I took this photo in Washington, DC.
Two statues of back-to-back homeless people in the grit on the sidewalk.
They sit as everyone rushes on past them–many stone faced as well as too many stone hearted.
In this case, someone put the newspaper Street Sense on the lap of the statue.
As many in DC, the homeless are trying to get back on their feet in this case by writing articles for and selling this newspaper about homelessness, poverty, and social issues.
Impressive that they sell about 16,000 of the biweekly 16-page paper and that the homeless vendors make about $45 per day doing this.
Like this picture of the homeless on the street, bracing back against each other and sort of huddled up among the masses of the fortunate around them, I imagine that they must really feel like these statues–odd, uncomfortable, lost, scared, and painted over by society that marks them as dirty, dangerous, and unwanted.
But these homeless and hungry are G-d’s children, no less than any of us!
I applaud Street Sense and other advocates and activists that see, hear, and feel beyond themselves and help the needy and downtrodden.
Helping these people in desperate need is truly G-d’s work, and like recently sainted, Mother Teresa, is an act of unbelievable kindness and mercy that we can all learn from and should emulate. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)