I can sort of see how certain people stay homeless. There are some days when it is difficult to be anything else. Something that could normally be done in a matter of minutes takes a homeless person hours to accomplish. Each line can be somewhere from 30-45 mins and in many cases well over an hour so it is very easy to burn 4-5 hours a day just from standing in line.
A typical day..
A line for breakfast, for lunch, for dinner. A line to check your bag into storage (some missions will not let you enter with a bag even to use the bathroom), to check the bag back out, a line to use the bathroom, for a haircut, to use the phone, to use the computer, a line for cup of coffee, a line for a shower ticket, to take a shower, to check mail, a line to get a ticket for shelter, a line to enter the shelter..
I guess I'm just venting a little. I really can't think of a better place to do that than this blog which I'm sure very few are reading by now and I really try to avoid taking my frustrations out on other people. The truth is I'm thankful for these services and I really appreciate the people that volunteer their time to make them available. Taking a shower is a very underrated experience and something that more people around here should honestly take advantage of. I just wish I had more time to do other things like write but unfortunately I have to wrap this up now. It's time to go wait in line..