I want to tell you about a man living on the beach, how he came to love my dogs, How we came to love him, and how our lives are forever changed. I would like to share a story how we helped change the life of someone who was sleeping on a beach waiting to die. This is also a story where the name could easily be replaced with many. With the troubling economy, so many people and especially single mothers out of work, companies closing and massive layoffs, one can no longer say, “oh look at the homeless man”. It has now hit so close to home for many Americans. We are all responsible to each other. And, we are all, frightfully very close to this as our reality.https://www.ienglishcn.com/
我想告诉你一个男人住在海滩上，他是如何爱我的狗的，我们是如何爱他的，以及我们的生活将如何永远改变。 我想分享一个故事，我们如何帮助改变在沙滩上睡觉等待死亡的人的生活。 这也是一个故事，在这个故事中很容易用很多名字代替这个名字。 由于经济不景气，许多人，特别是单身母亲失业，公司倒闭和大规模裁员，人们再也不能说：“噢，看看无家可归的人”。 现在，对许多美国人来说，它已经离家很近了。 我们彼此负责。 而且，我们所有人都可怕地非常接近于这是我们的现实。
My name is Lori Ravelli and this is the story of Dennis. Our “home free” friend that chose to sleep on the beach waiting to die. He was told he had cancer and had a few months to live. He enjoyed watching the sun come up and set each day, until the day he would be called home to heaven. Our friendship developed because he loved my dogs so much. We had spoken to him on numerous occasions when we walked the dogs on the beach near our house. Never had he asked us for anything except to love and play with my dogs as we walked them. www.ienglishcn.com。It was a very simple request and we were glad to oblige. My dogs are very good judge of character loved their new friend just as much as he loved them. This led to many further conversations of getting to know Dennis as a person and not just someone that was homeless we walked passed on the beach.
我叫Lori Ravelli，这就是丹尼斯的故事。 我们的“无家可归”朋友选择睡在海滩上等待死亡。 有人告诉他他患有癌症，还有几个月的生命。 他喜欢每天看着太阳升起，直到被称为天堂之家。 我们之所以建立友谊是因为他非常爱我的狗。 当我们在房屋附近的海滩上walk狗时，我们曾多次与他交谈。 他从来没有向我们要过什么，除了爱我走路时要和我的狗一起玩。 这是一个非常简单的请求，我们很乐意为您服务。 我的狗是性格很好的判断者，爱他的新朋友和爱他的狗一样多。 这导致了许多进一步的对话，他们认识丹尼斯是一个人，而不仅仅是一个我们无家可归的人在海滩上经过。
As we got to know more about him he had shared his stories and it really pulled at my heart strings. My husband and I wanted to try to make a difference in his life. I guess it is could have also been because I had always had the greatest fear of being homeless myself. We started out by giving him meals, clothes, blankets, pillows, personal items and sometimes a little cash because we are able to and it felt good to share. I felt even more drawn to help him because he had never, ever asked us for anything except to pet and love on our dogs. We had even questioned him…if we could give him anything that he needed what would it be? If he would have said a new pair of shoes, a warm bed, a hot shower, a huge meal…anything…he said he needed nothing… “he had Jesus in his heart”. I was speechless because we would have given him whatever he had asked for. He always appreciated everything so much and would question us why we were so good to him. We did not think of it as good but as kind. Many of us have too much and there are so many that have so little or nothing, it does not take much to be able to help someone less fortunate. On many occasions I have seen him share what little he had with others on the street and it brought tears to my eyes. The first time we had seen him someone had handed him food leftover from their meal, he graciously took it and walked it down the beach and handed it to someone else that may had not eaten that day. To see someone who has literally nothing but still wanted to share what he had with others was so eye opening. The small gestures did not mean much to us but so much to him. He was so grateful and did not understand why my husband and I took him under our wing and wanted to try to make a difference in his life.
My favorite quote has always been “Be the change you wish to see it the world” and it is my motto. During one of the worst times in my life, while I was losing my mother I put even more energy into helping my friend. He was a very positive distraction and I had no control over the loss of mom but I took control of helping my friend. One day during that time he handed me this letter….and then took my kids (our dogs) for a walk on the beach. I did not realize we made such a difference in his life.
