Friday, February 20, 2009

Frought for You

24 comments:

Jacob said...

Disturbing photo. Nicely done, tho. We have so many of these people, too. Why is it that we as a people can't take care of our vets?

Boise Diva said...

See them every day. I always wonder exactly which ones are vets...and which ones are telling the truth...and which ones really need help. It's a thought-provoking scene.

Karen said...

How sad.. we see them in the midddle of the highway many days but many of them are scams.. they are picked up late in the day by others with very nice cars..

Anonymous said...

I am currently one of the "car campers" (the new euphemism for the homeless living in their cars) and can tell you that most of the people "flying signs" take the money and buy drugs or alcohol.

That lady who flys a sign at the Mission St. off-ramp from I-5 shoots meth with her husband, her son and his pregnant girlfriend.

If you gave them food, they would throw it away. Stop giving them money and really do them some good.

My 2¢...FWIW.

JM said...

A sad reality seen everywhere... Lisbon as around 2.000 homeless people!

Jill said...

Thanks for your comments. Homelessness is very perplexing. As to those who ask for handouts-- the 'will work for food' signs have pretty much disappeared. I've had people tell me that when they offered work, it was declined.

Anon: We never give money. I do purchase gift certificates at McDs, Burger King, etc. to give at times. Perhaps they do trade them for D&A. I hope you are able to find work and that circumstances will improve for you.

I am appreciative of our veterans. But I don't know that a wardrobe of camouflage certifies one as a vet. I am not especially knowledgable about the concerns of veterans, or the help available, but there is a blog that addresses this issue - http://oregonwarvets.typepad.com/

Juergen Kuehn said...

Thank you very much for the faceless. Anyone, as a private person, must be respected, especially by photographers.

Anonymous said...

If anyone really wants to lend a hand, go to Cascades Gateway Park and look for cars/vans filled to the top with clothing and bedding. Offer something hot to eat. It will be well-received! Alternatively, bring something warm to drink to the Turner Rd. Wal-Mart and go to the far southern edge. We all park along the road leading to the park. Something warm (NON-alcoholic) helps us make it through cold nights. The skinny folks are skinny not from lack of food, but from doing METH every day.

Anon2 said...

Anon -- What or how would I bring something hot to drink? And for how many? I have seen campers/rvs parked at the south end of the lot, but never noticed cars as you describe. I'm a little leary of walking up to a strange car at night to offer food or beverage. I have some warm jackets and shirts--would someone there take them if they were the right size?

Anonymous said...

Anon2, hot cocoa is tops with all of us. If you go to the southern end of the Wal-Mart parking around 6PM (we all park facing the road to Cascades Gateway Park) and bring a big thermos of hot cocoa and styrofoam cups, it would be gladly welcomed. (It got into the 20's last night!)

As far as approaching, just a light knock on the window is all that is needed. We are just like you...except circumstances have forced us into our cars. By the way...lots of later model cars these days and a lot of new faces.

Here I am during the snow storm of 21-22 Dec 2008 (with a picture of my "home" covered in snow.

http://6s4klaatu.multiply.com/video/item/24

Anonymous said...

P.S. If you want to see where the money goes that you give to the meth freaks, take a look here - - http://tinyurl.com/bd6yn6 (Just look towards the freeway and look for the mountains of trash)

Anonymous said...

Jill, was that you who so kindly brought the gift certificates for Subway? I declined them because I had some food already. The people that you gave them to, Don and Christie, are working to get out of their van and with Don working now, they should be out within the month. Christie is pregnant and they DID use the certificates to buy hot sandwiches (hot food being a rarity). They were very shocked, but pleased, with your generosity.

You did a wonderful kindness last night and it is appreciated.

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