Don’t turn blind eye to needy

2015-09-22 06:00

I feel so sad when people say “Please, not in my nice neighbourhood. Move these homeless people!”

I feel so sad when people who have had all the privileges of a good education, as well as the opportunity for work and can therefore pay taxes, feel that they have rights that others don’t have.

I feel so sad that in a country where seventy nine percent of the population claims to be Christian, we don’t follow Jesus’ teaching to care for the thirsty and hungry, or the stranger, for the sick, the poor and vulnerable in our society. (Matthew 25: 35 – 40)

I feel so sad because the biblical story of Ruth shows how we should reach out to the vulnerable in our society by giving a hand up rather than a hand-out.

As a society we can make a difference by working with organisations already working with the homeless.

U-turn is one such organisation working in the Wynberg, Kenilworth, and Claremont areas.

Rather than handing out small change to those begging on the streets or to those who come to our homes, we encourage people to give one of the U-turn vouchers. A voucher allows them to get a meal or some secondhand clothing at The Powerhouse, which is just behind Stadium on Main in Claremont. U-turn also runs clothing stores, where good quality clothes can be purchased by the public. By purchasing clothes in these stores, you help finance the work, as well as create training opportunities for those who want to move off the streets and get back into the workplace

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