Is This The End Of The Homeless Guy

Well, I’ve got a feeling that I’m done with this blog. Sure, I’ve said it before. This time it seems more real. In times past I had momentarily given up on the blog out of frustration, or indifference, or depression. But now as I look over the life of this blog, it feels complete. I’ve said most everything I’ve wanted to say about homelessness. After nearly 8 years of blogging about the subject I’ve been given ample time to say what I felt needed to be said. In these 8 years I’ve learned a lot too, about homelessness, about myself, about life and people in general. It seems like it’s time to move on, to work on other things, pursue other interests.

Pertaining to homelessness, I hope that people remember a couple things.

  • When dealing with homeless people always lead with your heart, but don’t leave your good sense behind. Only do those things which you know for certain will work towards moving homeless people out of homelessness. Often, people will do things for homeless people in hopes of doing some good, but their efforts end up doing more harm than good. If you don’t know for certain that your efforts will move homeless people towards something positive, it’s better to do nothing at all.
  • Regardless of what a homeless person might say, no one ever wants to be homeless. Given the hand that life has dealt them, homeless people may believe that being homeless is the best situation to be in. The truth, though, is that these people need to be dealt new cards, and given another chance of having a worthwhile life.
  • There is a lot of misinformation circulating regarding homelessness. Some of it comes from people who hate, or are afraid of, homeless people. Yet some of it comes from the homeless and homeless advocates themselves. Truth is difficult to discern, even in the best of circumstances. In the realm of homelessness, (such as in war), “truth” is the first casualty. Still, I believe whole heartedly in the idea that “the truth will set you free.” Help homeless people discover the truth about themselves and you’ll free them from the condition that prevents them from getting the help they need.
  • The best thing you can give a homeless person is yourself, your time, your friendship, your genuine concern. Homeless people feel alone and ostracized from society. Knowing that they are still accepted by society, that they are welcome to rejoin the community, is vital.

Thank you for all the support you all have given me over the run of this blog. It has made a world of difference in my life.

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About Kevin Barbieux

I have been diagnosed as being chronically homeless. I write about my experiences and opinions of being homeless

7 comments

  1. Perhaps now Good Morning America will give you the unbiased interview that you originally had hoped for before the TV network made the original attempt a circus.

    Good luck!

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  2. RE comments: There was a time I said I read every word you wrote and that was true ~ going back to the original blog ~ up to and including your AC articles.

    I am behind in reading (start underline)* everything (end underline) you wrote. A reason I kept up reading your blogs and not others, you post consistantly; you make me think; you share personal stuff ~ like your sad moods and happy times ~ 'reviews' of books you have read ~

    ~ your funny stuff ~ like shared You Tube videos and your commentary.

    I would suggest rather than selling your blog, you copy it to dish or memory stick ~ then self-publish it at a site such as Lulu dot com.

    You could leave teaser posts here ~ maybe some from the start, a few for each year you wrote, ones that got a lot of comments or informative ones.

    Cut off mid-sentence ~ then advertise your LuLu book ~ or you could even just sell copies of the CD.

    Just a thought ~ you put a lot of effort into this, the first and best homeless blogger ~ would be nice for you to perserve it.

    Perhaps you will get a grand offer and let the buyer do it. Surprised a publisher has not made you a book offer.

    *Gee my html was a joke, and they would not allow it ~ so changed it.

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  3. Tom

    Sounds good, Kevin. Thanks for the blog, and best wishes to you.

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  4. Maybe you just need a summer hiatus. (I've been thinking the same thing for my own blog and I think a lot of folks are feeling the same thing.) There is just so much going on right now in the world and with summer right around the corner, (I don't know about you but it feels like summer already with temps the last few days.) it seems a good time for renewal, to unplug. =)

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  5. I'll be sad to lose your blog, but I understand. With your advice, you've helped me be a better friend, better advocate, more productive helper to homeless around my area. In fact, I have to email you for some advice about a recent encounter I've had that I need help with.

    Knowing you are a resource out there really helps us who want to understand.

    Thank you for those years.

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  6. PTL!!!
    Though not having read many of your writings, due to only recently finding them, I can say your viewpoint will be missed. There is much need of someone like you working with an organization to assist in their total understanding of the truths about homelessness. To many are there that man our agencies, that only have the 'book' knowledge of the facts. Which you know as well as I are far from the truth. Your first had experiences and insight would be a great influence to those that would listen. I wish my ministry had the position to make an offer, but it is far from that at this time. It is something that you should consider, that of rendering your services to combating and alleviating the plight of the homeless. Please, as suggested, leave your blog open, so that other may be blessed if they find it!!!
    Rev. Marshall Barth
    Vine of CHRIST Ministries

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  7. Kevin – while I haven't read every entry you've written, I've read a bunch of them. Its interesting you close with “It has made a world of difference in my life” because I'll call JINX! for having said the same thing at the same time.

    While we've never met face to face through Room in the Inn or other encounters, your commentary and observations have helped shaped my knowledge and opinions about homelessness. Furthermore, I've excerpted, forwarded, blogged, and tweeted to others content I first learned from you.

    If you are done with blogging, so be it. But please leave the history posted vs. taking it down. Your 8 years of blogging has contributed a great deal of information, emotion, challenges, and opportunities for folks to deal with.

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