Have you every been stereotyped?A few examples I found while doing a simple Google search are Asians with better math abilities, African Americans have great athletic abilities, women are warmer and more communal, and so on. These are classified as “positive stereotypes”, but are any stereotypes positive? Unfortunately, there are tons of stereotypes out there and the ones about the homeless can be life threatening.
I used to be like every other person out there. Whenever I saw a homeless person next to stop signs and intersections, I would completely ignored them like they were invisible. People lose stable housing for many different reasons. People living in poverty without a strong support system are most at risk, especially when an unexpected crisis occurs. In regards to COVID-19, most of us safe in our homes can social distance but because many homeless are older adults or have underlying medical conditions, they may be at increased risk for severe illness, according to the CDC. This leads me to the question I want to ask you. Do you want to help? If so, it starts with knowledge and compassion.
In this series, and all of my series’, I really wanted to create an experience that bring us humans closer to loving other humans more. With that, I really took to time to talk to people that experience homelessness in Austin, Texas. Their stories were so different but equally heart touching. To find out their stories, you can watch my documentary about homelessness here.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.Mark 12:30-31