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.

Homeless Issue #13

The sun is shining on these gloomy 13 days. You BET-CHUM!!

Cold Springs Community Church opened their doors to the homeless on Wednesday night, and will open them every Wednesday night in the foreseeable future. Everything went well; everything fell into place; volunteers where there from 6 different organizations, and complete organization prevailed. Praise the Lord!!!!!!

PASTOR DAVE BUNJE IS WORKING TO CLARIFY WITH THE COUNTY THAT TEMPORARY SHELTERING OF HOMELESS PERSONS IS A NATURAL AND PERMITTED MINISTRY OF A CHURCH. He is getting evidence from churches who are currently involved in homeless ministry in Nevada, Placer, Sacramento,Solano counties. This evidence will be used to persuade county officials that they need not block churches from doing what they are called to do.

Community Health Care, funded thought Federal funds and not governed by ED County, is stepping up programs to serve the homeless population of this County. That is so, so welcomed. They are really, really putting an effort to connect through the network of homeless providers that this network works with.

The Lovely Ladies known as the “MAD HATTERS” are Muddily Hatting. And what a blessing that is, as we know the body loseWeight Exercises most of it’s heat through the head. You lade are warming cool heads. THANK YOU!

Bill Roby of “El Dorado County Foundation” Is meeting, one on one, with all the principals of all of the homeless providers to assess who can do what for whom. A VERY necessary, appreciated, and well thought out move on their part.  We look forward to working with you.

Malibu Joe Limited Issue prints that are up for bid are being bought and we still have a few more to to sell. The bidding will stop on Jan. 31. Remember that only a minimum bid of $50.00  is required. Get back to me soon. Like tomorrow!!,

Perks Point transitional housing is now up and running. There are 3 adults and three children in the house now. It is at the County dictated maximum. BTW. The location has a new name. (I just can’t find where I wrote it down)

THE WANT LIST IS AS FOLLOWS

Candles. At least 2 1/2″ diameter. Need them badly. The only source of heat in a tent.

Socks. Need dry feet.

Toilet paper. Need dry butts.

Tents. Need dry sleeping place. At least 2 man/women size.

Tarpaulins. Need dry place to place dry tents and outdoor sitting/standing room.

NEED more respect, understanding, patience, and love for those in our community who do not have the resources, the we enjoy.

Check are always welcome so we can purchase items that are not donated, rain gear, medications, gas for delivery, special needs, and those “unexpected” times. I have been doing this for almost 20 years and Nutt’n is ever predictable and the experiences run a full spectrum of enjoyment and sorrow. I thank each of you for your interest in our homeless population.

Keep in your prayers, thoughts and concern for Walt Rice the help mate of Josie Rice the Food coordinator for F.A.I.T.H. He fell off a roof and suffered multi-damage. They are both leaders and doers of preparing and delivering food to the homeless population of ED County.

Checks can be made out to:

JSS

P.O. Box 1839

Shingle Springs, Ca. 95682-9998

Donations can be drop-off at:

Foothills UMC

3301 Green Valley Rd

Rescue/Cameron Park

And

Quality In-Homecare Specialists

699 Main St

Placerville

Homeless Issue #12

“The sun will come out tomorrow,bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow,there’ll be sun! Jus’ thinking about tomorrow clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow till there’s none….So you got to hand on till tomorrow come what may! tomorrow, tomorrow …….”

That optimism that “Annie” so proudly sings about should inspire us all to look forward to tomorrow,”come what may.”

F.A.I.T.H.; United Outreach; Salvation Army;Upper Room;youth groups of El Dorado Hills; Solid Rock Faith; Sheperd of the Hills;Cold Springs Community; Foothills UMC; Community Health Center; Only Kindness;Food Bank;Pioneer Bible Church;JSS and it’s satellite van; and I could go on for pages listing the groups and individuals who have put their time and efforts into providing for the homeless citizens of El Dorado County.We are continuing our optimism that tomorrow will usher in a new break-through towards proper care of our citizens who are without in such a prosperous society.

