'Catch and release' or courage and real help for the homeless?

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Charles P. MorganThere’s a lot of talk in the air lately about race, about poverty and, particularly, about homelessness in Minnesota. What sometimes gets lost in the discussion is that we forget that we are talking about real people, not statistics, not buzzwords that have somehow lost their meaning in a charged environment.Getting at the root causes of why someone is homeless is, frankly, very hard work. As a licensed family therapist, I know that it can sometimes take eight to nine months to win someone’s confidence, where they can openly talk about the pain they are carrying.We see this at Union Gospel Mission, where some people who come to us assume that we are here for some sort of “catch and release” quick fix effort to help. I didn’t invent...

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