How Compassion Changed The Face Of Homelessness

How an emergency shelter brought human dignity and love to the homeless

4 min readFeb 10, 2022

What is meant by human dignity?

Human dignity is the recognition that human beings possess a special value intrinsic to their humanity and as such are worthy of respect simply because they are human beings. … Thus every human being, regardless of age, ability, status, gender, ethnicity, etc., is to be treated with respect.

No one wants to talk about homelessness. It’s a serious problem in the United States. We can’t wish it away or pretend we don’t know it’s there.

Please give me a few minutes of your time to share a personal story about how compassion changed the face of homelessness.

I live in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Its glory days have long passed. On a small scale, it’s like every city across the country. It has tourists and casinos, which most don’t, but we’re run down and worn out. Covid-19 made it worse.

New Jersey has one of the highest poverty rates in the country. The vast majority of workers are low-wage. Atlantic City has one of the highest homeless rates in the state. We also have a serious addiction problem.