Yes, we are making progress.United Outreach and the Salvation Army, with some others, have been providing homes for homeless families with children.Emergency motel shelter programs have been in place; and, as money runs out to provide these services, more grants are being pursued.The family programs have not only provided shelter but provide coaching for the families on life skills and advising them to what is available to improve their lives. One of those families could become the life reality of one of our family members or family friends.

F.A.I.T.H. is continuing their efforts in providing food to the encampments and gathering places of the homeless.

Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS), with its satellite van and old faithful Jeep Liberty, is visiting the encampments and gathering places at least 4 days a week giving out what you and others have provided such as tents, sleeping bags, blankets, socks, gloves, jackets, pants, toilet paper, tooth brushes,feminine hygiene supplies,candles,and about anything needed to survive in the tents and alcoves of shelters that our citizens are forced to endure.

All of these groups are working together, and in small groups, attempting to find a workable solution to the problems of our homeless population.

F.A.I.T.H. needs additional volunteers to give those who have been doing this work for a year or more a rest to recoup their energies.Join in if you arn’t already. Contact Michael Parr; At mooncalf62@earthlink.net. We also need money to pay for the support facilities and special items needed, as well as gas to carry out our missions.

Please continue to support our efforts with prayer, money, contributions, and understanding of our homeless population.

Thank you, the “Collection centers” for donations:

Quality In-Homecare

699 Main St.

Placerville.

Foothills UMC

3301 Green Valley Rd.

Rescue/Cameron Park

Homeless Issue #11

The storm news.

All kinds of things have taken place to care for our homeless population.First Lutheran Church opened their door for a “Over Night Prayer Vigil” on Mionday night. Tuesday night a “Warming Center” opened at the Placerville old Town Hall @ 594 Main St. in Placerville. And it is still going to be open on Thursday night.

Pastor Will from Sheperd of the Hills was out rounding up people to take them to the “Warming Center” along with a few others. Dr. Bob Aburn, Mike, Frank were among them.

Michael Parr and Pastor Frank Gates are to have a meeting with the ED County officials on Monday. and will be trying to work something out with the County officals regarding shelters (All Night Prayer Vigils,” ” Warming Centers,” or “whatevers”) in different churches for the remaining of the winter.

El Dorado County Community Health Center has jumped into our fight with all kinds of support and connections necessary to get things going. Thanks Guys!

Ron was out Tuesday to the encampment to give out what was needed: Tarps, tents, blankets, sleeping bags, and of course,,,,,, socks and toilet paper. He found most of the people behind K-Mart have “hunkered down” in their tents keeping warm. Candles are running low to out. They provide warmth as well as light. If you have some or can get some, please get them to me.

Faith Episcopal Church came through with a bunch of sleeping bags as did many others. Shepherd of the Hills has a 4-week collection plan that is filling the basic needs of the homeless, and they have kept us well supplied. This last Sunday it was toilet paper, a very basic need that most do not think of.

Next year the U.S. Census will be taken; and this time, a real, in-depth count will be made of the homeless in El Dorado County. All of the county. ALL OF THE HOMELESS. I have been contacted by the U.S. Census to help them find where homeless people are located. I will be asking your help in finding those I might not know, and where they are so they can be counted.

Keep up your good work! Your faith in those who are less fortunate than ourselves is very important. Your faith in mankind is rewarding.

Donations can be made to:
JSS (Job’s Shelters of the Sierra)
P.O. Box 1839
Shingle Springs, CA. 95682-9998

Drop offs:
Foothills UMC
3301 Green Valley Rd.
Rescue/Cameron Park, CA.

