There are many organizations dedicated to helping the homeless with alcohol and drug rehab, temporary shelter, job training and other services. However, not all the homeless take the opportunity to use them.
So what do you do when you encounter a pan-handler?
I have to confess most times I just ignore them. I feel badly doing so but what can I really do for them?
I have on occasion given them money but have I just enabled that person to get more alcohol or drugs?
I have on occasion said, I'll buy you some food if the person is near a fast food place. I have to say no one has taken me up on the offer.
On occasion, if I saw the guy before I went into the fast food place or the market, when I leave I might offer them something that I had bought. More often than not this is accepted by them.
A number of years ago, I had dinner with a friend in a restaurant in San Francisco and we had left o…