Thursday, January 25, 2007

Good grief! (part 2)

As I type this, it's 46 and raining in Orlando. My kitchen is warm and cozy.

In the pre-dawn darkness, the phone rings. The police are rousting a group of homeless people who sleep under an overpass in downtown Orlando. (No box-cutters were reported.)

There is no room in any of the shelters in town. They're all full. There's no place for these people to go -- and now they're being awakened and forced to get out from under the only roof they can find.

The cold rain is still falling. And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.


At 12:20 AM, Blogger Scott said...

I'll be praying for those who are in need of shelter out there.

Here in Salt Lake City, the police generally try to haul homeless to the overflow shelter.

It has been a very cold January here and many are losing body parts due to frost bite.


At 7:27 AM, Blogger Jacqueline Dowd said...

Orlando doesn't have anthing like an overflow shelter. We're working on it, also on a daytime drop-in center.

I did read about a man who froze to death in Utah a few days ago. It's not as cold here, of course, but the cold and rain together make things pretty miserable.

At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Bob said...

If they were sleeping in a playground pavilion or near the entrance to an office building, that might be justifiable, but an I-4 overpass? There's no need for that, especially on a day like today. And yet the Sheriff claims he needs more $ for OT and to hire more officers. Good grief indeed.

At 9:40 AM, Blogger Jacqueline Dowd said...

The camp is near a construction site, and I understand that the people may need to move. But I don't understand why they have to be awakened and forced out into the rain.


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