Homeless in July

Good Day Good people:
It has been a while since you heard from JSS, Job’s Shelters of the Sierra. NO, the homeless persons in our community have not all been removed to a palace with all services provided by a benevolent stranger. They are still with us, and many of us are still trying to provided needed services. As the weather changed, so did SOME of the needs. However, socks, toilet paper, “wipes,” are still in great need. And yes, money to purchase what is not donated.

New things are happening:
1. JSS, Job’s Shelters of the Sierra, has a new web site. Check it out!
……………..  www.JobsShelters.com ………….. Give it a LOOK! See where the tents you donated went. Over 60 tents last winter. We will have continuning articles relative to homelessness; i.e, reasons and backgrounds of the homeless population.

2. Rene Evans has picked up the fall’n ball from Perks Court and is heading up a Resource Center for the homeless that will incorporate what was planned for Perks Court: laundry service, computer access, showers, resources available to the homeless, and yes, a supply closet managed by JSS as we had at Perks Court. (We, JSS, will need your help in building a shed 9’X10′ to house the clothes and necessities of homeless life.) This will be located next to “The Upper Room.”
Contact me, Ron, at ..Ronald.Sachs@yahoo.com and say, “I’ll help.”

3. Our supply of toilet paper, socks, “wipes,” as well as “summer” pants and shirts is getting low. We are asking you to again collect socks, toilet paper, “wipes,” and “T” shirts and take them for pick-up to: Foothills UMC, 3301 Green Valley Rd. Cameron Park/Rescue, or to the new Resource Center next to the “Upper Room” on upper Broadway, Placerville. BE sure to put “For JSS” on the supplies that you leave off for distribution to the homeless of our community.

4. Many are putting much effort into preparation for the winter months. You will hear more about those efforts in the future as dreams and desire, efforts, and struggles continue as we strive to serve our homeless citizens.

The homeless citizens of our communities, Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills, Placerville, Pollock Pines, the rual expance of El Dorado County still need our help. Who’s fault is it? ?????????. Most importantly, our moral convections, our religious convictions, and our civic duties all tell us to take care of the citizens of our communities and the “Least of these our brethren.”  

Malibu Joe

They called him “Malibu Joe.” He was one of the many homeless. He lived in a parking lot in Malibu under the oleander bushes. He wouldn’t take hand-outs, but people left things for him and he found food and clothes in the dumpster. He wasn’t a pest or a drinker, but was so loved by the people in the community that they placed a plaque in his memory after he was fatally beaten at age 96, long past his working years on farms in Ventura county. He had lived in Malibu over 30 years.

 

A visitor observing “Malibu Joe” for the day noted his first meal was an over ripe banana in the afternoon. His evening meal was water with instant coffee, along with a few packets of sugar with bread tossed in. Eaten with the aid of one tooth. He lit his pipe with a magnifying glass. He wore his worn black overcoat over his tattered clothes by day and used it as a blanket by night.

 

Even though he seemed content, at 96, there had to be times when he didn’t feel good and needed a warm bed.

 

Artist, Louise Nelson painted a 30 x 40 oil of Malibu Joe in his surroundings from a photo taken by former Pepperdine student, Troy Mayben. She started the painting because it was an interesting character study. As the painting progressed , she began to feel a burden for the homeless. “I realized that thanking god for my warm bed each night was not enough.”

 

Louise Nelson decided to use the painting as a tool to raise money for the homeless and needy. A total of 950 limited edition prints, signed and numbered,by the artist, have been produced for that purpose.

 

A minimum bid of $50.00 will allow you to have one of these print’s.

 

The picture, itself is 16”X21”
Signed by the artist.
Certificate of Authenticity comes with the print.
A letter from Jobs Shelters of the Sierra, noting your contribution will be sent to you.

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Avoid Becoming Misplaced

Why do some Homeless persons want to remain Homeless? In the article below, Will Salyards description of Biblical Israel parallels the experience of many homeless. The words in parenthesis will help you see the similarity.

