Hope generates strength and helps people persist when facing adversity. Hurting, homeless and disenfranchised people and families live with incredible disadvantages but survive with hope. According to Greek mythology, Pandora opened a box that released unspeakable ills in the world and left only one thing to counter the barrage of evils—hope. Hope drives persistence, ingenuity and determination in the face of staggering obstacles.
The concept of hope has inspired philosophers, scientists, theologists, doctors and regular people since the beginning of civilization. Hope has innate value because it motivates people to keep striving no matter what problems arise. Today, families face temporary setbacks, real estate losses, homelessness and increasing disparities between rich and poor lifestyles. Only hope has the power to motivate people to persist when things look bleak or overcome handicaps, poverty and seemingly insurmountable odds. Hope has more power than riches, money, talent and success because people with these advantages often fail to use them or take them for granted.
Providing the Spark that Ignites Self-reliance and Dignity
People with hope prove astonishingly resilient, and generous people give time, food and financial support to generate the elusive but powerful incentive of hope. People can help those in need by providing one or more of the following:
- Hot meals
- Clothing and shelter
- Jobs or temporary work
- Care packs with toiletries and basic necessities
- Help in paying bills or applying for financial assistance
- Places to store valuables and personal possessions
- Blankets and sleeping bags
- Coats, shoes and sweaters
- Places to rest or escape cold or hot weather
- Toilet and bathing facilities
- First aid kits
- Medicines and medical and dental treatments
- Bus passes
Looking Inside with Hope and Longing
Hope changes the equation for hurting people who turn to homeless shelters, churches, charities and food pantries for life-sustaining physical help and the more important mental and spiritual relief that provide hope. Shelters and charities do amazing work, but the people who work tirelessly to generate hope also need financial and political help so that they don’t feel like they’re fighting a Sisyphean battle that’s hopeless and never ends. Hope fills tall shoes and opens hearts so that troubled people get chances to change their lives.