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  • Christine

    Invisible People
    invisiblepeople
    26 Jun 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Christine works at McDonalds overnight and her daughter works there during the day. They are working homeless living in a weekly rate hotel and splitting shifts so one of them is there to take care […]
  • Vet, 97, Booted From Retirement Home Into Shelter For Ukulele Playing, Other 'Disturbances'

    Homelessness on Huffington Post
    The Huffington Post News Team
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    At 97, James Farrell doesn’t need much. Just a safe place to play his ukulele and tell the occasional battlefield story. But the three-time war ... Read more: Napa’S Hope Resource Center, James Farrell Fundraiser, Vet Kicked Out of Retirement Home, Redwood Retirement Residence, Homeless Veterans, Napa Vet Homeless, James Farrell, Homeless Vet, Homeless Vets, Impact News
  • Cops: 3 teens killed homeless

    HOMELESS - Yahoo News Search Results
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:53 am
    Three teens admitted to police they attacked two homeless men who were found dead in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Saturday, police said.
  • Oren: How media helps Hamas

    CNN.com - Top Stories
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    The displacement, injury, and death of civilians in war is always tragic, and the current fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza is no exception. But unlike the vast majority of conflicts in history, Operation Protective Edge, as Israel calls it, is one in which images of civilian suffering play a central—and potentially decisive—role in the outcome.
  • FDA Alert: Ibuprofen and Oxcarbazepine Tablets by American Health Packaging: Recall – Mislabeled Packaging

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    AnnMarie Walsh
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    FDA Alert: Ibuprofen and Oxcarbazepine Tablets by American Health Packaging: Recall – Mislabeled Packaging. ISSUE: American Health Packaging (AHP) voluntarily recalled Lot #142588, Expiration Date, 01/2016 of Ibuprofen Tablets, USP, 600 mg, in a hospital unit dose presentation that may contain individual blistered doses labeled as Oxcarbazepine Tablets, 300 mg, lot #142544. In addition, AHP voluntarily recalled Oxcarbazepine Tablets, 300 mg, lot #142544, Expiration Date, 02/2016. This recall is the result of mislabeled inner unit dose blister packaging which could result in patients…
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    Invisible People

  • Christine

    invisiblepeople
    26 Jun 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Christine works at McDonalds overnight and her daughter works there during the day. They are working homeless living in a weekly rate hotel and splitting shifts so one of them is there to take care […]
  • Cheri

    invisiblepeople
    17 Jun 2014 | 5:13 pm
    First thing Cheri said to me as I walked into her weekly-rate hotel room was “I never thought I’d be homeless at 58″.  Sadly, as the boomer generation is approaching their retirement years, and so […]
  • Greg

    invisiblepeople
    9 Jun 2014 | 7:59 am
    Greg lived in the suburbs, but after a bad relationship he started drinking and then lost his job and apartment.  Greg says his drinking got really bad when he started going to homeless shelters. Greg […]
  • Emily and her children

    invisiblepeople
    5 Jun 2014 | 8:22 am
    Emily and her husband live in a hotel near St Louis with their 4 kids and another one on the way.  When we walked in Emily  was giving her son a “time out” by sending […]
  • Christine

    invisiblepeople
    1 Jun 2014 | 7:28 am
    The heavy rain just stopped.  The tent Christine and two other people are living in near St Louis was almost collapsed and in desperate need a repair.  Christine got out of the tent and we […]
 
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    Homelessness on Huffington Post

  • Vet, 97, Booted From Retirement Home Into Shelter For Ukulele Playing, Other 'Disturbances'

    The Huffington Post News Team
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    At 97, James Farrell doesn’t need much. Just a safe place to play his ukulele and tell the occasional battlefield story. But the three-time war ... Read more: Napa’S Hope Resource Center, James Farrell Fundraiser, Vet Kicked Out of Retirement Home, Redwood Retirement Residence, Homeless Veterans, Napa Vet Homeless, James Farrell, Homeless Vet, Homeless Vets, Impact News
  • Rep. Mike Honda: Income Inequality Hurts All of Us

    Rep. Mike Honda
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    There are steps we can take right now to address this growing gap. The first is to raise our minimum wage to a living wage. No one who works full time should have to live in poverty. Increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 would lift millions out of poverty, ease some of the burden on our social safety net, and put more money into our local economy. Read more: Homeless, Welfare, Income Inequality, Silicon Valley, Politics News
  • Joel John Roberts: Prioritizing Chronic Homeless Vets: Are We Giving Up on Ending All Homelessness?

