Helping the Homeless

This is an excellent cause. The money goes to a charity for the homeless which avoids the risk (present when giving money directly to homeless people) that they will spend it on drugs or drink. Much better to buy the book than give money to individuals. However buying food (or a hot drink) for someone who is homeless does not risk the misuse of the giver’s donation. I entirely support those who come across homeless people buying food or a hot drink. Having said that I have, on occasions broken my rule. I remember it being a bitterly cold evening and a homeless gentleman sitting outside my local Sainsburys. My natural instinct was to reach into my pocket, whether this was the correct cause of action is a up for debate.


I’m delighted to say that as of yesterday, all royalties for sales of Where Angels Tread, my novelette about a young homeless girl, will be donated to Barnabus – a charity for the homeless, based in Manchester, UK.

It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and I feel very honoured that Barnabus have given me permission to use their logo.

NEW Barnabus Master logoBarnabus is a Christian homeless charity based in Manchester. They started with just one man walking the streets, giving out food and drink to the homeless and now offer a lifeline to 600 visiting homeless and vulnerable people each week, many of whom have severe addictions or mental health issues. Barnabus support their physical, emotional and spiritual needs and do all they can to help them get back into mainstream society. They have received the ‘unsung heroes’ Queens award for Voluntary Service, but do not receive any government…

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3 thoughts on “Helping the Homeless

  1. Loretta Livingstone

    Thanks so much for reblogging, drewdog, I really appreciate it.
    I know that in the past, the money I have given to beggars has been used to buy them a place in the night shelters. Sometimes, the most important thing is just to show you care. Other times, I’ve given notes pointing the way to a local charity soup kitchen. One thing I have learned is that homeless people just want to be treated as though they are not pariahs. So sometimes, I do give money, rightly or wrongly, since I am disabled and can’t always walk as far as a food or drink outlet, but I’ll never give money to anyone who is clearly the worse for drink or drugs.

    1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

      You are very welcome for the reblog. What you are doing is wonderful. I agree with you, people who are homeless certainly shouldn’t be treated as pariahs. There but for the grace of god go I. Its easy to slip down between the cracks. I also am disabled. In my case I’m registered blind and use a guide dog called Trigger (a brindle lab/retriever). I use screen reading software called Job Access with Speech or JAWS to access my Windows laptop. Best wish.


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