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wellstone dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-05-08 11:13 AM
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71. One day my 10 year old daughter came with me to a homeless shelter
While I met with clients about their legal problems, she sat on a chair need me, supposedly reading a book.

When we left I asked her if she had enjoyed her book. She hadn't read to much as she watched the me and the people I was serving. She said, "You know, none of them looked like homeless people." I said, "What did they look like?" She replied, "They just looked like people."

And that is the truth. I think it would be better if we referred to people without homes, as, well, "people without homes."

While some people without homes have a mental illness, some of my relatives with homes have a mental illness. I heard once, and no I don't have a cite, that the most common denominator among the poor is not mental illness, but that the person has been a victim of child abuse or domestic violence.

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