Since 2013, Veterans Project & The Family Assistance Campaign has provided free food assistance to more than 20,000 Veterans and their family members, distributing 445,000 lbs. of food. Feed Our Vets mission is to help Veterans in the United States, their spouses and children, whose circumstances have left them on the battlefield of hunger, and to involve the public in fighting Veteran hunger, through: (1) Community food pantries that provide regular, free food to Veterans and their families, (2) Distribution of related goods and services, (3) Public education and outreach.





Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment
and the other by acts of love. Power based on love
is a thousand times more effective and permanent
then the one derived from fear of punishment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

to meet the challenges of our times

to meet the challenges of our times
You have a right to live. You have a right to be. You have these rights regardless of money, health, social status, or class. You have these rights, man, woman, or child. These rights can never be taken away from you, they can only be infringed. When someone violates your rights, remember, it is not your fault.,I believe that to meet the challenges of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for one self, one's own family or one's nation, but for the benefit of all humankind. Universal responsibility is the key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace

TO PROTECT OUR INDEPENDENCE, WE TAKE NO GOVERNMENT FUNDS

Thursday, February 16, 2017

I HAVE BEEN ASKED WHAT IT IS WE NEED TO HELP US HELP OTHERS IN THIS GREAT ENDEAVOR

I HAVE BEEN ASKED WHAT IT IS WE NEED TO HELP US HELP OTHERS IN THIS GREAT ENDEAVOR



I am Joseph Barber,Master carpenter and Builder, and all around adventure of life.I was a soldier for some time hard job but yet wonderful quite the education you might say,love the Ocean and anything to do with it. Listen to how we speak about freedom and you'll gain tremendous insight into our true attitudes about freedom and, therefore, our relationship to one another I am and author of sorts and write articles for what I call FREEDOM OR ANARCHY,Campaign of Conscience in our world today so many have forgotten those truths that have made us free  “They say you can’t change the past despite the fact it never stops changing you – but that doesn't mean we have to sit back and take it. It may change us, but we have ultimate control over how we let it.”

We started The project and the family assistants campaign in DEC 212 2012 after two of our friends and our son committed suicide on the same day since then we have been doing everything possible to help those in need citizens and veterans alike we help far more veterans than non vets it seems the word has got out if your a vet and need some one with a frame of reference then go see Doc thats a nickname  I got while serving in the United states Army, ,short story on that we were serving in northern Africa at the time and one of my fellow troopers was wounded by a shot gun blast and are medic had been killed the day earlier so by the use of a field medical manual, I sealed the wound and kept him from bleeding to death when then humped him out to a safe zone and to satiety he survived and the nickname set it seems for life many who know me say I can fix any thing except a relationship hahaha but it seems I am having a challenging time getting people to see what we are doing and the importance of it this is so important to me I have given most all I have ever made in to it and I will not retreat at this point we have personnel experiences of the type of trauma many of our troopers and countrymen and women are suffering and the VA and governmental agencies fail to see the truth in the words of those they say they are helping and they are not a good example yesterday Suzanne went to the va to get some help with her injury's that she had been seen by a doctor at the emergency room her in victorville 37 stitches and two broke bones and her ring finger and may  be lost for life time will tell that and yet after 9hrs at the va hospital; in loma linda California she was not seen and had to set and appointment ,this is just one example as for others they stem from not only my own experiences of PTSD and the trauma it causes but the reasons I have such issues my self and how I have been able to except these issues as a part of my life and to live m,y live productivity if that is what YOU WANT TO CALL IT  WE ALSO HAVE MANY FORMER VieT NAM VETS THAT SPEAK WITH ARE PEOPLE AND THOSE OF THE NEW WARS AS WE CALL THEM THE CONSIDERATIONS WARS.


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THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX LIVE OUTSIDE THE CAGE

Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.” You have a right to live. You have a right to be. You have these rights regardless of money, health, social status, or class. You have these rights, man, woman, or child. These rights can never be taken away from you, they can only be infringed. When someone violates your rights, remember, it is not your fault.
You were wronged

This is the call out, This is the call to the Patriots, To stand up for all the ones who’ve been thrown away, This is the call to all citizens, Stand up!
Stand up and protect those who can not protect themselves our veterans ,the homeless & the forgotten take back our world today

The-Family-Assistants-Campaign & VETERANS PROJECT , WOULD LIKE TO THANK, T G BOYLE FROM AMERICAN VALOR FOR ALL THE FINE WORK HE AND HIS PEOPLE DO EVERYDAY TO ASSISTS AMERICAN VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILY'S THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR ALL YOU DO AND MAKING WE THE AMERICAN VETERANS PROUD AGAIN STAND FREE AND YOUR GROUND FEED ANOTHER IF YOU CAN HOOOOOOOAH

I MAKE THIS PROMISE AND VOW TO ALL WHO ARE HURT AND ALONE AND STANDING AS IT SEEMS ABANDONED IN THIS WORLD I JOSEPH F BARBER AM A VETERANS AND PATRIOT TO AND FOR WE THE PEOPLE YOU ARE NOT ALONE AND WE ARE COMING FOR YOU WE LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND DEAD OR ALIVE WE WILL ALL COME HOME TOGETHER

Joseph F Barber, Center kneeling

Pro Deo et Constitutione –
Libertas aut Mors Semper Vigilans Fortis
Paratus et Fidelis

Joseph F Barber & Suzanne D Barber






TO PROTECT OUR INDEPENDENCE, WE TAKE NO GOVERNMENT FUNDS 


I HAVE BEEN ASKED WHAT IT IS WE NEED TO HELP US HELP OTHERS IN THIS GREAT ENDEAVOR SINCE 2013,WE HAVE BEEN SELF FUNDED AND IT HAS COST ME EVERYTHING I HAVE EVER WORKED FOR AND HAVE MANY WILL SAY WHY DO YOU NOT JUST GIVE UP WHY HAVE YOU ALLOWED YOURSELF TO GIVE UP EVERY THING FOR ANOTHER JUST KNOW THIS ABOUT ME AND MY FAITH When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'. “I am a strong Christian. Not a perfect one—not close. But I strongly believe in God, Jesus, and the Bible. When I die, God is going to hold me accountable for everything I've done on earth. He may hold me back until last and run everybody else through the line, because it will take so long to go over all my sins.” Honestly, I don’t know what will really happen on Judgment Day. But what I lean toward is that you know all of your sins, and God knows them all, and shame comes over you at the reality that He knows. I believe the fact that I’ve accepted Jesus as my savior will be my salvation,