Homeless Issue #10

A very, very, Thankful and loving Thanksgiving to each of you

Last night, Wednesday, as we had our weekly Spiritual “study” at the Silvercrest home, I asked those who were there (some you would never think of as being at a Spiritual study) what they were thankful for. We are talking about our brothers and sisters who are the poorest of the poor, the homeless. We went around the room 3-4 times. Very few repeats. They were thankful for the same things you would mention if you were asked. None mentioned “tangibles,” or wished for “tangibles.” We all were delighted to have the in-put and understanding of one of our street friends I was amazed to have join us. And, of couse, we extended an on-going invitation to join us every week.

We discuss the “politics” of the street. Who, where, when, of the street culture. How to handle the stress, the “problem” people, the scams, the hopes and dreams of the homeless population and the disapointments that come with that life.

And yet ………. they are thankful for the same things you and I are thankful for.

We are thankful that Superior Self Storage @ Cambridge/Cameron Park Dr. came up with a truck and storage space for our use. Thank you Ladies! Just in time.

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From Michael Parr:

Temporary, Rotating Winter Shelter

There have been some new developments since late last week. I (Michael Parr) met with James Ellsworth and then with Art Edwards last Friday morning. Many people have been emailing FAITH. Funding has been discussed.Some of the following ideas may be crazy, but everything will be attempted.

1.Homes can be rented and up to 6 persons can be sheltered in each. Again, there are management and liability issues to be resolved. It is doable but not immediate. I am working on the plan now.

2. I will be emailing and calling all churches to donate to a temporary housing fund for the next few months. This could be a short term solution for the most vulnerable.

3. There is a church for sale in Rescue, 21 acres, 2 houses, some cabins and it has a special use permit. I am contacting them to see about temporarily renting it. There must be other properties around. We could transport people over and back each night.

4.. We could have 3 churches house up to 6 each night to start, then add other churches who may be more receptive to no more than 6 folks a night. For example, FUMC, CSCC and COTF all start with 6 people on the same night.

5. Art Edwards asked me to help start a tent city on the county property next to United Outreach. This has already been attempted by Dana.I am not sure what I could do that Dana could not, but it will be looked intio.

6. Any other ideas? Would any of you be willing to contact county government if I drafted an email and anyone that agreed could reply to them?

After Church In The Park last Sunday, I stopped by to see Dennis and Janis behind the Dollar Tree. Tommy was also there. Dennis said to me that many of them had been counting on the shelter opening last Friday night. He said that he was going to bring Janis over because she was so sick. Fortunately, he got Harry to give home some credit for the night. Janis was still sick on Sunday when I spoke with her.

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Church In The Park

Church in the park was fantastic last Sunday. Pastor Frank Gates of Cold Springs Community Church played the guitar and led everyone in song and gave the message. Many of his congregation attended as well as many of the many volunteers working for the homeless of El Dorado County. Thank you Frank and Dana !

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The Tangibles we need:

Candles, I am all out! All gone. At least 2″ base candles, used or new. Important for heat as well as light.

Tents, Socks (clean used or new white cotton), disposable razors, gloves, Big jackets (large, x-large, XX-large to be worn over heavy clothes),toilet paper, prayer.

Money to purchase what is needed but not donated.

Checks can be made out to:
JSS (Job’s Shelters of the Sierra
P.O. Box 1839
Shingle Springs, CA. 95682-9998
Drop offs at:

Foothills UMC (9-2 week days) Quality In-Home Care
3301 Green Vally Rd. 699 Main St. Suite A
Rescue/Cameron Park Placerville, Ca.

God Bless each of you;

Homeless Issue #9

STOP the rejoicing. It is short lived.

This networks priority is the Homeless citizens of ED County. That not only includes women with children who are in need the greatest but also the chronic homeless on the streets, behind the bushes, and “out of sight.”

The prayer and hopes of all, for the United Outreach and Board of Supervisors lease agreement on Perks Point had us all praising the Board of Supers that they had finally realized that the homeless were citizens of ED county and should be cared for in someway by their county government.

Nope! The Board have again abandoned their own citizens.

