard is it to make a difference to someone’s life ?

    a moment of kindness, of generosity is all it takes


  2. Thank you Duncan. It is a very fine line between where we are and where anyone else is.


  3. Duncan this is a fabulous post. I had just been commenting on another post about homelessness and how it can happen to anyone given a tragic set of circumstances. I have shared your post in the comment of


    • it’s many years ago now, but I have slept on the streets on occasion

      I wasn’t homeless in the true sense of the word

      yes, I didn’t have a home – but I had money in my pocket and so could afford to stop in a motel for the night if I so wished

      I was travelling, though

      money was tight

      and I didn’t want to spend it needlessly

      I can still remember what it felt like, though, walking the streets aimlessly through the night just trying to pass the time till morning and my next bus or train out of where ever I happened to be that night – desperately looking for a shop doorway sheltered from the wind where I could grab a couple of hours sleep unmolested by cops or muggers

      It was not nice – it was scary !

      folk end up on the streets for a variety of reasons – not all of them their fault

      we should help – not judge without knowing any facts

      that loose change in your purse or wallet – would you really miss it?

      I doubt it, but it could make a whole lot of difference to a homeless person

      and don’t just give money, give time

      ask how they are, comment on the weather, wish them a good day – acknowledge them as a fellow human !


      • Duncan thank you for sharing your personal experience and how it felt. I think I can only imagine what it would be like to be the one on the bench or in the doorway.
        I agree completely with taking the time to say hello, kind words and a little conversation go a long way. Many years ago I developed the habit of having non perishable food with me in my purse or in my car. So when I am asked for help I feed the individual. When I find myself without something to offer I / we look for the nearest coffee house or restaurant to buy the person something to eat. I’ve done it hundreds of times and only once was the offer declined. The sad fact is that sometimes money goes straight to feeding an alcohol or drug addiction. Not always and who am I to judge. For me feeding people has been a way if helping that fits with my beliefs and values. I just can not look away and pretend that isn’t another human being.
        Thank you again for this post and sharing your thoughts.


  4. I can never pass anyone who is homeless without giving them something. My own children are very judgmental, saying they will spend the money on drink or drugs. I reply what other pleasure have they got, and will I really miss the few euro?
    Hopefully in time they will learn to see the homeless as humans too. It’s amazing how detached people are from them.
    Maybe if my gang watch this they might soften out. Not the youngest she’s soft enough for all of them!


  5. good job you and I aren’t a couple , tric – or we’d soon be homeless ourselves !

    I, too, never pass anyone by without giving them something

    whenever I go into town, I’m like a magnet to the homeless

    Anita used to say – because I was dressed worse than they were, the homeless felt more comfortable approaching me for help, rather than the smartly dressed affluent looking folk

    I had an alternative theory – that the buggers had mobile phones and tipped off their mates further down the street that a soft touch was heading in their direction and gave them a detailed description of what I looked like !


  6. Your post and video is so very moving. Thanks for sharing. These hapless people shouldn’t just be ignored, or treated as an embarrassment, as they were here in South Africa before we hosted the 2010 Soccer World Cup.


  7. Give, and it shall be given unto you – Luke 6:38

    I are still waiting – Ratty 24:7


  8. Wonderfully poignant post.
    Thanks for sharing.


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