Met a beggar on the West Side, outside the loop just off Marsha Sharp Freeway. I won’t air all her business (not that I know it really), but I am stunned to see the begging where I found it. The lady claimed she has a 5 year old kid (wasn’t with her at that moment), and I could not determine if she was homeless, living in her car, a motel, sofa-surfing or what. But she definitely had the sign out asking for help on a busy parking lot.
I don’t really expect women on the streets to just open up to me and spill their whole life story to a strange man just for the asking. So, I am not going to scrutinize the lady, though I sense she was either confusing some information or at least holding it back. But I will say, I SAW her. She was begging in my part of town.
Just laying down this marker, Lubbock. The homeless and the beggars are spreading out. Sure, there is a high concentration of them around downtown and just over the tracks past Ave A. But we got them over in the white-flight, bright-n-shiny side too.
And all you churches on this side of town… (yeah, mine too)… I am pointing the least of these brothers and sisters out to you.