    Joel John Roberts
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    The goal line has shifted: from ending homelessness, to ending chronic homelessness, to ending chronic veteran homelessness. If we don't end chronic veteran homelessness in the next 18 months, do we shift to ending chronic female veteran homelessness? Read more: Michelle Obama First Lady, Ten-Year-Plan-to-End-Homelessness, Homelessness, Veterans Administration, Third World America, Opening Doors, Veterans, Impact News
  • Street Sense: Playground at DC General a "Victory for Children"

    Street Sense
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    At the District's family shelter at the former DC General Hospital, a new playground is beginning to take shape, offering the promise of much-needed fun and exercise to nearly 500 homeless children. Read more: Youth, Homelessness, Children, Homeless Shelters, Dc-General, Homeless Children's Playtime Project, Washington DC, Family, Impact News
  • Group Turns Bus Into Bathroom, Provides Homeless People With Hot Showers And Sense Of Dignity

    The Huffington Post News Team
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:19 am
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A nonprofit group is taking a novel approach to helping the homeless in San Francisco with a new bus that allows them to take a... Read more: Mobile Shower Homeless, Lava Mae Bus, Homelessness, Lava Mae, Homeless, San Francisco Homeless, Lava Mae Shower, Homeless Shower Bus, Good News News
 
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    CNN.com - Top Stories

  • Oren: How media helps Hamas

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    The displacement, injury, and death of civilians in war is always tragic, and the current fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza is no exception. But unlike the vast majority of conflicts in history, Operation Protective Edge, as Israel calls it, is one in which images of civilian suffering play a central—and potentially decisive—role in the outcome.
  • Court strikes key Obamacare part

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    In a dramatic blow to a key Obamacare program, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that individuals cannot use tax credits or subsidies to buy health insurance on federally run exchanges.
  • Typhoon approaches Taiwan

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    After super Typhoon Rammasun battered parts of the Philippines and China last week, another sizable storm is approaching Taiwan.
  • Russia's take

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    In the tangled aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster, two narratives have emerged -- one that most of the world subscribes to, and another that Russia and the rebels are pushing.
  • 5 unanswered questions

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    Investigators were kept away for days while the crash site was picked over. Will we ever learn what happened to Flight 17?
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    @padschicago's blog

  • FDA Alert: Ibuprofen and Oxcarbazepine Tablets by American Health Packaging: Recall – Mislabeled Packaging

    AnnMarie Walsh
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    FDA Alert: Ibuprofen and Oxcarbazepine Tablets by American Health Packaging: Recall – Mislabeled Packaging. ISSUE: American Health Packaging (AHP) voluntarily recalled Lot #142588, Expiration Date, 01/2016 of Ibuprofen Tablets, USP, 600 mg, in a hospital unit dose presentation that may contain individual blistered doses labeled as Oxcarbazepine Tablets, 300 mg, lot #142544. In addition, AHP voluntarily recalled Oxcarbazepine Tablets, 300 mg, lot #142544, Expiration Date, 02/2016. This recall is the result of mislabeled inner unit dose blister packaging which could result in patients…
  • Dan’s Duets: You won’t believe the age of this singer from Melrose Park

    AnnMarie Walsh
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    padschicago:Amazingly beautiful voice and just a 12 year old child! Originally posted on WGN-TV: [ooyala code="JyODVvbjo_XnRKNqn0Y1Fop_LI6syztz" player_id="5d88305d0c6c47eabc12e43063a41c69"] View originalFiled under: Uncategorized
  • For Mom

    AnnMarie Walsh
    26 May 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Love you!Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: ecard, love, mama, mom, mother, motherhood, parenting, picture, rose
  • WATCH: Depressed goat ends hunger strike after reuniting with burro friend

    AnnMarie Walsh
    26 May 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Originally posted on WGN-TV: Sometimes you just miss your friend. A goat, depressed over his separation from a burro, stopped eating at a California animal shelter. The Goat, Mr G, had lived with the burro in an animal hoarding situation. The goat and burro were taken to different shelters. Mr G. grew despondent and spent days not eating and lying in the corner of his stall. That is until a volunteer agreed to drive 14 hours to reunite the two animals. View originalFiled under: Uncategorized
  • Ducklings rescued from storm drain in Skokie

    AnnMarie Walsh
    20 May 2014 | 7:37 am
    padschicago:Your feel good story of the day! <3 Originally posted on WGN-TV: Young children can get into trouble pretty easily, and one scenario in the northern suburbs required the police to step in. All of these 11 ducklings fell into a storm drain in Skokie on Monday. Animal control officers were called in to make the rescue, as the mother duck looked on. The officers decided to move the ducklings away from the storm drain, so they walked them across the street to the Evanston golf course, along with the mother. Their big adventure ended at a little pond, and it looks like dad even…
 
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  • SOAR Caseworker Dialogue Group

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    This is a regular meeting of the NCCEH SOAR Caseworkers Dialogue Group. It is a caseworker roundtable to problem-solve and connect with others around the state who are working on SOAR cases.    Details on how to call in will be emailed to registered participants by the day of the call.   Dialogue Groups are free for all NCCEH members.  If you are not a member and are interested in joining, you can sign up here.
  • Programs Director - Good Shepherd Center

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Status: Full-time including regular evening hours and some weekend and holiday hours Target hire date: September 2, 2014 Background Founded in 1983, Good Shepherd has grown to become the largest provider of services to the hungry and homeless in the Cape Fear region.  Programs and services include a soup kitchen, food salvage program, day and night shelters, on-site medical clinic, case management and counseling, transitional and permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans.  The organization has 30 part- and full-time staff and more than 500 volunteers.  Good Shepherd…
  • Affordable Housing Grants from TD Charitable Foundation

