Everyone is talking about refugees and immigration

and that’s good to have that conversation.

And as we talk amongst ourselves,

we can also tak about something else.

I think people are forgetting

that charity begins at home

and there are people here

struggling to survive with a debilitating disease or a chronic condition.

Some have mental illness, some are homeless

some live in poverty

and we just need accommodation.

I am only seeing middle-class policy

and a lack of philanthropy

from the corporation.

Everyone wants a slice of the pie

but that’s not sustainable.

We have lived here all our lives,

we are willing

but not always able

and I don’t feel there’s any room for me at the table.

24 thoughts on “Accommodations

  1. As so many people are forced into near poverty, they are often able to give less. Many people and organizations who help all living beings, are having a difficult time due to fewer donations. The donations they do receive are often less than they were before. People who never expected to have less, are finding out that their government is stealing from them and with higher taxes and cost of living, it’s very difficult for some to be as generous as they used to be. The costs in Chicago are constantly rising. Apparently we are the number one state when it comes to people LEAVING. I’m so sorry this is happening to everyone but greed and people being seen as numbers allow the government to do truly terrible things just so they can have more.

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  2. I hate that it comes down to these kinds of choices because of corporations and administrations, because I believe there are ways to slice the pie so that there can be room for everyone. It would take big changes, creativity and compassion. I don’t have many answers, but I know this: There is room for you, Harlon.

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  3. Harlon, where we are right now, in Prescott AZ, there are over 150 drug rehab facilities. So many are needed due to the sad fact that we have many veterans, many of whom struggle with addiction and/or homelessness. Half of the homeless people in Arizona are vererans of the horrible USA wars… And I will not even go into sad state of education and how deprived many children are, or what struggles native american tribes are going through here. It’s heartbreaking. I really do think revolutions start with loving our neighbors.

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  4. I agree with you 100 %. In NEW York the numbers of mentally ill homeless are increasing. Because of the freezing cold most take refuge in the subways. Sleeping on the platforms and inside the subway cars.
    Walking down the street late at night or early in the morning I regularly see people sleeping on the streets inside cardboard boxes.
    It’s shameful and horrendous.
    Many of these poor folks are Military Veterans which adds insult to injury.
    Neglect from the government and society.

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  5. Harlon I think this is a good point. Until all are chosen, eligible, valued and understood, we need to keep working. There’s too much either-or mentality I feel. Why does helping one person come at the cost of the next? I think it is because our vision is still too narrow…


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  6. We need another button! “like” is simply not the right word to describe my response to this post. You’ve been to my blog, so you know how much I agree with your distaste over the shameful treatment of those who struggle with Mental Health Issues. NO ONE in America needs to go hungry or “sleep rough” as they say – and wouldn’t if our tax laws weren’t so damned slanted to favor Corporate Capitalism.

    I’m glad you decided to post this, Harlon. It represents a voice that needs to be heard.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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