They call it being “down on your luck,” but the reality is a lot harsher than a phrase coined sometime in the late 1800s. What it really means is that you don’t have a permanent address. It means that you don’t have a guaranteed place to sleep at night. It means that hot meals aren’t always guaranteed. It’s harder to return to the workforce, and if you happen to have a kid along with you, everything becomes infinitely harder. This bystander got a harsh taste of reality when he struck up a conversation with this small, struggling family…
I was shocked to hear this family’s story, but the truth is that hundreds, if not thousands of families are stuck in this cycle and are just trying to get back on their feet. There are shelters and organizations put in place to try and help people who find themselves in these situations, but they are exceedingly overcrowded and underfunded. This family’s story broke my heart and I’d love to think that they were able to get help soon after this story was shared on social media.
This just goes to show you that you can’t know someone else’s story unless you ask. Try to help someone else today – even if it’s just a friendly smile!
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