As a follow up to my last post, here is a really inspiring video of where local family services, (in this case King County in Seattle) really does wonderful things for people, thereby affecting the entire community. The need for organizations like this is so much greater than what is currently available. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHLI4Zn_6EI&feature=related
Here's a news story on a homeless family in Lancaster, Ca. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAA9-QzRzf8&feature=related The story is from 2007, but it gives an example of a homeless family and their struggles. Their story is sad yet there is gentleness and hopefulness in them. For me it puts meaningless daily frustrations into perspective. I am reminded to not sweat the small stuff and to be thankful for what I have. ...Also to give extra hugs to my children and pray that they will always be safe and warm.
If you are interested in helping out homeless families, children, people in your community, check out your local family services organizations. (I found a great one called Compass, here in the Bay Area that I will be contacting.)