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The other day, Richard Gere attended a screening of his 2015 film ('Time Out Of Mind’) at a soup kitchen in Rome (Sant’Egidio). About 100 homeless people were present.

The film is about a mentally-ill man who becomes homeless and struggles to survive on the streets of New York. During the production Gere himself spent hours disguised as a homeless man, and the film captures the actual reactions of passers-by to someone living on the streets.

Gere said, “I could feel in a very visceral way what it is like to be untethered, not connected to reality any more, not connected to society anymore, not connected to friends anymore, being invisible on the streets.

"The thing that heals people is not money and it is not governments. It is people,” he continued, “people, who care about each other and look each other in the eye; want to hear their story and people who want to hear your story. And these human connections is what heals us, certainly emotionally, psychologically but even physically that’s the beginning of healing us in all ways.

"Anyone can hit hard times and end up homeless. It's that fragile. The difference between us who have seemingly productive lives, and someone who ends up lost, a lost soul on the streets.”

The president of the Sant’Egidio community took the occasion to say people must do three things to help the homeless: “Stop, listen, help.”


Thank you for this. Last night I watched the movie The Lady in the Van. It is a true story, and also shows the challenging plight of some. "Stop, listen, help." Yes!
With due respect to Richard Gere, we used to call that "slumming." There is a difference between homelessness which will end when the shoot ends and that which may or may not ever end. Let one of the 100 tell how it feels.

It is amazing however, to see how quickly the feeling of uselessness and hopelessness can be transferred from others' looks to one's inner being.
Let's not be judgemental.
Ah, yes. Thank you.
Love Richard Gere. Have to watch that film.