IN THIS  ENDEAVOR I HAVE SET MY SELF AND OTHERS ON THE THINGS WE NEED AND CAN USE EVERYDAY!!!! THAT ANSWER IS EVERYTHING THAT YOU CAN THINK OF WE CAN USE FOOD, CLOTHES ANY AND ALL TYPES OF GOODS TO BUILD OUR URBAN SURVIVAL PACKS THAT WE HAND OUT TO THE WEAK AND THE POOR AND MONEY IF POSSIBLE THESE FUNDS WE USE FOR THINGS LIKE IDENTIFICATIONS AND BUS PASSES FUEL RESOURCES FOR THOSE WORKING OR NEEDING TO GET TO THE DOCTOR AND BACK ,I ASK THIS OF THE CITIZENS AND PATRIOTS TO STAND TALL AND FREE (CALL IT LAWFUL REBELLION STANDING FOR WHAT IS RIGHT )-BOOKS EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL, I FEEL IF WE CAN HELP THE MINDS OF THESE SOULS THAT HAVE FOR WHAT EVER REASON LOST THEIR WAY AND FAITH WE CAN BEGIN TO HEAL THEM AND THE WORLD,UNDERSTAND MY COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN "I don't know how to save the world. I don't have the answers or The Answer. I hold no secret knowledge as to how to fix the mistakes of generations past and present. I only know that without compassion and respect for all Earth's inhabitants, none of us will survive - nor will we deserve to."I believe that to meet the challenges of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for one self, one's own family or one's nation, but for the benefit of all humankind. Universal responsibility is the key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace WALK WITH ME I WILL TAKE THE PAIN FOR US ALL YOU HAVE TO SUFFER NOTHING BUT A LITTLE OF YOUR TIME AND COMPASSION FOR ANOTHER, IF YOU HAVE THE LOVE AND COURAGE TO STAND WITH ME YOU WILL NOT REGRET YOUR TRUSTING IN OUR ENDEAVOR AND FINAL GOAL OF A SOCIETY OF NON VIOLENCE AND WE WILL SHOW THE WORLD HOW TO END HUNGER AND HATRED AMONG THE WORLDS INHABITANTS

WE ARE OUR brother's keeper.

A little about us...VETERANS PROJECTThe Family Assistants Campaign
We run this non-sectarian, non-partisan organization to ignite discussion on our world and in our communities, to educate our world about the injustice of aggressive violence.

We believe that in order to reach out to our peers most effectively, we cannot stand on religious arguments alone, and we cannot adhere entirely to one political side in our currently polarized culture. We believe that the consistent life ethic is not for any one religious group or for any one political position, but rather for everyone dedicated to human rights, life and dignity.

No matter your reason for believing in the inherent value of human life, we hope you can join us, and through our efforts we can together endeavor to make violence unthinkable -
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- to make it history!

YOU CAN BE A PARTNER
FOR PEACE
AND ALL LIFE

http://josephfreedomoranarchy.blogspot.com/2014/07/veterans-project.html

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or if it is best for you and your family please Mail your Donation to 11050 pegLeg rd,victorville ,Ca,92392
Care of Suzanne D Button Project manager,Contact Info
Phone442-243-4192
email:veteransproject@yahoo.com
rangersleadtheway75th.doc@gmail.com 

I CAN BE CONTACTED 24 HRS A DAY @rangersleadtheway75th.doc@gmail.com or @

MY PERSONNEL PHONE # IS 442-243-4192, I AM AVAILABLE TO ANY ONE 24 /7 LET US LEAD THE WAY & SHOW OUR WORLD WE THE AMERICAN CITIZEN LEAVES NO ONE BEHIND FOR ALL LIFE MATTERS


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Thanks for listening and your time 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

WE LIVE IN AND DEMENTED WORLD

WE LIVE IN AND DEMENTED WORLD TODAY
LAWFUL REBELLION STAND FOR WHAT IS RIGHT
Pro Deo et Constitutione – Libertas aut Mors
Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis


A man is either free or he is not. There cannot be any apprenticeship for freedom
“We cannot have peace if we are only concerned with peace. War is not an accident. It is the logical outcome of a certain way of life. If we want to attack war, we have to attack that way of life.” “The problem after a war is with the victor. He thinks he has just proved that war and violence pay. Who will now teach him a lesson?” “No Big Power in all history ever thought of itself as an aggressor. That is still true today.”

 There is no way to peace; peace is the way.

When the typical reformer or revolutionist proclaims the new order, he goes on to urge men to organize, agitate, get out the vote, fight. Jesus also proclaimed The Kingdom of God [i.e., the revolution] is at hand; but immediately added in true prophetic fashion, Repent. That is to say, if we are to have a new world, we must have new men; if you want a revolution, you must be revolutionized. A world of peace will not be achieved by men who in their own souls are torn with strife and eagerness to assert themselves. In the degree that the anti-war or pacifist movement is composed of individuals who have not themselves, to use Aldous Huxley's phrase, achieved detachment, who have not undergone an inner revolution, it too will experience the same failure to achieve self-discipline, integrity, true fellowship among its own members which has afflicted other movements for social change.

“It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and expose lies.” and many do but at a price of being placed on a watch list or to be detained hounded and arrested held and with out due process they are the heroes those whom have chosen to speak out at any cost from veterans to soldiers to the citizen
STAND AND BE COUNTED

“You can not be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.” “I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I'm a human being, first and foremost, and as such I'm for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”
“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” THE POWER IS WITH YOU “To me, the thing that is worse than death is betrayal. You see, I could conceive death, but I could not conceive betrayal.”
WE LIVE IN AND DEMENTED WORLD TODAY
“Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.” IF WE CAN GET PAST THE LIES WE ARE TOLD IN THE MEDIA AND ITS INDOCTRINATION OF THE WORLDS PEOPLE “If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” “The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”“So early in my life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.” LOVE AND PEACE PEOPLE STAND FREE AND YOUR GROUND FEED ANOTHER IF YOU CAN

Anyone is welcome to use their voice here at FREEDOM OR ANARCHY,Campaign of Conscience.if you seek real change and the truth the first best way is to use the power of the human voice and unite the world in a common cause our own survival I believe that to meet the challenges of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for oneself, ones own family or ones nation, but for the benefit of all humankind. Universal responsibility is the key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace,“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.” Love and Peace to you all stand free and your ground feed another if you can let us the free call it LAWFUL REBELLION standing for what is right


“And when I speak, I don't speak as a Democrat. Or a Republican. Nor an American. I speak as a victim of America's so-called democracy. You and I have never seen democracy - all we've seen is hypocrisy. When we open our eyes today and look around America, we see America not through the eyes of someone who has enjoyed the fruits of Americanism. We see America through the eyes of someone who has been the victim of Americanism. We don't see any American dream. We've experienced only the American nightmare.”
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 Pro Deo et Constitutione –
Libertas aut Mors Semper Vigilans Fortis
Paratus et Fidelis
Joseph F Barber

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Countering Negative Stereotypes of Veterans



Countering Negative Stereotypes of Veterans




Some time ago, an aspiring novelist visited my office to get some information for a book she wanted to write. The plot? An afflicted Veteran involved in a gruesome murder. . . .

