“Panhandling is not just an individual asking for money; it’s a society that has people in it that need to ask for money.”
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The Richmond area has many groups working to help the homeless: Some serve meals, others offer shelter and a number provide health care or counseling. Here’s a breakdown of who’s doing what and how to find them.
The sun is sweltering, and beads of sweat trickle down people’s faces as they stagger into the park. Many are exhausted from their long walk here. Some sit under trees for shade with plastic bags holding their belongings. They’re tired and hungry, eagerly awaiting what may be one of the few meals they will get this week.
Soccer legend Pele once said success is no accident; it depends on hard work, perseverance and sacrifice. Homeless people in cities across the United States are learning that lesson through a program called Street Soccer USA.
Homelessness doesn’t just affect the individual. As the economy continues to struggle, local agencies are seeing more and more families being left without a roof over their heads.
They call themselves the “herd of turtles” – three women in their 40s, moving slowly across Richmond with their belongings on their backs. They are homeless, food-less and car-less. That is a tough situation in Richmond, where services for the homeless are scattered far and wide, and shelters can’t take in everybody who needs help.
Take a look at the first installment of a new series written by local journalism students as they explore homeless in our hometown.