Shelter is one of our basic needs: it is a place that can protect us from the elements, keep us warm and safe, and give us the encouragement to satisfy our other needs. According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, shelter is one of the requirements for addressing our physiological needs. Without it homeostasis cannot be met. Maslow represented the human’s physiological needs as the base of a triangle to show that meeting these needs are the most important in our lives. If these needs are not met, the individual may only be able to focus on meeting their physiological needs and not feel motivated to move towards self-actualization.
As I was driving today, I was reflecting on the change of season, its beauty and how blessed I am to be able to have a place to call home. Every day I think of the homeless and how hard it must be to be in survival mode day in and day out. When I return to my safe haven each day I reflect on the fact that this is not a joy that victims of homelessness experience.
As we share our posts and selfies, let us all remember how blessed we are today. Think of the homeless veteran who served his country but sleeps outside in the elements. Let us remember the family who due to a company downsizing now must live in the woods in tents. Let us realize that the mortality rates are high for homeless individuals who are discharged from hospitals with no safe place to convalesce.
My mission is to never forget. To help those who cannot help themselves. Every man woman and child deserves a home….
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