Avoid Becoming Misplaced

Ever think about God’s leading Israel (the homeless) from Egypt (Homelessness)? Like me, you may only consider that achievement in the positive sense: How great a thing. What a great victory and so on. But for a moment consider the negative aspects of the undertaking. These people had been enslaved for multiple generations. What limited self-government they enjoyed was an organic one based on age and its respect. Now some 2 million strong and essentially told when to get up, when to rest, and when to go home, they were hardly candidates for an experiment in self-government much less the ad-hoc, make it up as you go kind that a new nation must create. They were not only challenged in their governing but most likely challenged as well in the fundamentals of everyday life.

What Egypt (Homelessness) provided before their exodus and had come to be a matter of course would no longer be available. Who’s going to…? This is a simple and

direct question but depending on the level of self-sufficiency that Israel (or homelessness) was willing or able to maintain could become a major, even paralyzing, decision. I suggest that’s what happened. On more than one instance the result of their referendum was to return to Egypt (Homelessness) and make nice to Pharaoh in the hopes of getting to be slaves (put down) again.

Be a slave again?! Who would ever? After living through incredible miracles of deliverance, after seeing provisions of food and water appear from nowhere, and the impossible become possible, how could any people say that the slavery of their past was better than the hope of their future? Because for them it was. Literally. I think it is so because Israel had become a misplaced people. That is, they were in a place they had never before experienced. It didn’t matter that their heritage was as a nomadic people – that was 400 years ago – nor that God himself had ordained their journey, what was immediately apparent was the pain of the unfamiliar.

We become misplaced not merely because our surroundings change but because the cultural moorings shift. That was the problem. Although Israel’s (the new homeless) culture shift meant the preservation of a nation (their future), the first real hope for their future, it wasn’t held with the same fondness as the known and familiar. But then it seldom is. As much as we decry sameness, still we crave the security it brings, even when that security comes at the expense of a future.

It’s good for us that personal cultural shifts don’t come along very often. I think it possible that most folks will live their lives and never encounter one. But for those who do the stakes are high. The generation who left Egypt (newly homeless) couldn’t get beyond it. They didn’t found a nation but wandered in the wastelands of great nations. Eventually, they died and were buried neither in their beloved Egypt nor in the new land. No stone marked their passing; no enduring monument marks their achievement. They were misplaced and died in the misery of lost identity.

It seems to me that when our identity is challenged by a personal cultural shift we’re called upon to equip ourselves to meet the challenge. In real terms it means accepting a new reality while giving thanks for the good that was in the old. It means looking for life while speaking words of life and not death. It means seeing that our journey’s are always in the providence of God and that His hand directs the course of our life. I suspect it also means our acceptance and embrace of the belief that through us the course of our personal history, even that of our family, has the opportunity to be altered to the better. (This in most cases is the biggest challenge of the homeless person)

Dr. William J. Salyards Copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved


“We must recognize that some of the homeless we encounter are afraid of the changes that would occur if they would have to step out of that environment. Thus they remain perpetually homeless. They are content to stay in an environment that they are familiar with. That fear of the unknown, the familiarity with the homeless life is most comfortable.

Ron Sachs

Homeless Issue

Very Good People!
I pray you will give me a little slack on what I am about to write you.
A few months ago a guy phoned me and said he wanted to know somethings about the homeless population in ED County. I get these phone calls periodically and said sure. Figuring I would at least get a free cup of coffee out of it if not more support of our cause, the homeless citizens of ED County. I had heard his name and had seen signage with his last name on it. D’Agostini. Other than that……… this guy wanted to know about what we all have in common, our homeless population. I went at the appointed time and met John D’Agostini.
He asked very pertinent questions, asked for advice, Lose Weight Exerciseed the options, and wanted to visit the homeless encampments. Boy was I impressed. Someone, that I found out who was running for Sheriff, really wanted to know about the insides of the homeless population.
I asked him some law enforcement questions that I had encountered, and he gave me advice and said I could call on him any time for advice. WOW!!!!
I did and then asked John to join the Board of JSS as an advisory on law enforcement issues.  He said yes, and has asked, replied, and advised us on a few issues that presented themselves.
What a difference John D’Agostini would make as the Sheriff of ED County. Past examples as well as another candidate for Sheriff have records of running the homeless off, are suspected of allowing there Deputies/Police to destroy camp sites, and I overheard a conversation by someone close to the city, that after the election there will be a running off of the homeless that congregate at Lumsden Park as well as the providers of the food at Lumsden Park. (They don’t want to stir up anything before the election.)
By the way………………… I had to pay for my own coffee. 🙂

Homeless Issue #20

Greetings with smiles 🙂

Many have asked what has happened since our last homeless Issue that was “one big downer.” Job’s Shelters of the Sierra, JSS, is continuing to serve our brothers and sisters who find themselves homeless as a result of conditions that are innumerable to comprehend. The reasons are unimportant. JSS is here to make existence more tolerable regardless of the reasons. We love all of God’s children and are honored to be in God’s service. We do not discriminate, we are accepting, loving, and pray that when we give of our time, our labors, our heart, we are doing what our inner love for others demands.