And I said, oh, please.

But I have said that a number of times over the years, on numerous occasions. Some examples:

While attempting to persuade media to cover a VA official’s speech to a Veterans’ group, I was asked by one newspaper editor if I could assure her that her photographer could get “pictures of old men in funny hats.”
A Philadelphia Inquirer reporter posted an inquiry on the Internet asking for “sources to talk about the thousands of Vietnam veterans who languish away in VA hospitals across the country.”
Readers exchanged barbs about World War Two Veterans in the Rocky Mountain News. Here are some sample comments: “Finally! I’m sick of the drunks from the VFW. . .” and “When will World War Two vets quit asking for more? When the last one is mercifully dead.”
An executive from a chain of local radio stations visited our office for a “get to know you” meeting. Several minutes into it, she voiced her concern over the “millions of homeless Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.” (Millions? In fact, there aren’t quite one million Veterans from the Iraq and Afghan campaigns together–let alone one million homeless, Veteran or otherwise.)
In the past several decades, we have seen Veterans face an obstacle that is weaving into the American psyche–unjust stereotyping.

If you were to ask a group of VA employees–or the members of any Veterans Service Organization, or their families–what words come to mind when they hear the word “Veteran,” chances are they would say things like Duty, Honor, Sacrifice, Service.

Sadly, if you were to base your opinion of Veterans on entertainment media, and even some news media, you would instead come up with these words: homeless, sick, addicted, a menace to society–or all of the above.

Entertainment media have, over the years, made a highly negative stereotype of the Vietnam Veteran, and they have followed this up with negative portrayals of more recent Veterans. That portrayal is at odds with the facts.

There’s no doubt that there are many Veterans who have problems and need help. But Veterans are more than that–they are young, old, successful, famous, they are neighbors, friends and relatives–they are very much like the rest of America. Unfortunately, if you went by the preponderance of popular portrayals of Veterans, you could easily conclude that you would not want a Veteran in your neighborhood, or you would not want to hire one, or work for one.

Some media have even attacked Veterans benefits as needless coddling. Columnist William Safire once wrote a series of columns blasting VA and Veterans benefits. Others have called Veterans benefits “welfare.” The result of all this is an alternating image of Veterans as a group of hopeless wrecks or a group of pampered beneficiaries–and sometimes people hold both contradictory images as true, without thinking about the contradiction. These images, however, are at odds with reality.

There can be no doubt that many Veterans are suffering, many need our help. But it is wrong to label our 23 million-plus Veterans as objects of pity. Consider just a few facts–Veterans on the whole are:

Better educated. In particular, 89 percent of Veterans age 25 and older have a high school diploma, compared to 81.6 percent of the general population. In addition, 25 percent of Veterans age 25 and older have at least a bachelor’s degree, compared to 18.9 percent of the general population.

Better paid. Veterans earn more than their peers. The median income for Veterans is five percent higher than the median income for the general population.
Less likely to suffer poverty. Overall, 5.6 percent of Veterans live in poverty, compared with 10.9 percent of the U.S. adult population in general.

Stable. Seventy percent of the most-stereotyped Veterans–Vietnam Veterans–are married and have children. Of about 23 million total veterans, 107,000, or less than one-half of one percent, are homeless. (And may I add, therefore, that ending homelessness among Veterans is clearly an achievable goal.)

Successful. Many U.S. Senators and Representatives, successful business leaders and entertainment celebrities are Veterans. Some of them are former VA clients or patients.
These are our Veterans. These are our heroes. We are all–not just America, but the world–better off because American Veterans have drawn breath. Let us now forsake stereotypes in favor of facts. Let us recognize Veterans for who they are–the successful as well as those who need our help. They deserve our help. They also deserve our respect.

As the President said in December 2009:

“. . .the plain fact is this: The United States of America has helped underwrite global security for more than six decades with the blood of our citizens. . .The service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform has promoted peace and prosperity from Germany to Korea, and enabled democracy to take hold in places like the Balkans. We have borne this burden. . .because we seek a better future for our children and grandchildren, and we believe that their lives will be better if others’ children and grandchildren can live in freedom and prosperity.”
Thank you, and thank a Veteran today.


  Paul Sherbo
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Libertas aut Mors Semper Vigilans Fortis
Paratus et Fidelis
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2016’s Shocking Homelessness Statistics

2016’s Shocking Homelessness Statistics

Later this month, The San Francisco Chronicle will lead an effort to flood the Bay Area with stories and news reports on the city’s homelessness crisis. Working with local television, print, and online news outlets, this coordinated effort will create a wave of coverage about this pressing issue, hopefully forcing the public and area politicians to put some major energy and resources into finding real, lasting solutions.http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/16/us/san-francisco-homelessness.html?_r=0

Are you a homeless services organization? Our free Homeless Services eBook is full of expert advice that comes from years of helping human services organizations.
http://www.socialsolutions.com/resources/homeless-services-ebook/?blog_CTA=true

For many cities, solving homelessness is an ongoing challenge. So, what does homelessness look like in 2016? The following statistics are alarming:

564,708 people in the U.S. are homeless. According to a recent report, over half a million people were living on the streets, in cars, in homeless shelters, or in subsidized transitional housing during a one-night national survey last January. Of that number, 206,286 were people in families, 358,422 were individuals, and a quarter of the entire group were children.
http://www.endhomelessness.org/page/-/files/2016%20State%20Of%20Homelessness.pdf

83,170 individuals, or 15% of the homeless population, are considered “chronically homeless.” Chronic homelessness is defined as an individual who has a disability and has experienced homelessness for a year or longer, or and individual who has a disability and has experienced at least four episodes of homelessness in the last three years (must be a cumulative of 12 months). Families with at least one adult member who meets that description are also considered chronically homeless.As the National Alliance to End Homelessness explains, “While people experiencing chronic homelessness make up a small number of the overall homeless population, they are among the most vulnerable. They tend to have high rates of behavioral health problems, including severe mental illness and substance use disorders; conditions that may be exacerbated by physical illness, injury, or trauma.”

47,725, or about 8% of the homeless population, are veterans. This represents a 35% decrease since 2009. Homeless veterans have served in several different conflicts from WWII to the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Washington, D.C., has the highest rate of veteran homelessness in the nation (145.8 homeless veterans per 10,000). 45% of homeless veterans are black or Hispanic. While less than 10% of homeless veterans are women, that number is rising.

