Homeless Issues #93

      Some of the “Goods” in our community:

The Nomadic Shelter is winding down and we want to thank all of the participants.

The hosting churches:
 Green Valley CC; Colds Springs CC; Federated Church; Solid Rock Foundation; and Foothills UMC.
The supporting churches and groups: Holy Trinity Catholic Church; Rolling Hills CC, especially their 2nd Tuesday group; Christ Like Services, Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS), Hands 4 Hope, and way too many other smaller groups too numerous to mention.
Individuals like
Dr. Deb Prock and the many unknown contributors who support the citizens of our community who have the very least. We have 171 persons who completed and signed our “Shelter Guest Guidelines” and stayed in at least one of the shelter locations. Without you it could not happen.

Our community youth are involved through Hands 4 Hope. Ponderosa High School’s Hands 4 Hope chapter and especially Herbert Green Middle School Hands 4 Hope chapter, who did a complex campaign involving contests between classrooms and awarding prizes to those who collected the most socks. It was very well thought out. Thanks again to the Hands 4 Hope chapter at Herbert Green Middle School. We need more youth participating and learning that there are other lives in our community that they are not familiar with.
Thanks to the El Dorado County Sheriff Dept. and their CIT (Crisis Intervention Training) program that trains deputies how to handle mentally challenged citizens in our community, and NAMI who is a big factor providing for the mentally challenged in our community.
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One of the “Bads” in our community:
This from loving persons regarding Elliot.

A couple of reliable sources just informed me that the police dept. is now actively
HARRASSING Elliot in order to get him to leave town.

Elliot is mentally ill, has not ever committed a crime, does not use alcohol or drugs, and is a very sweet person who is very ill. There are merchants on Broadway, where Elliot “hangs out,” as well as others, who look out for Elliot providing clothing and food for him as a KIND/CARING COMMUNITY would do.

Consensus is Police Chief Scott Heller is not a kind or compassionate person, and allegedly, a Sgt. Ron Cannon is doing much of the harassing of Elliot.  I pray that NAMI, and others, along with those who are committed to helping our most unfortunate, will help Elliot and others like him.
Scott Heller has not bought into the CIT, (Crisis Intervention Training) that our sheriffs have very successfully implemented.  Why?  Like it has been stated; he does not care to understand and deal compassionately with our most unfortunate citizens. He would rather just run them out of town.  Is this with the blessing or the cursing of the Placerville City Council? How very, very, COLD!
 
Elliot needs a lawyer! I have also been told that the police officers have been directed to actively harass Elliot. Fortunately most of the police officers are decent, ethical persons and have resisted the direction to harass a law abiding, mentally- challenged, member of our community, but they fear retaliation. Elliot needs a lawyer! We will provide leads to all that I’ve stated above to any benevolent lawyer who will take Elliot’s freedom to be Elliot, without being harassed, to court.
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Donate clothing and/or money to JSS to be distributed to our homeless population. Contact me, Ron Sachs, at
….JobsShelterOrg@Gmail.com ……

I’ll come pick what you have to offer up.

Homeless Issues #92

JSS Partners. JSS partners/works with other providers of service to the homeless population. To name a few: The Upper Room; Continuum of Care (program under HUD direction) ; Christ Like Services; The Nomadic Shelter Program; Community Haven Inc.; and many churches and groups that donate clothing to JSS for distribution; Please keep in mind that we wish only for clothing that one would take on a camping trip, leaving the blankets behind.
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Many ask what do you need? As a general rule we have boiled it down to “What you would take on a camping trip, leaving the blankets behind.” That includes boxer shorts underwear and women’s panties. Also needed is money to purchase hygienic supplies, that are one of the most requested items, and the tents and sleeping bags that are given to each homeless person who are in need of such, one time per 12 month period.
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JSS closet is open during Monday night’s shelter; JSS vans go to The Upper Room on Tuesday and Thursday. Also many homeless can get clothing etc. at Green Valley CC after the Friday night Shelter. St. Patrick’s Catholic church in Placerville also has a clothing closet. We attempt to provide what is essential to our single homeless population. JSS, in partnership with others, distribute information on where to go, who to see, what to fill out, for special assistance and opportunities..
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We continue to stress the need for you to convince your Supervisors to make available one of the empty county buildings for use as a Nomadic Shelter location on Tuesday nights.
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JSS has a NEW and IMPROVED,

MAGNIFICENT,    NEW WEB SITE!!!!!

