Humanizing Homelessness

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‘Give to the one that begs from you and do not refuse one who wants to borrow from you”-Matthew 5:42

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”-Matthew 5:44

Homelessness is a critical social problem that has plagued American cities and towns for centuries. According to author Bruce Jansson, homelessness became a increasingly visible issue in the United States in the 1980s after the de-industrialization of manufacturing jobs and the privatization of mental institutions. Since then, homelessness has become a population that nonprofits and churches have been interested in helping and/or serving. Several charities in America raise money to serve people experiencing homelessness, nonprofits have invested resources in advocating to end homelessness on both the state and national level, and homeless ministries remain an integral part of many church’s community outreach efforts.

While many facets of our society have developed and sustained a soft spot for people experiencing…

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