How do we help our homeless find meaning for their lives & escape hopelessness? | There’s More to Life Than Being Happy – Atlantic Mobile


Giving meaning to life for a homeless person living a life of hopelessness isn’t easy.

How would you approach that task?

Why should they languish in their hopelessness?

We seek to help others find meaning in their lives so we feel our challenge to take on the homeless should be a calling for more of us, for our entire community.

How do you find your meaning?

And how has finding your meaning changed your life?

A quote from the referenced article should help us focus our thoughts & come up with some answers as we seek to determine an approach that makes sense for our homeless:

Learn who Frankl is by reading the linked article below!

Frankl writes:

This uniqueness and singleness which distinguishes each individual and gives a meaning to his existence has a bearing on creative work as much as it does on human love. When the impossibility of replacing a person is realized, it allows the responsibility which a man has for his existence and its continuance to appear in all its magnitude. A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the “why” for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any “how.”

So where should we do this work of helping our homeless find meaning for their lives?

We believe the where starts with our street ministries & a much more effective outreach program that we’ve written about elsewhere, in our response to the SMN editorial, “Mend it, don’t end it“.

Will finding meaning translate to ending their homelessness?

We believe yes & we believe it starts with Housing First.

Then the work of turning that meaning into growth of faith (in themselves, others & a higher power that protects & sustains them) & growth in life so that once again they can become productive for themselves & their eternity can begin starts with finding the meaning in their lives.

Do you want to be a part of that escape from hopelessness?

Or do you want to focus on their current state & be hopeless with them?

Their future lies in our ability to find meaning in our lives & then helping others find theirs!

We hope you can be a part of that solution!

via There’s More to Life Than Being Happy – Atlantic Mobile

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