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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

It's not an uncommon sight: a man down on his luck asking for help at a city bus depot. People might avoid him or give him some spare change. Either way, he's often treated with suspicion. Recently, a homeless man approached several Miami-Dade police officers who routinely patrol a travel hub near the city's airport -- and the situation played out much differently.




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Terrific story.

#1 | Posted by danni at 2019-11-20 04:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Social services are so non-existent, it falls to the police?

That's not a terrific story, that's a dystopia!

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-11-20 04:28 PM | Reply

Miami-Dade County Community Resource Centers offer a variety of social services to economically disadvantaged individuals and families interested in achieving self-sufficiency.

Services vary at each of the 13 Community Resource Centers. See the list of services below for locations where they are provided.

Adult Day Care
Citizenship and Immigration Assistance
Computer Training
Disability Services for People Living Independently (DSAIL)
Domestic Violence Assistance
Elderly Care Planning
Family and Child Empowerment (Project FACE)
Farmworker Employment Training
Head Start / Early Head Start
Home Beautification
Home Care Assistance for Elderly Residents with Disabilities
Home Rehabilitation Programs
Home Weatherization Assistance
Light Bill Assistance
Meals for the Elderly
Paint and Hurricane Shutters
Psychology Internship
Rental Assistance for the Homeless or Evicted
Residential Construction Mitigation Program
Senior Volunteer Programs
Specialized Senior Centers
Substance Abuse Treatment Programs
Tax Preparation Assistance
Veteran Services Programs
Youth Employment Services

All locations are open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on observed holidays.

#3 | Posted by homerj at 2019-11-20 05:31 PM | Reply

@#2 ... it falls to the police? ...

Why can't police officers help people?

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-11-20 08:06 PM | Reply

Who said they can't?
It's not that they can't.
It's that they shouldn't have to.

This isn't like helping some guy change a flat tire, you know.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-11-20 08:18 PM | Reply

@#5 ... Who said they can't?
It's not that they can't. ...

OK, point taken. Apologizes, I misread the intent of your comment.

... It's that they shouldn't have to. ...

I agree. But that they acted in the manner they did is a feature, not a bug.

This past summer, the local Connecticut TV News @6pm had a story where a policeman came upon a young boy who had a flat tire on his bicycle.

The policeman used the patch kit on the bike, fixed the tire and assured the kid went on his way.

I view those types of actions by the police as part of what they do. It is not all about arresting people.

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-11-20 08:29 PM | Reply

We do read so many stories where police officers do bad things, I'm going to take a wild guess and say that they do many more good things than bad and I appreciate a story like this that highlights a good deed done by those officers. I also appreciate that it is Miami Dade County which gets an undeserved bad reputation so often. I used to live down there, now I live in Broward. Basically the same atmosphere. I love it down here, just hope we don't drown.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2019-11-21 07:16 AM | Reply

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