Doctor of Teleocity
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- Feb 3, 2017
- Foat Wuth, Texas
I RARELY give money to panhandlers. I REGULARLY donate to Presbyterian Night Shelter (here in Ft Worth) that does incredible outreach to the homeless. They feed and shelter many of the homeless community every day.....but with some rules and discipline. Anyone coming in is searched for weapons, drugs, and alcohol. They have to leave during the day.....ostensibly to look for work....but aren't allowed to just lay around doing nothing. They have job counseling for folks, and connect with other services for the benefit of homeless. Like many communities we have a terrible problem with this segment of society, and I desperately wish we could figure out a solution. Too many people have become numb and indifferent to the problem.When a panhandler pressures me:
"I work and I pay taxes. That earns me the right to eat when and where I like. My taxes go toward programs to cover meals and other things for people like you. If I give you money, I am double-taxing myself. Have a nice day."
I am not without compassion. I also don't need to give money away to feel better about myself.