Reading one of our closed threads, I came across the sentiment that in the USA we have thousands of homeless and hungry and do nothing while sending money overseas. It is certainly a popular concept, especially in social justice churches, but is it true? I cannot speak for other areas, but I know what the situation has been where I have lived. There are some homeless and probably more hungry. That said, there ARE programs available for them: shelters, food pantries, food stamps, section 8 housing help and public housing, welfare, etc. The only ones in our area totally bereft of help are those that are either too mentally ill to accept it (whatever happened to commitment proceedings?) or those that refuse it. This includes but is not limited to addicts and alcoholics not yet ready to make a change. We have the working poor, yes, and there are many benefits offered to help them. Some are above the govt. cut off, but in our town they can go to a free health clinic if they cannot get medicaid, a food pantry and a soup kitchen, get free clothing from the Catholics, and even some housing help from one charismatic church. And then we have, unfortunately, a subculture that refuses to do work other than mining, the mines long since closed, and so they are truly poor. Of course, they could accept other work but won't. So do we truly turn a blind eye to the needy, or do we do right by the truly needy and just have some folks that need to get off their collective duffs?