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  •  Just my gut reaction: (15+ / 0-)

    I think once they have building moved and set up, they'll probably develop a BIG wish list.  I've moved enough times in my life to know that no matter how much you think you've remembered everything you need, once you get into your new digs, you always find that there are tons of things missing.  We can also check in with Georgia to see whether she has such a list in her head already.

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    by Aji on Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 12:36:59 PM PST

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    •  You think it would hurt to check with her? (11+ / 0-)

      May be it gets her starting to think about it.  

      Is there something like an interactive writing or pen-pal system, where teenagers can write a story about whatever they have in their minds and and adult mentor-would function as a pen-pal. Then events could be organized where the kids or teenagers read "their poetry" or "diaries" out loud in front of an audience. Could also be online. I know of one such project that is successful in giving those younger men and women (girls) recognition and hope, seeing their writing read and answered to.

      Will have to look for a link later and come back on that.

      "If it gets too rough, or too lonely, you've got family here." - Meteor Blades

      by mimi on Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 12:49:24 PM PST

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      •  I don't actually know what they have . . . (10+ / 0-)

        in mind programmatically.  I think right now the big focus is on getting the structure in place, although IIRC, Georgia already has the relationships with the advisers and counselors and so forth in place.

        I know that betson08 has been helping her closely; when she puts in an appearance (she's out right now), I'll try to remember to ask her whether Georgia's done a wish list for in-kind contributions yet.

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        by Aji on Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 12:52:47 PM PST

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        •  thank you, I will put something (1+ / 0-)
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          into  the account two weeks from now and hope that still will help.

          BTW, the link for the poetry project I mentioned above is linked here: Free Minds. I was thinking about this, because it seems to give young people hope and helps them express themselves and meet with people who care about them in the public. Just thought something similar (may be including photography and small film making) might help children and young adults to get control over their depressions.

          But may be that is way beyond the needs that have to be met first, food and shelter and heat.

          "If it gets too rough, or too lonely, you've got family here." - Meteor Blades

          by mimi on Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 07:04:57 PM PST

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        •  I suspect they will (0+ / 0-)

          need a couple of computers. They would be easy to get donated I think.

          I will ask Georgia. I imagine that they will first set up the pantry and try to get some more food in there - and they will need shelving for that. I'm sure they'll also need office supplies to start.

          When they get the youth programs started, THEN we will see a big wish list.

          My other thought is to have people send clothing, which they can then resell for very cheap, and then could buy whatever they need at the time.

          Let me ask Georgia though and then I'll either come back here with the answer or post a diary.

          Right now I'm in Miami and having meetings for a oral history project a bunch of Cuban rafters want to do. I should be able to get back on tomorrow afternoon, but not definitely

          Helping a food pantry on the Cheyenne River Reservation. www.okiciyap.yolasite.com

          by betson08 on Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 08:39:11 PM PST

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