Henry Garon is a retired professor of physics and a married deacon in the Catholic Church who has worked for many years at Ozanam Inn, a Society of St. Vincent de Paul residence for the homeless in New Orleans. A recent survey has shown that the number of homeless in America is estimated to be in excess of three million and increasing. These people are wanderers of every type. Nearly one-third of street people have serious mental and emotional disorders. In addition, many homeless people suffer from lower-leg vascular disorders, including swellings and foot ulcerations that are the result of so much walking, standing, and sleeping in upright positions.
Garon shares stories of the wanderers in New Orleans and the daily challenges they face in getting food and shelter from the elements. The author believes that the homeless need to hear about their worth as human beings. He knows they desire to receive little acts of kindness or just to be listened to by somebody. Garon’s postscript includes suggestions for Getting Involved with the homeless:
"The poor are especially dear to God's heart. Only by getting involved can we experience the privilege of descending into the valleys and climbing the mountains, of accompanying them on their journey and so, with them, drawing closer to the Lord."