Amidst the busyness of the town center, one man huddled in his overly large and dirty coat with his head buried under a thin blanket, hidden away in a quiet alley. Unfortunately, it's an all too common sight despite the affluence of the town that I live in. It's a poignant reminder of how we're all a few paychecks away from being in the same situation. The shelter in town which receives a lot of financial support from churches and locals alike, work hard to assist the homeless. I spoke to a representative there and it struck home how these people could so easily be us.
A broken relationship or home, bankruptcy, redundancy and divorce resulted in a downward spiraling despair exacerbated by a dependency to alcohol and drugs. While I've been advised not to give money as it's usually spent on narcotics or liquor, a kind word, hot drink and food, warm clothing or a smile goes a long way.
**Image was captured on my phone today