Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Poverty in Philadelphia

“But I, being poor, have only my dreams.
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.”
William Butler Yeats

is only being hungry, naked and homeless.
The poverty of being unwanted, unloved
and uncared for is the greatest poverty.
We must start in our own homes
to remedy this kind of poverty.”
Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Poverty is the worst form of violence.
Mahatma Gandhi


As a social worker
I see Philadelphia's poverty daily.
It breaks my heart.
I know that God cares
about the people in the city of Philadelphia.
I pray that someday this
desolation and hopelessness will be no more.


The poor man is not he who is without a cent,
but he who is without a dream”
Harry Kemp
What big city is closest to you?
Have you witnessed poverty there?
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34 comments:

mimi said...

Oh R-this touched my heart! I've been thinking about this very subject so much lately...you have not idea. You are so special, girlfriend!!

starnes family said...

Hey! Nice to meet you. Your blog is lovely! I'll check back in for sure.

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Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

I see it everyday R in the county where I live. As a product of povery myself I know the struggles young people have. I have been blessed and am trying to make a differnce working with the children to make sure they can read. Thanks for letting others know there is a need.

jay said...

"The poor man is not he who is without a cent, but he who is without a dream"

I like that quote - I've heard it before and it's very true. You can be rich in money and possessions and have nothing of true worth if you are without hope, faith and love.

Reader Wil said...

These quotes are beautiful and said by very wise people. Thank you for sharing them. Thanks also for your visit and kind words! I love your blog because it radiates love and care for all the people around you.

April said...

Yes, unfortunately, poverty is all around us, big cities and small towns alike. I've seen a lot of poverty in Atlanta and in Memphis, where we used to live nearby. Really makes you drop to your knees and count your blessings!

Grandma J said...

You are right. Poverty isn't just about money and hungar. The bible addresses this too.
You are so kind and full of His love.

Mommy Mac said...

Wow. Poverty is not something I cross paths with daily. You know, like the visuals you have posted about. I live in a suberb of Chattanooga, TN. When I taught before I had my boys, I taught in a poverty stricken school and area.

I remember the hurt I felt and how I wanted to scoop at least 7 of my kids up each day and take them home only to love on them, feed them, clean them, and spoil them.

This post was a wonderful reminder to me of what I have been absent from seeing day to day in the past 5 years.

Our hearts should be open and we should all be able to have the welcome mat of compassion at our own front doors.

So glad you stopped by my blog. I am the lucky one today!

.mac :)

Busy Bee Suz said...

What a beautiful Post.
I see poverty. I see people who have lost hope and no dreams. Some of them live down the street from Billionaires.

Mental P Mama said...

Bless your heart. I chair an outreach committee here in a diverse small city in Connecticut, and the sorrow I see every day almost breaks me.

Joy said...

Sad in a world of plenty that people do not have equal opportunities and there is still so much poverty. Thanks for your thought provoking post.

Libby said...

What an eye opening post

antoinettemariew@blogspot.com said...

i live by and grew up around flint, michigan...a town based almost entirely on the auto industry for centuries...we're seeing such despair here it's unreal at times....loved your post but kinda saddening too! blessings...

Alicia said...

Oh, I didn't know you were a social worker. It must break your heart to see some of the things you do.

HUGS,
Alicia

Femin Susan said...

Poverty isn't just about money and hunger.
Cheers!

Nurse Nancy said...

There is no poverty in your heart...anyone touched by you is richer for it. Keep up the good work!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Wow, this is a really powerful post. I can't imagine what you must see every day in your job. Thank you for sharing it!
Carrie

Trudy said...

I don't encounter it often myself in the suburbs, but my husband goes to the inner city on a weekly basis with our church for an outreach program. I think you hit the nail on the head Rebeckah, when you said we are so quick to equate poverty with the homeless and hungry. This was a real eye-opener and a reminder to keep my eyes open in places and times when I don't expect to see it. Perhaps I'm encountering it every day and just don't know it!

M said...

I was in S.F. on Monday and it is the mental illness that hurts me...just some people so bad off.

WhisperingWriter said...

Oh wow.

I'm always saddened when I see poverty. I always try to donate when I can.

Tumblewords: said...

It's hard to believe that we allow this to happen - individually and as humanity. Great reminder post (although few of us really need reminders) :)

Kelsey said...

This was such an enlightening post. Thank you so much for sharing it with us all.

Thanks also for stopping by my blog earlier and for the sweet comments! I am definitely savoring each moment of this season of my life. It has been a fantastic journey so far!

Julie said...

I didn't know you lived in Philly. Or near there. I lived there my first year of marriage in Bucks county..but did projects with students in Kengsington. (not spelling this right) it was such a scary place for me to be the responsible adult with these children and we reached out to high school kids doing summer school. It was a great summer full of LOTS of learning!!!

Sally's World said...

this really touched me, great quotes. this is a job i would find so hard, i find it impossible not to get totally involved and attached....

Liz said...

Unfortunately it's everywhere. It's such a sad reality. As a sleep tech I also hear sad stories. Sometimes, it just breaks my heart!

photowannabe said...

A very profound post today. The person standing in the doorway is an entire story in one shot. Very thought provoking choice for P.

Debbie said...

I see this in the schools all the time. Yes, emotional poverty is terrible.

Dawn said...

so very sad... it must hurt when you realize you can't save everyone...

Cortney said...

My city (Austin) has a lot of poverty and homelessness. I also see the poverty in people's souls when they don't have the joy and love that comes from God.

Martha (FL) said...

What a touching post. Poverty is so close everyday even away from the big cities. We do not live in the city limits of Orlando (only for 27 more days) but we have homeless among us living in the woods not too far from us. With the milder winter weather many of the homeless live outside. I try and help when I can, and that opens up so many conversations within my head... what is the best way to help? As you said, poverty though is so much more, there are the poor, unloved and unwanted that we don't see. There but by the Grace of God go I.

theArthurClan said...

What an amazing person you are...and such a tender heart. I can't even imagine how difficult your job must be. But what a blessing you must be for so many others!

Julie Rivera Photography said...

I didn't realize you were in Philly! What a heart wrenching job yours must be, to see these desolate scenes every day. I was blessed to attend college nearby and tutor at one of the inner city schools. Those children just seemed to crave affection and attention. It was so hard to leave each time.

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Rebeckah, this is such a powerful post. Thank you for all you do to make this world a better place. Happy Mother's Day to you!

Michelle said...

Oh, I lived two blocks from Cabrini Green for two years... plus part of our school district is in massive poverty. It's always so sad to me to see the hopelessness. To me, that's worse than any of it. And those photos you took? They could have been from anywhere I've seen like that -- Chicago, St Louis, Seattle, Detroit, Minneapolis.