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3/25/09 11:52 P

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GYPSYHEART - I, too, sure hope that situation is a workable one for you. And please know that I am also praying for you.

I do pray for the homeless in our community often and serve meals at the soup kitchens in town. When I mentioned I felt 'nervous' it was in the course of ensuring I am suitably prudent about my own personal safety being a woman in a large city, certainly not to imply that all homeless persons are dangerous or what have you. Obviously, only a very small minority would be 'dangerous', and even then more to do with the small number who suffer from a mental illness or addiction that might make them unstable or unpredictable.

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3/25/09 4:07 P

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Gypsyheart, I hope this situation works out for you!
I don't know your circumstances, but would you qualify as being disabled for a pension?
I spent a brief time in the 80s being homeless with a car, a small Dodge Omni, a husband, a teenage son, a cat and 6 kittens. It was just getting into mid-fall in Wisconsin and the nights were cold. We finally got onto welfare, and were able to find a small cabin to live in. Eventually, my son and I escaped because my husband was abusive, and I went to live with my brother and his family and found work. I hope that everything works out for you! You will be in my prayers.
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3/25/09 1:48 P

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Prayers are being answered as of this moment. I sent an email this morning to my online cancer support group. Many of us have been members for going on 10 years. We call ourselves "the teaparty sisterhood".

Well, one lives in Tuscon an a 4 acre property. She generously offered to allow me to place a travel trailer on her property and has already researched getting a power and water line placed. She is presently checking into zoning. So far on the net it states that a second residence can be on a lot for a sick, handicapped or elderly relative. She wondered if our being "teaparty sisters" counted as being related?

She has also forwarded to me ads for used travel trailers and motor homes. All this and she is at work. I hope she doesn't get in trouble for the time she is spending helping me and not working.

Keep the prayers coming. If the zoning issue can be surmounted I may have a place to hang my hat come fall.

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
- Thomas Jefferson

Do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you like it or not. - Thomas Huxley


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3/25/09 1:03 P

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Gypsyheart, Vent all you want. That is why we are here. Unfortunately, being in the midwest, I can't be much help. The bank that my son works for just laid off a bunch of people yesterday, my neighbor across the street was laid off at the beginning of the year. The outlook is just getting worse and worse. I will keep praying and do what I can in my area. Know that my prayers are with you.


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3/25/09 12:07 A

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Our homeless situation is everywhere. At my condo project at a board meeting I learned that there was a family with 2 children living behind one of our dumpsters for a couple weeks. They were flushed out and sent away. Where were they supposed to go?

My neighbor allowed a homeless person to park his van in his parking spot. (At least he had a van.) This was next to my car. I thought someone was there, but said nothing. The van was safer there than on the street and was better sheltered against the weather between fences and my car. I had spoken to this man before. He was very friendly and I knew he also would safeguard my car. He told me he bought the van for only $350. Not bad price for a place to be able to actually lay down in. A neighbor complained and our security service made him move the van. What was the man hurting? Nothing.

Sometimes last year I worked 100 to 130 miles from my home and needed to stay a couple days. Working only part time, I could no longer afford even a cheap motel room, so would drive around looking for quiet residential streets to park for the night. As long as it was Summer and early Fall I was OK, except I would have to leave the neighborhoods before the joggers would begin to run past my car at around 4:30am or so. Also the need to use a restroom in the middle of the night meant a drive to a 24 hr market a couple miles away. Many towns have "no parking" ordinances so I found it hard to find places to park. I didn't always work in the same city.

Some nights I'd park where I thought it would be quiet, only to have cars drive by every few minutes. I often moved my car 4 or 5 times in 3 hours.

At least I've had some practice at being homeless. One to two nights at no colder than 50 degrees is one thing. I'm not looking forward to this coming mid-October '09 through early March '10 though.

I have physical issues that prevent my doing many types of work and I have stamina issues that prevent my working a regular 8 hr job. Please pray that things get better for me before I am out of my condo (foreclosure) and totally out of work.

There are many people who are working poor, who are homeless. After paying for much needed medical insurance and medications, food, toiletries, and the car they need for their job, there is not enough money left to pay for shelter and utilities. Even if I find a job I do not foresee making enough to even be able to afford a room for some time to come.

