Probably half the time I drive by them to my parking spot there's someone either in the dumpster, or climbing out of the dumpster. Most of them appear to be homeless men searching for aluminum cans or other items they can recycle or sell. For sure, those dumpsters are a regular stop for those on the homeless circuit who park their shopping carts outside while they look for something of value to put in them.
While the dumpsters are there for the business people in the area, construction workers, and landscapers who don't want to drive to the city dump also make use of them.
I bring this up because sometimes I have a hard time understanding why people would work that hard to survive. Are they addicts? Are they mentallly Ill?
When you think about it, being homeless is hard work and sometimes dangerous. There's never a guarantee that a homeless person will find something to eat. A place to shower, to safe place to sleep, or take care of their other needs. To survive takes a certain amount of cunning and ambition.
Several studies show that the homeless population has many adddicts and mentally ill within their population. Yet, in spite of that they somehow muster up the ability to survive and feed their habits.
I know that if they took the time to think about it, there are much easier ways to meet life's needs. We live in a time of prosperity where signs are posted everywhere by companies seeking help. One would have to be blind to not see them.
I think they all could prosper if they would put the energy they expend on scavenging - toward positive things like working a regular job - they would succeed.
Or they might read the story of the man who went from being homeless to becoming worth 3 billion dollars. His name is Paul Jones DeJoria and he's one of the creators of a top line of hair products. His story is on YouTube and is well worth reading. Forbes magazine rates him as one of the 400 wealthiest people in the world which goes to show that anythng is possible if we have the will - homeless or not.