Homeless Population Events

Homeless Population Events

Jalissa K. Parks

Counselor Education and Family Studies, Liberty University


Food Donation/FaceTime Conference

Culture influences what many people do in society. The societal differences, such as education, income, social status, and race, add more value to one’s identity and assimilation. Trends differ from one culture and community to another. The purpose and aim of the paper are to address the different events attended, and the different perspectives on these events can change and influence one’s life. There are many demands on culture, social values, and the community’s response to societal differences in the level of education, income, social status, and race. The paper will outline the events. They influenced my perspective with an emotional impact and effectiveness in applying different theoretical principles in understanding culture and its impact on society. Therefore, the events attended are thanksgiving food drop off to the homeless shelters and conference calls.

Events Attended

It is not unusual to have a community with homeless people. In society, people face different challenges. The magnitude of these challenges can affect one’s social and economic conditions. For instance, in the event I attended, as part of this assignment I was able to donate food to the local shelter. This is a tradition held with my friend and her family and our community members gather together and share with other homeless people. She humbly asked me to join in while food was distributed to the shelter. To give thanks is not mentioned and develops a structure of gratitude alone, but it can be used as a stepping stone to identify the different issues affecting people. This particular event was emotional, and it is essential to note the different perceptions people have of the homeless community and how the event changed that perspective. The perspective of diversity is different since it does not help, nor does it improve transitions between one culture and another.

For the second event, there was a movie that was watched while FaceTime with my former classmates, and this event was another important aspect to evaluate how culture and communication links. On the call, the movie observed was to The Pursuit of Happyness, we discussed the trials and tribulations that Will Smith’s character displayed. Due to the covid-19 pandemic of 2020, many places and resources are closed, so this movie served as a greater purpose about the homeless population. For instance, during the session, one of the former classmates cried while Will Smith and his son were held up in the public restroom. The event helped to focus and identify what is needed in society to develop equality.

Comparison with Expectations

Sharing and donating food was an event, which changed my perspective on the community of the homeless. For instance, I interacted with an African American homeless soldier veteran who was almost 45 years old. He graduated from university and joined the military. His ambition was to help society and protect its national interests. The focus of the veteran was to fight. I was not hesitant and nor feared interacting with him, but his insight and ability to see through me calmed me down. He shared why and how he became a homeless person. The medical disparity in the nation rendered him unable to treat his post-traumatic stress disorder from the trauma he faced while at war. Thus, the change in his life, and now he cannot hold a job without meds.

On the other hand, the Facetime call helped me look beyond learning communication and interpersonal skills. It helped me to understand the meaning of empathy and supporting minorities. The call expected to share and discuss the movie’s different ups and downs. To share the challenges they faced while looking for working, raising a son and being homeless. Understanding the conference call was a challenge, and it helped identify the challenges facing many people in the community. Like my former classmate who expressed how her elderly father passed on due to Covid-19 and lack of medical attention, I understood the role culture and ethnicity play in medical and healthcare. It is not a good measure since it undermines and discourages the potential of diversity in cultural learning.

Emotional Impact

For instance, the visitation and donation of food made me reflect on the fortune of being a minority and the advantages it offers to society. Being a minority helps one look at life from a different perspective. A perspective of considering and laying the necessary measures and means of interacting with one another is not common to wish to be a minority. Still, if one has the ability to help, I would love to be a minority and be part of a community program and social development, focusing on helping the homeless have a suitable and stable life. The soldier who told me about his PTSD defined being a minority reflecting on life with different obstacles but working hard to ensure life has meaning. The same applies to learning and using different cultural learning skills to focus on the issues affecting minorities in healthcare. My classmate expressed her gratitude for being born to a minority family, working hard, being taught morals, and being considerate of others. For instance, being a minority helps one to bond and interact with others on a day to day basis. It allows one to bond and develops the skills and measures highlighting development and diversity. I was grateful to speak to many people who have minorities as a common element. They have the same attributes and have seen how life can be influenced through appropriate learning, using skills, and focusing on social development and creativity.

People have different perspectives on culture and identity; the emotional impact offered me a different choice, such as an admission to give and present a valid position on life. The essentials of life are many, but when relativism plays a vital role, one can only connect between its transformation, diverse culture, and meeting a connection to improve life’s choices and promises. As a result, it is decreasing since it affects one’s position. For instance, what is the relativism of an educated veteran unable to access medical coverage, and he is faced with the challenge of unethical development and social differences? Cultural relativism and moral obligations play a vital role in influencing one’s perception and consideration (Evans, 2020). For instance, the church was sponsoring medical services, check-ups, and getting new clothing monthly at the homeless shelters. Having the urge and need to help is a moral obligation as part of social values and responsibility. For instance, growing up in a community facing different challenges, such as inequality, parents working hard to make ends meet, environmental differences, and either knowing or not knowing what veterans did in the war to keep us safe is a challenging prospect. It draws upon one’s ability to meet and improve conscience as it maintains and develops a choice to govern and influence one’s ability and diversity. As a result, it is a means of understanding these challenges, making one accept and deal with the undermining principles and effects of development.

Key Things Learned

Some of the many effects of cultural differences in society are the perception people, or mainstream society has regarding a given community. Do not relate the acts of a few to a multitude of society. It is a means to engage and ensure diversity in terms of engaging with one another. As a result, it does not hinder, nor does it account for societal changes as they guide and often figure out the importance of social development. I learned that culture is wide and interacting with the homeless people, shows the bottleneck of social policies, and identifies the media and other people to describe it. As the elderly homeless veteran pointed out, “the media marks us as a social problem affecting community development and diversity, but society has shunned us, and we lack basic equality.” This is emotional to consider the policies and the image society has painted of homeless people. At first, my perception was the fear of interacting with them. The lack of proper clothing and being unkempt made me fear their look. But through interaction and their warm smiles, I learned the culture of homeless people and minorities is not any different from any mainstream culture. Media and personal discrimination have been a challenge, and it undermines access and use of these effective measures. Through the conference call, I learned that culture is an identity, making other communities work and feel closer to each other. It is a bridge connecting one community, its traditions, practices, bond, and life lessons. All these are lessons learned from the conference call.

Counseling Theories Validated for This Group

In consideration of the homeless people, to develop the right mentality and ensure an opportunity for fighting is to ensure and develop an opportunity for therapy and counseling. According to Cahill et al., 2009, in their research, cognitive behavior therapy found a key attribute for trauma exposure and developing steps to reduce the impact of PTSD. For instance, in my interaction with the homeless veteran soldier, the inability to see a therapist affected his chances of overcoming trauma and learning to lean on family for support till he gets the support and treatment needed. The added advantage of this is to measure the diversity needed and ensure a protective and resilience to seek and improve behavioral development (Evans, 2020). It is a means to develop and improve resource support and assimilation to improve life and its many different


Counseling and communication go hand to hand. In making the conference call, it is essential to consider the facts and factors affecting my fellow students. When others were making fun of the pandemic, she was suffering and needed attention and a listening ear. According to Rautalinko, Lisper & Ekehammar (2007), reflective listening can help one process emotions, understand each other, and measure a factor relative to social development and communication diversity. It is a factor affecting social development and communication. She needed someone to listen to her. The conference call presented an opportunity to listen to her issue, encourage her through guidance and intervention, and encourage her to seek support from friends and professional help.



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Evans, G. (2020). The causes and consequences of Veterans’ homelessness. Parity33(6), 15.

Rautalinko, E., Lisper, H. O., & Ekehammar, B. (2007). Reflective listening in counseling: effects of training time and evaluator social skills. American journal of psychotherapy61(2), 191-209.

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