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The invisible homeless
« on: November 18, 2014, 04:25:39 pm »
During this, the holiday season, I urge you to take a good look around and really SEE the people you pass by and/or interact with on a daily basis.

I hope what I've written here today makes you think as hard as it was for me to write.

«»«»«»«»«»«»«»«»«»«»«»«»«»«»«»«»«»«»«»«»«»«»«»«»«»

I am the invisible homeless.

I fall through the cracks. I must figure this out and muddle through it on my own.

I am not an alcoholic or an addict. I do not need court-ordered treatment.

I do not qualify for help.

I have not had my children taken by the state. I do not need parenting classes.

I do not qualify for help.

I make too much money and, yet, I am still struggle and am still homeless.

I do not qualify for help.

You do not see me, out in public. My clothes are clean. They are not tattered.

What I have is not much. Most of it I get at second hand stores. What was new was given to me.

I barely make it, day by day. And yet, I do not qualify for help. I fall through the cracks.

I AM the invisible homeless. I do not qualify for help.

The agencies cannot help me. I do not qualify.

I do what I can, on my own, by myself. I barely eat, day after day. My funds only go so far.

I am tough. I am strong. Yet I struggle every day.

I am me. I am here. I do exist.

And yet, I am the invisible homeless. You do not see me.

Kelly Connor
18 November 2014
Deflated, but not defeated, I awaken.
Discouraged, but not destroyed, I rise.
Down, but determined, I try again.
~Doe Zantamata

Trying times are not the times to stop trying.
~Ray Owen

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