30 Days of Gratitude, Day 20: shelter.
I've lived in a dozen places: my childhood home, Kirwan Tower, two fraternity houses, Campus Court, The Tablair, at Camlus Downs, State Street, Woodland, High Street, Maxwelton Court, the Loucks household, Merrick Place, Marquis Middle. I've never known what it is like to be without shelter, to be without a roof over my head, without a bed, without all the comforts of modern life we often take for granted.
On any given night in the United States, over 500,000 people go to sleep without a place to call home. Over 47,000 of our homeless are veterans. Annually, more than 2 million children will experience a period of homelessness.
I've never known the struggle of being without a place to live. My heart goes out to those who have. I hope, as a country, we can do a better job of caring for those afflicted by illness, for our veterans, for our children. Shelter is a basic need we all deserve access to.