Breaking free from the Cycle of Homlessness
There’s been growing News about why feeding the Homeless is Illegal. This isn’t new; In 2013, a Restaurant in Indiana closed their feeding program because of threats that if they didn’t stop feeding the Homeless, they would face closing their doors.
Throughout the United States, Businesses who are helping the needy to fight Homelessness encounters the same threat.
We at Bake the World a Better Place have a different take on this issue. Everyone has their own Idea of a right and wrong method. But finding a common ground and focusing on facts to fix this issue is what we need.
Let’s look at the Pros of Handing Food:
● You have people engaging with other people who are less fortunate.
● Showing compassion makes a Big difference.
● People will believe in you because you’re helping them to get where they need to be.
● The positive effect of giving the items to someone in need makes the giver more Compassionate.
● The positive effect of receiving the items from the giver will make the receiver feel more understood.
Being Homeless is like being stuck in a hole. We see a cookie as a tool to use moving towards climbing out of that hole.
The positive effect of giving items like a pair of gloves when it’s cold outside or handing out homemade cookies to the people on the streets can make you feel good inside.
This can turn into volunteering and doing work needed for the Community to grow.
The result? We’re not only creating Stronger and more Compassionate people but we’re also turning them into Leaders as we strengthen the Human Connection that surrounds us all.
That’s the mission behind our Organization; we’re honing people to be the next Strong and Compassionate Leaders of the Community.
Although there are Pros for Handing Food, there can be a downside to it. So, let’s talk about the Cons of Handing Food.
The biggest downside is when someone is dealing with Homelessness, they’re getting free food, clothing, money, etc…
“What’s driving them to change?”
This is what our Organization asks ourselves daily.
Before I founded Bake the World a Better Place I had spent around 2 years dealing with being Homeless.
“I was all over the country in all sorts of different weather and situations. I was at the point where it felt like when you found people who gave you the help to ease your struggle for a night, you’ll stay with them as long as possible. Once you hit that point, it takes a lot to push yourself to get back up on your feet to hustle. It’s hard to walk away from such an everlasting fountain that gives you enough to live. Sometimes facing that struggle only alone seems like a very scary jump.”
So what needs to be done? Should everyone stop passing out food? Or should they stop supplying useful items to people all together?
As an Organization that helps people, we don’t think this can solve Homelessness.
There are plenty of Organizations out there that are making a real difference on Homelessness.
We need to be sure we put more resources toward the establishments that provide shelter, safety, security and most times, a person willing to talk to other people.
This is what we at Bake the World a Better Place strive for, we need to not only fill their stomachs and keep their hands warm but also give them the steps needed to have a better life where they can sustain themselves.
So, next time you bake something to give to the needy, remember there are better options. Volunteering or providing a part-time Job may both be better than just giving food.
–Whatever you chose, the important part is when you give your compassion to those people who need it most, asking how they’re doing, what else they need to get themselves out of the rut and if possible suggest for them to visit a local charity to get help.
The Cycle of Homelessness is what we’re aiming to break. We’re not only giving people a meal, a safe place to sleep, a secure shelter, but, we also need to train them with the Skills needed to break the Cycle.
We believe Homelessness is a Cycle, and all Cycles are breakable. The city of Denver is doing a lot right now to break the Cycle.
If you know someone in need or who can benefit from this program, please visit our Contact page and send us a message!