Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005
Soup kitchens really work. A simple thing like a little bit of warmth and a little bit of food makes a huge difference to someone who's got nothing.
In Canada the government has buildings where they can stay and food kitchens. They have special events where the food's actually good. I volunteered as a freshman. In Canada volunteering is strongly encouraged, unlike Japan.
In Canada, we have vans and trucks that drive around and give out hot food and drink to the homeless and offer to take them to homeless shelters. It's partly government funded.
A person who is willing to accept some kind of work and willing to integrate back in society should have the chance. The government should provide ongoing support -- no instant solutions.
The government should give them a safe place to live and regular food. In Ueno you see a lot of homeless people, so the government clearly isn't giving enough support.
Car Dealer, 28
In France there's a "heart restaurant," and every winter you get famous singers doing a CD and all the money goes to these charity restaurants, which feed the homeless and are staffed by volunteers.