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By George Siletti 

How to Approach A Homeless Person 

Like you or me, a person is a person, homeless or not. So, as you would anyone you meet for the first time, great homeless people with a kind heart and a smile. Say something nice or ask how they are doing, as not to scare them or make them feel intimidated or uncomfortable, since homeless are people and have feelings too. Also ask whether they could use what you have to offer immediately or whether you could go buy them something at a nearby store. It could be a jacket, gloves, socks, et cetera. It could also be food or even a restaurant gift certificate. 

If you want to give a homeless person money, have it handy and give from the heart, because when you give from your heart, you do not worry about what the money will be for. It is up to the person you gave money to do the right thing. But when you approach a homeless person sincerely from the heart and give sincerely from your heart, hopefully he or she will feel your sincerity and use the money wisely. 

George Siletti is originally from Long Island, NY. He was homeless off and on for 25 years. He has recently moved into his own efficiency with the help of the Friendship Place. If you have any questions or comments, please contact George at [email protected]

By George Siletti 

How to Approach A Homeless Person 

Like you or me, a person is a person, homeless or not. So, as you would anyone you meet for the first time, great homeless people with a kind heart and a smile. Say something nice or ask how they are doing, as not to scare them or make them feel intimidated or uncomfortable, since homeless are people and have feelings too. Also ask whether they could use what you have to offer immediately or whether you could go buy them something at a nearby store. It could be a jacket, gloves, socks, et cetera. It could also be food or even a restaurant gift certificate. 

If you want to give a homeless person money, have it handy and give from the heart, because when you give from your heart, you do not worry about what the money will be for. It is up to the person you gave money to do the right thing. But when you approach a homeless person sincerely from the heart and give sincerely from your heart, hopefully he or she will feel your sincerity and use the money wisely. 

George Siletti is originally from Long Island, NY. He was homeless off and on for 25 years. He has recently moved into his own efficiency with the help of the Friendship Place. If you have any questions or comments, please contact George at [email protected]