“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ― Charles Dickens

My heart has been particularly heavy these past few months, reading the news coming from the United States and Europe. Stories of xenophobia, bigotry and discrimination have been on the rise. Politicians have zeroed in on the “other” to create a mentality that binds people together with fear — with quite a lot of success, unfortunately.

Having spent most of my youth volunteering with the homeless in Baltimore, my many interactions with this particular group of marginalized people…