Monthly Archives: December 2013

Comparing Charles Dickens’ “the Home” to Housing First, todays recognized solution | Home for Homeless Women – Presentation Page | Revisting Dickens

Can you see the connection between Dickens’ “the Home” project, “Home for Homeless Women” & today’s Housing First solutions?

Homelessness in Savannah, Stories for Learning



While doing some research today on “Dickens Homelessness” on Google we found this blog post which does a great job of laying out how Dickens addressed “houselessness” for women in  his Victorian time period:


Expectations and Goals for the Home

Dickens opens the article with the expectations and goals of the house.  A woman would be admitted under two conditions – 1) she agreed to emigration to one of the colonies – likely Australia or South Africa and 2) she would agree to stay in “the Home” the prescribed length of time deemed necessary to ensure her success.  Dickens went on to explain the goals of the cottage.  There were two of those as well – 1) to repair women already fallen and 2) to save others by giving an opportunity to escape lives of crime.   Dickens goes on to clearly explain that neither he…

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“Men With Broken Hearts”, Hank Williams, Homeless Person Memorial Day Service 2013 #HPMD2013

Our Homeless Person Memorial Day Service theme song? Your thoughts?

Homelessness in Savannah, Stories for Learning

Please view our Homeless Person Memorial Service Project Page after hearing our proposed theme song & seeing what other communities are doing for their services!


“Men With Broken Hearts”

You’ll meet many just like me upon life’s busy street
With shoulders stooped and heads bowed low and eyes that stare in defeat
Or souls that live within the past where sorrow plays all parts
Where a living death is all that’s left for men with broken hearts
You have no right to be the judge to criticize and condemn
Just think but for the grace of God it would be you instead of him
One careless step a thoughtless deed and then the misery starts
And to those who weep death comes cheap these men with broken hearts
Oh so humble you should be when they come passing by
For it’s written that the greatest men never get too…

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