我最喜欢的名言一直是“成为改变，您希望看到世界”，这是我的座右铭。 在我一生中最糟糕的时刻之一，当我失去母亲时，我投入了更多精力来帮助我的朋友。 他是一个非常积极的分心者，我无法控制失去母亲，但是我控制了帮助我的朋友。 在那段时间的一天里，他把这封信递给我…。然后带我的孩子们（我们的狗）在沙滩上散步。 我没有意识到我们对他的生活有如此大的改变。
So…now he wants to live what great news!! At that moment we realized for so long no one took any time to talk to him and treat him like “he matters.” Dennis is a kind, generous, caring and wonderful soul. Dennis is not less then anyone and nor does he deserve to be treated as such. He is able to make choices like anyone of us and he chose to live on the beach and be “home free”.www.ienglishcn.com
所以…现在他想活着什么好消息！ 在那一刻，我们意识到，很长一段时间以来，没有人花时间与他交谈并把他当作“他很重要”。 丹尼斯是一个善良，慷慨，关怀和美妙的灵魂。 丹尼斯不少于任何人，也不应该被这样对待。 他能够像我们所有人一样做出选择，他选择了在海滩上生活，成为“无家可归”的人。
Dennis fell ill and spent a week in the hospital right before Thanksgiving. We visited him many times during his stay to make sure he was getting better and knew we were concerned about him and his well being. I even brought my service dog to help brighten his day. What better way to feel better when you are in a hospital then some doggie loving! I cooked Thanksgiving dinner and I brought him a giant, hot meal for him to enjoy in the hospital. After we spent time with our friend we delivered meals to many other people that slept on the streets. It had been a very long time since he had a huge, hot Thanksgiving meal made with love. During his time in the hospital he went from wanting to meet his maker to wanting to get back to “living” on his beach.
丹尼斯（Dennis）病倒了，就在感恩节之前在医院呆了一个星期。 我们在他逗留期间多次拜访他，以确保他的状况得到改善，并知道我们关心他和他的健康。 我什至带来了我的服务犬来帮助改善他的生活。 当您在医院里时，还有什么比小狗更爱的更好的方式来使您感觉更好！ 我煮了感恩节晚餐，给他带来了一顿丰盛的热饭让他在医院里享用。 与朋友共度时光后，我们为在大街上睡着的许多其他人提供了饭菜。 自从他吃了一顿热爱的感恩节大餐以来，已经很长时间了。 在医院期间，他从想见他的制造商开始，又想回到海滩上“生活”。
When Dennis left the hospital we were worried about his well being and did not feel comfortable with him sleeping on the beach. The weather was changing and the temperatures overnight were getting colder. We decided to get him a hotel room for a couple of weeks to sleep in where he was safe and warm. I had some friends that were following his story online that wanted to help and were sending funds to help Dennis. We had never asked anyone for anything but people just felt they wanted to be a part of this story. I was trying my best to help this gentleman get off of the streets and into a home. I was tired of worrying about my friend sleeping outside in inclement weather. Hunkered down in a port-a-potty during a hurricane or a huge drop in the temperature overnight was bothering us greatly. Dennis was skeptical why we wanted to do this and a bit hesitant to go along with my plan. Then he realized that we cared for him and only wanted the best for him and the best did not mean leaving him to sleep on the streets. No one had taken the time to get to know him or care about him like we did.
Now it is the middle of the holiday season which causes depression for so many including Dennis. He doesn’t enjoy the holidays and it amplifies how sad and lonely he is. He had decided this year he wanted to have a Christmas/holiday tree at his spot on the beach. This tree was going to help him get out of the holiday funk. He and my husband found a small palm tree to that they decorated and it became the most photographed holiday tree in our neighborhood. It brought so many smiles to everyone’s faces as they walked passed it on the beach. We bought ornaments and Dennis handed ornaments to people as they walked by so they could help decorate the tree. People began to leave toys and trinkets under the tree. What would have been another sad, lonely holiday season for Dennis just became a joyous time because of this Christmas tree. It made people stop, they engaged in conversation with Dennis and then they took pictures. It gave Dennis so much joy and a purpose. For people to stop and spend time talking to him filled his heart with happiness. He was not asking anyone for anything but really appreciated their time and their conversations. Each night he had to hide the tree from the city workers because they had orders remove it. He took it down and put it back up for weeks to keep it safe from the workers. There was no way he was letting his link to a little happiness get thrown away until after Christmas had passed. He would not let them remove that tree until he was ready to let it go.www.ienglishcn.com
We were spending Christmas Day with two of our friends and they were gracious enough to invite Dennis to join us. We made sure he had presents to open and felt “included” in our holiday celebration. We had a delicious meal, lots of laughs and memories created. He had a lovely holiday season and had no reason to be depressed this year. This was the first year in many years that he actually enjoyed the season and we are so glad we were able to be a part of that.