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    The TD Charitable Foundation is dedicated to sustaining the well-being of the communities served by the bank in Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, DC. The Foundation’s Housing for Everyone Grant Competition provides support to nonprofit organizations that make a meaningful difference in the affordable housing landscape of their communities. The 2014 grant competition focuses on Housing for the Future. Applicants should highlight…
  • Data Administrator - Housing for New Hope

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Housing for New Hope (HNH) is seeking a candidate for the position of Data Administrator. The person in this position will be the primary staff member responsible for the day to day maintenance, accuracy, and report preparation of HNH’s Carolina Homeless Information Network (CHIN) data management system. HNH uses CHIN for six of its programs that provide housing and assistance for homeless individuals and families. Specific responsibilities of the Data Administrator include, but are not limited to, the following: Data maintenance On a frequent basis, add new intakes, document…
  • Regional Housing Coordinator - NC DHHS

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    This temporary position will be assigned to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Aging and Adult Services.  This position will work with private property management and local human services agencies to implement NC Target Unit Program, the NC Supportive Housing Program (TBRA) and HUD Section 811 Program.  The home based position serves Cumberland, Bladen, Columbus, Robeson and Scotland Counties.  Position will build partnerships to ensure persons with disabilities in housing have access to needed support services.  Job tasks focus on ensuring…
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    Cleveland Homeless

  • Larry Davis Talks About the Street Voices Program

    1 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    This is Larry Davis our former Volunteer Coordinator and current Board Member talking about the importance of the Street Voices Program to the community.To see what Larry Davis has to say click this link Posts reflect the opinion of those who sign the entry.
  • Funding Changes Announced

    1 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    The United Way on June 19th announced that they were funding 70 fewer programs in the community. To find out more about the program funding the United Way is cutting click this link Posts reflect the opinion of those who sign the entry.
  • Street Chronicle Newspaper Personal Story

    1 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    The Street Chronicle is our street newspaper. Ken Payton of NEOCH trains the individuals to sell the papers. To find out more about what he does click this link Posts reflect the opinion of those who sign the entry.
  • The Street Voices Program

    1 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    Do you have people in your school or church who do not understand the struggle of poverty? Do you want to dispel the myths about homelessness to your students, friends, co-workers, and family? Then, the Street Voices Program brought to you by NEOCH is something you might to bring to your church, synagogue, school, or civic organizationTo find out more information about the Street Voices program click this link Posts reflect the opinion of those who sign the entry.
  • "Make Your Mark" Nonprofit Voter Engagement Training

    1 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    On July 17th we will be having a meeting that will teach you how to take advantage of your vote. For more information on the meeting click this link Posts reflect the opinion of those who sign the entry.
 
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    The Homeless Guy

  • The End Is Near?

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    I'm sure you can tell by my lack of enthusiasm that I'm pretty much done.  Blogging about homelessness is no longer a thing for me.  Way beyond burn out, I'm just exhausted.   Homelessness has consumed the better part of my life.  I'd say it's more than fair that what remains of my life should be mine to do with what I want. I'm in a good position to end my homeless journey very soon, perhaps
  • Mattress

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    It's a plastic mattress but it's a mattress all the same.  It's cracked from much use. It's cold to the touch.  Sheets have trouble staying put.   But I slept on one last night, in a shelter.   A temporary location, they'll put me in another bed sometime today. Because of the mix-up yesterday, when they finally did get me processed as a new resident, it was late, and so I didn't get much of an
  • Total Bull Shit

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    Update:  I emailed my case manager from Veteran Services - she in turn contacted the St Viny shelter, got the situation straightened out, and I am now in the shelter. ~~~~~~~ So, I know this guy here in San Diego who is a self made homeless advocate, and he's a good one, making use of his considerable business acumen to assist organizations to better serve the homeless.  I first met him in
  • Notes From The Past Couple Days

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    I am now in my tent, on the sidewalk, across the street from the downtown library.  I am happy with it, though my paranoia won’t ever let me live completely stress free.  I worry that someone might try to mess with the tent during the night and that I’ll be stuck in the tent, unable to get out of it, if needed.   The rational side of my brain reminds me that I’ve never seen any such thing happen
  • Might Maybe Get VA To Help

    11 Jul 2014 | 4:37 pm
    I had a meeting today with a group that works for the VA in assisting homeless vets get off the streets.  The group is very selective of those they help and so it will take a while to determine if I qualify for the help.  But the process has begun.  Just need to get a little more paper work in order.     Sorry I haven't been blogging much lately, been tired and not very motivated. Today I
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    Union Rescue Mission

  • Christmas Can’t Wait Till December!

