Beloved Movement in America Magazine
Los Angeles seminarian Deacon Spencer Lewerenz, whose Beloved Movement partners with other organizations trying to connect homeless and non-homeless Angelenos, finds the main issue today is not funding but a lack of meaningful relationships. “There are more and more resources,” he says. “And it isn’t helping.”
“My experience is there’s a lot of bitterness and despair among the homeless population because they feel like nobody cares,” Lewerenz says. That includes the agencies offering services: Some living on the streets tell Lewerenz they have stopped seeking help because of the way they’re treated. “If the resources are there but you’re being treated like less than a person and you’re being interrogated and you’re being treated like you’re a criminal, which is what happens, then you’re not going to be able to receive those services,” he explains.
For Lewerenz and Beloved Movement, this comes down to people being present to one another in the humble truths of who we are. “The term we keep using is ‘our common homelessness,’” he says. “If I can recognize where I feel a little homeless for whatever reason inside myself, then it kind of helps me be able to talk to that person.
“And that’s where I think the real transformation is going to happen.”
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