Belonging by Kaze

As we put our faith into action (see James 1:22) pause to consider this reflection by Kaze Gadway. Pay attention to her experience-filled words as you seek to do good.


Belonging by Kaze Gadway

     Recently a Ted Talk used the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs as a subject. I appreciate the talk, especially as it relates to the homeless.

     The physiological need is obvious. The homeless do not have consistent food, water, housing, clothing or sanitary facilities. That’s obvious.

     Physical and Economic safety are also missing. Violence, trauma, accidents are common. They are treated poorly when they go to emergency rooms. One look at their uncleanliness and poor clothes places them at the bottom of the job selection pool.

    The next three categories are not as obvious but powerful.

     One of the homeless women admits to me, “They gave me an apartment but I hate it. I take a shower there and maybe keep some food but at night, I go back on the streets and sleep at my camp with my friends. I hate being…

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Author: Daniel Rondeau

I am a husband and father and an Episcopal Priest (now retired) in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego.

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