Hugs for the Homeless

October, 2017

 It will be my pleasure to serve again this term as your FCCW Hugs for the Homeless chair.  Once again I have set a goal of $50,000 for the year.

I will once again forward ideas for insertions into the affiliations bulletins.  I am also available for any diocese or deanery to speak about the homeless situation in our state.

With the Matthew and Irma blowing through our state, many people were displaced or at least inconvenienced without the a/c  to keep them cool.  This may be the easiest time for people to relate to the plight of the homeless and the struggles that the endure.

I do not claim to be an expert on this subject, but having served for over 10 years on a homeless shelter board of directors, I did learn a few things.

There are people who will always be part of the homeless population, referred to as street people.  Some of these people have addictions, some suffer with mental illness and some have been living on the streets for so long that at this point it is all they know, BUT the majority of homeless people are women and children.

Do a little homework where you live and google how many homeless children are in our school system, you will be surprised.

May we continue to care for the less fortunate,

Rosi Schuhmacher