Like many of my peers, I am at a loss to form an opinion of the hundreds; some say thousands, of homeless people in our city.
I spend a lot of time with owners and managers of small companies in and around our city. When the question arises, “What is your number one problem in business today?” There is one answer, “finding enough people to do the work we are asked to do for our customers.”
“Too much work, not enough people to do the work.”
An interesting comment, “We have more work than workers sometimes.”
In the gym, where I work out, they have attendants and other men and women, a high percentage are Filipino. The starting pay is about $15 per hour, with paid vacation, sick pay, health care, 401-k and free lunches.
I ask, making conversation, any plan for the weekend? “No, I am working at my other job.” “Where is that?” “Johnson’s Restaurant” or “City Hospital” or “I drive Uber.” Amazing how many have one and a half, some, two jobs.
Some have a child in private school; one a janitor older man from China had two enrolled in a local University. Both graduated.
Another man; has for years, one and a half full-time jobs, finished his own degree and a daughter graduating from nurses school. Had her in a private school from age 5.
When I was fishing, my fishing buddy also hunted with his favorite partner, when they arrived made camp, after dinner he would go outside and sleep, even though they had two bunks in the VW Van.
When we were running, met many men who would sleep outside rather than on a mat with a hundred others in a public facility. Some just plain liked to be out of doors.
One woman, from Africa, supporting her mother and assisting with a younger brother works two full time jobs.
Seems the one common denominator was the amount of time and effort devoted to work.
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