Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Compassion

Compassion seems to be the key to ending homelessness.  It's the tipping point, as Malcolm Gladwell would say.   Get the general public compassionate about the homeless and good things will happen.   This works on the individual homeless person's level, and it works on the shelter and homeless service provider level.

But here is the rub - Telling people the truth about homelessness doesn't elicit much response in the way of compassion.   It's only when stories are told that glamorize and romanticize and exaggerate homelessness, that the general public responds compassionately - when people begin donating to homeless service providers.

Here is a basic example.  Donations to homeless shelters increase when their advertisement includes a picture of a little homeless girl - more so than if the advertisement included a picture of a old homeless man.    This, despite the fact that old homeless men are by far the majority of the homeless and shelter population.

It bothers me when inaccurate stories are told about homelessness.   Such stories create the myths that become stumbling blocks to homeless people trying to leave homelessness.   But the core of the problem isn't so much that people are not telling the truth.  The problem lies in the fact that the general public does not respond charitably towards the homeless when the truth about homelessness is told.  They do not give to meet the actual needs of the homeless, but instead respond to the best story told about homelessness, regardless of its accuracy.   That is why homeless shelters and homeless service providers now must hire Public Relations people.   Their job is to create the best stories, all so that service providers can compete for what few donations are available.  

Sadly, public relations people don't come cheap.  The money being spent to hire them should really be going to the needs of the homeless.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Run For The Homeless Nashville 5K

http://www.thekeyalliance.org/5k
The Key Alliance in partnership with the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission will hold the second annual Run for the Homeless on

Saturday, May 12, 2012

at the Hall of Fame Park, 121 Fourth Avenue South (across from the Country Music Hall of Fame).

The Run for the Homeless is a 5K run/walk through Downtown Nashville. We encourage runners and walkers, individuals, families, and teams to participate.

Event Schedule:
Registration/Check In: 6:30 a.m.
Race Start: 8 a.m.
Entertainment and Awards following the Race
Team Prize for Largest Team

At the award ceremony following the race, we will hold a drawing between the teams with the most members. The largest team who wins the drawing will receive a free breakfast catered by The Cookery, a catering café and culinary training center for homeless men..

Pre–registration Fee: $25 per person, $10 for kids 12 years of age and under, team participation is encouraged.
Registration at the event is $30 per person, $15 for kids 12 years of age and under.

The event will be held in the Downtown area with start and finish at the Hall of Fame Park. To view the course certification including the course outline, click here.

Please, help us spread the word, download and print registration flyers for your friends, for your work colleagues, and for your congregation, and invite them to participate.

ChampionChip timing and Race Management by the Nashville Striders.

Will will hold an award ceremony immediately after the event. Awards will be given:
Three deep Male/Female overall and Masters (40+). Age groups: Three deep Male/Female—five-year increments from 14 and under to 80+.
All proceeds from the Run for the Homeless will benefit Housing First, a best-practice model that offers permanent housing coupled with intensive case management to some of the most vulnerable homeless individuals in our community. Housing First is a cost-effective and proven solution to homelessness. During the past five years of supporting a Housing First program in Nashville, we found that a low case manager-to-client ratio (1:10) is a crucial factor in helping people remain housed. We contract with Eckman/Freeman & Associates whose case managers are master's level social workers who are available to their Housing First clients on a 24/7 basis. The key to success is to meet clients where they are and help them make sound decisions that lead to self-sufficiency.
Our inaugural Run for the Homeless at Hall of Fame Park went smoothly. We would like to thank all 300 participants of the 2011 inaugural Run for the Homeless, our volunteers, sponsors - and especially the Nashville Striders for a great event last year.
To view photos of the Run for the Homeless, click here.
We partnered with the Nashville Striders and had an award ceremony with entertainment and drawings following the Run for the Homeless. Top finishers received a roundtrip airline ticket courtesy of Southwest Airlines.

5K Training Schedule for Beginners

If you have never run a 5K, do not fret. You can walk our 5K. However, if you would like to challenge yourself and see if you can run part of it, we dug up a 7-week training schedule for beginners posted and approved by the Mayor Clinic. Click here to download the beginners training schedule. Good luck with your training and please help us spread the word.

If you would like to start and maintain a regular walking routine, click here for advice and tips. You can also register for WalkingWorks, which helps you maintain your achievements and goals.

We need Volunteers

We need volunteers to help us make this year's Run for the Homeless another successful event. Volunteer positions include: assisting with registration, distributing t-shirts, food and necessary race information/equipment, parking assistance, organizing runners/walkers, directing runners/walkers through the downtown course, stopping traffic from driving down the closed race course and clean-up.

To volunteer, please sign up through Hands on Nashville (click here).


Sponsorship Opportunities

Please click here for our sponsorship material. The sponsorship levels for all our events are listed below as well:

PLATINUM KEY SPONSOR - $10,000
Platinum Key level sponsors have the opportunity to negotiate the distribution of their contribution at our events throughout the year. This will result in continuous exposure to our different audiences. (Click here to view a brief summary of our most prominent events.)

GOLD KEY SPONSOR - $5,000
Prominent logo placement on our Website with link to your Website
Company mentioned in an article about the event on the home page of our Website
Prominent logo placement on all promotional items such as posters, t-shirts, display items, and signs at the event
Recognition given and logo placement in our annual report
Organization mentioned in our press releases and included in media kits
Recognition given and logo placement through our social media outreach (Facebook and Twitter)
Opportunity to be featured in an article with prominent logo placement in our online newsletter (4,000 subscribers), which is posted on our Website and our blog
Opportunity for someone at your organization to speak at the event
Six (6) complementary entries to the event (if applicable)
SILVER KEY SPONSOR - $2,500
Logo placement on our Website with a link to your company's Website
Logo placement on all promotional items such as posters, t-shirts, display items, and signs at the event
Recognition given and logo placement in our annual report
Organization mentioned in media kits
Recognition given and logo placement through our social media outreach (Facebook and Twitter)
Four (4) complimentary entries to the event (if applicable)
BRONZE KEY SPONSOR - $1,000
Logo placement on our Website with link to your company's Website
Logo placement on all promotional items such as posters, t-shirts, display items, and signs at the event
Recognition given and logo placement in our annual report
Two (2) complimentary entries to the event (if applicable)
LOWER LEVEL SPONSORSHIPS

$500:
Logo on our Website
Logo on signs/banners at event
Two (2) complimentary entries to the event (if applicable)

$250:
Logo on our Website
Two (2) complimentary entries to the event (if applicable) For questions and more sponsorship information, please contact Clifton Harris at 615-862-6401 or clifton.harris@nashville.gov.

Richard Cody Goes Undercover

I wish this piece would have elaborated more on what the man experienced.

http://bcove.me/2z9ewhct