by Kathy Powell
The preliminary numbers from the homeless count are in; Ventura County is up about 13%.
One of our long time LUYV members who has worked on various efforts and events was musing the other night. She has befriended one of the people without housing and now the issues are so much more real, directly impacting someone she knows. She says now the issues weigh heavy on her mind and she is finding it a bit more difficult to sleep.
I share with you a poem Persistence by Brian Galetto from his book Not So Simple, Observations on Poverty and People. Sometimes words from others help convey the need, Ask us how you can help.
Driving down Main Street
I see a man my age sorting through
Trash cans, collection currency
Even the sun isn’t awake
A few hours later a lady
In her sixtiesSifts through rubbish
Revealing her social status
These situations aren’t specific
To Ventura County
Nor are they only California’s conundrum
Homelessness and poverty are seen
In major cities across the country
How can we help the homeless?
I’m so happy you asked.