The following is an E-Mail from the president of United Outreach.

I attended a meeting with our county contact, Daniel Neilson, this morning to talk over the lease. I asked about our preliminary plan to have a mailing address, a job-hunting telephone, computers ands printer for job searches, so that we could begin helping some of the homeless get a job. I emphasized that we were not suggesting that we bring in more people to sleep beyond the six limit, but that we would like help people who might wander in from the street. He said that this kind of activity would not be permitted under our lease agreement. He said that we could do nothing that would “attract anyone” to our facility on a regular basis. This would include feeding lunch, providing showers, laundry, computer facilities, even a place to come and sit and read in our library to get out of the rain. In other words, we can do nothing beyond care for the six people sleeping in the home. . This is what I expected.

He then said that he wants me to make a list for him that breaks our plans down into phases and we will meet with him to decide how to attain each phase. He could not guarantee that each phase would not require the Special Use Permit, (a one tear effort) but he said he would try to get us a lease modification agreement that would allow us to move into each phase gradually before getting the SUP. Peter and I will write up this phasing document as requested and send it to you for approval, but I have to admit, I am getting weary just thinking of all the work that will be required and all the money it will cost us to get where we want to go.

We can not fault United Outreach. They had one plan. We, however are inclusive of all citizens.

However we can not dilute our efforts in providing 40 meals a day to four locations, providing tents, sleeping bags, blankets, warm clothes, and the many things we do daily for the homeless population in ED county. To be asked by United Outreach to build, renovate, supply, Perks Court, at the expense of our providing what we can to the homeless population during the winter months, while not allowing the homeless population to take advantage of any services at Perks Court, rubs us all wrong. Considering that we have asked twice to be allowed to use the mats that UO has in storage for a homeless shelter in local churches. And for UO to allow us to hook up the shower/laundry unit on local churches property. Both requests were ignored by UO. We are on our own, again.

WE ask you to support Mike Parr and F.A.I.T.H. and his efforts to enlist other then the few churches that have said they could house the homeless at least one night a week. Mike has an out-line of what is needed and expected of each location.

Michael Parr

530-676-1468 Home

530-333-5787 Cell

916-795-2572 Work

mooncalf62@earthlink.net Home

michael_parr@calpers.ca.gov Work

JSS needs large tarpaulins, tents, sleeping bags, blankets, rain gear, socks, sweat shirts, and warm jackets.

Drop them off at: Foothills UMC, 3301 Green Valley Rd., Rescue/Cameron Park, Every day 9 until 2:00 PM

Checks can be made out to: JSS, P.O. Box 1839, Shingle Springs, Ca. 95682-9998

This network will continue to work for the less fortunate citizens of our community.

We are committed. (Or should be committed 🙂 We are 200+ strong

Working together we will succeed.

Homeless Issues #8

Friends;

Every person has needs beyond the basics of food and shelter. They are security, safety, touch, belonging, significance, grieving, attention, sexuality, guidance, accomplishment, support, nurturing, freedom, and trust. In addition, every person has feelings of varying degrees, including hurt, loneliness, sadness, fear, shame, guilt, gladness, and anger.Knowing these things should help us relate to others as high as Queens/Kings, as we describe them in our minds and as the lowest rung of our societies, as we describe them in our minds.

Feeding And Inspiring The Homeless (FAITH), provides the food. Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS) provides the tents and sleeping bags, socks, toilet paper, soap, books, shirts, and the material needs of homelessness. Both provide some form of nurturing and compassion.

What should We/I do to help those who are already doing/providing things directly for our citizens who are GREATLY less fortunate than ourselves? Have we thought about it at all? Do We/I even care?

