It’s pictures like this that remind me effective marketing can go a long way (this homeless guy is actually semi famous in the seattle area for his hilarious signs). So weather you own a giant corporation or a blog that only reaches out to three visitors a day , standing out from the rest and making people laugh can go a long way.
While looking at this picture I also started to wonder what PF bloggers personal take is on giving money to the homeless. I use to empty my pockets whenever I was asked for some spare change, but in the last two years I have tightened up on who I give money to. This shift occurred after I watched an interview with a former homeless person turned business baller.
He said, although he was homeless, he never begged for money. Instead he took advantage of the multiple ministries and social programs designed to benefit the poor. He was able to use these programs to land a job, find a place to rent, and eventually start running a company. He refuses to give money to the homeless, saying, if they wanted to change their life, there are plenty or programs and opportunities for them to do so. I tend to agree with this view (although I do still occasionally cough up some cash). When approached by someone asking for money, I feel much more comfortable offering to buy them dinner or water instead (at least that way I know where my money is going).
At times I still feel guilty after turning down a solicitation for money. Is this normal? What are your views on giving to the homeless? I’m a huge fan of supporting charities and ministries, but just don’t know how I feel on this topic.