Look it over! It tells our story! Learn who the      “Homeless” are!

www.JobsShelters.Org

 

Donate clothing and/or money to JSS to be distributed to our homeless population. Contact me, Ron Sachs, at ….JobsShelterOrg@Gmail.com ……
I’ll come pick what you have to offer up.

Homeless Issues #91

Millions of dollars for single homeless dogs, cats and other “critters” are expended for their care and welfare from our county coffers.  Single Homeless persons, “citizens,” not so much. ANY????  To illustrate; dogs and cats being walked or just meandering along our “walk ways,” stop and relieve themselves. A single homeless person, No Way! But no facility provided for a single homeless person to relieve themselves. A million dollar facility provided for the “wayward,” lost dog or cat in El Dorado County. But no facility provided for a single homeless person who is “wayward” and “lost.” Yes the dogs and cats can be a problem and also the single homeless person can be a problem. But millions for dogs and cats and nothing for single homeless persons. Does that compute? I suggest that issue be incorporated in the new Placerville City Police sub-station in the Dollar Tree parking lot. Have a public restroom open to all citizens of El Dorado County installed in this sub-station instead of closing down the one at the Mosquito Road bus station. Arrest and incarcerate those who vandalize the public restrooms and also those who are publicly intoxicated and bothering others. Instead of just “kicking” them down the road. Is that police department negligent in not doing that?
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The Government (HUD) wants a count of the “Homeless persons” in El Dorado County, who have shelter. And they will take credit for providing shelter for the homeless. Next year they count “all Homeless persons.” The Nomadic Shelter has 113 homeless persons who have signed in on shelter nights. They are homeless. However, we average around 45 persons a night. Where the others sleep, if they do, or go, is sometimes a mystery. However, we are only allowed to count those who are in our “beds” on that night of the “count.” We know the others are out there and homeless. So when you read that the number of homeless is only XX. Double that number! And the County is given credit and the Nomadic Shelter given nothing.
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Where are all the new faces in our shelter this year coming from? Parolees from Sacramento County being dropped off in El Dorado County is what I have heard. Does El Dorado County get compensated for accepting parolees from Sacramento County? Is it a transfer from Sacramento jail to El Dorado Jail then parole in El Dorado County? Again who gets the brunt of that influx? The Nomadic Shelter. And the county gets the money. Wasn’t Sacramento upset when Nevada sent people to be housed in Sacramento?
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               Great, golly, it can happen!!!

          The City Government of South Lake Tahoe,
             approved, supported and provided for;

“South Lake Tahoe Warm Room.”  7pm to 7am, daily, “A safe & Warm Place to Sleep.”  “Because Everybody Matters.” This is a government that provides for its citizens who have the very least.
          God bless you all in South Lake Tahoe!!!!
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Homeless Issue #90

