I told Oscar there were people and communities working to end homelessness, but it wasn't going to happen over night. Perhaps, in my utopian world, we can end this blight on the human race. I believe we can.
It begins with getting to know the people who are in this horrible situation, listen to their stories, and have some sympathy. It is too easy to ignore the homeless. Perhaps we are scared of them, insensitive to their needs, or simply swamped in our own struggle to stay off the streets. Each time I have been guilty of ignoring their plight, I am quickly reminded of the golden rule, To do unto others as you would want others to do unto you (Mt. 7:12).
They might smell or be intimidating, but they are someone's child, if only God's. They have a story, they have a soul, they have a need for our help. What can you do? What can I do? Treat them as you would want to be treated if you were in their shoes. A good place to begin is offering a prayer for their health and safety. And then pray for your own strength to understand and sympathize. And then pray for the end of homelessness. Sounds like a lot, but that's what it is going to take to resolve this issue.