    Steve Lee
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Sunny, thank you for that smile upon your face. Sunny, thank you for that gleam that flows with grace. Marvin Gaye’s cover of “Sunny” washed over San Julian St while 20 tons of snow began to blanket the Mission’s parking lot with snow. It set the mood – moving Christmas up six months ahead of schedule to July needed a summer anthem to accompany it. Right outside our gate, you could see a crowd of children waiting eagerly in line – many who have never seen real snow. Aged anywhere from seven to seventeen, each exhibited the same sort of youthful excitement…
  • Backpack Drive For the New School Year!

    Steve Lee
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    *From the desk of Rosie Perez, Development Team Manager at the Mission Hi Friends, The new school year is right around the corner and as parents we always make sure to equip our kids with all the school supplies needed to be prepared and ready to learn. We often make a day of school shopping and let our children pick out cool pencils, colorful folders, backpacks etc. For many of the families who are experiencing homelessness or have low income, providing backpacks and school supplies for their children isn’t always as fun and can be a struggle. From now until August 15th, Union Rescue…
  • How Do Children Survive on Skid Row

    jhuckleby
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    http://www.youtube.com/embed/cY-iy_dOIFY The post How Do Children Survive on Skid Row appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
  • The Mission – July 2014

    Steve Lee
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:13 am
    It’s not hard to understand why James holds tightly to Jesus’ parable of The Prodigal Son (Luke 15), the story of a young man who disgraces his family by living a wild life far from home and finally hits rock bottom — destitute, alone, and with nowhere to live. “That’s my story,” says James, a 45-year-old native of Korea. “It’s hard to get disowned by a Korean family. But I was. And when that happens, the break is pretty powerful.” James is the youngest child of a tight-knit Korean family. His parents had high expectations for him. “In the Korean culture, you respect your…
  • Andy’s June Update

    jhuckleby
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:29 am
    The post Andy’s June Update appeared first on Union Rescue Mission.
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    Portland Rescue Mission - Blog

  • Mondays at the Mission: Ep 28 – Part 5: Help A Hurting Person

    PDXMission
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Summer keeps rolling along – and so does our “How To Help A Hurting Person” video series! This series teaches what you can do to help a person holding a sign asking for help on the side of the road, outside a grocery store, or anywhere else you may see him or her! SEE ALSO: “Have homeless people become invisible to us?” Watch this week’s tip here! Stop by next Monday for Tip #6!
  • Shoppers, New Seasons Raise 4,643 Meals!

    PDXMission
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    Earlier this month, New Seasons Market challenged its customers to raise meals for hurting, homeless people through Portland Rescue Mission. For the whole weekend, they matched customers’ donations dollar for dollar. Together, New Seasons and its customers raised funds to provide 4,643 meals for people in need! SEE ALSO: New Seasons employees volunteer at the Mission We want to say a big thank you to our partner New Seasons stores (Concordia, Sellwood, and Seven Corners locations) and to the many volunteers that helped pass out “LOVE PORTLAND” stickers, flyers, and reusable…
  • JoAnn Overcomes Addiction, Graduates Program

    PDXMission
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    JoAnn has been trying to get clean from drugs since she was 18 years old. Her traumatic childhood introduced her to substance abuse as a young child, setting her up for decades of broken relationships and pain. “Life got so bad, and the people I was with were so bad. I almost lost my life.” SEE ALSO: JoAnn’s Story of Hope Video One day a friend recommended she check out New Life Ministry at Shepherd’s Door, our addiction recovery program for women and their children, and since then JoAnn’s life has been dramatically transformed. Not only is she clean from drugs,…
  • Mondays at the Mission: Ep 27 – Part 4: Help A Hurting Person

    PDXMission
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    What are you supposed to do when you see someone on the street corner asking for help? Give them money? Ignore them? Tell them to get a job? Our summer video series, “How To Help A Hurting Person,” teaches you how to make a difference for someone in need!  SEE ALSO: “Can I Buy Your Cardboard Sign?”  Man collects hundreds of homeless signs. Here’s a summary of the first three episodes: Anticipate that you will see someone holding a sign asking for help. When you are prepared for the situation, you’ll be able to make the most of it. Smile and actually say…
  • On The Run – Sean’s Story of Hope

    PDXMission
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Sean first turned to drugs in high school to fit in with the “cool kids.” But before long, drugs took vicious control of his life, leading him down a path to homelessness and despair. He finally decided to flee from everything he’d ever known. “I needed to run away from everything I’d done. All my shame and guilt. I ran away from the life I knew in hopes of something better, not really knowing what was at the end.”  But Sean’s story doesn’t end here. Read Sean’s full story here.  Watch Sean’s video.  There are many men suffering…
 
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    Do1Thing » Blog

  • Be a Hero for Children in New Jersey!

