One of the primary factors in regards to any efforts to implement societal change, is learning how to change the way that people think … without attempting to actually control their thoughts (Lest there be any doubt about that). Large segments of the indigent, homeless and underclass citizens have been that way for numerous generations and are currently trapped ... enslaved if you will, in a world bereft of hope and void of any real opportunity for growth. When this hopelessness is allowed to fester and grow and to extend across generations, especially when a generation or more has lived their entire life in these circumstances, it has a direct impact on the way these people think. That hopelessness must be replaced by a very real and tenable sense of hope and the way that these people think must be changed along the same lines. Only when they have the full means of support to prove that their hope has merit will the formerly underclass citizens be capable of becoming truly productive and contributing members of society.
Mention has been made in other articles that simply feeding a starving person will no more provide them with a means to feed their families than providing a house to someone will prevent them from being homeless. Far from being disparaging remarks about the individuals, these are problems faced (but not generally addressed) by the current field of social assistance programs. The solution must fully encompass the entire root cause and the fix must address all of the problems collectively, not individually. The actual assistance being offered, must, conversely, be individual in nature and focused towards the reintegration of these unfortunate people back into society in such a manner that they can become productive and contributing members of society.
Most of the current solutions regarding actual support for the indigent, the homeless and other underclass citizens are geared towards groups of people and do not actively implement any kind of social structure or formats. A group of homeless people may, from time to time, be invited to listen to someone speak about how to budget their money properly or some other equally important, albeit futile topic of discussion. Why futile? How does it help a family to teach them to manage that which they do not have and which they can scarcely even earn? Moreover, even when these people are brought in to these meetings in large groups, very little is done in the way of social interaction. At the end of the day, these same people and families will be returning to the same dreary and hopeless conditions that they have, in far too many cases, literally grown up in.
Many of the homeless and indigent and other underclass citizens have lived that same way for upwards of three generations to date. No matter what has dragged these families down into their current state of despair, once they have become truly impoverished, the current system makes it virtually impossible for them to fight their way back out of those same conditions. In some cases, there are two or even three generations of the same family who have grown up in these conditions. These people have literally grown up without any hope to speak of. To resolve the problems of homelessness and to eradicate the scourge of poverty will require a new way of thinking and a new way of interacting with these people.
When events are held on their behalf, they need to be brought together in a pleasant environment, replete with refreshments and social interaction. It should be a celebration, not of poverty, but of an opportunity to finally rise about the conditions that have kept them down and to break the chains that have bound them to such a system. Would it be so difficult to have tutors … even volunteers … begin educating the children? Is it possible to subsidize the minimal costs associated with many of the TESDA and other vocational and technical programs and further provide assistance and support in terms of tools and opportunities?