So we continue. One of our vans has totally died. It was annualized resulting in a diagnosis that nothing could be done to it to save it and continue delivering the necessities that our homeless citizens need to survive in today’s El Dorado County. The van died in the street. At the same time our crew of three were made to leave the house that they were staying in, putting them in a tent with no transportation. Scattered with the rest of the homeless citizen population.

After our Board met and discussed our options, we chose to save the money needed to rent new space and just start at the beginning of JSS. We moved out of our location on Tuesday during the heavy rains and relocated back to where we began, our garage. Thanks to Dr. Deb for the shelving she provided as well a moral support during this time.

We could not take everything we had from that location so we are asking for the much needed items that our brethren and sisters need to live homelessly. Socks, “TP” (toilet paper), wipes, candles, work pants, summer shirts, deodorant, razors, and again, “Wipes.” These “Wipes” take the place of the showers we expected to be able to provide to the homeless. And our collection of books that were even set up in author alphabetical order is not available now so please don’t forget the books that you have read and are now cluttering up your shelves. Our homeless friends are better off reading something then the alternative that life on the street affords.

All of you have been most generous. Foothill UMC, Shepherd of the Hills, Faith Episcopal, Church of the Foothills, Green Valley CC, Hands for Hope, United Outreach, Cold Springs CC, Only Kindness, Tom/Janis Carney, Glloria Tingley who tried to mediate the misunderstandings, and so many others who have in the past contributed to our efforts.

Remember, the Bible tells us that Job had everything thrown at him and things looked so very dim. But our name sake, kept the faith and prevail against all odds. JSS, and the other providers will help to provide for the “least of these our brethren” with the help from you.

We ask you to again step up and help.

Ron Sachs

Job’s Shelters of the Sierra.

Drop-Off @ Foothill UMC, 3301 Green Valley Rd. Cameron Park/Rescue.

Financial contributions. And we do need those donations.

JSS

P.O. Box 1839

Shingle Springs, Ca. 95682-9998

Homeless Issues #19

Up-Date on Homeless Issues:

Art Edwards has resigned from United Outreach. From my conversations and working with him, he felt way too much resistance by UO board members to allowing day time use of the Perk Court facility for providing services to the homeless in our community. He will appear in another capacity within the homeless providers community. Art is a true believer and doer, when it comes to providing for our homeless. We met while we both volunteered at Grace Place shelter and he took over from Raz about 3 years ago. Maybe 4 years ago??

Our people are now scattered all over the place. Since the warmer weather, some have gone back up to the Pollock Pines area, dispersed to little hid-a-ways and have gone back to being invisible. Thank God for the Upper Room and a Lumsden Park as gathering places.

The present board members Of United Outreach have change the lock on the JSS Supply Closet without letting me or my crew know anything about it. Thus when I went to re-supply the van to make a drop-off at the Upper Room, I could not get in. It appears that they, the new United Outreach Board has confiscated all of our supplies that you have donated to JSS. Bibles for the Bible studies, socks, underwear, “T” shirts, warm clothes, sleeping bags, tents, personal hygiene items, and on and on. All the things that you people have donated to be given out to the homeless population of El Dorado County. We will have to restock and will keep going. As they, new UO, stay dry, only the homeless will get wet and suffer the consequences. One person stated that maybe they are so embarrassed that they could not tell me directly before hand. I had to track it down to find out that yes, they changed the lock. At least they had the insight to be embarrassed. They could have said, Ron move out!

Needless to say, the showers we were going to provide, and the laundry facilities will lay useless to the general homeless population. Ready to be used, sitting useless.

