Monday, December 22, 2014

The Homeless Guy Podcast

Once again I am going to attempt to create a podcast as part of my homeless advocacy.  I am using for the podcast hosting, and the episodes will eventually be available on iTunes.   I have a lot of learn before this becomes a reality.  So don't get your hopes up just yet.

Check out this episode!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Presents!

Last minute christmas presents can still arrive here, on time if sent via using my email address

Thanks and Merry Christmas

More Photography

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For Better And Worse

After a month and a half from the date the winter shelter was opened, an announcement was made that the shelter was no longer available to the homeless for the entire winter, but has been changed to a 90 day program.  That means that nearly everyone in the shelter only has 45 more days to stay, and then they will be kicked out - right in the middle of winter.  No one staying at the shelter had been informed of this previously.

This new shelter rule is the result of attempts to fix problems with the shelter system.  But obviously it's creating more problems than it's creating.   Evidently it is expected that the homeless in the shelter will be able to find permanent housing while there.  Just how they are supposed to find this permanent housing is not explained to the homeless.  There are some counselors who come during the day to the shelter to talk to individuals wanted to talk to them, but what these counselors are for, what they are supposed to be helping with, also has not been explained to the homeless either.  Of the counselors I've seen and chatted with, none of them are involved in finding housing for the residents of the shelter.   And there is certainly no indication that there is enough permanent housing available for the 150 homeless currently staying in the shelter, and from previous experience, I highly doubt that there is.

For the homeless who are able to find housing in the 90 day period, (actually the 45 day period since that's all the time we have left from the time of the announcement) this time limit is of no consequence.  But the truth is, most of the homeless in this shelter are going to dumped back onto the streets in the middle of winter with no where to go.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Almost Christmas

Just a handful of days remain before Christmas, an event that is argueabley more "American" than anything other, not just in the US but in the whole world. Sure, other countries put their own spin on things, but one still cannot deny the influence of the US over the rest of the world.  The US gave capitalism (in it's current form) to the world, and nothing is more "capitalistic" than Christmas. Even the religious aspect of the holiday is mostly American. No other country has been as successful at spreading that religion around the world than the US. In the United States, we may spend a weekend in preparation for the celebration of our country's birth, but here we are consumed by Christmas for 3 months or more.  It is a time when we give praise to the virtues of peace and of sharing our personal joy of life with others.

But, there are nearly a million (by some estimates) people who will be homeless during the season, or on the verge of becoming homeless, and so their hearts are unable to connect with any feelings of peace or joy.

If Christmas is truly an extention of the Christian religion, every Christian should be extending themselves to those people who are doing without during the holidays, not just with material goods, but with the things that capitalism has no bearing on.

Funny that many Christians believe that they are most fully Christian when they participate in capitalism, (conforming to the status quo which in the US is the pursuit of happiness through money).

During these holidays, Christians and not, should not extend themselves to the poor and homeless by only handing out a pair of socks, or a sandwich, but by sitting down at the table with the homeless, and sharing themselves, actually engaging the homeless in conversation, in telling the homeless about their own lives and asking the homeless about their own.  The homeless have more than stories of woe.  Homeless people have stories of hope and happiness to share as well.  You just have to ask.  And allowing a homeless person to bless your life with a positive story will do you both a great deal of good.