Tips From Homeless on Urban Survival. Shelters and Missions.
August 27, 2012 in Preparedness
I know I warn against staying in Missions and shelters a lot but there are times that it is Necessary.
( for me it was to get a shower and cleaned up and a night of rest with out worrying about police or someone slitting my throat or some kid soaking me in gas and torching me for the fun of it.)
There are many Different types of shelters from ones that are only open for a few hours in the evening to take people in to ones that are open 24/7 these places have a use other than just a meal and a bed you should also use them to see who all are in the same predicament as you watch people how they act what they say etc.. DO NOT be overly friendly and be cautious of ones that are its a sign of Either 1.They want something from you and want to gain your trust quickly to get it. or 2.They are new to the streets and don’t really know how dangerous it is. in the case of #2 I usually weigh the situation and there actions and attitude if i feel it in my best interest i would take them under wing and teach them as much as i could but that was in the days when we used to watch each others back and things have changed since than.
On the other side of the coin DO NOT be completely Silent either you could be taken as a predator homeless one that is targeting there next victim or an anti social that thinks they are better than all the rest. ( I fell into this category once not that i thought i was better but they thought i did cause i never spoke. I have a Social Anxiety disorder so it takes a major effort to approach strangers. I found out later that if i had not finally sat down and chatted with them they had plans to jump me and take what little i had but because i did i fell in a with a group that watched each others back and when we had extra we shared.)
That is what your looking for its not easy to read people but with a little effort you can have a support system even on the streets. Rare as it is I hope there are still some that hold to that Ideal.
More later Maybe