This is one of the top stories picked up recently by my Paper.li newletter Street Stories, thanks to a tweet by @sherridamoore. While this pastor pulled a “trick” on people, there is an underlying truth in what happened. How many deserving, talented and kind individuals are we turning a blind eye to when we refuse to treat people without homes with human decency?
Pastor Jeremiah Steepek transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning.
He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service, only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food – no one in the church gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit in the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.
via Church Members Mistreat Homeless Man in Church Unaware It Is Their Pastor in Disguise – via The WOPR – Newsvine.
Paper.li is a website that offers the ability to gather stories together from across the internet related to a certain subject or interest. I created one called Street Stories that searches various sites looking for stories related to homelessness. I’m not sure I have the filters set up right, because sometimes it will collect stories about homeless dogs, or that don’t seem to relate to the subject in any way that I can tell, but for the most part, it does a good job of collecting relevant info and then sharing it via Twitter. There have even been a few retweets so hopefully it is helping to spread the word.
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Yesterday I shared an excerpt from Anne Marie Walsh’s blog “formerly homeless in Chicagoland.” Today I found a post by someone else who also discovered her site. Here’s some of what he had to say.
Yesterday morning I shared via Twitter that Twitter had enabled Walsh, a homeless person, to be an agent for help and change. Yesterday afternoon Walsh thanked me, to which I tweeted back thank you for the inspiration.
I was inspired enough by Walsh to find her Pads Chicago’s Blog :The Voice of the Chicagoland Homeless Community.
On the site I found that one way to help her was to add value to Walsh’s Starbucks card. This morning I added $15.
Maybe you’d consider helping Walsh like this as well. You’ll not only be helping her, but the other homeless people Walsh helps through her social media efforts.
via Twitter enables me to help homeless woman in Chicago.
Anne-Marie Walsh used to be homeless, a result of PTSD from abuse and painful rheumatoid arthritis. Her blog, though, shows that you can climb out of that rut, with help. Thi post linked below suggests that those who have succeeded are best equipped to help those still struggling. She does.
The homeless such as myself can actually teach others how to survive homelessness! I also believe that non-homeless people can volunteer to mentor the homeless–for social skills or being a “e-pen pal”, job search skills, addiction recovery. Homeless people also have skills and knowledge that someone needs! Why is there not a job agency that matches homeless people with employers who are looking for new talent with the opportunity to help someone in need? Why does the homeless services agency not offer a program in which the homeless receive specialized job skills training to advocate for themselves and the agency by going to businesses themselves to inform them of homelessness and needs, and to ask them to consider helping the homeless with services, discounts, or job postings? Currently they have only a lawn care services crew during warmer months as “job training”. The job training services and others should be expanded!
via @padschicago’s blog
Life’s story isn’t always dark and hazardous. We can all put happy smiles on faces with very little effort. Just smile first.