Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsLos Angeles

More Dignity for Homeless

March 20, 1988

Times staff writer Tracy Wilkinson referred in her article, "Talks on Venice Homeless Focus on Food Center" (Times, March 10), to a "feeding station" for hungry transients. I find such terminology offensive because I associate it with animals, not people.

The homeless are men, women and children, persons , who are suffering the lack of some very basic needs: shelter and, oftentimes, food. In responding to their need for and right to food, it is important to think of meeting this need in a dignified and human manner.

Most people in our society eat a meal sitting down at a table. It seems to me that a restaurant is a logical site for offering a meal to a homeless person. In such an ambiance, a person can experience a respite from the struggles of survival on the street and gain some warmth, human companionship and the sustenance of a hot meal. Such a place and such a service would indicate that we, as a society, acknowledge the homeless as persons with inherent dignity.

It is painful enough to be without a home. Can we not reduce this suffering by offering a hot meal in a restaurant rather than setting up "feeding stations?"

MARILYN T. SCHAFER

Los Angeles

Advertisement
Los Angeles Times Articles
|
|
|