Things like job security, the opportunity to live in a country where the rule of government permits citizens to speak freely, to worship as they wish, and to be whatever and whoever they choose to be.
It’s a time reserved for being thankful for a good quality of life, for good health, and for blessings that sustain us daily including an abundance of food and places of shelter.
These are truly some of life’s most precious and valued assets and while they may be shared by many of us they are certainly not shared by all.
As we offer our prayers of thanksgiving this holiday season, we should be mindful of those who are less fortunate than we.
Their tables are empty of food and their nights provide little or no comfort from the elements of weather.
They are who we define as homeless.
November is recognized as Homeless Awareness Month.
Many have become victims of homelessness absent of any fault of their own. Some have been overwhelmed by large medical bills when they or their children suffered from a severe illness, while others experienced devastating financial losses from business failures. And then there are those who are homeless because of family disruptions, mental illness, addiction issues, and a plethora of other reasons.
Homelessness doesn’t pick and choose. It doesn’t play favorites. It’s not discriminatory. It affects all colors and all kinds.
There’s no quick fix for homelessness and it’s a problem that touches our entire nation.
But that by doesn’t mean we can’t help or be sensitive to the plight of the homeless and do our fair share to help ease their pain when and where possible.
We at Cumberland Mental Health a division of Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System urge you to take a moment this holiday season and think about your good place in life and what you might do to help someone else.
There are a number of agencies locally who offer support for the homeless and will welcome your call. We too may be able to help in some situations particularly if a homeless victim is a veteran. Please feel free to call our offices and inquire about what aid may be available.
Our first time appointment line is 1-877-567-6051.Our telephone number locally is Phone: (615) 444-4300. You may also contact us at www.vbhcs.org.
Miller in the Center Director at Cumberland Mental Health in Lebanon and Mt. Juliet.