I was disappointed by Hal Dixon’s Sept. 8 letter (“Services attract homeless”). It was lacking knowledge on the topic. I unfortunately found myself homeless with my two young daughters three years ago. I was required to take random breathalyzers and drug tests and everyone there was required to participate the daily work that keeps the place running.
We spent our nights in a small room with three bunk beds and 10 other people. We were also required to participate in classes on how to avoid problems that contribute to homelessness such as resume building, job interview skills, budgeting and being a good renter, abuse recovery and more. I have been a caregiver for three years now, and I volunteer a variety of ways in my community now that I understand that participation keeps these outreaches running in our community.
Those who are homeless or are barely getting by are deserving of help and at least a modicum of compassion as a human being.
I strongly encourage people who share the views of Mr. Dixon to at least take a tour of a local shelter. It will open your eyes and heart, I promise you.