1.4 million veterans are at risk of homelessness. This may be due to poverty, overcrowding in government housing, and lack of support networks. Research indicates that those who served in the late Vietnam and post-Vietnam era are at greatest risk of homelessness. War-related disabilities or disorders often contribute to veteran homelessness, including physical disabilities, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, depression and anxiety, and addiction.

550,000 unaccompanied, single youth and young adults under the age of 24 experience a homelessness episode of longer than one week. Approximately 380,000 of that total are under the age of 18. Accurately counting homeless children and youth is particularly difficult. The National Alliance to End Homelessness explains, “Homeless youth are less likely to spend time in the same places as homeless people who are in an older age range. They are often less willing to disclose that they’re experiencing homelessness or may not even identify as homeless. They also may work harder to try to blend in with peers who aren’t homeless.”

110,000 LGBTQ youth in the U.S. are homeless. This is one of the most vulnerable homeless populations. A substantial number of young people who identify as LGBTQ say that they live in a community that is not accepting of LGBTQ people. In fact, LGBTQ youths make up 20% of runaway kids across the country. Family rejection, abuse, and neglect are major reasons LGBTQ youth end up on the streets. Additionally, homeless LGBTQ youth are substantially more likely than heterosexual homeless youth to be victims of sexual assault and abuse. LGBTQ homeless youth are twice as likely to commit suicide compared to heterosexual homeless youth.

Fifty percent of the homeless population is over the age of 50. These individuals often face additional health and safety risks associated with age. They are more prone to injuries from falls, and may suffer from cognitive impairment, vision or hearing loss, major depression, and chronic conditions like diabetes and arthritis.

830,120 year-round beds are available in a range of housing projects. About half of those beds are dedicated to people currently experiencing homelessness. This includes
Emergency Shelters that provide temporary or nightly shelter beds to people experiencing homelessness.

Transitional Housing that provides homeless people with up to 24 months of housing and supportive services.
Safe Havens that provide temporary shelter and services to hard-to-serve individuals.

The other half of these beds are targeted at recently homeless populations. Rapid Rehousing provides short-term and medium-term rental assistance, housing relocation, and stabilization services to formerly homeless people experiencing homelessness. Permanent Supportive Housing provides long-term housing with supportive services for formerly homeless people with disabilities. Other Permanent Housing provides housing with or without services, but does not require people to have a disability.

As shocking as these statistics are, there are so many great organizations working tirelessly to end homelessness in the U.S. and around the world. Get inspired by their work and success, continue reading some of the Social Solutions case studies that feature clients who work with the homeless population!http://www.socialsolutions.com/resources/?cat=housing&type=case-study&f=1



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Paratus et Fidelis
Joseph F Barber

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Real Men, Real Women drink coffee made and delivered by Real War Vets

Black Rifle Coffee Company: Looking to hire 10,000 veterans

Real Men, Real Women drink coffee made and delivered by Real War Vets




No one can really say for sure what global chain Starbucks will be serving up with their coffee when they hire 10,000 refugees in response to Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban in Making America safe again. But we know it won’t be patriotism or loyalty to America.

The ever-politicking Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz pledges to hire 10,000 refugees to get even with President Donald Trump and his Stinkin’ Army of Deplorables.


 Black Rifle Coffee Company (BRCC) , an up and coming, veteran-owned gourmet blend coffee business has countered Starbucks by announcing they will be looking to hire 10,000 veterans.

Bravo, BRCC!

Real Men and Real Women drink their coffee fresh, hot and black.

They order their “freshly roasted, badass coffee, delivered to their doorsteps every month” from Black Rifle Coffee Company.

That way they don’t risk running into the mainstream media lined up for their early morning frappés while getting their start on another good day.

Most everyone loves their java, including Leroy Jethro Gibbs on the long-running NCIS, whose omnipresent coffee cup reads “HOT FRESH COFFEE.”

Unless you’re at Starbucks, coffee is coffee, and anything added to it besides cream and sugar, like butterscotch and mocha, makes it dessert.

Few can attest to the get-up-and-go available from straight-up, brewed at the camp fire coffee than the American cowboy, who still fills up on it before trying to keep cattle from grazing on acres of Bureau of Land Management grass.

BRCC brews the kind of coffee folks like to drink straight up.

…”We need to keep in mind that the four things we care about at BRCC are Family, Business, Veterans and country. And when we say “country”, the taxpayers. Everyone else can take a hike.” (FoxNews, Feb. 2, 2017)

“The fact that we are spending billions of dollars on ungrateful refugees while we have homeless and jobless veterans is unacceptable! Shame on Starbucks for putting refugees before veterans and other Americans looking for work.

“Hiring veterans is a wonderful way to show support to the men and women who proudly serve our country. This is what America is all about! We must take care of our own! You can support Black Rifle Coffee Company by visiting their website and purchasing their gourmet coffee and apparel here!

“BRCC also received a lot of support from people on Twitter who were pleased by their decision to hire 10,000 veterans.”

Leave the frills and frappés to Starbucks where Snowflakes sip on their ‘Smoked Butterscotch Frappuccino’, dreaming endlessly of better days to come when no one can hurt their ultra sensitive feelings by just being a Laurie Roth brand of “REAL”.

There’s no ‘Vanilla Bean Frappuccino’ served up by the Black Rifle Coffee Company.

That’s largely because there’s NOTHING VANILLA abut the Black Rifle Coffee Company where real coffee is being sent out by REAL people to REAL people.

When—and if—the day ever comes where 10,000 refugees are serving up coffee to Starbucks clients then they will need Trump administration vetting to make sure nothing harmful to coffee drinkers is ever put in the brew.

Why take a chance that the oneupmanship of CEO Schultz doesn’t stop at hiring 10,000 refugees but wanders beyond into other dangerous new territory?

Long live Black Rifle Coffee Company for keeping coffee, coffee and keeping it REAL.

Long Live all other companies who build on businesses by hiring War Vets and other people who can’t find work.

Meanwhile, we need our vet-brewed, vet-delivered coffee because there’s a war on out there.

