One of the questions I ask students who come to volunteer for community service credits is "What does a homeless person look like?"

I get a wide variety of answers that are rooted in stereotypes and preconceptions.  They aren't necessarily wrong but instead are incomplete.  After the students serve meals or help people shop in the pantry I ask them another question.  "Which of the people they helped are homeless?"  Most have no idea.  

I don't think Port Chester, which is my home, is any different from anywhere else.  Wherever we encounter people who are facing different situations than we are, we have misconceptions and even fear.  The more people we can get to come and spend time with us, the more we will be able to breakdown the walls that separate us.