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Published January 25, 2013

A Child’s Letter to a Homeless Person and Their Response

Children should absolutely learn about the tough social issues because you’re never too young to be part of the solution. In our class we are discussing homelessness and poverty.

We’ve explored the conditions and empathized and busted a lot of the myths of homelessness that even some adults still believe! As part of our studies, we’re making homemade place mats to decorate the dining room at Raleigh Rescue Mission, learning that even from our classroom we can help people who need a little boost.

While I was afraid some of my students would be judgmental, they’ve all been the opposite — opening their hearts and wishing they could do even *more* than just offer heartfelt decorations.

One girl cemented my faith in humanity’s future today when out of the blue she wrote this letter to give to the people living at Raleigh Rescue Mission:

This is what I want to do??? I feel bad for Homeless people. I wish that I can help them. And I am doing my best to help you and your friends. From: Someone that cares.


My students are beginning to understand the complex issues of poverty and homelessness, and in our classroom I’ve given them the power to help — if even in some small way. And they already crave more ways to help, help, HELP. So this is a call out to teachers and parents: Educate your kids on social issues, GIVE them the power to help make a difference, and when they grow up we’ll have a generation of people who know exactly how to change the world and will not be afraid to try!


One student’s place mat. She added her own quotes: “Show love, be happy.” “Let out the kindness in you!”

Oh yeah, and the kind people at Raleigh Rescue Mission responded to my request for some words of wisdom, from the clients for the students, so my classroom could get a sense of truly being connected to the people they were learning about and helping.


Sound Advice


When asked, the clients at the Raleigh Rescue Mission responded to my students with some heartfelt and wise advice, straight from life experience:

  • Stay in school
  • Be a leader, not a follower
  • Don’t do drugs
  • Be yourself (meaning not trying to fit in & get involved with the wrong people)
  • Love your neighbor
  • Be good to one another

That’s right. We can all learn from each other and help each other. That’s the biggest lesson of all. Class dismissed.

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  • heather


  • I sincerely believe that through the power of storytelling, I can make social issues become more than a set of statistics. My expertise is in community leadership, non-profit work, event coordinating, networking, and storytelling. All my articles.

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