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A homeless man asks for money during blizzard-like conditions Feb. 9 in in Boston. People who don't give money to the homeless because they think it will be spent on alcohol and not food should ask themselves what guilty pleasures they are secretly spending money on, Pope Francis said.
CNS photo/Brian Snyder, Reuters
A homeless man asks for money during blizzard-like conditions Feb. 9 in in Boston. People who don't give money to the homeless because they think it will be spent on alcohol and not food should ask themselves what guilty pleasures they are secretly spending money on, Pope Francis said.

Regarding “Dwelling on transitions,” (Feb. 3, page 10):

What a wonderful place for homeless women to finally feel safe. Many years ago I found myself homeless in Los Angeles. The system was so overwhelmed that no housing was available. I spent weeks on the streets in Skid row, scared, confused and lost. My life changed forever, and it has been a recovery process ever since. If it were not for the Catholic Church, the kindness of others, and a safe place to call home in transitional housing, I do not know if I would be alive today. We all need to show as much support as possible to such a wonderful, life-saving program. There is no fear worse than being on the streets, alone, on a cold night with nothing but the clothes on your back. Pray for this program, pray for the women who need help, and pray that one day places like this will no longer be needed.

Sharon Miller
Beaverton