    najlahhicks
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Please help raise awareness about child abuse and neglect, and the roles of child advocacy centers and multidisciplinary teams in promoting hope, healing and justice for child victims and their families! On Saturday, September 20, 2014, the New Jersey Children’s Alliance (NJCA) will host its first annual “Heroes for Children: One with Courage” statewide charity family fun run/walk in Essex County at The South Mountain Recreational Complex in West Orange, New Jersey. Please see below for more information.
  • LOCAL FOSTER YOUTH IN NEED

    najlahhicks
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    On March 27, 2014, Sharmain, a Montclair State University sophomore, (Montclair, NJ) and Center for Child Advocacy Youth Worker, was admitted to the Morristown Medical Center ICU, unable to walk with her breathing and swallowing capacity beginning to fail. A spinal tap was performed and she was subsequently diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). GBS causes the body’s antibodies to attack, targeting nerves as an infection or virus and eventually preventing nerve signals from being transmitted. Unfortunately, GBS has resulted in Sharmain currently receiving sustenance through a feeding…
  • Covenant House Texas to DO!THING on Valentine’s Day 2014

    najlahhicks
    4 Feb 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Do1Thing Because One Person Can Do Wonders Open Your Heart for Homeless Kids on Valentine’s Weekend When? Sunday, February 9, 2014 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Where? Covenant House Texas 1111 Lovett Boulevard Houston, Texas 77006 Why? Did you know? On any given night, thousands of youth in Houston/Harris County have one thing in common: they are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. On February 9th, you have a chance to do something special for homeless kids. Please join Covenant House Texas on Valentine’s weekend 2014 at our community open house to participate in Do 1 Thing. Do 1 Thing is an…
  • Covenant House to DO1THING on Valentine’s Day 2011

    najlahhicks
    10 Jan 2011 | 8:32 am
    For the third year in a row, Covenant House Texas is planning a big Do1Thing day on Valentine’s Day 2011. Located at 1111 Lovett Boulevard in Houston, Covenant House Texas will be accepting donations for their homeless teens. View a story Fox news did on last year’s Do1Thing even at Covenant House Texas. Exact times will be posted soon! ‘Do 1 Thing’ to Help Homeless Youth: MyFoxHOUSTON.com
  • Social Media Blogger Tweets Do1Thing

    najlahhicks
    12 Dec 2010 | 11:39 am
    Social media blogger Beth Kanter’s blog talk about “How Networked Nonprofits Are Using Social Media to Power Change”. A leader in social media strategies, Beth blog has hundreds of thousands of followers. Do1Thing is thrilled that Beth chose to tweet about Do1Thing to her 366,711 followers on Twitter! Whether it’s spreading the word through social or traditional media, Do1Thing continues to work to highlight the need for everyone to Do1Thing to help homeless youth!
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    Sans Houses

  • Sans Houses

    Tasha French Lemley
    1 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    This project utilizes photography, sound, and relationship to attempt to capture a piece of those in and around the homeless community in Nashville, Tennessee.All photos and interviews © 2006-2013. Please do not use or reproduce.Thanks go out to all of these individuals for their openness, kindness and trust.
  • Criminals

    Tasha French Lemley
    24 Jul 2013 | 3:23 pm
    These photos are from an article in The Contributor highlighting the “criminalization” of homelessness in Nashville. People who do not have homes are arrested and taken to jail or are cited and summoned to court (at rates disproportionately higher than non-homeless persons) for everyday acts of living—sleeping, sitting, standing—that, when committed in public, are treated as offenses against the law. While people experiencing homelessness are cited and arrested for a variety of offenses, here I photographed two types: “criminal trespassing” and “obstructing a passageway.”…
  • Ndume

    Tasha French Lemley
    24 Jul 2013 | 3:04 pm
    These photos are from a story in The Contributor highlighting Ndume Olatushani. Ndume first moved into his (and his wife’s) East Nashville home on June 1, 2012—the day he was released from Shelby County Jail after serving nearly 28 years behind bars in Tennessee (20 of them on death row) for a crime he did not commit. Officially maintaining his innocence but pleading to second-degree murder in order to be released immediately and so avoid an indefinite amount of more time behind bars and a potentially exhausting second trial, Ndume walked out of Shelby County Jail without shackles or…
  • Policy Research Associates

    Tasha French Lemley
    5 Dec 2012 | 4:16 pm
    These images directly below are part of a project for Policy Research Associate's SOAR program.These photographs are digital shots from a Nikon D300.©2012 Tasha A. French Lemley
  • Richard

    Tasha French Lemley
    4 Dec 2012 | 5:00 pm
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    invisible homeless kids

  • Open Letter to Sarasota: Homeless Families Need More Help

    Diane Nilan
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    To the good people of Sarasota, I’ve waited long enough. From what I’ve read in the Herald Tribune’s article (July 8, 2014), you are stumbling in a very important responsibility—how to help homeless families in your county. I used to live in Sarasota, and I’ve returned many times, rekindling fond memories of this delightful area. I’ve cringed as I’ve followed your struggles to cope with a significant homelessness population. I could tell it wasn’t going well, but I waited to see what would happen. This latest account alarms me. I've worked with homeless families for…
  • New Report Quantifies Challenges Facing Homeless Moms: Give 'Em A Break...or Help