 

 THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY Ms Judi McLeod and has been a great inspiration to me over the years with her work @ http://canadafreepress.com/ and in many ways has given me that courage I speak of to many around the world and that is to Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth,we all have rights,You have a right to live. You have a right to be. You have these rights regardless of money, health, social status, or class. You have these rights, man, woman, or child. These rights can never be taken away from you, they can only be infringed. When someone violates your rights, remember, it is not your fault.,Thank you Judi for ALL YOU DO LOVE AND PEACE TO YOU AND YOURS

YOUR FRIEND AND FAITHFUL FOLLOWER

JOSEPH F BARBER AUTHOR EDITOR OF THE  FAMILY ASSISTANTS CAMPAIGN
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THERE IS NO JUSTICE IN AMERICA FOR THOSE WITHOUT MONEY


IN ADDITION THE FAMILY ASSISTANCE CAMPAIGN ALONG WITH THE VETERANS PROJECT WOULD LIKE TO OFFER THIS AWARD TO Ms Judi McLeod  FOR HER DEVOTION AND DEDICATED PROFESSIONALISM IN BRINGING THE TRUTH TO THE PEOPLE OF OUR NATION AND THE WORLD ON THE ISSUES OF POVERTY AND HOMELESSNESS AMONG VETERANS AND CITIZENS ALIKE  






Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Family Assistance Campaign&VETERANS PROJECT ANNUAL FUND RAISER



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As Raised $0 with some 5,000 views of our campaign and 
campaign i do not know what it is I can say that we need the assistance of the communities at large and yet it speaks volumes to me and those we help that no one will consider at the least a $1 contribution to the cause of a fellow countrymen who have served we the people we all should be ashamed A thank you just is not enough not for one second people,
This memorial day of any funding to the weak and the poor or the veterans sleeping on the street tonight Number of veterans approximately 23 million

Increasing numbers of returning military personnel: according to the Mass. Dept. of Veterans’ Services, approximately 31,000 service members have returned to the Commonwealth
Between 529,000 and 840,000 veterans are homeless at some time during the year.2
On any given night, more than 300,000 veterans are living on the streets or in shelters in the U.S.
Approx. 33% of homeless males in the U.S. are veterans.

Veterans are twice as likely as other Americans to become chronically homeless.
Veterans represent 11% of the adult civilian population, but 26% of the homeless population, according to the Homeless Research Institute.

Veterans are more at risk of becoming homeless than non-veterans
The number of homeless Vietnam-era veterans, male and female, is greater than the number of soldiers who died during the war.

Primary causes of homelessness among veterans are:
Lack of income due to limited education and lack of transferable skills from military to civilian life (especially true of younger veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan)
Combat-related physical health issues and disabilities
Combat-related mental health issues and disabilities
Substance abuse problems that interfere with job retention
Weak social networks due to problems adjusting to civilian life

Lack of services.and still we the people silent or ignore these facts and those who have served we the people no matter the cause they have done what they were asked to do !! and any one can say that there is nothing I can do but there is you can help another with your time if you do not have that find a group that helps veterans or the homeless it is not all that hard to give of yourself if you are truly a PATRIOT OF THE UNITED STATES @veterans project we can feed a person for 2 days on a $10 contribution and with a $25 contribution we can build a personal survival pack for an individual Government Alone Can't Take Care Of Our Veterans

"One organization or one government can't support the entire veteran population in the way that they need — not after over a dozen years of war with thousands of military families sacrificing,"
"But if more people pull together and take a more active approach, we'll get a lot more done."
"We have to change our thinking,"
"We can't expect our government to be the whole part and parcel of being the caretaker of men and women in the military."

Supporting the troops is not a political position, but a community responsibility. It comes down to awareness. Because less than one percent of the American population serves in the military, the majority of the country isn't attuned to veterans' everyday needs."That's a staggering statistic when you think that less than two million people defend over 300 million people,"
"So naturally there's going to be a massive part of the population that's going to have no clue as to what military service is about and what the families go through... The military serves in war, and you go to the mall."

Hundreds of non-governmental agencies provide various veterans services and all can use contributions of time, money or goods.I advocates for compulsory military or Peace Corps service for young people as a means of raising awareness of veterans' contributions."If you do that, in less than 10 years, you've created a whole generation of Americans who've had a shared experience of contributing to this country,"

While it is acknowledges the approach might be radical, the result would be a greater understanding of the sacrifices made by service members and their families. But it doesn't have to be so extreme. Just thinking about making a gesture of thanks is a good first step,https://youtu.be/NBR-eGtr4Po 

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

To protect my Independence I will except no Governments funds

To protect my Independence I will except no Governments funds


There has been many that have said you can get grants for something like this from the Government and yet and for me and those I assist and protect like a women living in her car with her children afraid the state will take them from her due to her positions

To protect my Independence & hers and her children I will except no Governments funds with anything that comes from such things they come with rules attached and I can for the life of me place a rule or condition on how and why I love or care for another love I think must come with out chains or bounds on it people say well its tough love no its cruel tough love in my eyes is you being tough and taking some of the pain for another and help them see that they are not alone and that there are people who care it not all that hard to give a dollar to another

Tell me What would it hurt for me to give a homeless guy a couple bucks? Who the hell cares if he spends it on beer? Maybe beer is a step up for him from the harder stuff that knocked him onto the streets in the first place. Maybe, just maybe, he’s actually going to spend it on food (homeless people do eat, right?). Maybe, he really is a desperate human being who is trying to change his situation.”

Many can not see the truth in these words and yet To those who are struggling. To talk about a struggle, you're likely to forget about it. To be shown a struggle, you're likely not to forget it. But, to live through a struggle, you'll understand it.”

Sometimes it's easy to walk by because we know we can't change someone's whole life in a single afternoon. But what we fail to realize it that simple kindness can go a long way toward encouraging someone who is stuck in a desolate place.”

Homeless people’s suffering belongs to the amusement of our political order under a game over the right of marginalized group being transformed into citizens for merely punishment and humiliation. The Public Space Protection Orders is a penalty over one’s condition suffering – it is a fine over the dis-empowered for being dis empowered. This act allows power to fragment the homeless into sub-humans punishable for the state of utter misery and we the people have allowed this to come to pass What does that say about the We the people and what we have become and what will we tell are children when they too have a lack of compassion and leadership in Christ ??.”

We can call the homeless man women or child anything we wish but I see this in the political forum That The War on Drugs and the War on Homelessness are on a collision course that no one in the media or in public life are willing to acknowledge. Ostensibly aimed at decreasing the use of illegal drugs, the War on Drugs succeeds only in increasing homelessness hence the establishment's goal is being set and dependency on the state and taxpayer met slaves are made in such ways .”

Although both homelessness and mental illness are complex, modern ideas, we have fallen into the habit of using phrases such as "housing the homeless" and "treating the mentally ill" as if we knew what counts as housing a homeless person or what it means to treat mental illness. But we do not. We have deceived ourselves that having a home and being mentally healthy are our natural conditions, and that we become homeless or mentally ill as a result of "losing" our homes or our minds. The opposite is the case. We are born without a home and without reason, and have to exert ourselves and are fortunate if we succeed in building a secure home and a sound mind if at all in this world we live in today .”

