Mentoring to Prevent Homelessness
When you fought with a property owner, insurance company or an employer, have you wondered how someone without family or with a mental handicap or illness could handle the problem? A simple mistake can place a person on the street and than they find it hopeless. Mentoring can offer the solution.
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A community can provide for its security and operate a caring community. Most likely, a community that strives to care for all the vulnerable will build quality schools, and care for their elderly since the citizens’ value human life. Most communities state the homeless tarnish their community image and lower property values. Many are surprised that upscale neighborhoods might actually have homeless living among them, but these individuals exist. Mentoring potential homeless individuals helps them sort through the problems and prevents the homelessness.
Many churches have programs in which they offer assistance prior to eviction, but the person might have more serious problems and assistance sorting through the red tape associated with their lives. Community members who assist the individuals with challenges, which exceed their abilities, prevent the homelessness.
Who needs mentoring? A soldier becomes a veteran and becomes more likely to be homeless. The nation believes veterans have added benefits and they do, but the red tape may be difficult for someone to go through if they lack transportation to get to the proper office. A public assistance announcement stated he, a veteran, could not live another soldier behind. Is not the philosophy o a soldier on the battlefield the motto we should have on the streets of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />America
The mentally ill have a brain that fails to work properly so how can we expect them to sort through the steps to get the medical assistance they need. Once they make their way to a hospital, the mentally ill are frequently placed as low priority for medical treatment because of fear and disgust. The mentally ill are more likely to be a victim of a crime than to commit a crime, but the population fears then. When someone collapses on the city street with a stroke or heart attack a paramedic receives a call.
When someone has someone who knows the person lives, than the person has a chance to sort through problems. Many people will make sure the vulnerable within their scope have food. How many of us have taken a bag of groceries or make twice as much dinner and take it to someone else. We may not know all the people who are on the brink of homelessness or newly homeless. Once a year communities count the homeless and possible homeless. If these individuals receive mentoring from a friendly individual, who offers the friendly touch to sort through the complicated steps helps the individual and builds a true image of a community as humane and livable. Someone who can make telephone calls from his/her home to gain information for a person without a telephone can be the lifeline.
Mentoring helps the individual, our community and nature of humankind.