    Diane Nilan
    19 Jun 2014 | 3:01 pm
    As a former shelter director, I confess that big and little infractions by families staying at our shelter sometimes annoyed the snot out of me. If I knew then what I know now….Homelessness has gained more awareness, but unfortunately the stereotypical guy begging on the street corner image prevails despite the reality that families and youth without homes far exceed HUD’s “chronically” homeless individuals,last reported as 610,043 (Jan. 2013).  And despite documentation that homelessness among children/youth has increased more than 70% since 2006, homeless kids don’t seem…
  • Forget-Me-Not: Help Homeless Kids Blossom, the Peter Yarrow Inspired Campaign, Round Two

    Diane Nilan
    1 May 2014 | 5:34 am
    How to make Congress pay attention to homeless kids? With my frustration mounting, I remember driving home, listening to Garden Song, a clever little ditty sung by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary. It was 1999, a beautiful spring day. And my pending call from my friend-colleague Barbara Duffield would be our chance to devise a theme for our upcoming unprecedented lobbying of Congress by homeless kids.The Garden Song haunted me. I could visualize row-by-row, dark soil, rakes, seeds and sprouts of new plants, the hopeful signs of new life (here's a little garden video I did using the song).
  • No Glow Till We Take Care of the Children

    Diane Nilan
    19 Mar 2014 | 6:21 pm
    A week ago tonight I was sitting on stage in Joliet, IL with the University of St. Francis president, the president of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, the USF VP of social ministry, and a few other folks who rotated on/off the stage. They had already hosted a delightful dinner, with most of the HEAR US board in attendance as well as plenty of key folks from the university. The audience for the Sister Clare Award ceremony included my high school teacher and 2 college professors as well as a slew of Joliet Franciscans I knew from days gone by. I was touched by the showing…
  • Connecting the Dots: Homelessness of Families and Youth Needs Attention

    Diane Nilan
    26 Feb 2014 | 10:14 am
    Lynne Weise, Anne Arundel School District (MD) homeless liaison, welcomes the audience at Abundant LifeChurch.My audience last night in Glen Burnie, MD (on the outskirts of Baltimore) was a mixture of seasoned veterans who've worked with families and youth experiencing homelessness for years and newbies, the kind-hearted folks disturbed by knowing that thousands of kids and their parents in their community "have no fixed, adequate place of abode," i.e. are homeless.I'd suspect, having done sessions like this all over the country for decades, that the group suffered from a massive guilt,…
 
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    Sacramento Homeless blog

  • WHO is dependent on Welfare?

    Thomas Armstrong
    5 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    This is an AMAZING video, both in its production values and with its message. I confess I have problems with some of what is in the message, but I will take that up in a follow-up post. For the most part, this viddy tells a great truth about how the poor are misunderstood and subject to unjust criticism and treatment.
  • Yet more trouble at the Safe Ground organization

    Thomas Armstrong
    28 Jun 2014 | 4:07 pm
    I am told that now, months after Steve Watters had been dismissed by the majority of the Safe Ground Board of Directors, those who have been working as organizers of the charity’s Pilgrimage Program are disgusted.The Pilgrimage Program has been Safe Ground’s ONE shining success. This in contrast to the bungled, constantly changing and expanding effort to secure a plot of land [ie, a “safe ground”] and then create some sort of secure camping or living area that homeless people can use to – at minimum – make their lives a little less miserable.  A name that has been used for…
  • Money Guy

    Thomas Armstrong
    28 Jun 2014 | 2:41 pm
    This blog post is only single-sourced -- but from a reliable source -- and fits so neatly with what is plausible and how people involved are known to think, I deem it as passing muster for ‘being true’ such to warrant passing the information on to you, the public, through this blog.I’ve neither met nor seen him, but I’ve certainly heard about him. There is a fellow who passes out two-dollar bills to homeless folk at a spot near to the Loaves & Fishes Compound on Ahern near North B St.  I hear that when he does this it is usually [or always?] on Wednesdays. A long line will…
  • Homeless Hating, by Design, and the Sacramento Library Benches Rip Out of 2010

    Thomas Armstrong
    21 Jun 2014 | 5:17 pm
    A new article in TheAtlantic looks at how heinous means are employed by some cities to make things uncomfortable for homeless people. It’s titled “How cities use design to drive homeless people away” with the subheading: “ ’saying you’re not welcome here’ – with spikes.”One of the total of two (identical) benches in frontof Central Library. It is perhaps possible to sleep on,but would be easy to roll off of and crack your head.A prime topic in the article is in regard to bench construction that makes them difficult or impossible to sleep on, or, in some instances, even to…
  • Should Safe Ground try Glamping?

    Thomas Armstrong
    27 May 2014 | 8:28 am
    Perhaps instead of putting up permanent-ish cabins, Safe Ground should initially host a TENT community. But, instead of a rugged atmosphere, which is typical for such a thing, they could make it a bit upscale.In Indianapolis, prior to the big race -- the Indianapolis 500 -- that takes place there each year, extreme fans gather and go "Glamping" for a period of four days. "Glamping" is a portmanteau word that combines the ideas of 'glamour' and 'camping.'  Perhaps the Safe Grounders should do something similar but with a few less indulgences. For example, it would probably be best if…
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    Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness

  • HOT Housing is Here!

