Its just that they are the last people someone would hire because they are not sanitary, lack of skills etcetera
That's true. I've seen the effects of a homeless person actually get a job, because of the vendors that drive the magazines on the streets. I mean once they get a bit of money in their pockets, they tend to scrub up a bit and make themselves look somewhat presentable - they still stand out as people struggling to get by, but they look so much happier.
Also, these homeless people often submit their writings and art to this magazine that actually does publish them. They let you in on what their trouble has been and why they are where they are, and it's so good because it makes you understand that a lot of them aren't just lazy and no-good - sure they'll admit to addictions and gambling problems, but they're people you know? You read their words, you realize that and suddenly you can see their humanity too.
Homeless people just get this bad stigma for being unclean and crazy, but if given some dignity in their work, you can actually see that a lot of them (well, here) end up being none of those things. If anything they just seem shy and awkward to me.
We don't get too many homeless people around where I live and I am always so shocked to see someone actually bunking out on a bench or in an alley or something. It really rattles me, which I think is good because it means I'm not as desensitized to them, which makes me less apathetic about helping them.
Maybe getting them out on the streets volunteering to do all that stuff would make people notice them more, dispel some of the mystery/stigma and be more "into" helping them out. If anything, it would eventually re-introduce them into society.
Hmm, now how would one actually go about getting this Ithaca idea carried out? Who would you go to? Edit:
Actually, I think you should start a new thread for this, since it's your idea. I'd like to know what other peoples opinion on it are, but how would you get to know them if we keep derailing this particular thread?
It'd be cool if we could just move these posts we've made, into a new thread. Thread title could be something general like "Helping the homeless" or some better title you can think of.