I asked my mother What I should do !! All she had to say on the issue is son Let your love be the kindness to make a homeless person believe that a soul needs something more than just four walls and a ceiling.” There was one young women I have been helping I ask here were the scars and bruise came from she did not answer me but cried I saw the bruises, the burns, the cuts— I knew which ones had been done to her and by someone she thought she could trust. Someone she thought loved her. I knew which ones she gave yourself and I cried with her I do not know if you can see through my eyes to my heart how we felt at that moment but I can say this I felt less pain in war than I did for her at that moment in time of both our lives.

I have placed myself in their shoes the homeless I had to see exactly how it felt what I found was humiliation and Ridicule of the utmost Begging is much more difficult than it looks. Contrary to popular belief, it’s a high art form that takes years of dedicated practice to master.

What I see as the truth and the problem with many is the fact we have become to contempt for poverty and it stems from information overload--this is the enabler---our over education as privileged people-- perhaps the real culprit--and our secret assurance that we ourselves owe no one anything beyond the exhausting daily round. We will defend our lack of idealism to anyone and be horrifyingly well received in this age. Indeed, many so-called financial "philosophies" are in fact nothing more than elaborate justification for one petty selfishness after the next.

And yet we can't impose our own goals, wishes, or help on anyone. We can only teach, support, and love. We give them more opportunities, more choices. Then we love them regardless of the choices they make, hoping that they will learn to make better ones in the future The Key to overcoming the challenges in life is to make up your mind to overcome the Challenge and is something I have tried dearly to share with those I have helped and am helping.



For me I care about a lot of issues. I care about libraries, I care about healthcare, I care about homelessness and unemployment. I care about net neutrality and the steady erosion of our liberties both online and off. I care about the rich/poor divide and the rise of corporate business and I am not silent about the issues of our time. I just hope that the fact I have used my voice for truth and change as made people ,citizens and friends distrust me in such a way that they would overlook this noble cause.



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 The Family Assistance Campaign & Veterans project is a 100% non-profit we can help single mothers find affordable housing. We run programs that can provide single moms with the opportunity to save on their rent and housing expenses by sharing a home or apartment with another single mom. The service can also assist single mothers by allowing them to in effect pool their finances and resources with other single moms in the community.

The non-profit was founded in 2013 when a single mother realized that sharing resources and finances may be the best way to save money on various housing expenses, and bills including rent. This provides families the ability to better provide for their children. The services offered act as a source of real help for single moms when it comes to finding safe and affordable living arrangements, no matter what state they live in.

The Family Assistance Campaign Veterans project may be able to help single moms find compatible housemates in their local area. Many families are struggling with trying to find affordable housing without adequate financial support from the state or federal government, social service programs, or their family. Sharing housing or apartments will make all those expenses, such as rent, mortgage payments, utilities, and property taxes, shared as well.

Single mothers can find compatible housing partners using The Family Assistance Campaign &Veterans project . are non-profit covers the entire nation and all states. Find how to share utilities, rent, food, chores and baby sitting costs. Even those moms without a current permanent home can find an appropriate house mate through the services offered. This will enable them to find a more affordable, larger and more comfortable home. One of the keys to the service is it will allow parents to provide for a higher standard of living than is possible when going it alone. The services offered by Giving the Gift of a Warm Meal also offer those single moms who have a home already a way to stay in that family home by sharing its expense with another single-mom family.

The service is very easy to use, and there is no risk to exploring the opportunity's we have discovered. Any citizen can go about choosing  housing partners by reading other women’s backgrounds and profiles. They will then be able to contact other prospective single mom house mates that appeal to them through the sites anonymous and secure email service.

Various conditions and criteria are established by the organizations as part of this process. Some of them include location, age, the number of children, and the moms ability to pay their bills and meet financial requirements like deposits, utilities, and monthly rent.

A number of other services are offered Through Giving the Gift of a Warm Meal. It is basically a wealth of resources for parents who are facing a hardship. Get information on moving tips, health and parenting advice, local support groups for carpooling, baby sitting co-ops, government assistance, low-income housing, childcare and emotional support as well.

No single mom is ever turned away from the service. Giving the Gift of a Warm Meal. allows a single mom to register for free. They will need to complete a profile though, and those initial searches are free. However in order to make contact with another member for potential housing opportunities, the single mom will need to become an Active Member. That requires a one-time donation, however there are several plans, including one for being sponsored. To learn more or to begin the search for housing, you need to contact veteransproject@yahoo.com

Free Diapers For Kids -  is a recently formed charity that provides and distributes free diapers to lower income families through existing service providers, including daycare centers, soup kitchens, food pantries, social service agencies, shelters and more. They provide free diapers through its extensive Diaper Distribution Network of dozens of agencies and charities.

RESIDENTIALY CHALLENGED - helps with securing a variety of grants, including funds for medical bill assistance. Cash grants and funds provided can be used to aid qualifying individuals. Some of what can be provided includes self-sufficiency grants, back to work funding, independent living grants and more

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School supplies - Parents can obtain free items for their child and teachers may also be given classroom goods. we use are donations for the public in an effort to ensure children have clothing, binders, pens, pencils, backpacks, and even winter attire.

Working Cars for Working Families - We can help families that need a car for employment and/or job training issues. The non-profit has a few different programs available to qualified applications. They include providing automobiles that are provided as a result of donations, low-interest loans and financing, and so-called matched saving programs. The group partners with local churches, charities, and other organizations in an effort to reach as many people as possible

Ways to Work through  The Family Assistance Campaign &Veterans project helps people understand and get low interest rate auto loans. They mostly help families and individuals who can't secure loan funding or cash grants at traditional lending institutions or banks. The loans can be used to help a family or individual purchase a new or used car, pay for car repairs and maintenance, and it can assist with other transportation expenses.

Opportunity Cars -  The Family Assistance Campaign &Veterans project as Over 150 nonprofit organizations around the nation are part of this program. They are all dedicated to increasing private automobile ownership for low-income working families who can’t obtain their own transportation. The automobiles are to be used to help people find and keep their jobs. They may give away used cars for free, providing matching grants, or offer low-interest loans

Donated Cars and Financing from Non-profits - Charities, churches and organizations donate vehicles to the low income. Most of the cars need to be used for work or job training. Other non-profits may offer low-interest auto loans or matching funds to qualified individuals. .

Free Gas USA Inc. - Provides grants that can be used for free gasoline for low income, elderly, and disabled Americans. Continue.

Free Car Repairs - Several national and regional charities, churches, and non-profits can provide individuals with low cost or free automobile repairs. You will need to apply, and the services are usually targeted at people who need their car for work .