Number 90 for this Newsletter advocating for the homeless in our community, those who have the very least. Once a month for 7-8 years and in the beginning I did not number them. That goes back to when just a very few of us where out serving the single homeless persons in our community. Winter nights, us volunteers slept on the floor overnight at the Seventh Day Adventist Church up in Camino. And then just a few of us where then going into the Manzanita behind K-Mart, city parks, parking lots and a few other “hide-outs” around the area providing the necessities for surviving homelessness..  We have made friends and held crying persons who were scared, angry, hopeless and helpless, then see them die lonely and afraid.
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I have a list of 68 churches in our area. Only 8 churches attempt to carry this burden of giving our homeless a place to lie down and sleep in a dry, safe, environment, and provide these single homeless citizens of our community during the winter months with a space inside a building. Five allow the space in their facilities to be used for overnight, and three others regularly send their volunteers to the hosting churches to provide extra help. 8 out of 68????? Yes, I have heard over and over again “we take care of our own.” “Our own?” … All homeless are our own!
                   The Samaritan story is forgotten
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JSS does pick up clothing from various churches and organizations for distribution to this population. Without these donations people would be freezing in the street, behind buildings, in the woods. We are grateful for these donations. Our fellow citizens who are homeless are grateful for that donation. However, we still have Tuesday nights where we have no church opening their facility to allow the homeless to sleep inside a building. Surely some church within those 60 churches has some space to allow 40 people to lie down and go to sleep. At Foothills UMC the homeless sleep in the back of the sanctuary, near the “coffee” kitchen. The same sanctuary where Sunday services are held. Very appropriate in fact.
If you have space to allow the Nomadic Shelter to use,         Please contact Rev. William Swift at….
wsswift@att.net. …
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We are now in a New Year and up for a New Adventure.

Shelter Correction

Shelter Correction!

The Nomadic Shelter is not open on Tuesday nights at Cold Springs CC!

It was just opened for last Tuesday night because of the weather report.

Homeless Issue #88

“Tis the Season”

At the big ballgame, Chris, Mose, and Mo are there in the stands. They don’t agree on many things and tolerate each other most of the time. And as many thousands of others in the stands, they each have the rule book of the game. Oh, some of them can quote verbatim the very words of the rule book. Some even know the precise day that the rule book was written and when, where, and how the hero/teacher originated. They can tell you precisely the date and time of action of the game. All say they read the rule book, but I doubt it. Yes, some really did read that rule book from cover to cover. But they are all in the stands shouting and jumping around, being seen and making noise, lot and lots of noise….

Down on the field, another Chris and friends are busy participating in so many little ways to follow the rule books. They run with the little bottles of “sport drink” and water to every place it is needed. They put a blanket or coat on the shoulders of the very cold sitting awaiting their turn. They run after the balls as the ball leaves the playing fields.  They know the rule book and follow it. They operate the little vehicle that transports those who were hurt or hurting.  All are very important to what is happening on the field of play. That group observes and is always looking to understand the players on the field, lending advice, pointing out advantages and signs of danger. This group is making a difference. They read the rule books and follow the books directions.

Are you, your neighbor, just in the stands making noise? Or are you down on the playing field making a difference?      Ron Sachs
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God bless Cold Springs Community Church. They are hosting three (3) nights at their facility. One night is being hosted by their congregation, one night with outside volunteers, and one night with a group of all homeless persons who are in the “Christ Like Services” program. All these persons are fully involved down on the playing field of life.
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We now have all 7 nights of the week covered, providing shelter, food, companionship, and much love to our brothers and sisters who have the very least. About 27-35 persons per night have been given what we have to offer so far this year. Rain, sleet, temperature, snow, and any mix thereof, make the numbers fluctuate.
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Please keep up your support with donations of warm clothing, socks and toilet paper and financial assistance, deduct them from your tax bill, and fill your heart with joy for providing help to our citizens who have the very least. For donations to JSS, “501 (C) (3)” tax receipt will be provided if you ask for one.
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Get on the playing field!
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Donate clothing and/or money to JSS to be distributed to our homeless population. Contact me, Ron Sachs, at ….JobsShelterOrg@Gmail.com …… I’ll come pick what you have to offer up.

Homeless Issues #87

Homeless Issue #87

Many have asked, “What are the Guidelines for guests on a shelter night?” Each guest agrees to the following. These guidelines have evolved over the years from the winter of 2009-2010 when the Nomadic Shelter kicked in at Cold Springs CC and Foothills UMC, 6 years ago. Year two, Green Valley CC, Solid Rock Foundation Center and Federated joined us. Let us keep it going!

SHELTER GUEST GUIDELINES
November 2015-April 2016
  1. There is absolutely no violence, weapons, sex, drugs or alcohol allowed on the premises.

