Daryl's Story

pasjrwoctx/ February 28, 2014/ My Blog/ 0 comments

Daryl,  a simple man sitting in front of an old building.  More or less begging for change.  Being polite as he can.  After a while we talked for about an hour.  All the time asking people as they go by for change.  Most smile and keep walking a few reluctantly give the rest rudely ignoring he is there.   Finding out that the man has been homeless for about a year.  Losing his job, due to drunk driving.  Regretful of his short comings, Daryl is lost in depression not sure of his future.  Working as he can doing odd jobs and day labor.  He still has many days of no income or food.  Looking at him, you would never know he is hungry.  Greatful for the time someone spends talking and treating him as a human.  I find out he was a forklift operator.  Well between losing his job due to poor choices and living with the actions that followed.  Daryl has begun to lose hope life will ever return to normal.  The man has ideas that actually do not cost very much to get him self working and eventually off the streets.  Sadly he has no clue where to go to find the help he much needs to have a second chance in life.  Now dont misunderstand me, he messed up his own life.  But why time after time are we taught to treat those with less as less than human?  For let he without fault cast the first stone.  I find it appalling that when a man stumbles and falls. Then truly seeks help to recover.  He is cast out to fend entirely on his own.  Yes if I fuck up my life, I should pay for  it and have to work to rebuild my life.  But there could be help that actually helps and rewards for strong effort towards redemption.  Everytime I go into a city, I find many people just like Daryl.  How many of us walk or drive by these people everyday?  Doing nothing at all.  Sure some give some spare change or even may offer a meal to.  My question is why?  Why when we could be talking to them and getting to know them.  Many people I run into want to rebuild their lives.  But have no clue where to start.  As there are lots of services out there.  Sadly there is no “OutReach”  going out and actually plucking these brothers and sisters of ours off the street.  Teaching, encouraging and working along with them to rebuild their lives.  No instead we walk by and ignore them.  Do yourself a favor the next time your out for the day.  Weather your in your own home town or out visiting.  Ask one of those people asking for money.  To show you around town, they are full of wonderful tidbits and info on their streets.  Afterwards offer to buy them a meal and give them $25.00 for their time and help.  By doing that first you get to have a knowledgeable person showing you around town.  Second you are showing them that you respect them as a human.  Third you gave them a job and a reason for being there that day.  Forth you just opened the door for that person to enable their own future.  Turning them into Travelpenures.  This is Daryl’s story and remember to say hi, and ask him to show you the town.  I am sure he’d be happy too.

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