With just two weeks left until the new year, holiday homelessness and cold weather are exacting a toll on thousands of Americans.
Most of us have driven past a homeless person a holding a hand-written sign reading “I’ll Work for Food” but what might surprise us is that many of those people were college educated, had families, successful businesses, served in the military, or worked as attorneys or accountants.
Joining us today is Ph.D. Jeremy Reynalds, once homeless himself, is founder of what is now New Mexico’s largest emergency homeless center.
- Sometimes homeless people are stereotyped as mentally ill or alcoholics. Is this true or is there a broader cross section of our former neighbors on the streets today?
- How is it that a person ends up on street when there are so many government programs and private charities to help?
- After many years of denial, HUD finally admitted that homelessness is on the upswing. Tell us about that.
- Explain how HUD’s counting methodology differs from the U.S. Dept of Education, and why we should be concerned.
- What is the answer to ending hunger and homelessness? Do think it can ever be done?
- Tell us about Joy Junction, which you founded. What is your goal?
- What should we do to help people who have been written off by some as “chronically homeless.” How should we help them? And if we give them money are we risking making them worse by providing money they might use to drink?
- Tell us about your book: “Two Hearts One Vision.” http://TwoHeartsOneVisionTheBook.com
ABOUT DR. JEREMY REYNALDS…
Dr. Jeremy Reynalds was born in England and immigrated to the US in 1978. In 1986, Reynalds founded and runs Joy Junction, now New Mexico’s largest homeless shelter, with his wife Elma. Dr. Reynalds writes for the ASSIST News Service, has authored several books, holds a master’s degree in communication and a Ph.D. in intercultural education. http://JoyJunction.org
ABOUT “TWO HEARTS ONE VISION: Helping the Homeless Together,” by Jeremy Reynalds Ph.D.
The book, “Two Hearts One Vision: Helping the Homeless Together,” by Jeremy Reynalds Ph.D., could be described as: One Plus One = Thousands. One man goes from homelessness to providing refuge for others. A woman with the same vision comes across his path. The intersection of two hearts results in a multiplication of blessing and supply for the homeless of New Mexico.
Jeremy Reynalds and his wife Elma came from different worlds. Reynalds, who founded and runs New Mexico’s largest emergency homeless shelter says, “God knew I needed a partner.”
The inspirational story of two hearts joined and two lives lived for others, and the changed lives of those who encounter Jeremy and Elma at Joy Junction. A riveting account of open hearts and limitless possibilities.
CONTACT: To schedule an interview with Dr. Jeremy Reynalds call Jerry McGlothlin of Special Guests at 919-437-0001 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org