- May 21, 2001
You have a noble goal and there is some truth to it. There are many very good paying jobs that do not require college degrees or do not require a lot of experience.Some of these jobs require a "apprenticeship" and/or a community college "certificate" but none requires a degree or experience in another field.
But, like others have said, you are so, so, so misguided. Guess what? A community collage certificate IS a degree. An apprenticeship IS experience. In case that didn't get through, I made a MS Paint drawing for you:
I do regularly help out the needy -- whether they are homeless, or kids, or whatever. The first thing you need to know is that they can't just jump from their current position to where you wish them to be. You can't teach a starving person to fish--they have no strength to reel in the fish even if they did somehow magically have a pole, and bait, and money for a fishing license, and access to a private lake/stream or at least money to enter public fishing grounds, and a knife to fillet it, and a kitchen to cook it. You need to both feed the starving person AND AFTER THAT then you can teach them to fish. If you do only one of the two, then you will fail.
The vast majority of homeless have mental problems. Many have drug or alcohol problems. Virtually all have a serious medical problem. All have societal problems (no one on your list will hire a smelly, dirty homeless person in an interview and even if they wanted to there is no phone number or address to notify them they are hired). You need to address those issues first and then help them on their way to one of the jobs on your list.