 

  1. All guests must allow their belongings to be checked as they check into shelter for evening; only personal necessities will be allowed to stay with them. The shelter monitors have the right to lock up all items they deem unsafe or inappropriate.

 

  1. Smoking is allowed only in designated areas & times, cigarette butts must be put in can.

 

  1. If a guest leaves the property for any reason they may not return to the shelter that night.

 

  1. Men and women may only sleep in sleeping rooms, designated for each sex: ie, men in one area and women in another area.

 

  1. Guests need to check-in at the appointed spot at the shelter on the bus, no drive ups unless approved by shelter leaders.

 

  1. Guests not meeting these guidelines could be asked to leave for the night.

 

  1. Any items left at the shelter location or the van, after you leave will be disposed of.

 

  1. Each time a guest signs the rooster at the host shelter for the night they agree to these rules.

Failure to leave when asked by shelter monitors or for any serious problems may result in a call to the EDC Sheriff’s office or Placerville police.
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No Nomadic Shelter for the El Dorado county homeless citizens on Tuesday and Wednesday nights and only two Saturday nights per month. Yes, in this below 40 degree weather. In the first few nights we had 22 guests in the Shelter, we had 27 last Monday the 9th. .

In my opinion, we and this county should feel guilty! Give the Nomadic Shelter a space and they will provide for its management.
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“No one has ever become poor by giving”   
Anne Frank
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”When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”           
Elon Musk.
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“The basis of democracy is the willingness to assume well about other people.”    
Marilynne Robinson
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“It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants…. The question is, what are we busy about?”      
Henry David Thoreau
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For God’s sake, for our sake, take care of the citizens of El Dorado county who have the very least. Our homeless!!!!!
 
Donate clothing and/or money to JSS to be distributed to our homeless population. Contact me, Ron Sachs, at ….JobsShelterOrg@Gmail.com …… I’ll come pick what you have to offer up.

Homeless Issues #86

The Nomadic Shelter season is to begin Sunday, November 1
There are opportunities for everyone to take part in some way. We need volunteer help at all of our locations. A 3 hour shift in an evening, fit to your schedule, and in your area is all that is asked. Cold Springs CC in Cold Springs; Federated Church in Placerville; Solid Rock Foundation in Diamond Springs; Foothills UMC in Cameron Park; Green Valley CC on Missouri Flats Rd. all can use your help and award you with the knowledge that you have participated in caring for God’s children who have no place to rest their heads.  Call the church nearest to you, or contact Carole Smith ,., 530-644-6018 … mcs4850@att.net … Or contact Pastor Frank Gates … 530-409-3940 … Or e-mail me …JobsShelterOrg@gamil.com … I’ll connect you.

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We want to welcome Holy Trinity Catholic Church into our Nomadic Shelter circle by way of working with Foothills UMC in the Cameron Park area. Holy Trinity is a long time supporter and participant in the Upper Room, SHARE Food Closet and other community-oriented organizations, as well as the clothing distribution at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Placerville and other community oriented projects. They are expanding their service by participating with Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS) in serving the homeless population in El Dorado County.

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The Department of Housing & Urban Development [HUD]
The Department of Housing & Urban Development [HUD] just released their notice of $1.9 billion in funding available nationally to the homeless service providers [called Continuum of Cares or CoC]  Apply by November 20, 2015.  Each CoC must submit a detailed application explaining the homeless services they provide and receive points based on their application.  Based on the points they receive for each answer, they are either awarded funding or they are declined.  It is a highly competitive process and even a loss of a half point can mean the difference between being funded or not.  This year HUD included a question worth 2 points regarding “how the community is preventing the criminalization of homeless people as well as furthering fair housing” means that a community potentially could lose federal funding for their homeless programs if they continue to enforce anti-homeless ordinances, including anti-camping ordinances.  The HUD development comes in the wake of the federal Department of Justice [DOJ] issuing a statement of interest in a lawsuit brought by homeless people in Boise, Idaho challenging the constitutionality of the Boise anti-camping ordinance.  DOJ stated that “unless a community has enough housing, anti-camping ordinances violate the 8th amendment of the U.S. Constitution as cruel and unusual punishment and are misguided public policy.” 