I want to thank everyone who has supported JSS over the years. We did, and will continue to make a difference in the lives of some of our homeless brothers and sisters. We will continue to look after our brothers and sisters who are known as “the least of these our brethren.” We will move on and look towards your continued support, with prayer, efforts, and financial contributions. This is just another challenge on life’s roads. We started with nothing except an idea, a mission, and we will start again. We will continue to keep homeless persons busy with something constructive to do by delivering support items to the homeless of our community.

Please stick with us.

Homeless Issue 18

YOU CAN BELIEVE!!!!!!

1. SHOWERS/LAUNDRY ARE HERE!!!!
Yes we are now able to provide showers and some laundry facilities for our homeless population two days a week. If we can pay the water bill, we might be able to extend it more days if the need arises. This is the way it will work.
A. United Outreach is providing the facility.
B. Only Kindness is providing the transportation to and from the facility. There will be no showers for those who walk in. All will need to be picked-up at pick-up locations. Only 6 at a time, for now.
C. Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS) will coordinate the operation of the facility.
D. Good Ladies of Federated Church will provide sandwiches while showers are taken.
This operation will begin April 9.
Other organizations were asked to participate, but declined. You are welcome to join in on this, as a driver, shower/laundry monitor, librarian of our library, computer instructor, board game coordinator, or general “Handy Person.”
Transportation: Dana LaForce at DanaLaForce@wildblue.net
Operations: Ron Sachs at Ronald.Sachs@yahoo.com
Food Service: Mrs. Art Edwards at Art.Edwards@sbcglobal.net

2. U.S. CENSUS WAS TAKEN ON THE HOMELESS.
They gathered at Perks Court and dispersed to Pioneer Bible Church, Lumsden Park, Hangtown Motel, Upper-room, behind K-Mart, behind WalMart, in the bushes, manzaneta, along the tracks up to Camino, and wherever we could find homeless persons to give them toilet paper, socks, water and a bunch of other stuff. I’m sorry to say we are sure we missed a few, but we did much better then the County Census last year. And the enumerators were not deterred by rain, wind, snow, and long hours in the rough.

3. CHURCH OF THE FOOTHILLS YOUTH.
The youth gathered 31 fabric carrying bags containing 2 rolls of toilet paper; 2 pr. White cotton socks; 2 Health food bars; 2 Bottles of water; 2 ea 2″ Candles; and a small “treat.” These were used as incentives to gather the homeless in the park to be counted by the Census enumerators.. God Bless you guys!!!!!!!

4. AND THE BIGGEST THANKS AND BLESSINGS GOES TO ……….
Foothills United Methodist Church and Coldsprings Community Church for opening their doors to the homeless on Tuesday and Wednesday nights giving a warm, dry, place to sleep and congregate. A very special thanks to the two organizers, Frank Gates and Mike Parr. You guys did GREAT!

Now let us all work together to provide for the “least of these our brethren.”

Homeless Issues #17

Re: Sheriff invitation to have a community gathering on February 25th to discuss the homeless issues in ED County.

This is my impression; this is what I heard. This is what impacted me the most. The room was full with standing room only. The meeting was recorded for the benefit of the members of the Board of Supervisors.

The meeting started with a slide show by the Sheriff Department showing wet sleeping bags, trash, food storage, and all negative aspects of the encampments behind K-Mart. Statistics were presented regarding the 104 Sheriff calls to the location behind K-Mart over a 14 month period.

The result is that the homeless living behind K-Mart are going to be run out of there or are going to jail. I felt that the meeting was set up to express what the Sheriff Department whose  “boss,” County BS, (as Lt. Ashwort repeatedly reminded us) had decided that the homeless had to go. Where? They said they don’t want to just move then from one place to another. I felt, by their proposed actions, they don’t care where they go!

What surprised me most was the repeated reference that the Board Supervisors (BS) was the boss of Lt. Ashworth of the Sheriff Dept..

As those in attendance repeatedly explained,  the County BS is a very big obstacle. Plans are well thought out, using County owned property, Grace Place at Perk’s Court, to provide services to the homeless citizens of ED County. Land that includes 2 houses, storage facilities, with double-wide structure that can be used as housing, providing, showers (a health issue.), laundry facilities (a health issue.), trash disposal, some ability to educate and also bring order to the homeless population, is available, up and running BUT is restricted to ONLY 6 persons by the County.

