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Today, I watched Lisa Ling interview homeless people who are residing in a non-legal tent city in Sacramento. (Mind you, these tent cities are beginning to pop up all over the place in our country). They are happening due to homeless shelters being full to capacity, job loss, variable interest rates, resulting in home foreclosure. These people have nothing. Less than one year ago, they were middle class working families who worked hard and had eveeything they needed. This is one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen. No hot water, actually- no running water, no home, no possessions, nothing. The kids are attending school when they can at shelters and eating what and when they can.

I feel like I want to start a drive of some sort to get things together for these people- but what? Where would they put it? I wish there was something I could do to help. Job loss has affected my own home but not like that. At least not right now anyway & I’m doing everything in my power to keep it that way. In any case, this isn’t about me. My point is, I’d like to do something to help in some way. It’s just all very tragic and could happen to any one of us.

I went for a walk after I watched that interview & thought about how lucky I am to have what I do, even though from time to time I catch myself thinking or occasionally saying, “I wish I had what I used to...” or “I should have....” blah, blah, blah.

I won’t be doing that again. I went to dinner with a friend tonight and we discussed that stuff, then went to a programmer friend of ours’ studio who happened to be mastering music with one of “Guitar World“’s most talented people in the world- I looked around & thought, WOW. We are all very, very lucky. And what a huge difference from what I saw this afternoon.  

I really want to do something to help those people. But, WHAT?
Opinions? Ideas? Thoughts?



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Feb 25, 2009
    • If I were you, first I would take stock of my own resources.  That is what can I spare?  Would it be money, perishable or non perishable items or even your time.  Just a rough estimate.

      Then I would call local shelters and non profit organizations and ask what they need.  Hear of their needs, match up with what you can give... BINGO.  

      p.s.  The power of prayer if you believe.  

      Bless your compassionate and loving heart. xoxo



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      Yana Berlin wrote Feb 26, 2009
    • Get a list of shelters in your area and find out one with the most children and single moms. I think they need more help than anyone else.

      We often complain about stupid stuff, it’s just human nature.
      Few weeks ago I saw a movie called “Defiance“, when I walked out I said “I will never complain about anything again“, that lasted 24 hrs. frown

      We are launching local chapters across US, my goal is for every chapter to adopt a charity, together we can make a difference.



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      Linni wrote Feb 26, 2009
    • Gosh Jenz,

       i know what you are talking about! When my children and i moved to PA, my life changed drastically.. too much to go on about here, HOWEVER, God placed on my heart to oneday do something for single parents.. both men and women!  

      there is such a need out there for something! i feel that instead of tearing down buildings, they could be used for homeless, to get them back on thier feet! you know, housing, so they can GO TO WORK, have a place to live, until they are back on thier feet..

      im not sure, but what i do know is things need to change! they really do.. and im right beside you on this!
      thank you for your post!



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      Marie Hempsey wrote Feb 26, 2009
    • There are 2 homeless men living under the overpass right near our home..and where my daughter goes to college there are 2 huge tent cities on either side of a major highway...they just “sprang up” and there are alot of people living there. It is scary and I am so afraid it is just a sign of things to come.

          Unfortunately...I have no suggestions...I , of ocurse, will pray for these people and that it does not happen to more people!



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      Jomi wrote Feb 26, 2009
    • If you go to a church would they be able to have everyone get together to provide a meal for these people once or twice a month?
      My sister in law’s church has a garage sale weekly. Church members bring anything they don’t want or use and the money earned goes to help people in need.
      Just what came to my mind.....



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      Amy L. Harden wrote Feb 26, 2009
    • In our city, our church helps with a program called NEST. The community of churches in our area takes turns each week in hosting homeless people and families.  They give a hot meal and warm, dry place to sleep, while offering haircuts, clothing, simple supplies that they can carry.  Everything is on a volunteer basis.  The people are bused from outside of the local homeless shelter after the shelter has filled up for the evening.  This program has been going on for years, but is bursting at the seams as of late, as more and more families are being left to fend for themselves out in the cold.  The program five years ago was mostly comprised of men and habitual homeless people, while now we are finding more parents with children, who have lost job, home and possessions.  The elderly are also joining these ranks.  The care that is needed is immense.  

      Call the your local homeless shelter and see what they need...like clothing for children, diapers, Baby wipes, bottles/formula, blankets, coats...Volunteer to serve/cook food, stay overnight to help.

      Consider having a Yard/Garage sale where the proceeds or some of the proceeds will be donated to help those who need it.

      Consider establishing an organization that will screen and match perspective boarders.  This is my one concern, as one of my friends recently told me she may need to take in a boarder to make ends meet.  My concern is that she will take in someone who is not the best match...if you know what I mean.

      Oprah’s Show was a real eye opener yesterday...it is looking more and more like a Depression...not a Recession.

      Remember...when you help the least of these...you are helping Me!



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      Shopgirl1960 wrote Feb 26, 2009
    • Jennifer, I listened to Oprah while I was working and she had this very same story line. I really helps put one’s life into perspective doesn’t it? I can’t get it out of my mind either.



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      Amy L. Harden wrote Feb 26, 2009
    • PS:  Let’s not stand in shock ladies...let’s do something about this...we are strong vibrant women...we can think of something together that can help...Let’s talk about that!!!



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      Linda Hendricks wrote Feb 26, 2009
    • I saw an article about the tent cities about a month ago.... it has haunted me ever since.... I feel exactly as you do.... grateful for what I have and feeling foolish for griping about how bad things are for me....

      If nothing else this economic disaster of ours has put life very much in perspective... I have resolved to come out of this better than before....and.... I also have resolved to make a difference when I can.

      Yana is right... single women with kids need help the most.. going through everything alone and with kids... must be devastating.



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      Jenz ~ wrote Feb 26, 2009
    • Good morning.
      Thank you- and I agree. Together we can help. And yes, we definitely are strong & vibrant women, that’s for sure.
      I have clothes, etc that can be donated to shelters and many extra dishes etc. I’m sure that sounds ridiculous- but it’s something to start with. Every little bit helps. I’ve got plenty O’ stuff downstairs that can be donated.
      I also thought about doing a series for a local art studio (can’t tell ya the idea re the pictures but they SELL like crazy.) & donate a percentage of the sales to the Women’s Resource center here or the shelter that I find that needs the most help. I’ll help someone else as well as my own house at the same time. I like that!
      Maybe we could all put our heads together to figure something out re founding a program to help as well...
      No one in this country should ever have to live like that. It’s just plain WRONG.
      Thanks for your responses! You‘re awesome!
      Another idea- I’m reactivating my Mary Kay website- I can get connections through them to assist too- of sales donated to so xx% so..



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