An amazing charity has been working at night in the streets of inner Sydney and Melbourne, which I only became aware of last week. The Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library was set up by Sydney resident Sarah Garnett when she saw a homeless man reading a novel under a streetlight while waiting for food from a volunteer food van.
With our economic times having more impact on people than ever before, our homeless population is ever increasing. Being inner city dwellers we often see people sleeping in the doorways of buildings, under bridges, on park benches and in communities where the homeless are together.
There are many wonderful charity organisations such as St Vincent de Paul, and the Salvation Army who assist these people with shelter, clothing and food. However a lot of our homeless are well educated, have been employed executives and highly skilled at some time in their lives.
Something terrible has happened to these people for them to be in this situation. What has gone wrong for them to be homeless?
Reading gives people the ability to be anywhere, with anyone, at any time. It allows our minds and imaginations to expand and grow and it can be a saviour for some.
One man who has benefited by The Footpath Library shares his story here
Check out the Footpath Library website here