What is our responsibility?

posted by Mike on March 15th, 2005

St. John’s Parish is in the news again today, in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. The complete article is on Worcester Indymedia; here’s the intro:

Vigil to focus on homeless

WORCESTER — Friends of a homeless man who died sleeping in a church garage last week say there are not enough services for the homeless, and they plan to hold a vigil in front of City Hall a week from today to remember him and raise awareness of the need for services.

Bobby was in the unheated church garage because he did not feel safe (according to the paper) at the city’s main shelter, the PIP. This raises a couple of questions. (1) What kinds of living conditions do we owe those to whom we offer hospitality? (2) What is going on when someone would rather spend the winter in an unheated garage rather than a homeless shelter?

St. John’s does a lot of good work, and I hope their efforts are not hindered by this wannabe-scandal.

I wish the article had included more specific suggestions on what the city should do, or what individuals should do other than “raise awareness.”

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  1. On March 16, 2005 at 03:12 Dr Kaihsu Tai said:


    Monday 28 July 2003:
    Rough sleeper beaten up `for no apparent reason’

    Doctors were forced to remove a 30-year-old man’s spleen after he was attacked in Oxford city centre.

    Police said the man, a Big Issue seller, was beaten by a gang of four Asian youths in the doorway of St Columba’s Church, in Alfred Street, early on July 26.

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