“Vagrant insists he wants hand-out, not hand up”. ..quoted from a well know Christian news organization

Bert Granholm, who has been homeless for 12 years, doesn’t want any more offers of day employment or long-term solutions to his lifestyle. Rather, he simply wants a few dollars for beer and a hamburger.

“People have this idea that I’m waiting around to do odd jobs,” says the veteran begger. “I just wish they would pony up and let me get on with my life.”

Granholm’s frustration is echoed by other homeless men who say the trend toward offering a “hand up rather than a hand-out” misses their need.

“Nobody asked us,” says a fellow homeless man.

Granholm, who strategically begs near churches on Sunday mornings, says many Christians lately offer him “crazy work schemes” rather than the much-easier and less complicated handful of change.

“They’ll pull up in their car and say, ‘I’ll pay you fifty bucks to paint my house,’” he says. “I’m like, ‘Paint your house? What if I fall off your big ol’ ladder? No thanks. Just give me some dough and I’ll be all right.’”

Other homeless men express similar befuddlement at the jobs people push at them.

“I’ve never cleaned a pool, trimmed a hedge or repaired a door in my life,” says a man who goes by the name of Tony. “Why are people so eager to have me do their yardwork? I’m a potential hazard.”

Granholm says he hopes do-gooders realize that the “hand up” philosophy sounds clever, but is not what he and other homeless people are looking for.

“Look at me — I’m homeless. I’m in a tough place,” he says. “It’s hard enough already. Just give me something to get by.”•

http://www.larknews.com/archives/681

How many people in our local community really know who the vagrants are in our community? Many are just like the individual described in this article published in “Lark news”, a well noted Christian News website.

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