My Fieldwork Involved Learning The Ways Of The Homeless Population

829 Words Apr 10th, 2016 4 Pages
My fieldwork involved learning the ways of the homeless population. During the week of March 21st 2016 a group of about 3 others, and myself walked down to the Marion Soup Kitchen dressed in run down cloths, and a somber faces. My goal was to truly be able to immerse myself in the culture of the homeless population, and learn their struggles unfiltered by an outsider’s perspective. My journey was nerve racking, depressing, and eye opening to say the least, but I wouldn’t trade it because of all the things I learned, and people I met. The saying, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” holds truth beyond words. The day started waiting in line at the soup kitchen for lunch. The first thing I noticed was the overwhelming smell of urine, and other bodily fluids. It alone made me want to turn back. Once, I could get past the smell, I began to notice the multitudes of different people around. They were different in many regards: ethnicity, gender, attire, personality, etc. just like every population. I will admit, I worried that someone was going to confront my group for being outsiders. This did not occur outright, but the many questions, and strange looks from individuals showed their concern. After waiting for what felt to be about forty-five minutes we moved inside. We proceeded through a cafeteria style line to gather our food. We were given hot dogs, and Cheetos. A common lunch food it was, but at the same time was so hard to eat. I am not sure if it was the overwhelming…

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