Today, I want you to meet David. More importantly, I want you to meet David’s feet. I talked about David in last week’s post, and David has even been mentioned in the Enquirer.
But I don’t know if you really understand David’s feet. Frostbite sounds bad, but not horrifying. I think David’s feet are horrifying. Horrifying because they display the needless injuries inflicted on everyday people who can’t afford medical care. Horrifying because they are the result of honest work, not substance abuse or living on the streets. In fact, David lost his job because of the injury, not vice versa.
I’ve posted pictures before to show you what we do at the Respite. You’ve seen clients after healing and recuperation, after housing and health. Here are pictures of what an earlier stage in that process looks like:
It’s easy to write off the issue of homelessness through stereotypes. It’s not as easy to deny urgently needed medical care because of assumptions about past actions or potential for the future. The health care needs of homeless individuals in our community are serious and growing. People like David need help now or they risk drastic consequences.