Talking About Homelessness

Posted on January 15, 2021 View all news

At Sarah’s Circle, we recognize not everyone feels comfortable explaining complicated or difficult topics. It can often seem easier to gloss over an issue rather than take the time to fully understand or carefully explain these subjects, especially with children.

Person-First Language

Person-First Language is when you literally put the person first. Instead of saying “homeless women”, say “women who are homeless” or “women experiencing homelessness.” Even though it can sound unfamiliar, person-first language reminds us that although the women we serve have challenges, like everyone, those issues do not define who they are.

The Reasons Behind Homelessness are Complex

A common misconception is that homelessness occurs because of bad personal decision-making, when that is very often not the case. Plainly put, we cannot assume to know anyone’s story. From the lack of affordable housing, to the stagnant minimum wage and gender pay gap, to healthcare and disability, to escaping domestic violence, to the impact of racial disparities, homelessness is often the result of multiple failed systems.

Greeting All with Humanity and Compassion

People who are homeless experience overwhelming loneliness. Many people will walk right past someone who is in need without acknowledging them. It is important, even if you cannot offer help, to offer some acknowledgement: a smile or ‘hello’ go a long way with someone who is so often ignored.

There is Support

Thanks to compassionate people like you, organizations like Sarah’s Circle are able to continue providing supportive services to women who are homeless. While homelessness can seem like a consequence of many uncontrollable factors, there is help.

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