This girl found out her boyfriend had been homeless before she met him because of his abusive parents. But she never thought he’d be doing this on a regular basis.
My boyfriend was homeless for a period of his life because of an abusive parent. He was lucky enough to have friends and family that helped to pull him out of his situation, but it obviously had a huge impact on how he lives his life.
He always carries a few pre-made packs with toothpaste and a toothbrush, deodorant, disposable razors and shaving cream, socks, hand/feet warmers, etc. When he sees someone who needs help he gives them a pack and cash if he has it on him.
But the best and most truly invaluable thing he does for the homeless people he meets is he stops and has a real conversation with them. He listens and shares stories and treats them with respect and dignity. He’s even spent a few of his nights out at a bar speaking with the people busking outside and then spent the rest of the night partying with them. Bought them drinks, snacks, hung out at clubs; just shows them a good time. Took their mind off their troubles for one night.
He always tells me that it’s not the money people need, it’s normalcy. A daily routine and normal social interaction. Brushing your teeth, combing your hair, saying hello to your neighbor, and spending your day doing normal things and feeling normal. Too many cannot find this normalcy and so they turn to drugs and alcohol to escape their reality. Because they think they’ll never feel normal again.
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