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San Angelo, TX 76903
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From the Executive Director – February 2024

 

Over the course of the past year and a half, CVCAA has been a vocal proponent of engaging the community about the plight of our homeless neighbors.  You may know (or may not) that there are over 200 individuals experiencing homelessness in our part of Texas.  These are people living in the elements, in their car, under bridges.  On top of that, the school district estimates another 150-200 students who are homeless…couch surfing, living in overcrowded conditions.  That’s a lot of people in harm’s way.  And that’s just the start of the counting.  All across the Concho Valley we have neighbors who are one bill away from becoming homeless, having their power cut off, going without basic necessities.

I had a conversation with some of our local government leaders recently and several questions came up about what we as a community owe our at-risk neighbors.  Should we, as a society, continue to offer support to people who need it?  Do we expect our government to do something to assist these people?  Do our homeless neighbors deserve the continued outreach and support from the city, local businesses, non-profit agencies, and churches?

One might think that “well they don’t pay taxes so what do we owe them?”  It is true that resources are stretched thin in our local government and in our non-profits.  But these are people we are talking about.  If you are a religious person, these are people made in the image of God.  There are a lot of passages about “whatever you do for the least of these you also do for me.”  If you look at the Declaration of Independence, the bedrock of the United States, you’ll find We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. All are created equal.

All.

Not just the ones who have good jobs.  All.

This means the folks living in tent city.  It means the people under the bridge.  It means the person who looks scary to you, or smells funky, or needs assistance paying the bills to stay in their home.

ALL.

For everyone born,

Mike