On Monday's edition of Lubbock's First News Mary Guetersloh, an advocate for homeless issues, talked with Tom Collins and Laura Mac about some of the services available to homeless in need in Lubbock.

The homeless population in Lubbock has been a source of discussion for many in the city for a number of years now. Guetersloh said that while we are commissioned by God to help the homeless, there are many people who choose to be homeless and to abuse the kindness of those who want to help. She went on to say that many of these local panhandlers know where they can get a good meal in town, and are just in it for the money.

However, Guetersloh has a method for dealing with panhandlers while still helping those who are truly in need. She recommends handing out "Pocket Pals" to the homeless; a list of locations across town where homeless can find food, clothing, shelter and other such necessities. She added that there are plenty of opportunities for the homeless in Lubbock to receive aid, they just have to be willing to put in the effort to get the help themselves.

For more information, visit the South Plains Homeless Consortium website at spconsortium.com. You can also download the Pocket Pals list here.