We were asked by Lt. Ashworth to not “Bash” the County BS. However, his question to the attendees was “where can we put them”? The answer is that the County has places to put their disadvantaged citizens but will not open those places to the disadvantaged.

Again, if the County BS is the “BOSS,” they hold the solution. And as the “Boss” of the Sheriff Dept., they, the County BS, are the ones to stop, hold off, their planned attack on the disadvantaged and prepare a place to put our citizens when they do get run off.

Pastor Frank Gates made a simple, moral, observation.

” We have just seen a slide presentation of statistics and disrupted camp sites, we did not see “They’re just as good as I am. God loves them as good as he loves me. These are people with faces, who cry, who feel, who laugh …. In the center of this we are dealing with people, with our brothers and sisters.”

One person out of the crowed expressed her displeasure of having the homeless behing the K-Mart Shopping Center. Another, made that really dumb statement that we have heard in the past, that if we made provisions for the homeless citizens of our county, we would attract homeless from all over to come to ED county to stay. I know that there are homeless persons who have mental challenges, but no-one is that crazy to want to come up a mountain to a county that has nothing for them, and will only in the future, provide the few necessities needed to live. Other than those persons, as I remember it, were pro-active for finding a solution to provide for our homeless population in ED County.

GREAT REVELATION:::

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors were listening. They apparently listened to the recorded meeting and have taken some very positive action. PRAISE GOD!

As reported in the Mountain Democrat News Paper of Feb. 26,2010.

” I think we should just butt out,” Supervisor Jack Sweeney suggested early in the discussion. ” The church is the church and the county is the county. I’ve always believed in the concept of sanctuary. If they do something that causes disruption in the neighborhood, then it’s our business.”

Supervisor Ray Nutting supported Sweeney’s opinion saying, “It’s what the churches have done for a long, long time.”

And Supervisor John Knight said, If it’s not a problem, then it never happened.”

Supervisor Sweeney added. “We’re trying to enter into a process that we don’t want to do ourselves – sheltering the homeless. If we don’t want to get into the business, then we should stay out of the business.” Nutting ended the discussion, saying, “Jack is right on.”

Is this the new day for the homeless in El Dorado County? Is this a new day for the El Dorado Board of Supervisors?

An interesting side light to all of this is that I got a call from a person named John D’Agostini about two weeks before this gathering by the Sheriff Dept. took place. I had never met him before. He asked me to sit down with him to talk about the homeless population in ED County. The name did not ring a bell other than roads, restaurants, and places had that last name attached. I thought it was a good idea as I attempt to educate people regarding homelessness. That “short ” meeting lasted longer than an hour; very good and thought out questions were asked, and I was greatly impressed by his intrest in the homeless problems in ED County. John knows more about the homeless population than most people in the public eye in ED County.

I try to keep A-political– not get caught up into that mess. But he impressed me. And now after seeing and hearing the present Sheriff Dept. speak, John impresses me much more.

The meeting was a sucess in that it brought the Board of Supervisors togeather, informed them, and they finally “GOT IT.”

Thanks to all of you who advocate for the “least of these our brothers and sisters.”

YES, we still need your financial help for us to continue our work keeping two vans on the road, 6 days a week providing the necessaties of life for our homeless population.

Homeless Issues #15

A Novel Idea? A Different Approach? Dignity and self Respect?
Let’s try it!

Job’s Shelters of the Sierra’s representatives are among the homeless four to six days of each week delivering necessities such as donated socks, tents, toiletries, sleeping bags and information. From early 2007 until this year we have been providing hundreds of coats, tents, sleeping bags and close to a thousand socks and rolls of toilet paper, effecting the lives of a hundred or more who have been made a little warmer, secure, and hopeful. But you already knew that. So What is NEW!

Presently our efforts are funded by small donations or through the generosity of the individuals involved. Our desire is to cover the present costs of operations and to expand the services of Job’s Shelters of the Sierra by making accessible the dignity of employment. In brief, we propose to employ four homeless or recently homeless persons to maintain a supply storage facility as well as distribute necessary items to the encampments of the homeless population on the west slope of El Dorado County. Our requirement for these employees will be sobriety or regular attendance of an AA, 12 Step, or other recovery program to overcome addiction. They will work a twenty-hour week and earn $8.00 to $10.00 per hour. In order to keep expenses at a minimum, administrative labor will be donated; all other costs are included in the Proposal.

