Let us not forget that all of us are social beings. We are all hard-wired with mirror neurons that make us feel the suffering or joy of another. When we see the suffering of people on the street, we, too, feel their pain, whether we acknowledge it in our conscious minds or not. And who wants to feel that pain everyday as they go about their lives?
Amazing local charities, groups, churches, services and individuals in this city are facing up to the hard work inherent in helping to address the needs of the homeless population – not only for housing and other basic human needs but also for friendship and connection. Many times, people really don’t want a hand-out. They want to feel useful. They want to matter to someone.
Human beings without a home are still human beings. They have families just like you. They have feelings just like you. They have desires and dreams just like you. They are scared, vulnerable, and in desperate need of our generosity and kindness.
To the homeless and rough sleepers in Salisbury, I hope you are able to experience some joy and peace this Christmas.
To hear more about the community priorities discussed at the 1 December conference, please contact Karen Linaker on 01722 434697.