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How do you see homeless people in Lethbridge?

Walking through Galt Gardens, minding your own business, you see someone asleep on a bench, likely a homeless person.

What is your reaction?

Are you annoyed?

Do you pretend the person isn’t there?

CNN anchorman and 60 Minutes contributor Anderson Cooper says that that was his reaction to a homeless man who panhandles and camps outside his New York home.

It WAS his response to this man, until Cooper was on assignment with 60 Minutes in Nashville for a story on that city’s chronically homeless population.  Here’s what he had to say after his time in Tennessee:

 

If you are unable to view this video, visit “How I See Homeless People Now” at CBS News directly.

 

Cooper says, “…after the story, I was like, ‘This is ridiculous. This is my issue. Me pretending not to see this person is insane and offensive.’”

 

After the assignment, Cooper decided to approach the homeless man, ask his name, and engage him in conversation. Now, he regularly greets the man and talks with him.

 

“Anytime you stop and talk to somebody and you learn about them, you start to walk in their shoes a little bit and you see things through a different lens,” said Cooper.

Anderson Cooper: How I see homeless people now

 

That same transformation effect is one we see at Streets Alive Mission all the time.

Galt Gardens BBQ

 

The impoverished people we are helping are touched, reminded that they haven’t been forgotten, hope returns, and they are changed, for the better, because of that.

 

The Streets Alive volunteer helpers and donors are also touched, reminded that they can help, hope is shared, and they, too, are positively changed because of that.

 

Changing lives (not just of the homeless, but of everyone involved), one person at a time. That’s what Streets Alive does.

 

Streets Alive: Bringing Hope to the Hopeless in Lethbridge.

Thank You Lethbridge!

Posted Sunday February 09, 2014 by Streets Alive Mission

2 comments

  1. angela Wolf Tail says:

    I’m so greatful for the centre n the many volunteers. I have family who utilize the facility. Without it my people wud die. I’d wish to bring em all home one day so we cud take care of them. But until we can, thank you for every person saved on these cold nights. Homelessness is so important for our communities to focus on regaining strength in finding a solution. Every human is worth saving

  2. k. Fox says:

    I see homeless people as regular people. I don’t fear them or feel any annoyance. I know they will sometimes ask for money and if I have change, I will help them out. One guy approached me, and he was pretty disheveled, but he let me know he didn’t need money, all he wanted was someone to say hello to him. Homeless people are people who are having hard times, so why would I add to their hardship? If you were having a bad day, wouldn’t a kind word or hand up make you feel better?

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