It is hard to meet the homeless and treat them as our fellow human beings. Sometimes it is even hard to give them your loose change. The next time you have the opportunity, give a homeless person a handout of food or money, and also take the time to start a conversation. Ask the person's name, where he or she lives or hangs out, and whether the person would like you to bring food or clothing. In some way, acknowledge the person's humanity and individuality before you part.

Tom Cowan in The Way of the Saints