We have been befriending homeless and urban poor (we called them street buddies) for slightly over a year. Based on observation, we classify them into 6 categories: 1) senior citizens; too old to work 2) drug addicts & alcoholics 3) foreigners 4) disabled 5) children 6) people who are able to work but choose not to.
While some of our street buddies try very hard to collect empty cans, boxes and discarded items to be sold but earn to little to spend on food let alone pay for rental, we believe at least 50% of them can lead a a normal life just by changing their mindset.
One of them is Saroja, who has been a regular for quite some times. For all the hardship she's gone through, every time I meet her, she keep asking me how am I going to help her and what I have to give her. She seems to have a lot of things to complaint about too. On one occasion, she was reported to curse at one of our volunteers because she was in a rush. And this evening, when we were talking, she criticized a stranger's fashion sense. She always thinks man are up to no good; being around just to destroy her life. She must had gone through difficult moments life but.
Another street buddy shared with me about being mistreated at work. That he decided to quit his job. The mistreatment? He thought he deserved a little more 'respect'. I wonder what's that suppose to mean.
The other guy quit his job as a security guard just because he cannot get any advance wages.
Petty excuses & negative thinking seem to occupy the thoughts of our many homeless friends. We face them week in, week out, and we are determined to help them change that. Because we believe it's the only way for them to get out from the state they are in now. Truly, giving food pack is just the beginning.