Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dead Or Alive - Who Needs Help?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Homeless Advocacy On Facebook

I do a lot of my homeless advocacy on Facebook. So if you want to keep up with more of what's going on in the world of homelessness, then please friend me on FB.  A message asking to be friended would also be helpful so I can keep out the spammers.   You can find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kevin.barbieux  These days I actually put more on my facebook account than I do on my blog, sad but true.

You can also follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/kevinbarbieux

And on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thehomelessexpert

Thanks, I hope to see you around. :)

A Rational Response To Homelessness - It's ACTUALLY Happening!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Living With High-Functioning Autism

This is so much me it's not even funny. Especially since my parents disowned me (and most of the rest of my family) all because they didn't understand this about me. Of course complications arose causing me other problems with depression and anxiety.  And misunderstandings led to me being ostracized by my family.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Some Homeless People

Yes, of course homeless people need help, and most of the time they don't get the help they need.   But, in trying to get help for the homeless, by trying to generate some compassion for the homeless, we advocates must not turn a blind eye to the negativity that homeless people bring upon themselves.

Sure, a lot of people are just haters, and hate on anything different from themselves, or they hate on anything that appears weak or vulnerable, or anything they deem to be on a lower standard than their own.  And it is only natural for us to want to defend the homeless from such hate.  Countering such hate is necessary if we are to get homeless people the help they need.  But it would be wrong of us to take the position that homeless people are only victims.  Sometimes homeless people bring problems unto themselves.  We must remain honest about that, when that happens, and include this reality in our defense of the homeless when we discuss homeless issues.

   If homeless people want society to treat them fairly, with dignity and respect, then it must be that the homeless must return the favor and treat society fairly, with dignity and respect.  Many homeless people are angry spiteful folks and they express those feelings in less than appropriate ways.

For example, if a homeless person tells a cop to "f*ck off", the homeless person, (or any other person) cannot then expect the best treatment from the cop.  Same thing goes when a drunk tries to panhandle and the people walking by say "no".  Telling those people who walked by to "go to hell" will not engender any warm and friendly feelings.  Not only will that homeless person fail in his attempt to receive charity, but more than likely he will make things worse for all homeless people.

Honestly, if homeless people expect the rest of society to help them, then the homeless will have to cut out all the crap and start behaving themselves in a more civil manner.   Ya know?  Don't bite the hand that feeds you.

And when advocating for the homeless, we cannot hide from the truth of homelessness, cause we certainly won't be able to pull the wool over everyone's eyes.