Author's Notes:

Frederick’s story isn’t far from the truth. It seems that without money or a family with money, there is no recourse if you are unlucky and hit bottom in this country. Before I moved to Chicago, I really didn’t have a concept about what poverty was like, but living here has really changed my perspective. I wish I had an answer to the problem of homelessness, because it is a heartbreaking situation. How can one change these circumstances? Does buying someone a meal or giving a panhandler pocket change do anything to help?

I suppose that these times aren’t really that different from past eras, save that the gulf between those with and those without seems much wider and more visible, but I’d like to think that this could still change for the better.

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