My entire body is screaming in pain.
Whatever I have in the horse trailer is going with me. Whatever heirlooms and family treasures I have not packed will have to be counted as a loss. I just don't have the energy to pack anything but that I have packed. Financially and emotionally this has been a totally devastating day.
The weather was glorious all day yet I didn't even stop to take my sweater off even when hot. Not until well after 8 pm did I realize that I had not eaten all day.
Tomorrow will be another long struggling day, and I can't say that I am looking forward to it, but the Lord willing it will be my last day in New Mexico.
I have no idea where this is all taking me, but I pray to God that this homelessness can be resolved by going to another state to try and find a foreclosure within my means.
I spent the evening talking to homeless advocates on twitter, or rather complaining bitterly about the comments I hear about those who are homeless, for one reason or another.
The Power of Pixels - Social Media & the Fight Against HomelessnessKollin Min , David Wertheimer
One of the challenges that advocates for the homeless have always faced is the difficulty of making the stories behind these terrible numbers real. It’s hard, even for those of us working in the field, to translate the abstract concept of homelessness into the specific myriad ways that the horrible experience of living without a roof over one’s head can shape a person’s life. Enter Mark Horvath. Since 2008, Mark, known by his Twitter handle as @hardlynormal, has been traveling across the U.S. to tell the stories of Americans without a home. On his website Invisible People, Mark chronicles the specific experiences of hundreds of homeless people and their families.
The stories Mark shows us are extraordinary accounts of the multiple challenges faced by regular Americans seeking to survive in the midst of extreme crisis. Jean supports her family of five by riding a bicycle five miles each way to work, rain or shine. Yet she still can’t earn enough to find permanent housing and escape from the cycle of weekly motel rates. Cecelia waits every night for two hours for a space in shelter, together with her young children while trying to save money for an apartment security deposit. Rico struggles to make enough money selling his artwork to keep him off the streets in Los Angeles.
These videos have been seen more than 2.7 million times, and watching them, it’s hard to disagree that Mark has achieved his goal of ”leveraging the power of video and the massive reach of social media to share the compelling, gritty, and unfiltered truths that shape the reality of millions of homeless Americans.” And he’s not stopping there.
Following on the success of Invisible People, Mark has launched We Are Visible, an online tool kit aimed at giving homeless people around the country the online social networking tools they need to tell their own stories to their larger communities.
The power of social media is not just limited to giving voice to a constituency that is often ignored. New technologies also have the potential to bring people together to take action to end homelessness collectively. In Washington state, an exciting project called Firesteel is being launched that has the potential to serve as a new advocacy platform for social change. Developed by the YWCA of Seattle/King/Snohomish in partnership with all of Washington’s YWCAs and multiple human service non-profits from across the state, Firesteel seeks to channel the energy that many young adults pour into their Facebook and Twitter accounts to bring about social change. Billed as “a community of shared knowledge with a commitment to end homelessness in Washington state,” Firesteel will be a platform that works seamlessly with both Facebook and Twitter and will even include gaming features that will allow users to earn accomplishments as they become more and more involved with the site. The network will allow users to contact their legislators, reach out to their friends, and blog about topics of interest, all in the service of their community’s needs.
Invisible People and Firesteel are not by any means the only social media tools being used to combat homelessness. But they’re two great examples that give us great hope that with continuing optimism and more community engagement, we will find a solution to this persistent problem.
Hopemob is the charity I have waited for with enthusiasm for this is 100% giving to some very needy people. A message was sent late in the evening that Wyatt had been admitted into the hospital with a very high temperature. Please respond to his hearts desire with urgency.
Let's Give Little Wyatt a Firetruck-Themed Bedroom and Playground
For the first 3 years of his life, Wyatt lived like the average rambunctious little boy. The youngest child of Tom and Angie Anderson, Wyatt began to feel sick and tired and it wouldn’t go away. After a barrage of tests and doctors visits, a biopsy was eventually ordered and it was determined that Wyatt had cancer. You can only imagine how devastating this was for his family.A tumor was found above his left kidney (adrenal glands) and it spread to his lymph nodes, bone marrow, a spot on his ribs, leg, and skull. Diagnosed with Stage 4 High-Risk Neuroblastoma, Wyatt was put on an extremely aggressive treatment schedule simply to save his life. This included removing his adrenal glad, lymph nodes, and the primary tumor. Since this surgery, other surgeries and aggressive radiation treatment have followed and the cancer started causing decreased kidney function, hearing loss, and a total loss of appetite. To this day, Wyatt is not able to eat and must take his meals as liquid through tubes. Because of these tubes and a port that has been placed in his chest, Wyatt cannot get wet. This makes life difficult in many practical ways for a little boy.Wyatt LOVES anything with fire trucks! His father, Tom, is an Air Force fireman and is Wyatt’s hero. His family has moved off of the military base to care for him. A bedroom with a fire truck theme and a safe play area in their back yard with the same theme would go so far to brightening every day for Wyatt. While his family believes that he will be completely and totally healed, they want him to feel special and happy when he is home.Together, we are going to make this happen for Wyatt and this Seattle family. In addition to raising the funds, we will need a design and implementation team in or near Seattle to oversee this project from start to finish for the Anderson family. We want it to be seamless for them!Are you ready to bring HOPE? Let's GO!
(As always, every single dollar you give to this project will go to this project and this project alone.)
There has to be someone related to Robert & Sylve Huckins must have some means to reach them, if it be Michael Huckins, Dr.Kenneth Ogilvie ( Diana Huckins? Dominic Huckins? Malcolm Huckins? ) or Patricia Ogilvie-Huckins and get them to return ALL of the money they stole from us so that I can buy a home and get our lives back. I am begging anyone in this family for help.
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.
http://roberthuckinsvictim.blogspot.com/2011/12/white-nothing-but-white.htmlThe way to combat negativity is to create something positive.~Leify Green