Impact Boston 2012 Session 2
Posted on 07/11/2012 @ 11:00 PM
I can't remember an experience that has changed my outlook on a group of people like panhandling did for my view of people experiencing homelessness. I never realized that a person could be ignored by virtually everyone walking past. I felt so insignificant, as if no one cared about my well being. And when people did acknowledge me, I felt as if they were criticizing me with every awkward stare as they walked past, or dropped change in my hat. The feeling I got being told to "get a job" was one of the most degrading feelings I've ever experienced. Panhandling was embarassing, degrading, and, at times, frightening...
...and I am so glad I did it. I now know what millions of people, across the US and across the world, are forced to do just to have a meal for the night. It was an extremely eye-opening experience, and I don't think my eyes will ever close.
- Danny Rozen, Texas