    ACMiller
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    The Housing Options Tool (HOT) is now live! Many of you have seen demonstrations of the HOT over the past few months, so you know that it provides an online venue to find housing for persons with long histories of homelessness – based on their preferences, program eligibility, income requirements, and desired level of services. Almost 50 programs are participating in HOT, and search results can be refined based upon more than a dozen filters! Even better: the tool includes an online Vacancy Reporting form so that any program can post and publicize a housing opportunity in real time, as…
  • Upcoming Webinar: HUD and USICH: Core Principles of Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing – July 22, 2014 – 1:30 PM EDT

    Gerry McCafferty
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) are sponsoring a webinar on July 22, 2014, which will focus on the core principles of Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing. The webinar will be presented by Ann Oliva, the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs at HUD, and Richard Cho, the Senior Policy Director with USICH. Participants will learn: Core Components of the Housing First approach Core Components of Rapid Re-Housing as a housing model How to implement a Housing First and/or Rapid Re-Housing Why both…
  • Minutes – Unaccompanied Youth Committee 7/15/2014

    Gerry McCafferty
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    In attendance: Shannon Barry/Springfield Public Schools, Sarah Kline/North Adams Public Schools, Jean Rogers/CHD, Lisa Goldsmith/DIAL/SELF, Lizzy Ortiz/ City of Springfield, Karen Tracanna/DYS General Updates  Sarah stated that North Adams is opening their Section 8 list today, but only for today. Sarah stated their homeless student numbers went down slightly (by about 4) this year and that the number is around 80 for just N. Adams. Special Commission-Lisa stated that she reached out to Liz Rogers/ICHH and Kelly Turley/MA Coalition for the Homeless about the Youth Count and was told that…
  • Letter from Ann Oliva to Grant Recipients, CoC Leaders and Stakeholders

    Gerry McCafferty
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Grant Recipients, CoC Leaders and Stakeholders – Now that we have announced the awards for FY 2013, I wanted to provide an update on key initiatives and issues that impact the Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS), Continuum of Care (CoC) Program and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) recipients, and the people whom we all serve. First, I want to take a moment to acknowledge all of your hard work, commitment, and dedication to ending homelessness – and to personally say thank you for all that you do. I know from personal experience how hard it is to have funding reduced…
 
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    Elizabeth Lombino

  • Melancholy – A Poem

    elizabethlombino
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Rain drops Slide along the window Where sunshine once shone through Warmth and light abundant Now gray and damp and somber   Flowers closing To the wind and gray of today Not dying, not yet Waiting, eager For the sun to nourish again   Clouds gather Block the sun The light is still there But […]
  • One and Done: Further Away

    elizabethlombino
    28 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    After a long, extra snowy winter, Spring has arrived. Our windows gladly open, all heavy jackets retired, the warm, bright sunshine feels familiar and foreign on our skin. The trees are blooming. The colorful flowers are pushing through the cold, wet soil to share their beauty once again. Our world is waking up from a (way too […]
  • Parenting is a Competition?

    elizabethlombino
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’ve never enjoyed participating in competitive sports. Too much aggression and intensity. Too many extremes. Win or lose. No in between. I thrive in the balanced calm of the “in between”, so I didn’t quite fit in with competitive sports. Cut to a clip of Breakfast Club, when Andy, the Jock, is impersonating his father, shouting […]
  • Words – A Poem

    elizabethlombino
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Words Beautiful, artistic, intrinsic words Written, spoken, sung, read Any and every way I crave these words Each word enters my being Sparks memories Sparks emotions Sparks points on my body I am understood Words envelop me Surround me Comfort me I rely on words Simple letters coming together Creating complicated significance Touching and digging […]
  • Observations from a (Former) Sugar Addict

    elizabethlombino
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:41 am
    Food. Much of my life has involved a strange, complicated relationship with food. Mostly foods that are sweet. It has been over 7 years since I was instructed to drastically changed my diet. Medical doctors, psychiatrists, social workers, and nutritionists all agreed that my diet was a huge contributing factor to my many health and […]
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    Housing as a Human Right

  • Real Commitment or Just a Show? An outsider perspective on the 2014 U.S. government human rights consultation sessions

    homelessnesslaw
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    By Reut Cohen As a Herman Schwartz Israel Human Rights Law Fellow at American University’s Washington College of Law, I have had the privilege this past year to experience American life on the inside, but as an outsider. I call it a privilege because although my perspective is full of cultural and historical blind spots, and even when on many occasions I cannot understand subtle nuances, I feel that this position is also my biggest advantage. It enables me to think about issues that occupy Americans’ attention from a unique point of view. Indeed, sometimes this alien-like consciousness…
  • No Safe Place: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities

