With the holiday season in full swing, I take pause to reflect on those who are homeless or striving to make ends meet and thought it time to speak openly to the employers and corporations of the world.
- Am the silent mechanism which works diligently to bring your service or product to the world
- Am mother, father, sister, brother asking only for fair wages for work well done
- Am more than a number, flesh, blood with feelings and emotions
- Am the majority of people
- Have earned respect, appreciation and gratitude as a productive part of your company
- Require your position, not in some far off land, but here in the country you call home
- Wish very little; shelter, food, affordable health insurance and perhaps enough money left over to occasionally purchase products to grow our country's economy
- Will be loyal to a company which sees each employee as an important part of the picture
- Am the disheveled stranger living in the street, once employed
- Am the mother with her small children residing in a shelter wondering how my life came to this point
- Am willing, able and intent on finding work. Please tell me how and where and when?
- Am ashamed to beg from others, yet I do so out of need
- Have been physically abused, emotionally raped and seek a means to better my life
- Do not want anything more than to be paid for performing the job given me
- Feel abandoned by mankind, ignored, categorized and cast aside
- Contrary to many beliefs, do not wish hand-outs or charity and would much rather feel the pride of working and earning a living
- Am your fellow human being. You'll find me at a park bench, standing in line at the local shelter's food give-a-way, living with 6 others in a small apartment, crying in the night, employed yet receiving so little income I am unable to meet the rising costs of food, shelter and utilities.
- Am a reflection of you and as the saying goes 'There for the grace of God, go I."