Wheelchair Battery Drama-A Fort Collins man’s journey out homelessness with his dog

Wheelchair Battery Drama

Wheelchair Battery Drama
Image kindly used from the Coloradoan.

Wheelchair Battery Drama

We, as a society, don’t take care of our injured and our mentally ill. Especially, some war veterans who risked their lives during various conflicts across the world. We don’t take care of our addicts and we don’t take care of high-risk people. High- risk people are born with disadvantages and disabilities.

This attached article from the”Coloradoan” is about such a person, Disabled veteran Richard Demes and his dog, Chico.

Some towns and cities have created shelters for street people, but the shelters are few and far between and sometimes the lifestyle established is just too hard to change. For this reason,Richard and Chico wondered about the streets, sleeping in his wheelchair. because the wheelchair works from “mobility scooter batteries” then he had to charge it up wherever he could

This went on until the battery eventually died on him, leaving him helpless and with shelter. People who have no home have dropped through the cracks. They are from fractured families or have undiagnosed mental and physical conditions. We don’t deal with mental illness well.

Wheelchair Battery Drama-many homeless have mental heath issues?

Things are slowly changing as regards to mental health issues. Here in the UK our health service is recognising that we have been letting the people who suffer from mental illness down badly. I know that homeless people have made the choice to be where they are. Their choice was based on their circumstances, what they believed about themselves and what they believed about the world.

It’s unfortunate that we let the powers that be dictate their priorities to us. Richard Demes was able to get some help with a holiday home but I am not sure what that entails.Indeed I have seen this kind of thing here in the UK. A badly shaven man in a wheelchair. Hence, was carrying all his belongings in the standard carrier bags that we are so used to seen with homeless people.

We were outside a food takeaway in the centre of Huddersfield in the UK. So I bought him a sandwich and a drink. The guy was very quiet spoken and polite. I must admit that I had a guilty conscience about his circumstances. To me it s a double whammy when you are disabled and also homeless. I would be glad if we all took a second look at how we live and how we contribute to the health and welfare of the people in our world and on our planet.

Anyhow, Richard looks a little happier sat with his dog and companion Chico.

Disabled veteran Richard Demes and his dog, Chico, found home after more than a year on the streets. The duo almost lost each other while homeless.

Source: A Fort Collins man’s journey out homelessness with his dog

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