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Two Left Shoes
  • Thomas F Heston
Thomas F Heston

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This perspective conveys a first-person account of the harsh realities of experiencing homelessness, including constant dampness, hunger, isolation, aimlessness, uncertainty, and emotional hardship. Individuals of all ages and backgrounds have or will confront housing insecurity and homelessness. While factors like finances, job loss, and lack of social support are key drivers, mental health issues and substance abuse also contribute to many people becoming homeless. Unexpected acts of kindness from strangers provided glimmers of human connection and hope. Seeing patients as individual human beings rather than faceless diagnoses is connected to recognizing the humanity and dignity in all community members, including the homeless. Compassionate action and social measures to provide shelter and uplift those without homes are vital, affirming their value and belonging.