Gretchen Savage1 
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Re: “Homelessness and Help

Editor: “Family on the Corner” was an article that explained the many perspectives of Cheyanna Long and Timothy Howard’s sad story. Their story is sad, but what is even more heartbreaking is their ability to panhandle with those two kids for the past 8-months. Our community felt sorry for them and tried to help them by giving them advice and money. Did they use that money or advice to help get their kids off the street? No, they did not. They both have family willing to help them. They are not accepting any help, which is wrong. Their kids don’t need to be growing up spending their young lives on the street. Those children deserve a good home. Cheyanna and Tim either need to provide this for them, or the Child Protective Services needs to step in. CPS helps children who are either abused or neglected. One of CPS’s definitions of “neglect” : ‘is the failure to provide a child with food, clothing, or shelter necessary to sustain the life or health of a child, excluding failure caused primarily by financial inability unless relief services had been offered and refused.’ This family has many people willing to help them. Those two kids need to be cared and provided for properly until Cheyanna and Tim get their lives figured out and are able to properly care for their children. I haven’t seen them on the street corner for awhile, and I have high hopes for them to do the right thing.

Posted by Gretchen Savage on 11/17/2010 at 2:35 PM

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