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Thursday, January 10, 2013

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Tracy Kaufman

Karen. Great post! Most of the people I know have chosen to either focus deeply on an important issue that resonates with them or spread themselves a bit wider and try to touch a multitude of issues that speak to them. I think both approaches are essential– we “repair the world” through both small measures (giving a buck to the homeless man and, more importantly, smiling at him) and sustained efforts such as making career choices based on issues we support. I think your deep commitment to the issues that speak to you and your smaller touches on other issues strikes a really nice balance and show your kids the wide array of life choices available to them as they move forward.

Since you based your blog on homeless and, as you know, I’ve dedicated my professional life to helping house low income folks, I can’t help but add……For me, the idea of helping to stabilize a person or family’s housing must come before we can successfully address many of the other societal issues (how can we deal with someone’s health issues, their lack of a job or job skills or their kid’s education if they don’t have a stable, safe place to live?). Affordable housing for low income folks doesn’t have the sexy appeal of many of the important issues we debate these days but, I hope again soon, we can have a substantial national dialogue on our domestic social priorities and that affordable housing will be part of that agenda. Okay, I’ll stop my preaching now :-).

Barbara Green

I've resolved the issue for myself by invoking our heritage which teaches, "You are not required to finish the task, but neither are you exempt from the obligation to begin it." We can't end homelessness by giving $1 to each deserving person we meet, but if, after enjoying a $3 capuccino at Starbucks you find a homeless person sitting on a box outside, you still can't give him $1, how about buying a copy of "Street Sense" whenever you see a vendor? These sellers are homeless but selling "Street Sense" (written and mostly produced by the homeless) gives them a sense of worth plus a very modest living... Try it. You'll like i

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