|January 15, 2010|
January Focus on Homelessness
Read from the bible.
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Like one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
DO IT – A CHALLENGE
We have another experience for you. You have your choices right? Freedom – you can come and go as you please, you can listen to your ipod, buy what you want, usually when you want. Not so for our homeless friends. For example, many shelters have a curfew. In Toronto, ON there is a shelter with a curfew of 5.30pm and another shelter with a curfew at 9pm. The residents have to be in the shelter building at that time to guarantee a warm bed and roof over their heads for the night.
Starting tomorrow (Saturday, Jan 16) and till end of day next Friday the 22nd your challenge is to deny yourself 10 choices!
During this week you’ll give up 10 choices that are privileges the street community do not have and keep a journal of your experience.
Email your journal entries to us or come back and leave a comment telling us how it went or sharing a journal entry.
10 CHOICES TO LIVE WITHOUT FOR 1 WEEK
Here a list of choices you can give up for this one week challenge!
- Laundry – you can only do your laundry once this week, one load. Choose carefully what you will keep clean to wear.
- Clothing – you have a limited about of clothing, choose one pair of shoes, two pairs of pants, one sweater / hoodie, two shirts, a coat, underwear, and three other items. (btw – this is a generous list)
- Lights Out – for 5 of the 7 nights this week you have to be in your house at 9pm. Then you need to be in bed with your lights out at 11pm. No making noise (playing the t.v or video games…) as this annoys the other people you “share” a room with.
- Wake Up Call – early rise and shine. Also for 5 of the 7 mornings this week you have to be awake and up before 7am. Is there a line-up for the shower in your house? Imagine the line-up if you lived in a shelter.
- No iPod – lots of times expensive items get stolen on the street or in shelters. Your expensive item was stolen. Live without it for the week.
- No Cell Phone – the only conversations you get to have are the ones with yourself in your head or face-to-face with others.
- Entertainment – no video games of any nature (consoles, online, computer, iPod Touch or Phones…) or T.V. but you can go to the library all you want (providing security doesn’t kick you out because you’re a little “different” than the other patrons).
- Waiting – you have to wait inline to get the papers you need for getting access to the housing worker. Take a time delay of two hours on any day this week.
- No Self-Indulgent Fun – you can’t afford that new cd or iTunes download. You can not go to the movies, restaurant, coffee shop or do anything fun because you have zero cash. You are in brokesville.
- No internet – you have no access to the internet. No surfing or Facebook! Actually, maybe the local library will let you use theirs (the local library, NOT the one at school). Also, your friends are off limits cause none of them have internet access either.
“The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry person; the coat hanging unused in your closet belongs to the one who needs it; the shoes in your closet belong to the one who has none; the money which you save in the bank belongs to the poor. You do wrong to everyone you could help, but fail to help.”–St. Basil the Great
Pray this simple prayer:
Lord help me not to turn my face away from those who are in need. Amen
See January’s full justice post with all the details here
Drop by next Friday for another post with ways for you to get involved in righting the wrongs of injustice!Tweet