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


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Top 10 myths about homelessness

Top 10 myths about homelessness
Over the past 25 years of providing hope for the homeless, we’ve realized that some individuals in our community have misconceptions about homelessness. About two years ago, we published a list of what we believed to be the top 10 homeless myths, paired with the realities. At the risk of being repetitive, with a few adaptations, we think the list still pertains today.
1 ) They are all men. – For many, the word “homeless” conjures up images of scraggly men standing on street corners holding cardboard signs. Today, that image is simply not reality. The face of homelessness has changed. The fastest growing segment of the homeless population is families with children! 2 ) They are all lazy. – A sad reality facing many homeless individuals and families is that even if they work, their income cannot sustain them. In Orlando, the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment requires an hourly wage of $18.00. A couple working 40 hours per week each cannot afford that with a minimum wage of $7.67! 3 ) Homelessness is a single issue. – Many believe that homeless individuals “just need to get a job” to fix their situation. If only addressing the needs of the homeless were that easy! Instead, the many contributors to homelessness include low wages, lack of affordable rental housing, job loss or underemployment, domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental health issues.
4 ) They are all from someplace else. – Eighty-three percent of the homeless individuals interviewed for the 2009 Point In Time Count had lived in the area for one year or longer, showing that many started out as typical Central Florida residents. The Coalition served nearly 4,000 individuals and 457 families last year, the majority of whom were living in the Central Florida area when they became homeless. 5 ) Build it and they will come. – Constructing a new facility does not “attract” new homeless people to an area. Instead, providing services responds to a need that already exists.
6 ) Ignore the problem and it will go away. – The number of homeless families with children continues to increase. At the end of the 2010-2011 school year, nearly 56,000 homeless children had attended public schools in Florida, compared with just about 49,000 the year before.
7 ) Homelessness will be eliminated by adopting a 10 year plan. – Adopting a ten year plan to end homelessness creates a vision for service infrastructure, but will not automatically eliminate homelessness. Addressing this issue in a meaningful way will take resources and the commitment of the entire community. 8 ) Services provided are a hand-out. – Many homeless individuals need a hand up, not a hand-out. By providing job skills training, educational opportunities, mental health counseling, and life skills like budgeting and savings, the Coalition is working to ensure that services provide the tools clients need for self-sufficiency. 9 ) It is a lifestyle choice. – As discussed in myth #3, homelessness is a situation that is the result of other problems. Most homeless individuals did not choose to become homeless and are trying desperately to return to self-sufficiency! 10 ) It will never happen to me. – Don’t believe homelessness can happen to anyone? Watch some of our videos to hear the stories of families who used to think the same thing.
Did we miss something that you think should be added to the list? Please share your own myths about homelessness below!

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