Bridges we cross: Homelessness

JoAnn Rolle, Ph.d.,
2 min readMar 13, 2021

I was in Church this morning listening more intently than usual. I was half thinking about the sermon and half about the snowstorm that was only minutes away. Then something I heard truly engaged me — it was the statement, “We all are homeless”. He went on to talk about the man who instead of passing homeless individuals by — began purchasing the signs they were holding. He went on to say sometimes it's not about the money, many would appreciate a kind word, a gentle smile, or merely acknowledgment of their existence.

After church, I went home to see the video and read more about the kind deed that has become a mission, a calling, a personal work to share kindness and caring for humanity. As we all are experiencing our personal COVID-related challenges, we can be better neighbors and reach out more — if only with a smile to note, ‘I feel your pain.”

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JoAnn Rolle, Ph.d.,

JoAnn Rolle, Ph.D., Dean of Business at Medgar Evers College, City University of New York (CUNY) is an economist and international keynote speaker.