    homelessnesslaw
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Imagine living in a place where it is illegal to sleep, sit, lie down, or share food outdoors. Imagine that this is a place where you are often ignored or rejected by your fellow townspeople, police officers, and local elected officials. While this seems like a ridiculous concept, it is the daily reality for millions of homeless people throughout the United States who are suffering under laws that criminalize their basic life necessities. Today, the Law Center released a new report, No Safe Place: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities. This report looks at the landscape of…
  • Upcoming Webinar – No Safe Place: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities

    homelessnesslaw
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Which US cities have the worst policies that criminalize homelessness? How have criminalization laws changed in the past few years? What are some constructive solutions that communities can use to deal with homelessness? Join the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM EST for a free webinar addressing these questions and introducing our new report on the criminalization of homelessness in America, No Safe Place: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities, to be released on July 16. Please click here to RSVP for the webinar.   —…
  • Countering Criminalization: Constitutional Challenges Under the Fourteenth Amendment

    homelessnesslaw
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    This is the part six of our Countering Criminalization blog series, examining Constitutional Challenges and Constructive Alternatives to the criminalization of homelessness. The Fourteenth Amendment guarantees all Americans due process and equal protection of the laws. States and cities cannot discriminate in how laws are applied. But when laws are too vague or overbroad in punishing innocent or protected conduct, or do not provide sufficient opportunity to challenge the laws, they deny due process; and when laws are applied to homeless people differently or more aggressively than they are…
  • Countering Criminalization: Constitutional Challenges Under the Eighth Amendment

    homelessnesslaw
    23 May 2014 | 3:29 pm
    This is the part five of our Countering Criminalization blog series, examining Constitutional Challenges and Constructive Alternatives to the criminalization of homelessness. With national and local shortages of affordable housing and shelter beds, people experiencing homelessness are frequently left with no option but to perform their basic, life sustaining activities – such as eating, resting, and sleeping – in public. Despite this, local governments continue to pass and enforce laws that restrict these behaviors. Homeless people are routinely cited and arrested for these acts, and the…
 
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    Amy L. Freeman

  • How Do You Register to Vote If You're Homeless?

    Amy L. Freeman
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Tuesday was federal, state and local primary-election day in Montgomery County, Maryland. I was planning to hit the polls after work at the school near my home; what I wasn't expecting was overhearing a number of homeless people at Bethesda Cares' Drop-In Center who were planning to vote, too. That left me wondering: How can you register to vote if you have no fixed address? A quick Google search showed me that not only have other people thought this one through, but also that a lack of address is not particularly problematic. Colorado, for instance, considers any place to which you…
  • Key to Healthcare? Key to Housing.

    Amy L. Freeman
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:48 am
    Last Friday, the receptionist at a doctor's office recently called Bethesda Cares and spoke with one of our volunteers: "We have 'Steve' with us. He has broken a bone in his foot, and we'd like to discharge him to you. Can you please give me your address?" "We can't take him overnight, we're not a night shelter," the volunteer replied. "And Steve is homeless. He has nowhere to go." "What do you mean?" she asked. "I mean," the volunteer spoke slowly and clearly, "he has no place sleep. He has no home. And the County shelters are closed for the season. You can try the County Emergency Center to…
  • What If Your Safety Net Doesn't Feel Safe?

    Amy L. Freeman
    28 May 2014 | 9:13 am
    When surrounded by friends and family on whom one can count for support of every kind, it's hard to imagine the downward spiral that can land someone on the street. Friends ask me how someone can utterly alienate that support network, and whether it's always someone suffering from mental illness or fighting an addiction. Unsurprisingly, I have no easy answers. Today, I'd like to share with you an odd little story about someone recently in trouble. Despite having no good answers, I hope I raise a few good questions: Last month, my teenaged daughter texted me from school: "'Steven' had a bad…
  • Sometimes, You Just Gotta Get Away (Even If You're Homeless)

    Amy L. Freeman
    13 May 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Earlier this week, a well-kempt silver-haired man in a yellow polo shirt sat at a table in Bethesda Cares' Drop-In Center for the homeless. He had a great winter tan, and seemed quite calm. I didn't know him, but I assumed he was helping our clients in some capacity. At least, that's what I assumed until his conversation floated my way: "Where'd you get the tan, man?" the guy across from him asked. "Got tired of the weather here," the silver-haired man replied. "Went to Vegas." "Vegas?" the other guy snorted. "You? You're homeless! Dude! Vegas? You're kidding me, right?" "No, I'm not…
  • I Have No Idea Who Is Sitting Next to You, But You Don't Either

    Amy L. Freeman
    7 May 2014 | 8:32 am
    I was waiting in a line at a supermarket Tuesday morning when a woman I know only by her first name (Helena) got in line behind me and asked how my job at Bethesda Cares is going. "Great!" I gushed. "It's been a big few months, a bunch of our guys have gotten housing!" "Really?" she raised an eyebrow. "That's....great. Where?" "Where? Huh. I'm not even sure. I think one is in Gaithersburg, maybe one in a group house not far from here," I paused to remember. "Near...here?" Helena asked. "Is there, like, someone watching them or something?" "Watching them? Like, security guards? Um, no," I…
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