 The Family Assistance Campaign &Veterans project Has network of community groups, food programs, and activists to help make sure that no kid in America grows up Hungry or without

No matter your reason for believing in the inherent value of human life, we hope you can join us, and through our efforts we can together endeavor to make violence unthinkable - - - to make it history! YOU CAN BE A PARTNER FOR PEACE AND ALL LIFE 



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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Helping the Homeless in 35 ways

 Help the Homeless in 35 Ways 




The world of the homeless may seem very far from yours, but in some ways it is quite near. For any of us, the loss of a job, the illness or death of a spouse or a child, or a severe physical disability could be the route to total despair. Struck by personal tragedies, the people in shelters across America have lost their homes and been deserted by family and friends. What can you do to help them? Sometimes the smallest actions can go a long way.

Understand who the homeless are – Help dispel the stereotypes about the homeless. Learn about the different reasons for homelessness, and remember, every situation is unique. One of the first steps in helping people is to see them as individuals and to find out what they need. Notice them; talk to them. Most are starved for attention.

Educate yourself about the homeless – Learn about the long-term solutions for ending homelessness.

Respect the homeless as individuals Give the homeless people the same courtesy and respect you would accord your friends, your family, your employer. Treat them as you would wish to be treated if you needed assistance.

Respond with kindness We can make quite a difference in the lives of the homeless when we respond to them, rather than ignore or dismiss them. Try a kind word and a smile.
Develop lists of shelters – Carry a card that lists local shelters so you can hand them out to the homeless. You can find shelters in your phone book.
Buy Street Sheet – This biweekly newspaper is sold in almost every major American city and is intended to help the homeless help themselves. For every paper sold, the homeless earn five cents deposited in a special savings account earmarked for rent.

Bring food – It’s as simple as taking a few extra sandwiches when you go out. When you pass someone who asks for change, offer him or her something to eat. If you take a lunch, pack a little extra. When you eat at a restaurant, order something to take with you when you leave.

Give moneyOne of the most direct ways to aid the homeless is to give money. Donations to nonprofit organizations that serve the homeless go a long way.

Give recyclables In localities where there is a “bottle law,” collecting recyclable cans and bottles is often the only “job” available to the homeless. But it is an honest job that requires initiative. You can help by saving your recyclable bottles, cans, and newspapers and giving them to the homeless instead of taking them to a recycling center or leaving them out for collection. If you live in a larger city, you may wish to leave your recyclables outside for the homeless to pick up — or give a bagful of cans to a homeless person in your neighborhood.

Donate clothingNext time you do your spring or fall cleaning, keep an eye out for those clothes that you no longer wear. If these items are in good shape, gather them together and donate them to organizations that provide housing for the homeless.

Donate a bag of groceries – Load up a bag full of nonperishable groceries, and donate it to a food drive in your area. If your community doesn’t have a food drive, organize one. Contact your local soup kitchens, shelters, and homeless societies and ask what kind of food donations they would like.

Donate toysChildren living in shelters have few possessions –if any– including toys. Homeless parents have more urgent demands on what little money they have, such as food and clothing. So often these children have nothing to play with and little to occupy their time. You can donate toys, books, and games to family shelters to distribute to homeless children. For Christmas or Chanukah, ask your friends and co-workers to buy and wrap gifts for homeless children

Volunteer at a shelter Shelters thrive on the work of volunteers, from those who sign people in, to those who serve meals, to others who counsel the homeless on where to get social services. For the homeless, a shelter can be as little as a place to sleep out of the rain or as much as a step forward to self-sufficiency.

Volunteer at a soup kitchen Soup kitchens provide one of the basics of life, nourishing meals for the homeless and other disadvantaged members of the community. Volunteers generally do much of the work, including picking up donations of food, preparing meals, serving it, and cleaning up afterward. To volunteer your services, contact you local soup kitchen, mobile food program, shelter, or religious center.

Volunteer your professional services No matter what you do for a living, you can help the homeless with your on-the-job talents and skills. Those with clerical skills can train those with little skills. Doctors, psychiatrists, counselors, and dentists can treat the homeless in clinics. Lawyers can help with legal concerns. The homeless’ needs are bountiful — your time and talent won’t be wasted.

Volunteer your hobbiesEvery one of us has something we can give the homeless. Wherever our interests may lie — cooking, repairing, gardening, and photography — we can use them for the homeless. Through our hobbies, we can teach them useful skills, introduce them to new avocations and perhaps point them in a new direction.

Volunteer for follow-up programs – Some homeless people, particularly those who have been on the street for a while, may need help with fundamental tasks such as paying bills, balancing a household budget, or cleaning. Follow-up programs to give the formerly homeless further advice, counseling, and other services need volunteers.

Tutor homeless childrenA tutor can make all the difference. Just having adult attention can spur children to do their best. Many programs exist in shelters, transitional housing programs, and schools that require interested volunteers. Or begin you own tutor volunteer corps at your local shelter. It takes nothing more than a little time.

Take homeless children on trips – Frequently, the only environment a homeless child knows is that of the street, shelters, or other transitory housing. Outside of school — if they attend — these children have little exposure to many of the simple pleasures that most kids have. Volunteer at your local family shelter to take children skating or to an aquarium on the weekend.

Volunteer at battered women’s shelter – Most battered women are involved in relationships with abusive husbands or other family members. Lacking resources and afraid of being found by their abusers, many may have no recourse other than a shelter or life on the streets once they leave home. Volunteers handle shelter hotlines, pick up abused women and their children when they call, keep house, and offer counseling. Call your local shelter for battered women to see how you can help.

Teach about the homeless If you do volunteer work with the homeless, you can become an enthusiast and extend your enthusiasm to others. You can infect others with your own sense of devotion by writing letters to the editor of your local paper and by pressing housing issues at election time.

Publish shelter informationDespite all of our efforts to spread the word about shelters, it is surprising how many people are unaware of their own local shelters. Contact your local newspapers, church or synagogue bulletins, or civic group’s newsletters about the possibility of running a weekly or monthly listing of area services available to the homeless. This could include each organization’s particular needs for volunteers, food, and other donations.

Educate your children about the homeless – Help your children to see the homeless as people. If you do volunteer work, take your sons and daughters along so they can meet with homeless people and see what can be done to help them. Volunteer as a family in a soup kitchen or shelter. Suggest that they sort through the toys, books, and clothes they no longer use and donate them to organizations that assist the poor.

Sign up your company/school – Ask your company or school to host fund-raising events, such as raffles or craft sales and donate the proceeds to nonprofit organizations that aid the homeless. You can also ask your company or school to match whatever funds you and your co-workers or friends can raise to help the homeless.

