I froze, because it was getting dark and it was a man's voice, but I'm also from the Midwest, so I turned to answer.
I was looking at them at this point, but not *seeing* them. I had a bus to catch.
So I shrugged and said, "sorry, just left my synagogue, not really a church expert."
Normally, if a man asks me to stand there and google something for him after dark, hell no. But this guy had a family with him.
Part of me groaned silently. I'd had a stressful day, shul had helped me chill, I wanted to go home and have a peaceful evening.
It's harder than I thought to find info about what shelters are in the area, & during what hours they accept people.
"I don't," she said. She turned to him. "Do you want me to just get you a hotel room for the night?"
I started googling hotels, willing my phone battery to last because I wasn't sure how long the buses kept running and I might need a Lyft.
But every time, the size of the problem is so stark and so overwhelming, and it makes it obvious how systemic the problem is.
Because as futile as anything I can do on an individual basis is, or even on a small community basis...
There is zero reason for anyone to be without shelter.