MTYT: Good Shepherd to charge the homeless

By Gary McNair - bio|email

The Chinese proverb says, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

You have to think that's what the folks at Good Shepherd are thinking.  The homeless facility in Wilmington is starting a new project Monday.  The plan is to charge people who stay at the shelter $3 each night.

But here's the twist -- that fee is waived if you belong to one of the shelter's lifestyle improvement programs, designed to give training and help get those who have fallen on hard times back on their feet.

I know there are some who will say the $3 fee is harsh.  How is a homeless person going to find the money?  This might just force more people to stay in the wooded areas of Wilmington.  And considering a recent national report named Wilmington an unfriendly city to the homeless, this certainly won't help our image much.

But I'm thinking about the positive aspects of this.  I look at it as an incentive builder for those who need it.  Good Shepherd is living up to its name by trying to lead some of our most needy to a brighter future.

That's my turn!  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

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