Job’s Shelters of the Sierra, is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt charitable organization.
All funds and activity within Job’s Shelters of the Sierra are accountable to our Board of Directors. All persons working/volunteering with JSS have signed a “Release and Waiver of Liability” form. Please see the attached for a cost breakout of this Proposal.

Proposal for Job’s Shelters of the Sierra

Present Operations:

Jeep Satellite Van General
Gas 250.00 107.50
Storage Unit 171.00

Total expenses per month at present. ………………………… $528.50

Additional program:
1. Maximum 20 hour work week per employee. Four employees.
2. Paying $8.00 to $10.00 per hour.
20X$10.00X4= $800.00 X4.3 = $3,852.00 including payroll tax

Vehicle maintenance plan for workers vehicle. $100.00

Required monthly income to cover expenses of this program. $4,480.50 including payroll tax

Every person needs
Significance, Support
Belonging, Accomplishment
Nurturing, Trust
Security, Touch
Attention, Guidance
Safety,

We ask you to pledge a monthly amount to JSS so that we can employ homeless persons to help other homeless persons and low income families in our community.
Only $45.00 per month from each supporter of this program will help to employ a homeless person give dignity to an other human, give nurturing, guidance, and a purpose in life to a fellow person
who needs a lift.Please pledge now so we can get this started. If you can’t do $45.00 a month, $20.00 per month would sure help.

E-Mail me back with your pledge. And send in your first installment to:

JSS
P.O. Box 1839
Shingle Springs, CA. 95682-9998

We invite you to come see the “Supply Closet” at Grace Place @ Perks Court

IN March ?? At 1:00 to 4:00. I will let you know of the exact Saturday or Sunday we will have the “Open House.”

Directions:

South side of the bridge over Rt. 50 on Missouri Flats Rd. you will see a sign that points to
Perks Court. Turn in at that point and turn left to follow beside the freeway. Continue to the
end of that road. Down the incline and arrive at Grace Place at Perks Court. Our “Supply Closet”
will be open and welcoming you to look it over.

Is this not a great opportunity for you to step up, commit to put into place “an opportunity and not just a hand out.”

Homeless Issues #14

TV coverage in channel 13 a few days ago.

Tent City in Placerville.

1. Picture showing TV. reporter behind a drug store, not K-Mart.

2. In my three years of going to the encampments behind that shopping center, at least 3 days a week and now in the last 3 months, having the representatives of “Jobs Shelters of the Sierra,” or myself visiting that location 6 days a week, there never was and are not now 40 people living there. When at the fullest, we have counted 22.

3. There are 5 distinct communities/groups living behind that shopping center. Each with a leader of sorts, each with a different personality, each with a different make-up.

4. “Feeding And Inspiring The Homeless” (FAITH) is a group of many organizations, working together, collecting, preparing, and delivering the food 7 days a week.

RE: The shooting. I was there the day after and everything was the same. Each group was mourning in their own way in losing a long time resident. Just the same as you would find in any community like ED Hills, Cameron Park, Placerville etc. Otto was a long time resident, and well liked. Ken was a transient with a hot temper. Otto happened to be in the wrong place at the time. Otto was holding as collateral for $1??.00, a cross bow that Ken wanted to use to go shoot someone. Ken shot Otto when he would not give it up. Ken was really drunk at the time and had been “mouthing off” about “his” cheating girlfriend and a mutual friend of them both.

It had a woman, triangle, money, alcohol, and a nice guy getting caught up in it. Same, same, as any community.

There are NO winter shelter for singles in ED County. Churches provide a dry, warm, place to sleep only 2 nights a week. Tuesday and Wednesday. Cold Springs Community Church and Foothills United Methodist Church provide a dry warm place on those nights. That is it for now.

United Outreach of ED County has been working on it for years. Progress,??????? They did get permission to house 6 people. They have facilities for 40-50 overnight guests.

And now a TV report that does not show the problem or gives the correct information.

BTW I passed the above information on to Channel 13 news room.

I just wanted to clear the board of misinformation.