This simple message is the chorus of a song, "Homeless People," written and performed in a slow, reflective style by vocalist/songwriter
Another verse from the song goes: "We all have to remember life is a funny place; we could all be homeless if not for God's good grace."
The song notes there are also U.S. military veterans who are homeless and need help.
Malinowitzer, 62, is selling packaged copies of the song on CD and video on DVD to raise money to benefit area homeless.
"The money raised will go to buying basic necessity items for people living on the streets," said Malinowitzer, a
"I plan to personally go around to the homeless at food pantries, see what they need and use the money to get those things for them."
Outreach to help
The Monroe County Homeless Initiative was formed early last year to address the issue of homelessness.
Last spring, the group opened a day center on
Seeking an agency that could ensure the day center would effectively connect the homeless with the services they need, the Homeless Initiative later contacted
Earlier this year, the Homeless Initiative closed the
Taking in the homeless
Malinowitzer was volunteering at the
Malinowitzer and his wife took Lentz and Storm into their home, providing temporary housing until both men could get back on their feet.
As of Monday, Lentz and Storm were both employed and still living with the Malinowitzers.
A Nazi Holocaust survivor's son,
The religious songs he wrote reflect this belief.
In meeting and getting to know some of the homeless, he found people who, despite their circumstances, live with just as much dignity and self-respect as those who have homes.
"Meeting people like these is what inspired me to write 'Homeless People,'" he said.
Malinowitzer's wife's grandson, keyboardist
From hopeless to hopeful
Among those appearing in the video, which Malinowitzer dedicated to his mother's memory, are Malinowitzer, Lentz, Storm and homeless military veterans
The CD/DVD container's front cover shows a picture of Lentz and Cox, standing by a tent in the woods in the wintertime, with the word "hopeless" at the bottom.
The back cover shows both men (now dressed better) with Cox dressed in his military uniform, standing in front of a house, with the words "hope restored" at the bottom.
"This is how it can be for the homeless if we help them," Malinowitzer said.
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