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  •  Here in Kalamazoo (2+ / 0-)
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    we're not as bad off as much of the rest of Michigan, but my wife (who volunteers for Loaves & Fishes) reports demand way up here too.

    I had a guy knock on our door (middle class neighborhood) last week asking for food. He was on foot, and about four miles from where he was staying (note -- I didn't say his home). He's done odd jobs for us from time to time. Now he had been asking for food all day and found nothing.

    I drove him to Meijer and got him a bag of potatoes, bread, bulk cheese and some turkey bologna. Took him 'home'. Told him to try L&F later on. He had called there, but did not have ID and gave up when they asked for it. He has mental health issues (untreated) and does not know how to negotiate the rules sometimes.

    We've had people stop by our church for help forever. Now folks are knocking doors.

    Another trend -- concealed carry permits are way up. Folks are getting nervous about what's going on, more of them starting to think of protecting themselves.

    Mark E. Miller // Kalamazoo Township Trustee // MI 6th District Democratic Chair

    by memiller on Sun Sep 25, 2011 at 03:26:24 PM PDT

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      for kind people like you.  I used to be a social worker and before social services was cut to the bone we did all kinds of wellness checks and community outreach.  Individuals with mental health issues have lost their support and probably don't have the case managers that once provided wrap around services that was necessary to their survival.  I wish things could be different, but we'll have to get through this difficult time one way or another.

      When I was a kid we'd go to the Kellogg's factory in Battle Creek, take the tour, and get a fruit loop sundae afterwards plus free cereal to take home, but that was a different time in this country.  My Grandparents had a summer home in Dowagiac, MI., it was a family outing to go to the orchids and pick fruit for pies, jelly, and just to eat.  I'm glad I had those times in my life.

      I hate to think that we are getting to the point where people are afraid that they will have to protect themselves from starving people wandering the roads.

      If you are digging yourself into a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging!

      by zaka1 on Sun Sep 25, 2011 at 08:27:31 PM PDT

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