Have you ever wondered why there are so many homeless men and women on the streets of our nation’s capital?
Why is there so much homelessness in Washington, DC? My favorite volunteer job, Miriam’s Kitchen, has all the answers:
Among our guests, physical and mental health issues are a common cause of homelessness. (Click here to read about one of our guests: Meet Jack.)
Lack of health insurance, the high cost of medical care, and the impact health issues have on a person’s ability to work are major obstacles in maintaining financial health, and consequently–housing.
Once a person’s financial health is compromised, it’s hard to bounce back–just as it’s hard to bounce back after becoming homeless. There are many hurdles to jump to get back on your feet, and it’s hard to jump hurdles when you have a lot of issues weighing you down.
That’s why the work you support here at Miriam’s Kitchen is so critical. The relationships we have with our guests make it easier for our guests to get over those hurdles and into housing. And as we’ve said before, housing is the answer.
So while there are a thousand ways to become homeless and very few ways out, your support makes it possible for our guests to gather the courage to try.
Thank you for continuing to be there for our guests.
‘There are a thousand ways to become homeless, but once homeless there are very few ways out.’ –Miriam’s Kitchen guest