FAITH is always looking for volunteers to prepare food, deliver food or both to the encampment that they serve, every day. 4 to 5 churches/organization are partisapating. They are doing in RIGHT NOW. And have been doing this for over six months. EVERY DAY.
Contact Michael Parr at MoonCalf62@earthlink.net or Michael_Par@calpers,ca.gov

JSS is on the road 3-4 times a week going to the encampments with the “Store Jeep” to deliver the necessities of our homeless persons that are donated by me/you to be passed out to the homeless population. JSS is doing that RIGHT NOW. And has been doing this for over six months EVERY WEEK. Contact Ron Sachs at Ronald.Sachs@yahoo.com

Special thanks and very big hugs to those of you who have given us the food that is prepared and delivered, and the “necessities,” tents and very important “stuff” that provides the “food and shelter” we think about. What is missing is, security, safety, touch, belonging, significance, grieving, attention, sexuality, guidance, accomplishment, support, nurturing, freedom, and trust. I want to thank the person who gave a share of their profits for a specific time toward helping pay for that very needed “stuff.” And the lady, who on a fixed income, with high medical bill, still managed to buy 5 tents to be used by the homeless who were without. The Doctor who gives one day each week in the homeless encampments to relieve the pains and medical issues that plague the homeless. The group from a Faith Center who take time to listen, and sometime console the homeless in their dispare. The recovering alcoholics who understand the problems of self medication with alcohol and controlled substances who go out and encourage and support those who want to get out of the addictions. Their God is my God. The two groups that joined together to provide showers twice a week. Or the group of ladies who organize a “hand-out” day once a month every month of the year called “Mt. Auckum.” Their God is my God. And Socrates, the atheist, would say,”well done good students you have learned that what hurts you, do not do to others.”

How do I fit in? I can be less judgmental. I can smile as I pass by. I can help enlighten others to the homeless plight. I can give advice WHEN ASKED. I can attempt to acknowledge that these perpetual homeless persons have not experienced my/our cultural upbringing, our value scale, our fortune, our luck/destiny in being born into a nurturing unit/family.

However, all the needs listed above in relationship to ourselves, apply to each homeless person.

The Civic and Governmental leaders who have their mind set on the exact “Right” angle of 90 degrees and do not want to allow for the “human condition” are way off base in regard to perpetual homeless persons. Most human persons are not able or willing to conform to that ridged “Right” angle of 90 degrees that most civil and governments want to place them in. Perpetual homeless persons are not blocks of wood to be stacked or warehoused in the condition that the un-bending “Right” angle 90 degree mind-set has developed. The perpetual homeless persons in many cases started their life style as children who with outstretched-arms, wanted someone to put an arm around them or be noticed, were slapped instead of hugged. Were shunned as a nuisance, were avoided and learned to steal by grabbing a parcel of food off of another plate just to fill the hunger in their bellies. “Right” angle 90 degree non-flexibility is doomed to fail in these persons.

My Wednesday evening study is with homeless persons who want to make a change, who want to learn, but are hobbled by a long life of what we would call, “discord.” They, at this time, on their terms, want to join us in our culture. This is what we need to assist, help, encourage, and, within our hearts, love.

These are people! “There but for the grace of God go I.”

Yes, one will say, “That sanctimonious, self-rightous, self-serving, #@&%&#@, Ron Sachs can’t talk to me that way.” ……Friend, this is what is in my heart, my mind and my being. I just expressed it.

Yes we also need financial help. We are not endowed with Grant monies like others. We are “on-the ground” workers, working every day, doing, and yes making mistakes, but growing in our knowledge and compassion for those whose lives have put them in the category we call Homelessness.

Make checks out to:
JSS
P.O. Box 1839
Shingle Springs, Ca. 95682-9998

Drop off donations of tents, sleeping bags, socks, summer clothing 9-2 Monday thru Friday, at:
Foothills UMC
3301 Green Valley Rd.
Rescue/Cameron Park, Ca. 95672

As we progress into winter, Quality In-Home Care Specialists, Inc will campaign and collect winter coats at their many locations.

Thank you for your patience as I got this out of my heart and into your thoughts.