When I woke up this morning it was still snowing. While taking the dogs for a walk I stepped on solid ice under the 7 inches of snow, and went down again. On the same hand, which is now swollen to twice it's normal size and fairly dysfunctional.Follow @DeniseBundy
With the truck stuck in deep snow, unable to be moved from the location it is at, this was going to be a lazy day not by choice, but lack of options. I decided to put in a movie and chat with the advocates on Twitter and Facebook. It's been a painfully cold day. I was frozen all day but my feet may as well have been sat in ice.
I watched someone show aggravation towards some in the Christian community. There can be no doubt that those who claim Christ, but refuse to obey His commands, can cause serious hardship in the world. I have long since stopped thinking that anyone has any reasoning power to reach those whose consciences are seared, and watching others try is somewhat like watching a frustrating act of futility.
If ANY human being has their home taken from them and ventures on the path of homelessness within 12 MONTHS they will start to look like a person even their family will find difficult to recognize. Homelessness is so destructive financially, physically, emotionally and spiritually. According to the commands of Jesus Christ THIS should not be acceptable. Yet millions accept it shrugging their shoulders with apathy.
The share of all people in the U.S. who fell below the poverty line rose to 46.2 million in 2010 -- the fourth straight increase and the largest number of people living in poverty since record-keeping began 52 years ago.
Poverty in Suburbia
Wellesley event to highlight need in wealthy communities
Spare Change News
Very little about the upcoming MetroWest Homelessness Forum is what one might expect.
Unexpected Detail #1: It’s taking place in the tiny suburb of Wellesley, the fifth wealthiest town in Massachusetts.
“What are you talking about, homelessness in Wellesley?” quips Evelyn Reading, one of the event’s organizers. “Some people think we don’t have poverty or homelessness here, but of course we do … the food pantry in Wellesley is in great need. Senior citizens are having a hard time.”
“So many people are not aware of this issue in their own backyard,” said Beth Cooper, director of the Family Promise Network, one of the organizations involved in the forum.
Changing perceptions about where and who homeless people are is one of the goals of the event.
“My take is that homelessness is an important issue for any person of conscience, no matter where you live. It’s an issue for everyone,” said the Rev. Joan Murray, an event organizer and founder of Chaplains on the Way.
The forum, which takes place Sunday, March 18 from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m., is open to anyone in the MetroWest Boston area or beyond with an interest in learning about or helping address the problem of homelessness in the Bay State.
Unexpected Detail #2: This event will bring together an unlikely coalition of state government officials, homeless service organizations, and people from at least eight different houses of worship to discuss ways to positively address the increase of homelessness in Massachusetts. Such collaboration across class, religious, and municipal boundaries is a welcome aberration during a national political moment characterized by cries of “class warfare” and arguments about religious freedom and government intervention.
Unexpected Detail #3: Area state legislators expressed overwhelming support for the idea, and many will attend the event. Civil rights activist and State Representative Byron Rushing will provide the keynote address for the event, and a legislative panel on homeless issues and state legislation will include Rep. Tom Conroy, Rep. Carolyn Dykema, Rep. Kay Khan, Rep. David Linsky, Rep. Tom Sannicandro, and Rep. Chris Walsh.
“One of the key things we want people to learn about is legislative advocacy,” said George Ebbs, co-chair of the planning committee. “We could have gotten more representatives, but some just couldn’t be here that day. But there is a lot of support from state officials, and they want to hear from their constituents.”
It seems fitting that this event to discuss homelessness defies simple expectations, because homelessness today does not only conform to long-held stereotypes about who is homeless or why.
Today, homeless people are increasingly the very young and the very old. From 2000 to 2009, the number of children living in poverty in the U.S. increased by 33 percent, to more than 15 million, and by some estimates more than 1.6 million children are homeless. According to Dr. Ellen L. Bassuk, the president of the National Center on Family Homelessness, more than half the country's homeless children are under 6.
In a recent survey conducted by Clark University of teens in Worcester, a majority of those who identified as homeless were women, and more than half of the homeless teens were pregnant or parenting.
At the other end of the life spectrum, the number of older people in Massachusetts facing homelessness has increased in the past decade, according to a report by the National Coalition for the Homeless. Increased homelessness among the elderly often is the result of poverty and the declining availability of affordable housing. Throughout the nation, there are at least nine seniors waiting for every occupied unit of affordable elderly housing, according to Hearth, a Boston-based organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty among the elderly.
While recent news about homelessness can be distressing, the event’s sponsors want to bring people together, not only to focus on the problem but on solutions.
“I’m hoping we’re able to showcase to people that there are lots of ways to help out. Many organizations will be there to talk about how to get involved,” said Ebbs.
“My great desire is to have this forum attended by as many people as possible so they can learn,” said Murray. “We’re hoping the forum will be a way for people to learn about homelessness and learn ways they can get connected — through advocacy, direct service, and preventive services.
We’re hoping to reverse this trend of homelessness and help people stay in their places,” said Cooper.
Only half jokingly, Ebbs added, “This is going to be the biggest thing to hit the town in a while.”
PAULA MATHIEU is a volunteer at Spare Change News, who also teaches English at Boston College. http://www.sparechangenews.net/news/poverty-suburbia
Tonight is going to be another frigid night. I still have not managed to find anyone who can help me get a web site up.. and time is ticking away. I did find an awesome background that is very classy. But the stress of the time restraints is building up.
I don't believe I have EVER witnessed any none violent crime that can be as devastating as stealing someone's home. I am walking in Dorothy McKeevers footsteps, day by day, month by month, year by year.
Liam Griffin, I sat in your law office with two witnesses as you gave me your promise, your guarantee, that our money would be returned before harm came to us.
Patricia Ogilvie-Huckins you were present the day I signed contract with your son. You walked out of the kitchen with Sylve Huckins and your son introduced me to you. He told you that I was the British horse trainer he had told you about, the one he was going to build the home and barn for. Why didn't you say something? There may be a rational and reasonable explanation but I have spent over 3 years, homeless, not understanding it. I understand it even less knowing that though I was a total stranger, both Dorothy McKeever and Sally Canning you KNEW, and you knew what your son had done to them and others.
Dr. Kenneth Ogilvie, I contacted you and simply asked for a reference, not knowing that Robert Huckins was your cousin. Robert Huckins had just stolen over $30,000 from the domestic violence shelter, HEAL, yet everyone was trying to hide it. There was a history of stealing large amounts of money. $65,000 PLUS from Nancy Canning. $89,000 PLUS from Dorothy McKeever, $45,000 from Francis McKinney. The list just goes on and on and on.
Because of Robert Huckins I ended up paying $140,000 to be homeless.. sat in the cold, emotionally, physically and financially broke. In the middle of a recession, with no way to recover the stolen funds.
Today Robert Huckins has his own home...
He also has OUR home.....
He also has a lot of people's money...
And his freedom.
Women are not banks or loan institutions. Women should not be the source of a retirement fund for people who don't want to do an honest day's work for an honest day's pay. Holding women hostage while playing with the judicial system, a horrendous game of cat and mouse extending YEARS, with the victims whose very homes, families and stability are in jeopardy is cruelty, as cruel as a physical beating. It is financial and emotional RAPE. Homelessness is not justice. It is a slow, painful death.
Please, I beg with everything I have within me, please convince Robert Huckins to stop this torture and return the building fund he stole from us so we too, can have a home.
Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life~ Confucious