We All Have A Story
--by hiloecho, posted Mar 31, 2007
I assume everyone has seen the hungry, the needy, the homeless, the less fortuanate in our society but the assortment of folks at the shelter seemed to trouble my friend. She was aprehensive about getting physically too close when she was serving meals and she was also full of questions. She made observations such as, "They look like they do drugs", "I assume a lot of them have alcohol problems", "Some of them seem like they are retarded."
Once everyone is fed, staff/volunteer's can also eat from the leftovers. We were told there was enough and that we should grab a plate. "Sure," I said without hesitation. But my friend whispered to me that she didn't want to eat there and would prefer to go to a nearby cafe for breakfast. I told her I was going to stay and eat and I hoped she would reconsider her decision too. She stayed.
As we were eating, I decided to share my story with her -- how in 2000, I became homeless due to circumstances beyond my control, how since 2000 I have been a recovering drug addict among other little life tidbits. She was shocked! You see, I have a 4.0 gpa, I am tops ijn our class, and appearance wise you would never guess I have a past .... what I wanted to convey to her was that we all have a story and we should never judge another for any reason.
We are here to help each other and being homeless does not make you any less of a person and we should take the time to learn others stories before we make an assumption. My hope is that she will continue to volunteer, time permitting.
God Bless You!
Thanks for such a loving and touching story and may God bless you so Much