Experiencing homelessness

We Are Homeless, Not Invisible

Most people don’t like to beg. It’s denigrating to do so. It lowers a person’s self worth in their own eyes and the eyes of others. Back when I had a job and a roof over my head, I was sucked up into the belief that beggars were horrible people who just needed a quick drug fix. How wrong I was. Oh, how horribly wrong I was.

Since becoming homeless, I’ve learned that these are people just like everyone else. Some good. Some bad. It’s the bad ones that gain more attention and lead people to believe that beggars are bad.

Where I’m from, panhandling is perfectly legal as long as it’s peaceful. You can fly a sign and let people give you money if they choose to. You cannot get up in their faces and demand money, or put your hands on them. In other words, aggressive panhandling. You…

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Author: Jon

Jon Kauffman graduated from Goshen College, earning a BA in Religion. Jon attended a Mennonite Church while growing up and currently attends the Salvation Army Church. Jon works as a drafter at TrueNorth Steel, Fargo, ND.

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