Bob Erlenbusch
Executive Director
Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness

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El Dorado County, CoC, is controlled by the
“CAPITOL LETTER CITIZENS” that has little to no regard for the single “lower case citizens” of El Dorado County, and has contracted, about a year or more ago, with an organization/facilitator outside of El Dorado County. In the past each Supervisor had a representative at CoC meetings, and the CoC was “staffed” by volunteers (at no fee.) from Citizens of El Dorado County…………. The persons or group that pays the facilitator rules!

Ron Sachs

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One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?” The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.” “Son.” the man said, “Don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t possibly make a difference!” After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up a starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said, “I made a difference to that one.”

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“…it is important that we step outside ourselves and be ready for (an) encounter…An encounter with others. Why? Because faith is an encounter with Jesus, and we must do what Jesus does: encounter others.”   Pope Francis

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Make a difference! Encounter others!

 

Donate clothing and/or money to JSS to be distributed to our homeless population. Contact me, Ron Sachs, at ….JobsShelterOrg@Gmail.com …… I’ll come pick what you have to offer up.

Homeless Issues #85

Homeless issue #85 ….. Sept. 2015

U. S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals:  “…… different police officers interpreted the laws in various ways, making it “incompatible with the concept of an evenhanded administration of the law to the poor and to the rich that is fundamental to a democratic society.”
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Homeless “Pigeon Holes.”
So many, that societies will never be able to plug them up. 

A. The mentally challenged who fight demons daily, large and small, real and perceived, who do not have anyone willing or able to take care of their basic needs, such as shelter and food to eat..
 
B. The addicted to alcohol and legal and illegal drugs, escaping from reality because they can’t deal with the realities of living in the general society. This starts at a very young age as they are not taught accountability, cause and effect, responsibility, and a good work ethic. A good test for this is to learn what jobs they held before age 16. A parents or guardians job.  And who do not have anyone willing or able to take care of their basic needs, such as shelter and food to eat..

C. Just out of prison with one or more “sub-pigeon holes” attached. And who do not have anyone willing or able to take care of their basic needs, such as shelter and food to eat..
 

D. Those unskilled who do not have the opportunity or ability to learn wage-earning skills. And who do not have anyone willing or able to take care of their basic needs, such as shelter and food to eat..
 
E. The older persons who is viewed as too old to learn a new trade, a possible burden to one’s business and might be “set in their ways.” And do not have anyone willing or able to take care of their basic needs, such as shelter and food to eat..
 
F. The 54+year old who lost everything and was deemed “too knowledgeable” in his field to be trained for a younger, growing company and was a past competitor, (In my case) And who do not have anyone willing or able to take care of their basic needs, such as shelter and food to eat..
 
G. The transient, wandering explorer, “Hobo” of past years, who is an adventurer in their mind. They’re always looking over the next hill.
 
A & B will always be with us. Hospitalization, compassionate incarceration, continued tailored professional mentoring and care would be the only solution, and would need to suit each individuals needs. And this is not about to happen.

C, D, E & F are there for us to uplift spiritually and materially. Giving them a job for long/short term with minimal or above wages gives dignity and allows some sense of independence, “Christ Like Services” (530) 622-1267. CLS has a “Free of Liability” form available. Many have used their services and changed their view homeless persons.

I’m sure I’ll hear from some of you because I left out a point you want to make. Please fill me in.
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Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS) servers this varied population in El Dorado County, as others do, and have for over 12 years. The Upper Room comes to mind, and we pray that individuals, cities, and County governments recognize that these groups of people are here with us now. Whatever your religion, philosophical spirit, gut feeling is saying, there is a place for you to not only think and pray about it, but do something about it. Volunteer!

