William Charles Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Thu, 15 Sep 2005 15:23:41 -0400


The Newly Homeless And The Ones Who Were There Before

By Judy Ramsook

September 15, 2005

When the destructive forces of hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New
Orleans, the wake of that destruction left thousands of people who lived in
affected areas without a place to call home. Thus rendering them homeless.

And when knowledge of what was taking place reached people the world over,
help poured in from all corners of the globe. Help came in the form of
financial aid, shelters in the US, quantities of food products, and medical
personnel and supplies. All in the name of kindness.

But when we drove or passed by a homeless person on the street before
Katrina attacked the Gulf Coast, was giving a dollar or two to that homeless
person on the street sufficient? Especially now that so many have reached
out to render aid to the newly homeless; Katrina's victims.

Whatever aid was given by you to that person or persons on the street may
seem pale in comparison to the quantity of help that has been given to the
hurricane victims who received aid. The difference? The victims the forces
of hurricane Katrina left homeless would not have been reduced to such a
state of affairs had the storm fizzled out before hitting landfall, whereas
the already homeless that you pass by on the street sometimes had been in
that condition for a while.

So in the light of all the show of support the newly homeless have received,
maybe it's also a good time to render aid to those who were homeless long
before Katrina's forces of nature did such damage.

And that aid should not only be given because of the pre existing condition
of some the homeless. But because some of them might be in need of some of
the aid the Katrina evacuees received. Now it is known that the homeless are
spread far and wide, and aid cannot or may not be able to reach each and
every homeless person out there. But it is something to think about because
no one should be forgotten.

Rendering aid to the evacuees is fine, but let us not forget the homeless
ones who were there before a hurricane with a name no one will soon forget,
Katrina, attacked and disrupted the lives of many. For just like those
evacuees who do not want to be forgotten, so are the silent homeless who
came before. They may have nothing but a cardboard box as a form of shelter,
but they should not be forgotten either.