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Thanks to the efforts of two formerly homeless women, on Saturday March 9, 2013, all homeless women in St Johns County Florida were invited to a Women’s Respite Day, replete with food, supplies, makeovers, counseling and free child care. I first met Helen a few months ago when she was living in her car. Nancy had been living alternately in a truck with her husband, at various campgrounds and sometimes in cheap motels. These two women garnered the support of 50 volunteers and donations, designed programs, publicized their event and treated over 50 homeless women to a beautiful day on the grounds of St Cyprians Church. Our homeless have also held a car wash to raise over $1200.00 for a local boy who needed a liver transplant, a cookout to thank the people who serve them 365 days a year and a sing along at a local nursing home. The homeless here rock!

Originally posted to mlawrenc on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 06:13 AM PDT.

Also republished by Income Inequality Kos.

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  •  Thanks for a great and uplifting story. (3+ / 0-)
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    hannah, BlackSheep1, Vetwife

    You might get more eyes if you decap the title...just a thought.

  •  I suspect that the reason homelessness (1+ / 0-)
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    is a perennial issue that never gets solved is because the people tasked with providing for the general welfare (agents of government) are primarily interested in having people housed so they can keep better track of them. The culture of obedience is fixated on compliance. People who refuse to tie themselves to a particular location, which is a central concern in the whole ID agenda, are categorized as "transients" and don't count. That is, because they are not easy to count and aren't compliant with directives, they deserve to be left out of public services.

    The attitude is similar to that of an afficionado of the orchids in his greenhouse who doesn't care that their native regions are being wiped out for commercial interests.

    When George W. Bush declared us an "ownership society," he was merely echoing the tradition of people being defined by what they own (property), rather than their individual properties (talents and proclivities). In part, that's because property rights have always trumped human rights. From the beginning, the U.S. has valued people on the basis of what they own, including other people. So, if individuals reject ownership, that's a fundamental challenge to how society is organized. Property owners tend not to appreciate sharing and caring. Indeed, sharing calls into question the value of ownership. People who rotated between their home cages and secure facilities in their cages on wheels are naturally suspicious of people who get around on their own two feet. That the whole continent was settled by people on foot blows their mind.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 07:08:10 AM PDT

    •  The culture of obedience is fixated on compliance. (1+ / 0-)
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      LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 08:40:52 AM PDT

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    •  Hannah, this is so true (0+ / 0-)

      I hear it all the time, especially from the veterans, mostly from the Vietnam era, who want nothing from their government, are still bitter and lost all these decades, and really suspicious about "the system". Not only that, but the sheltered homeless are so beaten down and paranoid, they gather in secret when staff is gone and talk about what to do. There are indiscriminate applications of the rules, huge hurdles to overcome to get into this housing and always, the fear you're going to do something "wrong" and get kicked out. the organizations seem to want to control every aspect of their lives and grown people, even if they've made some poor choices, don't take kindly to that patronizing and prison like attitude.

      A good book I read "When Helping Hurts" lays out good strategies using the people's strengths (you can skip all the bible stuff if you are not so inclined). Most homeless people are not stupid. In fact, I've met so many resilient and clever ones, if our civilization ever falls apart, I'm finding me some homeless people to teach me to survive.

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