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Mike


Mike takes responsibility for ending up homelessness. He had some sober time, but after an illness regressed back to old behaviors. Now, Mike wants to better his life and get out of homelessness, but more […]

Mike

Mike takes responsibility for ending up homelessness. He had some sober time, but after an illness regressed back to old behaviors. Now, Mike wants to better his life and get out of homelessness, but more often than not, homeless services doesn’t make it easy for people to get off the streets.

I met Mike while walking across a downtown street in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We struck up a conversation, and being honest, I was not sure he was homeless. I asked him if he wanted some socks and that’s when the conversation changed. In this interview Mike shares how hard it is to go to a job interview when you don’t have buss money or clean clothes.

The local shelter kicks people out into the cold at 6am everyday, and with no resources to go look for work. People are not allowed back in to the shelter until 7:30 at night. As much as I hate this model of kicking people out during the day it is very common. Normally, business and public services don’t open until 9am, so homeless people have to wander around outside even in freezing weather.

Mike told me the shelter makes people blow into a breathalyzer to get in at night. I understand and actually support abstinence based models as long as there are other ‘low barrier’ options in the community available. Alcohol and drugs eventually take over a person’s life and they cannot simply quit. By only allowing sober people into the homeless shelter in severe weather states like Minnesota, chronic alcoholics are then refused services when they need them the most.

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    Of all the stories I heard here this is one of the most painfully depressing to me of all. A new pair of pants, a clean shirt and shave and a trim up is all that kept this guy from getting a job and maybe getting out of homelessness. Hell if I knew him, I’d GIVE him a new pair of pants, a new shirt, shoes and a shaving kit.

    We are talking at best $50 to get him presentable for a job, that’s nothing. I am NOT rich but if $50 gives a man the chance to get a job and move off the streets then its the best investment opportunity on Earth. The problem with homelessness is you don’t know who will really use your help to better themselves.

    A man like this who had a chance to get a job and make a better life for his self is a man I would have risked $50 seed money on.

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