Tuesday, April 27, 2010

What to Do With Beggars?

The best thing to do when you see a beggar or a homeless person holding a sign is:

a. Call the police to get him off the sidewalk
b. Talk to her and see if you can meet a need right then
c. Give socks, packaged food or bus tickets to them.
d. Give them a Rose City Resource Guide.
e. Ignore them and give to Anawim.

b. Talk and meet an immediate need. The best way to help anyone is to find out about them as an individual and try to meet their individual need. Talking to strangers is scary, and strangers holding signs even more so, but that is probably the best way to love. If you don’t have time for that, if you had something you could give to them immediately that would be helpful, like socks, packaged food or even a resource guide (available from Street Roots), would be really helpful. No one would complain about a dollar, either. Neither would Anawim 

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