Medicine Hat has take a brave step in a new direction. The right direction.
Can you imagine being homeless?
Can you imagine living in a home that was identical to all your neighbors? Picture row upon row of plain white houses with plain white walls and a roof; the only distinguishing feature is the number on the front door. Within these homes the furniture is all the same: basic, functional, and plain. There are no pictures on the walls; no shelves lined with books and trinkets.
It’s not fancy, but it’s a home.
Home is not just a shelter for most of us. It is an expression of ourselves. From tiny homes to large estates, mobile and mini homes to condos and apartments, where we live says something about who we are and where we are at during a particular time in our lives.
Inside we surround ourselves with the people and things we love the most. Carefully chosen, strategically placed furniture, art, books, and food, transform a mere structure into a home. My home. Your home.
I think that most of us could not imagine a reason why we wouldn’t have a home.
So what about the homeless? Do they not have the same basic needs?
We focus on the symptoms of homelessness: unemployment, addiction, or alcoholism, without understanding or addressing the underlying cause. We fail to recognize humanity.
Every heart needs a place to call home. With a proper foundation in place, wonderful things can be built.