Letter: More compassion, less fear needed

The proposed homeless shelter and supported housing project is perhaps one of the best projects possible to demonstrate that Parksville is a city to be proud of. Like any city, Parksville has some citizens who, for a variety of reasons, cannot find or sustain a physical accommodation. These people live here, are mostly from here and Parksville is their home.

For a community to come to their aid is an act of compassion, generosity and basic humanity. Homeless people are just like the rest of us. They have a name; they have a life story; they show gratitude for kindness. They deserve the dignity that a safe bed can offer.

Take some time to talk to a homeless person and discover that they, too, are citizens with hopes and dreams not any different in their humanity from anyone else. There is nothing to be afraid of.

Dick and Doreen Hampton


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