Of New York's 1.1 million public school students, one in 12 are homeless. Many live doubled up with extended family or are temporarily housed in hotels or motels. But more than 23,000 live in family shelters on any given day.
Late spring 1993, a widow and her three children became homeless. Tyeast Boatwright had managed to get by after her husband's death. She'd had a good job coding pediatric medical records for the University of Chicago, but administrative cuts eliminated her position.
Imagine she retreats to a shelter where aggressive, belligerent, or intoxicated people accost her, make snide comments about her child, and multiply the fears that first led her to the shelter. Should she stay? Would you?
Children are so vulnerable. Their wellbeing has little to do with how hard they work, or their "grit" or persistence. It has everything to do with circumstance. Let's make 2014 a new kind of commitment to our world's children.
No small person should be let loose on this earth without a guardian angel. Most of us have them, human ones, in the shape of moms, dads, grandparents, or other people who believe wholeheartedly that we need to be kept safe when we are children.
Jaime, Katie, and La'Mont are three young servant leaders whose stories we are celebrating as part of our 40th anniversary celebration. They are a reminder that we must never ever give up on any child.
Reams have been written about the issue with lots of concerned citizen comments. While all that concern is great, nothing seriously tangible is being done, further underscored by the fact the numbers in my city just increased by 2000 more children.
New York City has always provided for those in need. What is in question now is how to do so in an efficient, effective, and humane way, one that is fair to both those citizens truly in need and those New Yorkers who are paying the bill.
Mr. Karber clearly has good intentions with his #FitchTheHomeless campaign. He is arguing that defining beauty and coolness in such a narrow way is exclusionary and insulting to people who think differently.