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What's your response when you see a homeless person/person asking for money?

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AdventureGirl

AdventureGirl

What are your thoughts and actions? Not what you think you should do, but what you actually do 🙂

June 16, 2015 at 16:08
Broken Vessel

Broken Vessel

I give them however much I can afford to. I also buy food for them whenever I can. I really wish I could do more.

June 16, 2015 at 16:40
Nate

Nate

If the person appears physically capable to work, then I don’t do anything. If the person appears injured\maimed then I am pulling together a homeless care package to give them.

NEVER give a homeless person money! That does them more harm than good.

June 17, 2015 at 07:36
mynameisrobin

mynameisrobin

true Story: My dad saw a homeless person with a sign asking for money one day. He drives up to the man and asks him if he can buy him a meal. The man goes,
“No man, I don’t want no food. I just do this for a little money on the side.”

Another time, a homeless man asked for money, and my dad gave him five dollars. The man takes out his wallet and adds it to his roll of 20s that he already has in there.

I’m usually very wary when it comes to giving the homeless money. A lot of them are addicted to drugs, cigarettes, or alcohol, and I don’t want to be giving them money just so they can go and harm their bodies any more than they already have. In some cases, I will though, after examining them. Just last week I gave money to a homeless man.

I would say instead of giving them money, offer them a meal, or maybe buy them some clothes or something of that nature. You never know who is actually homeless, or if they’re just pretending to be so they can mooch off of people’s kindness.

June 17, 2015 at 09:19
Juanita11

Juanita11

Well depending on the sichuation.
In my town there are these certain people that just always do this and refuse to get a job.
But we also have people like this woman who was traveling with her daughter and had no money left so she had no choice. My mom tried to buy her food but the store manager chased her off before we could give it to her.
Then there’s Sage and Jesse.. Close to our house is a gas station and they had a bagpipe out and he was playing. He was really good too.
So my mom felt like she should invite them to our house and did so. The ended up staying the night and we gave them some clothes. They where really cool and thought they weren’t Christians they where doing what was right for them.
But then there was this guy who we saw a a gas station who was faking using a cane . That wasn’t cool with me. If you have a leather jacket, and a silver cane you don’t need to be begging.

June 17, 2015 at 10:33
His way

His way

I’ve found that a good way to supply them food without giving them paper money is to buy a gift card to fast food restaurants. That way, if they are homeless, they’ll have food and if they’re not, they won’t be able to use the money to buy drugs or something.

June 18, 2015 at 09:53
vanilla

vanilla

I don’t think I’ve ever given money directly to a homeless person. Personally, I think the best thing to do is to give money to a reputable organization that meets the needs of the homeless. When you give money/food directly to a person, you might be feeding them for a day, but ultimately they’ll probably be in the same place the next day. If you give money to an organization instead, this person might now be able to be taken care of AND taught useful skills that could help them find a job or manage to get off the streets. I’d suggest checking into an organization before blindly donating (make sure they have helpful programs and make sure they’re legit – look them up on a website like charitynavigator.com to check that they’re actually helping people with their money and not just taking it all for the CEO).
Sorry for going on a little bit of a rant there! This issue has been a tough one for me and it’s taken me awhile to come to this conclusion. Now I’m a little opinionated on the subject 🙂

June 18, 2015 at 21:25
BridgetteMarie21

BridgetteMarie21

Where I live, there are always homeless people at the same busy intersection at the same time of day (usually rush or lunch hours), so I usually don’t give them money.

I did give a girl food once. She couldn’t have been more than fifteen and was digging through the trash at McDonald’s in the middle of July wearing black leggings and a tank top and her hair was matted. I gave her my food and a few ones and went back in and got more. I honestly would’ve given her more money if I would’ve had more cash on me because nobody digs in the trash for fun. It really hurt my heart to see her do that.

In the bigger city I don’t stop, but in my old hometown I did give a man $5 once because he was actually genuinely homeless, you could see it in his eyes.

I agree with your view @vanilla, my family regularly supports a local men’s shelter, food pantry, and care pregnancy center because they offer services the people need and you end up helping more than just one person 🙂

June 21, 2015 at 21:08
NerdyChick334

NerdyChick334

Since I usually don’t carry cash with me anyway, I buy them some good. I ask what they want in case they have special dietary needs. About 90% of the time they’re happy to get food. Normally the people who are homeless are veterans and I don’t have any qualms about giving. I have given money at times if I have it. About worrying if they’ll use the money on the “wrong things” I trust that God Wil guide them to use it well. It’s kind of a leap of faith and trusting that their inner goodness takes charge.

June 27, 2015 at 00:54
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