What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear that word?
As a Boomer, I grew up thinking that the term "Homeless" usually applied to a man who was lazy, didn't want to work and probably had a drinking or drug problem.
Boy, have times ever changed! It saddens me that nowadays most of us probably have a relative or friend who's now homeless due to the current job market, stock market losses and perhaps even still due to Hurricane Katrina.
Frankly, I was shocked when I found out that one of my female cousins is homeless. She lost her job in her late 50s, spent all her retirement lump sum payout and while her housing options are at best sporadic, she doesn't want to move back to St. Louis.
It's literally become an epidemic in some states, with entire families being forced to the streets! It's scary to think that some of your kids and grandkids could be just one layoff away from losing their homes.
Want to help out? Go to http://www.nationalhomeless.org/
Find out want you can do in your community, whether it's helping serve food or collecting toiletries, volunteer. More than anything, it will make you grateful for what you have!