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The Los Angeles Mission is a non-profit homeless shelter serving the hungry and homeless of Downtown's Hope Central (historically referred to as Skid Row) for over 70 years.

Archive for October 2006

Who sets out to sleep on a concrete sidewalk in the midst of filth and squalor? Nobody!

But the homeless are among us and we need to care for them as real people. I know a lot of pets that have better treatment than the men, women and children on Skid Row! When is the last time one of these persons received a touch of kindness rather than from lust or greed?

The recent issues with the City of Los Angeles and the ACLU are difficult to wade through. Depending on the questions asked you can end up siding with both!

At the end of the day we need to ask ourselves, what is really best for others? In our postmodern society we tend to allow for both/and not either/or. Tents or no tents? Sleeping hours or no hours?

We have so much respect for individual rights that we miss the point when a person is not capable of exercising those rights with sound mind. When the question should really be why at any time should someone have to, or choose to live in a tent in this urban environment! Why is a thirteen year old kid a drug addict or prostitute? When did rights trump need?

The Bible says the poor you will have with you always. Every generation has deal with the cultural issues of the time. Financial poverty and spiritual poverty are not new. We may end them in our lifetime – but trust me one this one, they will resurface with new names and faces. We have been given crack cocaine, heroin and other drugs to add to the age old issues of money, sex and power.

I believe the answer is not in just ending the conditions of poverty, but from a perspective of love, we serve others in need. In the eternal struggle of good and evil. Love will triumph!

–Herb Smith, President