Anyone who reads this, please pray for all of those face homelessness. Today I spoke with a man I have done jobs for for over 10 years. He lost his home last year, is behind in the rent on the apartment he is now in and is facing eviction, and he is a highly educated and skilled professional. He too may be joining me and so many others parked on some side street. The face of the homeless is changing.

Sorry for the rant. I just needed to vent my situation somehow.

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
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Do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you like it or not. - Thomas Huxley


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3/24/09 10:44 P

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Gypsyheart, I am sorry to hear about your situation. The problem we have at church is not homeless people, but gang members. We have a very large factory that was no longer in use and it was converted into shelter for the homeless. There are some nights when people have to be turned away because there are so many. This is a bad situation that is only going to get worse. I will keep you in my prayers. If I said homeless(I didn't check) was because I have met them in church also. We actually get them a meal and a hotel room for the night.

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3/24/09 9:15 P

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Isn't it sad that people fear the homeless who try and access a church for shelter? With today's economy and it becoming worse there are many families and mentally stable people who are homeless due to loss of jobs and foreclosures. Many are good practicing Catholics too.

I will be there in a few months. I will be living out of my car. Even thought I am in California in December and January there are nights that go below freezing. Will people cringe away from me if they see me trying to stay warm huddled in the back of a Catholic Church? What has happened to Christian charity?

I think every parish that has old unused Convents should open them to homeless families. Church halls could have cots in rooms that are small enough to keep warm at night, not the cavernous hall itself. Parishoners who have lost everything should be welcomed at their Parish's, not shunned.

Even homeless old men should be provided with blankets and a secure spot to sleep, not crouched behind some bushes. With all government agencies, from the Federal down through State, Counties, and Cities all having financial difficulties we cannot say, "Let them handle the homeless problem." There is no money for government shelters, and those that are funded have many more people wanting shelter than they can handle.

I'll bet that if you say "God bless you" to the homeless person at the back of your church he/she will be grateful for being acknowledged as a person with dignity. Remember Mother Theresa and all those she helped, beginning in Calcutta.

I know this is off the original topic, but the replies from a couple saying they fear being at their church at night due to the homeless just made me reply. This does not mean throw caution to the wind, however.

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
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Do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you like it or not. - Thomas Huxley


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CJBAGGINS's Photo CJBAGGINS Posts: 30,985
3/18/09 11:46 P

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I get nervous as well. A friend and I go together for safety. We've had some problems with people attempting to access the building as well.

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Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labour in vain.
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3/17/09 11:18 P

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No, tonight was actually choir practice for an hour and I just stayed longer. I am usually there during the day. I get nervous being there alone at night. The church is pretty dark and there have been a couple of problems with homeless people seeking shelter.

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CJBAGGINS's Photo CJBAGGINS Posts: 30,985
3/17/09 7:27 P

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LAINYE - do you go to Adoration on Tuesday nights as well?

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3/17/09 12:50 P

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Sending our thoughts and prayers to you. I will add you to our intention book at Adoration tonight.

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3/17/09 11:23 A

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You will be in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon
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"Optimism is the foundation of courage."
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Barbara .....that's what my friends call me! Never cared for the name Barb.

Make it a blessed and healthy day! IT IS YOUR CHOICE!

Remember how special you are and how you are soooooo worth it to be healthy and fit!!

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sending hugs, prayers and 1000 angels to cover you.
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I will pray for you too Elizabeth. I hope things improve for you very soon.
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3/17/09 12:17 A

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Take care, Elizabeth. I've missed your posts lately.

Will pray for you.

cj

God is closer to us than water is to a fish.
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Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labour in vain.
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3/16/09 11:12 P

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God bless you, Elizabeth, in all of the difficulties you are facing. I pray that things will be much better for you very soon!
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Everybody's here praying for you... Elizabeth.

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Hi to everyone! I haven't been posting much for the last 2 or 3 weeks. I'm having some health and personal problems that began a couple of days before Ash Wednesday. I really miss everyone on this team. Please pray for me for the next few days as I struggle. I am planning to be able to post again this weekend. I am hoping to continue to log in and record my food and exercise. Thanks for your prayer and support. I really appreciate it.

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