What can I do for a homeless stranger?
July 17, 2012 11:30 PM Subscribe
What can I do, if anything, for a homeless stranger who hasn't asked for help?
posted by strangepapernote to human relations (14 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Recently, a homeless woman (maybe in her thirties or forties) moved under an overpass near my apartment complex. All her belongings seem to be there with her: just a couple of bags and a sleeping bag. Over the past two weeks, I've seen her clothes get progressively dirtier and dirtier. She never asks for money or tries to talk to anyone. Usually I see her writing on a small notepad, or more recently, she's been ranting in an angry voice to herself, or perhaps some figure that I can't see. I'm usually rushing to work, but last time I heard something about not wanting to join a church society.
Is there anything I can do for this lady? I'm a bit worried because the temperature has been upwards of 90 degrees recently. At first I figured that if I ever passed by and she wasn't there that I'd leave some cash in an envelope on top of her stuff, but that's never happened. Also, is it safe to assume that she could get to a homeless shelter if she wished? I really have no idea what the right course of action here is.