我们和两个朋友度过圣诞节，他们非常亲切地邀请丹尼斯加入我们。 我们确保他有礼物可以打开，并在我们的节日庆祝活动中感到“被包括”。 我们吃了一顿美餐，创造了很多笑声和回忆。 他的假期很愉快，今年没有理由感到沮丧。 这是他多年来真正享受这个赛季的第一年，我们很高兴能够参加其中。
After a few minor setbacks we found him a home where they had a room for rent. The house we found is a great fit and his soon to be roommates are all close to his age. Once I knew that he was finally ready to get off of the streets I wanted to help set him up for success. I put the word out in my neighborhood looking for items to help him start all over. Within a few hours and a few miles driving around he had almost everything he could need. The room was furnished but he did not have much else. People in my neighborhood gave us so much and were so willing to help. Pots, pans, utensils, plates, bedding, a tv and so much more all to help a stranger in need start all over. It brought so much joy for me with each stop to pick up something else that someone had too much of and was willing to give it to someone who had nothing. The day he moved into his new home he did not look like he was homeless the day before… he looked like he had just relocated to a new place.
几经周折，我们找到了他一个有出租房的房子。 我们找到的房子非常合适，他即将成为室友的年龄都差不多。 一旦我知道他终于准备走出街道，我便想帮助他建立成功。 我在附近说出这个词来寻找帮助他重新开始的项目。 在几小时零几英里的车程中，他几乎拥有了所需的一切。 房间里有家具，但他没有太多其他东西。 我附近的人们给了我们很多，并且非常愿意提供帮助。 锅，锅，器皿，盘子，床上用品，电视等等，都可以帮助有需要的陌生人重新开始。 每次停下来捡拾别的东西给我带来了极大的快乐，以至于有人给了太多东西，并且愿意把它给没有东西的人。 在他搬进新家的那一天，他看起来好像没有前一天的无家可归……他看起来好像刚刚搬到了一个新地方。
He did relocate hand this story is not over…it is a new beginning. Dennis has new friends, a home where he is safe and warm and a purpose. He has been in his home over a month and does not miss sleeping on the streets. He wants to make a difference in the lives of others and is no longer waiting to die. He can still enjoy the beach to watch the sun rise/set but he no longer has to worry where he will safely lay his head. Dennis is now wanting to live and enjoying life. My husband and I are so glad we were the ones that took the time to get to know him and could help him (even though he didn’t think he needed help). There is so much for him to live for and my ultimate goal would be to connect him with his family that he has not spoken to in years…that would be the best gift I could give!! Especially after losing my mom and not able to ever speak to her again I hope I can help connect him with his son before it becomes too late.
他确实搬家了，这个故事还没有结束……这是一个新的开始。 丹尼斯有新朋友，他的家既安全又温暖，而且目的明确。 他已经在家里呆了一个多月，并且不会错过在大街上睡觉的机会。 他想改变别人的生活，不再等待死亡。 他仍然可以在海滩上看日出/日落，但是他不必担心他会在哪里安全躺下头。 丹尼斯现在想要生活和享受生活。 我和丈夫很高兴我们俩花了一些时间认识他并可以帮助他（即使他认为他不需要帮助）。 他有很多可以生存的地方，而我的最终目标是使他与他的家人联系在一起，这是他多年以来从未与他交谈过的……这将是我送给我的最好的礼物！ 尤其是在失去我的妈妈并且无法再与她说话之后，我希望我可以在他变得太迟之前帮助他与儿子建立联系。
There are so many more chapters that belong in this story but I just wanted to share some of it with you. To spread the words of kindness which these days more then ever are so needed. It didn’t cost much to do what we did but the reward has been enormous and the friendship we created will be lifelong. I hope others can read/hear our story and help someone if they can. We all need to “Be the change they wish to see in the world”.
这个故事中还有很多章节，但我只想与您分享一些。 要传播这些日子比现在更多的仁慈之言。 做我们的事情并不需要花费太多，但是回报是巨大的，我们建立的友谊将是终身的。 我希望其他人可以阅读/聆听我们的故事，并在可能的情况下帮助他人。 我们所有人都需要“成为他们希望在世界上看到的改变”。