The Nomadic Shelter is starting up for another year. You, your group, your church, contact Pastor Frank Gates at 530-409-3940 or Carole Smith at 530-644-6018, and volunteer for something.

Donate clothing and/or money to JSS to be distributed to our homeless population. Contact me, Ron Sachs, at
….JobsShelterOrg@Gmail.com …… I’ll come pick what you have to offer up.

Please visit the JSS web site: www.jobsshelters.org.

Homeless Issues #84

Following by James King on Aug 06, 2015

In an effort to erase signs of homelessness, some cities have passed laws that prohibit people from sleeping outside or in their cars. Now, the Department of Justice is getting involved.

The DOJ said on Thursday that laws that try to criminalize homelessness are unconstitutional, a sign that it may follow up with civil rights lawsuits against cities that have criminalized sleeping-while-homeless.

The national average of homeless people who have no place to sleep is more than 40 percent because of overcrowding in shelters. Those who don’t get a bed are forced to sleep in places like parks, sidewalks, and cars. In Los Angeles, for example, there are about 11,933 beds in the city’s homeless shelters for roughly 54,000 homeless people, according to a 2014 report from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.

Since 2011, the number of cities that have city-wide bans on camping in public has increased by 60 percent, according to the report. Additionally, 81 cities have bans on sleeping in cars, an increase from 37 in 2011.

In a statement of interest filed with the U.S. District Court in Idaho, the DOJ said Thursday that laws that make sleeping illegal violate the Eighth Amendment, which protects people from cruel and unusual punishment. “Sleeping is a life-sustaining activity—i.e., it must occur at some time in some place” the statement says. “If a person literally has nowhere else to go, then enforcement of the anti-camping ordinance against that person criminalizes her for being homeless.”

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U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturns L.A. ban on homeless living in vehicles. We should take notice and act accordingly in El Dorado County.

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The word “Citizen” as used in human compassion, respect, and practice.

“Citizen” or group of “Citizens” complaining about another, lower case “citizen” or group of “citizens.” Yes we do have that problem within our communities, and the Authorities have to scratch their heads and attempt to make the most of the situation. But yes, things get different when the capital letter “Citizen” complains about the lower case “citizen.” Both were born, raised, educated, and spent their money in the local stores of El Dorado County. What criteria were used to determine if one is a Capital letter “Citizen,” or a lower case “citizen” with capital letter treatment and power or lower case treatment with no powers We who serve the homeless community are confronted with this much of the time. What to do when the police appear on the scene and indicate that they want us out of the public parking lot because we attract the lower case citizen. Or what do we do when they “encourage” owners of private property to not allow lower case citizens to gather on their property to receive “hand outs,” Or they ignore the fact that the homeless are citizens; we have to determine, “Who makes that decision?” City Council, County Supervisors? And where is that line? When did I go from being a lower case citizen to being a capital letter citizen? And you, from capital to lower case citizen? Influential people in our community who help local politicians get elected, have far more power than those without houses (who have essentially none).  However, some of the influential folk may have the same addictions and even the same mental illnesses and may conduct themselves in equally unsavory ways.

Ron Sachs

“In the ancient Near East, sometimes those outside of a particular group or society were considered less “human” by those inside of the group. People in the ancient Near East typically stayed close to home, which affected their perception of the world. “    Dr. Mary Winn Leith;   Biblical Archaeology Review.

Not much change since Genesis.

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VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!!!

 Keep October 10th open

so you can attend the Nomadic Shelter

Fund- raising spaghetti dinner at Federated church….. Music; Door prizes; Speakers; Silent Auction; Gourmet Chef; and important people in our community will all be there!

Make sure that includes you!

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Pass this issue of “Homeless Issues” on to as many persons you know who have some heart for the homeless population in our county.

Again we want to thank all of you for your efforts in providing understanding, in your love for your fellow humans and especially those who have the very least.

Please visit the JSS web site: www.jobsshelters.org.

Donations can be made by clicking here.

OR Our address: P.O. Box 1389, Shingle Springs, Ca. 95682