Today, after arriving at the front door of my office building, I realized how chilled I’d become when the hot air of the heating system flashed over me and I began to worry about the thousands of homeless in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. How will they survive? I can barely make it a two-block walk without feeling a shiver come on. The shelters are stretched beyond capacity, and group homes are over-extended. Where might they lay their heads in safety and warmth?
According to the “Express” newspaper this morning, unemployment in D.C. is above nine percent, while in Maryland it is over seven percent and in Virginia it exceeds six percentile points. If this is the so-called “booming” region of America, where are all the job opportunities? I thought the answer was in education until I attended a series of job networking events and discovered that almost everyone there had a master’s degreee, yet they’d been unemployed a very, very long time — on average a year or more.
So what are we to do? What is the “low-hanging” fruit we may reach for and rebuild with? First, we must work efficiently so that we will not be laid off; secondly, we must spend sparingly so that we keep a good life preserver for ourselves; thirdly. we must keep our eyes and ears open for job opportunities and pass that information on; and finally, we must donate generously to those causes that will do the same, i.e., work efficiently, spend sparingly, and help as many people as possible.