A choose your own adventure story…

I’ve noticed that a lot of people wish they could help but they don’t know how. And some might be afraid to leave comments at risk of offending me.

So I thought that I would start some polls to give an idea of what some of the available options are.
The polls should get more detailed as I go along and learn about more options. But, let me mention before we get started that ” getting help” isn’t as easy as calling a 1-800 number.

As a brand new homeless person, given the options in the poll, what would you do. I’ve left comments open so if you have other ideas you can mention them. Remember though that being homeless means no kitchen.

Ps. The title is a reference to a style of books for children very popular in the late 70’s – early 80’s where the reader would choose one of 3 options after every few paragraphs and that would determine the course of the story.

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  1. Lara

     /  October 6, 2011

    I gotta wonder… what happens if you do call 1-800-GET-HELP? (looking it up right now) Ah, suicide prevention. Not really the issue at the moment, eh?

    BTW – our local food bank frequently puts out a plea for food that young kids can serve to themselves. Stuff that doesn’t take cooking. You might check with yours for likely options.

    Hope your day is sunny – hugs my dear.

    • Hey Lara,
      I was thinking of the food banks but the one time I tried to go utilize those services they required an address. Hard to do if you’re homeless. I haven’t gone back and told them “I’m homeless, I don’t have an address” to see what they’d say/do. I haven’t quite figured out how to do that yet without kicking myself in the face while I’m already down, mentally speaking.
      It’s a service to look into if I can do so at some point, eventually.

      • Anonymous

         /  October 6, 2011

        It might be that they need an address to give to a funding agency – to prove that they’re serving people from the right places. Maybe use the address of the library you like best or if you’re feeling less charitable the wal-mart that didn’t want you to stay. 😉

  2. Brett

     /  October 6, 2011

    I remember utilizing a local food bank when I was younger. IIRC, they required an address because their mission statement basically said something along the lines of, “We’re here to serve our local community”, and you needed to prove you’re local.
    As far as saying, “I’m homeless, I don’t have an address”, why not give it a go? The worst they can do is say “no”. In fact, they *might* even have suggestions for other places for you to try, if they can’t provide you with stuff…


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