From Ronnie’s point of view, the many people dealing with homelessness are not as slow to act as it may seem. I’ve talked to them. They actually do remember where they were “before” the Occupy Madison journey and the opening of the Day Center. There are mixed feelings. They can and will be ready to relive their outdoor experience again if it comes down to it.
Couples being able to stay together, a big issue, was “solved” by way of Occupy Madison. Even the Salvation Army’s program for couples could learn from Occupy. The City of Madison has many programs, but from my understanding, in some people’s opinions regarding their services, Occupy did just as well in accommodating them. The Day Center opened all day provided a resource outlet (jobs, housing, counseling, food, and clothes) as well as laundry, shower, and info. Everything that was done for the homeless is and was appreciated, please believe that. The support behind the Occupy Camp; the Day Center volunteers, along with all those people who went out and gave food, clothing, advice, and every spiritual support to the homeless was not for nothing.
If a protest to the powers-that-be is in the works…you must believe that if only few show up…that many, though unaccounted for, appreciate all that is being done. Is it us against them, or do we look at it as if the “haves” don’t want to give to the “have not’s”? I don’t think that it’s anything like that at all. I look at the homeless situation now as a big misunderstanding, in regards to making sure everyone knows “housing is a human right.” I want everyone inside. Outside is for anyone without “many” options to housing. The program called “Occupy Madison” and the Day Center Resource Program will come to an end because of misunderstanding the fact that the other programs offered are being overflowed, lacking enough funding, and in need of people in charge having better excuses as to why homelessness still exists.
This is another opportunity for the Occupy Madison camp, and those that do support the Day Center Resources being continued… allowed the chance to fit in… make the communities stronger. A lot of people hanging outside in the streets. It would be better served to get more allies from this community meeting.