Last night, Monday December 21st, 2009, was the longest night of the year and probably the coldest to many people around our dear Country, from one State to another. Here in Portland Maine, The Preble Street Resource Center celebrates this night by organizing a vigil to raise awareness and create empathy on issues affecting our homeless people. I think homelessness is one of the issues that is hard to analyze because of its many causes, but irrespective of how a person ends up being homeless, as an act of kindness, we as a community need to help our fellow humans who unfortunately happened to become Homeless, especially if they are Teenagers.
Homeless Teenagers in most cases don't play any role on how they end up on the streets. They are victims of circumstances or decisions beyond their control and yet, sometimes we treat them as if they had a choice and they chose to be on the streets. I think homelessness is not just a political issue but a moral one as well and, we should just treat it as such. Let us join hands together to fight it as we do with racism, sexism and many other social issues we have in our communities.
Please, I will invite you to join me and the Youth of the Maine Interfaith Youth Alliance when we start our year long Campaign to raise awareness on Teen homelessness in Maine. you don't have to be in Maine to support our efforts, you and your friends can help us in many ways to combat Teen homelessness and Juvenal Social Justice. I will send you the links to the web site in January. As you are celebrating during this holidays please remember how blessed you are and also think of those who are not that fortunate and share some of the glory with them.
Quote of the day:
"Shelters and soup kitchens are not the answer, Collectively, we need to develop a more thoughtful and humane response to homelessness."
Mark Swann, Preble Street's Director,