Mark - Invisible People

Mark


I met Mark in the suburbs–another victim of the Detroit economy. With a checkered past, Mark is unable to find employment, and he spends most of his time looking to shelter himself from the weather, […]

Mark

I met Mark in the suburbs–another victim of the Detroit economy.

With a checkered past, Mark is unable to find employment, and he spends most of his time looking to shelter himself from the weather, from snow to sun. Asked why he stays in Michigan, he explains that it’s because “it’s where he was born.”

It’s a solemn reminder of how important it is to have something to call “home.” Despite having that, he’s sleeping outside, and he recently had his possessions and identification stolen.

We must never give up on people. Whatever his past has held, everyone deserves a second chance. I am living proof that people do change.

Let’s hope Mark’s future holds promise and brightness.

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    I was pleased to note that you asked Mark why he remains in Michigan. His response is similar to many homeless I've spoken to, and is contrary to the popular belief that the homeless are “vagabond” types who migrate from place to place.

    In reality, the overwhelming majority of homeless remain in the very communities in which they became homeless. Yet, many folks are opposed to creating or expanding homeless services for fear that it will attract more homeless to their areas – a type of “if you build it they will come” mentality.

    All the more reason why local governments and homeless support services providers need to engage in raising public awareness.