I have a question for Lodi. My ex-husband and I have been hit very hard because of the recession. We lost everything; the bank stole our home, our retirement cut in half.
He is an operating engineer in the Local 3 and has not worked for four years, and his unemployment was cut early in December. We are now homeless. We have a car, so at least we have that. We have joined forces to try to recover from all this. We’ve done it before.
Obviously we are not alone here in Lodi. I see many homeless, and often those homeless are veterans. They try to find a place to stay, but all too often they are run off by the police. I realize many citizens fear them or just don’t want to see them, but we are all humans. It costs us all the income we can get to just live, and we have more than most, although it’s below poverty level. He’s applied for 1,000-plus jobs. I have a small business.
So my question to Lodi and its citizens is this: With all the churches in this town, why isn’t there more compassion for the homeless? The Salvation Army is hardly help when it’s once a week for food. I’ve seen towns save money by housing the homeless. Lodi is not a poor town, so I can only assume it’s because people are clueless or not really living a Godly life.
So again I ask: Why aren’t the city or churches reaching out to those of us who need it the most?