Thursday, April 12, 2012

Learn From Yesterday, Hope For Tomorrow.

Learn from yesterday, live for today, HOPE for tomorrow.” -Albert Einstein
The wind was blowing when I woke up this morning. A beautiful day if it had not been for the wild wind. This has been an incredibly slow day despite my attempts to rush around. By noon the bed of the truck was almost full, but the trailer sat without a thing in it. I found it so hard to find help to move the Quadra-Stove. The shed was an absolute wreck.
The wind continued to blow all day while I struggled to load belongings by myself.

I am going to be so relieved when this is over.
Homeless Find A Voice On Twitter

If you search on Twitter for “homeless” you may be surprised by the results. There are organizations listed that support homeless people, but there are also homeless folks – quite a few of them actually. And not just formerly homeless, but those currently living in shelters or spending their nights outside.

There is Mark Horvath, possibly the most well-known formerly homeless person around, sharing ideas and advocating for those currently homeless via Invisible People where he “empowers homeless people to tell their own stories.”

But have you heard about Gary aka John Doe? Rather than reading a “boring paragraph trying to explain who I am,” Gary’s website, Homeless in Boston, directs readers to this story on that leads off like this:

Gary Johnston says he once worked as an executive sous chef creating dishes at a hip Manhattan bistro. He spent his time, he says, playing his acoustic Ibanez guitar, eating crab sushi and enjoying the colorful culture in his native Brooklyn.

Ten years later, Johnston now calls a homeless shelter in Cambridge home. His days are filled with therapy appointments. He eats at soup kitchens and bundles up in thrift store layers to face the brutal weather.

Regardless of where he started out, where he has ended up is clear. And he now focuses on tweeting about his life and raising funds and other resources for his outreach events. His next event is happening this weekend, actually.

And then there’s Carey Fuller, a homeless mom, single mother of two actually, located “somewhere in Seattle” and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in health services administration. She’s a relentless advocate and really tuned in to the homeless community – as her Twitter feed and blog will attest.

Twitter? Blogs? It may all make you wonder what’s going on. And you may think that these folks are just hustling to earn a buck, and they may be (just like the rest of us) – but each appears to be very dedicated to the homeless community, with each working to benefit not only themselves, but the homeless community at large as well.

Can the rest of us say the same? Some could, no doubt, but the majority of us? Likely not. Doesn’t that seem a bit selfish in comparison, really?

Update: Earlier readers will note that “Homeless Bill” has been removed from this post. Turns out it is a parody account and is NOT using dry humor to raise funds/awareness. Thanks to Mark Horvath for pointing this out!

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 vio
lent 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 a
sked 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, pl
ease convince Robert Huckins to stop this torture and return the building fund he stole from us so we too, can have a home.

Relevant pages:

hite-nothing-but-white.htmlIn the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.~ Martin Luther King Jr.