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Whenever you see some homeless people on the street, do you stop to ask, “How can I help them?” Or do you wonder, “Why care for the homeless?”

Let’s face it: the majority of us choose the latter. Rather than working to help the homeless and make them claim their lives back, we place the blame for their situation on them. We forget the gift of helping that we have in our hearts, and we immediately persecute or ignore them.

Fortunately, the book Shelters by Jesus, The Story Continues by Richard Berry shows us that we should care for our homeless brothers and sisters. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the different reasons why the homeless deserve our help and care.

1. We Are All Humans—and So Are They

We are all members of the same race: humanity. That is regardless of our gender identity, religion, or skin color. We have had the same experience. Everybody experiences hunger, cold, and the need for understanding.

This is fundamental to all people. The only thing that is different is that you are free from the worry of where to eat your next meal. More than that, we don’t have to worry about where we’ll sleep for the night.

2. They Simply Require Our Assistance

The homeless need our assistance; hence, we must assist them. That is all there is to it. Whether or not they are able to repay the favor is irrelevant. Helping someone should never be motivated by anything other than their need for it.

3. Doing Good Things and What Is Right Makes Us Feel Good Too

Have you ever observed that your level of happiness changes when you assist others? It’s like this inexplicable warm feeling that permeates your entire being. That, my good friend, is a unique type of fulfillment that money cannot purchase.

When we stop asking, “Why care for the homeless?” and just do it, we feel more fulfilled. That’s the message that Shelters by Jesus, The Story Continues by Richard Berry wants us to understand. Doing good things for the sake of goodness is something that many of us should practice.

And this is one of the main reasons why we should help the homeless.

4. Each of Us Is in a Good Position to Offer Help

It’s likely that the man who is homeless that you see on the street did not have the same opportunity as you. The support network you have was not the same as that of the single mother residing in the shelter. Since we are fortunate not to be in their circumstances, we must assist them.

We possess the means that they do not. To put it briefly, we should help since we are able to.

5. Our Time has Come to Create a Difference

Homelessness is truly an international human tragedy and a worldwide problem. But if we band together, we can improve everyone’s quality of life in the world. Any effort, no matter how tiny, can have an impact.

It is not necessary to be a millionaire to motivate change. In small ways, each of us may contribute to ending homelessness.

Stop Asking, “Why Care for the Homeless?” and Start Offering Help

When society is to blame, the responsibility is invariably placed on the individual. The prejudices that we support serve to exacerbate this issue.

We must examine how our culture views those who lack the same chances that many of us are incredibly fortunate to enjoy. The first thing we should do is assist one another if we hope to make the world a better place to live.

You can start helping by getting a copy of Shelters by Jesus, The Story Continues by Richard Berry. Visit his website at to learn more about his book and his helpful campaign. Don’t forget to read our other articles and discover compassionate approaches to homelessness!