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Hello, my name is Reverend David Shadrick but I’d appreciate it if you would just call me Dave. I run a small non-profit called Street Level Resources. I would like to respond to Jennifer’s Troy’s two recent articles; “Homeless Helping Homeless” and her follow-up article, “Clean and Sober.”
Education is my goal, not conflict. Most people understand that a large part of the homeless population are mentally ill, or are alcoholics or drug addicts, or all three. The reality of homelessness is that 85% of the chronically homeless are mentally ill. “Chronically homeless” is a category that describes people who are homeless in excess of one year.
Who Are We Talking About?
Homeless housing is popping up all over
I’m not sure how the homeless participants for the Kenton Women’s Village were selected. Did the project contain only handpicked people who complied with certain prerequisites? Were they required to be clean and sober? Were they on prescribed anti-psychotic medications? The reason I ask is because Jennifer’s results are very good when the demographic for the homeless is applied. One to two participants out of such a group of 14 is good.
As I mentioned a full 85% of the homeless have a diagnosed mental illness. If that statistic is applied this project’s attendance was amazing. The Kenton Women’s Village had 14 homeless shelter participants and if 85% of them were mentally ill then statistically only two of them would be able to work in the NewSolutions workshop, or produce a quality product consistently.
Reagan sent the mentally ill on to the streets. It was one of the worst presidential decisions of all time
Mass eviction. That’s what I said. I hope that fact doesn’t surprise you but I’m afraid it will be a revelation to many. Ronald Reagan’s decision to repeal President Carter’s Mental Health System’s Act has proven to be one of the most disastrous decisions by any modern-day president. The repeal was accomplished by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981. With a wish to cut the federal budget and little thought to the long-term effects on the mentally ill, Reagan cut federal funding to mental health and in effect de-institutionalized mentally ill patients nationwide. The effects were disastrous to the patients, their communities, social service agencies, hospitals and police departments that have been left to deal with the devastating results forty years later.
After two days of watching Trump Turds fly this way and that from his personal Twitter account, I believe that someone; his physician, a family member, the Senate Majority leader, SOMEBODY needs to step in and get this man a psych evaluation.
I believe his deteriorating mental condition has been obvious since the inauguration. Trump’s behavior over the past 130 plus days reveals a man who is in uncertain control of his mental faculties.
With Donald’s Recent Craziness I Think He Needs To See An MD
It has been pretty much agreed upon that Trump suffers from a Narcissistic Personality Disorder. The chaos and confusion of the move to Washington, the incredible responsibility of the Office of the Presidency, the separation from the familiar, his isolation and incredible unpopularity are challenging his grasp on reality.I believe he is telling us through his aberrant behavior that he is losing contact with reality. It seems to have become more and more difficult for him, to separate delusion from reality.
The Trump craziness has been on full display for the whole world to see for at least the last 48 hours. His behavior is becoming increasingly dangerous, in my opinion. This is an appeal for someone in power to investigate the president’s capacity to head our government.
I think we have entered unchartered waters with this president. I know I have heard that phrase before, but I’m taking it very seriously. Our existence as a country could be in the hands of a madman and it is imperative that men of stature and patriotism intervene, while they are still able.
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10 Reasons YOU Should Care About the Fate of the Artic
The Wilderness Society Gives Us 10 Reasons to Protect the Arctic Wildlife Refuge.
10 Reasons YOU Should Care About the Fate of the Arctic
(1). The Arctic is America's last and largest remaining wild frontier. While development has pushed deeper into our wild places, the refuge has remained untouched.
(2). It's home to our country's polar bears. The Arctic Refuge is the only U.S. wildlife refuge where polar bears live, and it provides the most important on shore denning area in all of America's Arctic.
(3). It's a world destination for birds. More than 200 bird species from all 50 states and six continents rely on the Arctic as their summer home.
(4). Did we mention bears? The Arctic Refuge isn't just home to polar bears. It's one of the only places in the entire U.S. where you can find all three species of North American bears:polar, black and grizzly.
(5). Its an epic outdoor adventure destination. The land provides once-in-a-lifetime backpacking, rafting, fishing and other recreational opportunities.
(6). A reindeer magnet. Nearly 200,000 caribou march to their calving range on the refuge's coastal plain each year.
(7). The Arctic supports much scientific research, and is unparalleled for watching birds, whales, walrus, and polar bears.
(8). A major oil spill would cause permanent harm. Spilled oil would do more than stain the snow. It would kill wildlife, poison the water, and throw a pristine ecosystem out of balance.