Recruit local business – One of the easiest ways to involve local businesses is to organize food and/or clothing drives. Contact local organizations to find out what is needed, approach local grocery or clothing shops about setting up containers on their premises in which people can drop off donations, ask local businesses to donate goods to the drive, and publicize the drive by placing announcements in local papers and on community bulletin boards and by posting signs and posters around your neighborhood.

Create lists of needed donationsCall all the organizations in your community that aid the homeless and ask them what supplies they need on a regular basis. Make a list for each organization, along with its address, telephone number, and the name of a contact person. Then mail these lists to community organizations that may wish to help with donations — every place from religious centers to children’s organizations such as Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.

Play with children in a shelter – Many children in shelters are cut off from others their own age. Shuffled from place to place, sometimes these kids don’t attend school on a regular basis, and have no contact with other kids. Bring a little joy to their lives by taking your children to a local shelter to play. Plan activities such as coloring, playing with dolls, or building model cars (take along whatever toys you’ll need). Your own children will benefit too.

Employ the homeless Help Wanted – General Office Work. Welfare recipient, parolee, ex-addict OK. Good salary, benefits. Will train. That’s the way Wildcat Service Corporations Supported Work Program invites the “unemployable” to learn to work and the program works! More than half the people who sign on find permanent, well-paying jobs, often in maintenance, construction, clerical, or security work.

Help the homeless apply for aid – Governmental aid is available for homeless people, but many may not know where to find it or how to apply. Since they don’t have a mailing address, governmental agencies may not be able to reach them. You can help by directing the homeless to intermediaries, such as homeless organizations, that let them know what aid is available and help them to apply for it. If you want to be an advocate or intermediary for the homeless yourself, you can contact these organizations as well.

Stand up for the civil rights of the homeless – In recent elections, for example, volunteers at shelters and elsewhere helped homeless people register to vote . . . even though they had “no fixed address” at the moment. Some officials would not permit citizens without a permanent address to vote.

Join Habitat for Humanity This Christian housing ministry builds houses for families in danger of becoming homeless. Volunteers from the community and Habitat homeowners erect the houses. Funding is through donations from churches, corporations, foundations, and individuals.

Form a transitional housing program – One of the most potent homeless-prevention services a community can offer residents who are in danger of eviction is a transitional housing program. These programs help people hang on to their current residences or assist them in finding more affordable ones. The methods include steering people to appropriate social service and community agencies, helping them move out of shelters, and providing funds for rent, mortgage payments, and utilities. For information, contact the Homelessness Information Exchange at (202) 462-7551.

Write to corporations – Some of the largest corporations in America have joined the battle for low-income housing. Through the use of the tax credit or by outright grants, they are participating with federal and state government, not-for-profit and community-based groups to build desperately needed housing in Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and dozens of other cities. Contact various organizations and ask them what they are doing.

Contact your government representatives – Our legislators rarely receive more than three visits or ten letters about any subject. When the numbers exceed that amount, they sit up and take note. Personal visits are the most potent. Letters are next; telephone calls are third best. Housing issues don’t come up that often, so your public officials will listen.
Push for state homelessness prevention programs – While states routinely supply aid for the poor and homeless, many do not have programs provide funds and other services to those who will lose their homes in the immediate future unless something is done. Homelessness comes at great financial and human cost to the families who are evicted or foreclosed.

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Help the Homeless: Think Long-Term


Help the Homeless: Think Long-Term





Walking to work  I pass by homeless people every day. They are hungry, dirty and—heartbreakingly—ignored by pretty much everyone. I often find myself wondering: “What is the best way to help them?”

As I saw it (and maybe you do to), there were three main ways to help the homeless:

Give cash, straight from my wallet.
Buy them a sandwich, bag of chips, or coffee.
Donate to a local homeless shelter.
But which option is best? As it turns out, there’s a fourth option.

Think Long-Term

These three ideas are short-term solutions. Providing a homeless person with cash or food helps for a couple of hours. A shelter offers a place for them to sleep for a few nights. But beyond that, what can be done to create a better life for a homeless person?

I recently had the opportunity to talk with two people from Delivering Innovation in Supportive Housing (DISH) here in San Francisco. They work very closely with the homeless population here, and have opened my eyes to another way to end homelessness. It involves long-term thinking and systemic changes.http://dishsf.org/

The problem of homelessness comes from, quite simply, a lack of homes. This population faces a lot of challenges, often including substance abuse or mental illness, which make it difficult or impossible to live in traditional housing. Homeless shelters are short-term opportunities, as is transitional housing. And when there’s nowhere to transition a person to, we need to start thinking more long-term: we need permanent, supportive housing solutions.


What is Supportive Housing?

Supportive Housing is more than just affordable housing. DISH works with the Department of Public Health to provide housing with on-site property management, licensed clinical social workers, and case managers. These professionals deliver access to the medical and mental health resources the formerly homeless need, as well as helping them learn to live with other people (after having been isolated for so long). The goal is, quite simply, to get people healthier and provide them with a place to live—permanently.

According to DISH, most of their tenants are successful once they get in the door.  Some eventually do transition out on their own, looking for a more independent living situation, but most stay in Supportive Housing, and off the streets.

How You Can End Homelessness

Many of the improvements to homeless programs across the country have come from grassroots efforts. Here’s how you can truly help them:

Get involved in your city. The main obstacle to Supportive Housing is a lack of housing. If there are abandoned buildings in your city, find out what the plan is for them. Repurposing empty buildings for supportive and affordable housing is a great goal; it often improves the value of the surrounding area, as well.
Talk to your elected officials – What are they doing to end homelessness? Are they champions for affordable and supportive housing?

Donate to local or national organizations working to provide supportive housing. Here are three of our favorites:

Delivering Innovation in Supportive Housing (DISH)
DISH is a project through Tides Center, and works with San Francisco’s homeless population. They are dedicated to serving adults with complex health, mental health, and substance use issues through supportive housing. Their goal is to end homelessness in San Francisco.
Donate

Corporation for Supportive Housing
CSH is a national organization that helps communities create permanent housing with services to prevent and end homelessness. Their website is a great source for learning more about Supportive Housing, and their “Resources” section can help you initiate change in your area.
Donate

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
The Law Center was created to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement. They work to change policy, which is an important part of the issue.
Donate

I’d like to thank John Mark Johnson and Lauren Hall from DISH for taking the time to talk with me about this issue.


HELP FEED HOMELESS VETS CHILDREN AND CITIZENS ALIKE
While veterans represent 8% of the total population in the United States, they are disproportionately represented among our homeless: a startling 12% of the homeless population are veterans, or 16% of homeless adults. Most homeless veterans–over 90%–are male. About half of homeless veterans are disabled.

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