Tranquility with Tea
Reflection – A Call to Community Around Poverty and It’s Side Effects – Homelessness
“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved, uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.” ~ Mother Theresa
The effects of homelessness are huge. Not having a home can make it harder for individuals to find a job, stay healthy, and maintain relationships … all contribute to a personal entrapment.
When asked about the causes of homelessness, the reasons offered are generally varied … some are contradictory, while some make no sense at all. One belief, often heard, is that many homeless individuals failed in their lives, to cope with their difficulties, causing them to alienate themselves from the world. Despite all of the reasons we may hear, poverty is considered the main and largest contribution to homelessness. To be poor is to lack the basic necessities.
Ever wonder why some people have basic necessities, while others do not?
Our prayerful Meditation and Contemplation will be created and shared by Dr. Craig Burnette. He will share his experience in working with Project CHALENG (Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups for Veterans) during his 28 year tenure with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Craig Burnette is retired from the DVA, has a distinguished academic and military career and currently serves as Coordinator, SFC Charles A. Judge, Jr. Memorial Stand Down; Senior Consultant & Volunteer, Upstate Warrior Solution; Chair, Community Action Board – Upstate Warrior Solution, Spartanburg. He has been the recipient of the United Way Tom Barnet Volunteer of the Year Award, as well as the Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership and Community Change.
A portion of the offering has been designated for Upstate Warrior Solution – honoring Craig for sharing his creative energy with us.