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FC: Homelessness By: Christina Denelsbeck

2: Homelessness You can't drive through Oklahoma City without seeing that homelessness affects our state. As I drive to work I always see different people standing at the stop light begging for money for food. In my mind I want to know how they did get to a place in their lives were they were not able to provide for themselves anymore. Is it drugs, layoff from a job, or just pure laziness? If I had more guts to stop and ask some of them I would but they kind of scare me so I always have my door locked and window up. For my brother-in-law it's drugs. His family has helped him numerous times to get him on his feet. Instead of appreciating their help, he steals from them. He also has taken stuff from my husband and I. It really hard to see because it is family and you want to help them out but there you get to a point when you know you can't help them out anymore. Now he is homeless. I see him on SW 89th with no place to go. He recently got put in jail because of loitering. The good thing is we know where he is and he has a roof over his head. Plus for the time being he can be off drugs but when he gets out he always goes back to the same thing he was doing before which is doing drugs again. He never learns from his mistakes. So, when he gets out I will see him on SW 89th street again with | ,

3: no place to go. There was a time when my kids and I were at McDonald's getting breakfast. I saw this lady who look like she was pregnant holding a sign begging for money. I was hard for me to hold back the tears to think what future does that baby have? It was kind of weird because I saw the fear in her face because across the street where I was, there were a couple of men waiting in a car. She kept on looking over at them as if she was standing out there because of them. I still wonder what her situation was. I will never know. Since I am getting my degree in social work sometime I do need to go and volunteer downtown and help hand out food just to see what people stories are on how they became homeless. To conclude, I think homeless can go with functionalist perspective because things have change how we function as a society. For example, my husband's grandparents grew up during the depression so they know how to survive on just the necessities. Plus, they grew up on a farm so they would know how to grow their own produce, raise cows, and chickens. In this day in time, most of us do not know how to do that so we count on others grow, harvest, and deliver our goods to the grocery stores. I don't know if more of knew more about harvest our own goods if less of us would be homeless. In the end it could make a difference.

6: Works Cited Tittle: Homeless Date of photograph: Unknown Name of photographer: Unknown Source of information: www.justspokenthoughtsworldpress.com Tittle: A crack mom living on the street with baby Date of photograph: Unknown Name of photographer:Alison Wright Source of information:www. corbisimages.com Tittle: A homeless man collecting cans on the upper west side. Date of photograph: Unknown Name of photographer: Alison Wright Source of information: www.corbisimages.com

7: Tittle: Homeless man with a sign Date of photograph: Unknown Name of photographer: Richard Schultz Source of information: www.corbisimages.com Tittle: Portrait of homeless man with placard Date of photograph: Unknown Name of photographer: Jorge Cruz Source of information: www.corbisimages.com Tittle: Homeless man looking in trash can Date of photograph: Unknown Name of photographer. Con Tanasiwk Source of information: www.corbisimages.com

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