Homeless community has 'a lot of anxiety,' but shelters' owners are working to keep them informed
@ Bob Tanner"Remember, things do not have to be perfect to be
wonderful."I'm sure that it will be neither perfect nor
wonderful for the folks that live near these new shelters and their children.
I must say from reading the comments that there is definitely a negative feeling
towards the homeless. Having been a VISTA who was stationed at a homeless
shelter and a past director the the homeless shelter in Helper, Utah...homeless
people are not at all the way the general public perceives them to be. Our goal
was to help the homeless get on their feet as soon as possible. We helped them
find employment and save money until they could afford living on their own.
Believe it or not, whenever I found day jobs for the homeless they were ready to
go. The ones who didn't work had catastrophic injuries or had very little
schooling. They were in the minority however. Almost all of the homeless
people I worked with really wanted to be on their own if given the chance.
Helping them was hugely rewarding. As far as the shelters go, I will say this
for the people in Salt Lake City, I hope you will be happily surprised at the
way the new shelters turn out. Remember, things do not have to be perfect to be
I wish We would quit saying homeless. They are drug addicts and need treatment
for addictions. I bet Close to 100% are drug addicted. That is why they are
“homeless”. Focus on that and understand the why, then one by one
see some rehabilitation. With what and how too fix. Some hope for their future
and life with purpose is what they need. For those that wish they would just go
away, get out of your way, move to another state? Hope you or your loved ones
don’t get addicted. These are all children, brothers and sisters, aunts
and uncles. “Before the grace f God go I” have some mercy and stop
the politics. It’s getting old
they are always anxious when they can't bring their drugs and alcohol with
them into the facility
I know all of the taxpayers are breathlessly awaiting the openings. I wonder
what they wastefully will spend your dollars on next, after this boondoggle?
Surely some liberal politician will come up with a guaranteed income
for the homeless soon. Then they can buy the necessities of life. Need a hint
as to what the necessities of life are for most (the others are insane) of the
homeless? Try drugs, cigarettes and booze.
Soon the homeless "Snow birds" will be returning from their winter time
I live next to one. I "can't wait" for all the new foot traffic,
dumpster diving, and neighborhood blight it brings! "Sure glad" they
decided to locate the mens shelter right next to the jordan river trail. When
the shelters full they'll have plenty of open space to camp! Honestly,
"I love" our politicians that moved the shelters out into the
neighborhoods. Keep up the good work guys!
Good luck. Replacing a single shelter with three in separate areas having less
total capacity than the one being closed is already an indication that the plans
are hopelessly messed up.For every client like Ms. Raynor, many more
are incapable (due to mental illness) or unwilling (due to drug problems) to
comply with structured living arrangements. They will continue to roam our
streets and camping out in alleys and other areas. These are the people who
are the worst problem for law abiding citizens, yet nothing is being done to
send them to cities where such behavior is more tolerated.As I said,