David Moore January 9, 2013 | WGVU Most of us have little contact with the homeless. But those close to the situation have an intimate view of what it’s like to have no place to call your own. WGVU’s David Moore reports.
The Reverend Chico Daniels of Grand Rapids Mel Trotter mission works right in the middle of the area’s homeless. He tells us around one third of those living in shelters around the U.S. are out on the street for the first time, often with dire financial straits leaving them with no other place to go.
Others, he notes, come through the state’s welfare system. “Children who have been technically state-raised from the foster care system into the youth authority system and on into the state penitentiary system, then released and sent to us.”
Still others wind up homeless because of “mental illness. And we have (military) veterans still suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome.”
A sample of Mel Trotter clients found twenty per cent having gone three or more times with no place to call home; while forty four per cent had never experienced homelessness.
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