(9). Before you drill, you have to build infrastructure. The land will be carved up by roads, pipelines and well pads. What was once wild will become a vast industrial complex.
(10). The Arctic Refuge is worth fighting for. Drilling would scar this pristine landscape forever. President Trump needs to hear from you!
Don't let this American paradise be destroyed. Join the Wildlife Society today! DONATE TODAY! Send your donation to:
The Wilderness Society
Attn: Jamie Williams
PO Box 97231
Washington, DC 20077-7762
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20 Small Changes For You, Make BIG WINS for the Earth
SIMPLE THINGS TO DO TO HELP PROTECT OUR EARTH
1.) Put on a sweater. If you turn up the heat during winter months you are most likely using fossil fuels to fire your furnace. A sweater will actually keep you warmer while conserving resources.
2.) Choose to walk. Using fuel efficient cars is great, but getting out of your car walking or using mass transit could when multiplied by millions of commuters be a highly effective means of conserving energy and get you healthier and happier.
3.) Reuse: Those rubber bands off the delivered newspaper, save them and return them to your carrier along with the plastic bags. Those items cost money and can be used multiple times. If you get a padded envelope in the mail, save it and reuse it.
4.) Switch off: In urban areas the stars are now mostly invisible. Keep lights on in the room you are in, but keep the rest of the house dark.
5.) Get off mailing lists: If you are getting catalogues from companies you do not buy from, call them and get your name off their mailing list.
6.) Plant a tree: It is good for the soil, good for the air we breath, helps reduce climate change and provides housing for our feathered friends.
7.) BYOB: Use refillable water bottles. There are some very stylish ones available for the fashion conscious and if we all went to the refillable bottles we could prevent 50 billion plastic bottles from weighing on the environment.
8.) At the grocery store: bring your own reusable bags. The average American uses 350 plastic bags annually. Stop the threat to marine life caused by plastic bags that end up in rivers, streams and oceans.
9.) Special disposal procedures for many items are required such as ink cartridges, used oil and batteries. Proper disposal is critical, check with the retailer where you purchase such items for their recommendations.
10.) Clean naturally. You can go online and find recipes for non-toxic cleaning products using baking soda, vinegar, lemon and soap as ingredients.
11.) Turn it off. Running your faucet for 5 minutes uses as much energy as a 60 watt light bulb in 14 hours, so shut it down when you brush your teeth.
12.) Get efficient. Refrigerators and freezer units account for 1/6 of a homes energy use. Select energy efficient models when buying replacements.
13.) Switch to ebills. In the U.S. paper bills alone generate almost 2 million tons of CO2.
14.) Shower up. A full bathtub uses about 70 gallons of water, but a 5 minute shower takes only 10-25 gallons.
15.) Buy local and fresh. In North America, fruits and vegetables travel and average of 1500 miles before reaching your plate.
16.) Pull the plug. Many idle electronics use energy even when switched off, so unplug devices when you are not using them.
17.) Change a bulb. Replacing one regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent light can eliminate 150 pounds of carbon dioxide annually.
18.) Power down. Screensavers don't use less energy, so use "sleep mode" and turn off your computer at the end of the day.
19.) Go solar. It's easier than you think! Powering your home with solar panels not only shrinks your carbon footprint but it helps lower electric bills and increase a home's value.
20.) Finally. Donate to an environmental charity. It is good for the planet and good for your sense of participation in a monumental movement to save our mother.
***Thank you World Wildlife Fund for these great suggestions: In fact send donations to: WWF, 1250 24th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
HEROISM ISN'T ALL ABOUT YOUR CAPE FLOATING IN THE WIND
Sometimes being a hero is as simple as:
Showing up for your son's game when you
thought you couldn't.
Speaking up when you see a person being bullied.
Recycling AND reusing.
Visiting a sick friend.
Put flowers on a soldier's grave.
Adopt a homeless pet.
Send a pre-paid phone card to a deployed soldier.
Remember to say thank you.
Being a hero doesn't require mammoth effort but it does require consistent and persistent effort. I don't remember who said that, but I think it is true. Consistency and persistence overcomes most obstacles. If you want to be a political hero I suggest you believe in your ability and power to effect change. I challenge you to effect your corner of the world.
Many great charities, here are a couple that I support:
Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund,
ACLU, and Planned Parenthood. By the way, did you know that Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase price to the charity of your choice? Log in at smile.amazon.com whenever you purchase. Be sure to specify your charity.