Some time ago Rachel lost sight of her rainbow. She suffers with epilepsy, had lost her apartment and had nowhere else to turn. As a last resort, she entered our shelter with her two small children and her caretaker.
During her stay, counseling sessions revealed Rachel’s wonderful gift of writing poetry. After her 60-day stay with us, she was able to turn her life around and move into her own apartment. Her first book of poetry was released November 27, 2001.
Rachel will change your view of homelessness with her poem “The Homeless.” You can experience her gratitude first hand by reading “Earth Angels.”
When we think of the homeless, the first thing that comes to mind is a drunken, dirty, low-down bum.
Our minds paint pictures in order to protect us from the truth of the world around us.
When we hear the word homeless, we say to ourselves that it’s only those that deserve it.
But, what we fail to realize in our daily lives is that no one deserves to be brought that low.
What we fail to see with our minds so closed to our world is that all too often it’s not just the drunken bums who are homeless but, entire families.
The ones that suffer the most are the children. You can see it in their eyes. It is as though their childhood is being ripped away. For they must worry over concerns that most kids take for granted such as where is my next meal coming from or is there even going to be a next meal or as simple and basic as where am I going to sleep tonight.
So, the next time you see a saddened child standing in the doorway, take a moment to stop and open your mind.
Be warned, you may truly suprise yourself! For then you will truly being seeing the Homeless through the eyes of a child.
You hear people talking about seeing guardian Angels everywhere you turn today. I don’t know if they exist or not. I am sure that one day I will have the answer to that question.
But I am sure of one kind of Angel that goes unnoticed. That is the kind of Angel that lends a helping hand to those in need and does not think to look down upon them. But, strives to lift them to higher firmer ground. Or the ones who drop a kindly word to help ease the ache of sorrows dark.
Then there are those who will stand strong and sure against life’s stormy seas. For those of us that can not withstand its rushing waves.
The kind of Angels do have wings and there are heavenly beings. There are mortal flesh and blood. But still they give of themselves to me. These are true earth Angels.
Thank you from our hearts.
Rachel Faha 26 years
Tiffany Cooper 4 years
Bradley Faha 18 months
Stephanie O’Brien 20 years
To All of You.