rethink homelessness

Let me start by saying I’ve never been homeless.  Rethinking homelessness for me is knowing there are people in really tough situations without a home, and knowing I’m a few paychecks away from the same thing.  I’m a middle-aged single mom, living in a nice suburban home in what is considered to be a wealthy area.  Many people think it’s odd that I ponder this social issue so frequently. Read more…

2 weeks

My original plan was to go live as a suburban homeless person for 2 weeks.  Although I did that, I took it a completely different route than I had planned.  I’ve had so many questions about how it was, what I did and would I do it again, that I haven’t been able to answer them all.  In efforts to best answer all of the questions, I will be blogging on the topic of homelessness for the next year.  I experienced a lot, I learned a lot and I have so many things to share that I’ve worked myself into gridlock.

I will also add a bird’s eye view of my 2 week experience.  I’m trying desperately to create the “Reader’s Digest” version of it.  Stay tuned…

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17 thoughts on “rethink homelessness

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  2. Jody — I understand what you are doing and will pray for God to grant you wisdom as you try to assess the range of feelings you will experience, and insights you will gain through the experience. Notably, I want to know the impact that silence will have on you, especially during the night hours. (if sleeping in your car, will you be tempted to turn on the radio? Does that become your window on the world of those not experiencing homelessness?) I have a whole range of questions, and will eagerly await the way your own descriptions answer those questions without my asking them. You go girl!!! My prayers accompany you.

  3. I think you are nuts but…*shrug* you’re a big girl. I can say if I was homeless I would be offended as hell, but that’s just me. It reminds me of the discussion in “Platoon” Chris (white college boy who volunteered for infantry in Vietnam): ” I figured why should just the poor kids go off to war and the rich kids always get away with it?”
    King: “You gotta be rich in the first place to think like that”

    Meaning, you have to have a home to think being homeless is a project of some kind. Anyway, I love ya and hope you get what ever you’re looking for out of this. PLEASE be careful. (and yes I worry more about you than the other homeless because I KNOW you, sounds selfish but…hey…it’s me :-))


  4. OH and P.S. based on what you said in class….lets pave paradise and put up a parking lot so they have somewhere to go!


  5. Jody-
    THIS IS WHY I LOVE YOU! Well, I love you for lots of other reasons too! I will be kinda’ worried! :-) But I can’t wait to hear what you learn!

  6. P.S. I just told my husband what you are doing in a short sentence. He said, “she is doing what?” That made me laugh. I am going to read the whole blog post to him, that will help him get it. But I did kinda think, “well, it is Jody!”

  7. Enjoyed talking with you at NACBA. I heard your heart as you explained, and I will be praying for you. I admire your desire to experience these two weeks so you can better know how to help. God Bless!

  8. Lord have mercy! How are you going to eat? If I run into you on the streets…I’ll give you some change for a McDonalds burger…otherwise you stay safe!

  9. Jody-you inspire me. As I read this, I just keep thinking, “here’s a person that really gets it.” Thanks for being brave-we can all learn a thing or two from your courage.

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