Playing The Homeless Card

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In a recent blog I addressed how, when you call out individuals who happen to be homeless, some folks in the group act like you are attacking all of them. People were accused, through blogs and verbally, of badmouthing the homeless after they just called out certain individuals for bad behavior, which effects other homeless people and “those in need” who interact with the homeless.

In past blogs I have said that in places such as Bucks County, PA, the homeless are treated the way blacks were treated during the Jim Crow South. Largely due to Martin Luther King’s campaign for equality, blacks in America are equal and are free from oppression.  Today people are on a campaign to do the same for the homeless, preaching to judge people not by the place where they live but by the quality of their character.

Although today blacks have won their freedom, there are race hustlers who say, when you hold accountable a thug, a punk like Big Bad Michael Brown, the meanest man in the whole Ferguson town, badder than old King Kong, meaner than a junkyard dog, you are attacking all blacks. Black Lives Matter (backed up by the media) lied and people died as a result.  https://www.bing.com/search?q=big+bad+leroy+brown+youtube&form=EDGTCT&qs=AS&cvid=5e5ebde7960c434bae6ef3f7c5fecdb0&cc=US&setlang=en-US

Likewise, some homeless people, and some homeless advocates (particularly in Dover Delaware) play the homeless card. All for one and one for all works for the Three Musketeers, for people doing good, but people shouldn’t unite, circle the wagons to protect someone who does wrong. This has become the hallmark of the Democratic party, except when ratting someone out benefits someone in the party.

As is the case with the race hustlers, playing the homeless card is counterproductive. That card will eventually ware out. It certainly is getting old with me! So all for one and one for all when someone comes to the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Levittown, PA drunk and trashes the place out, then, with this logic, you kick everyone who happens to be homeless out!

In his concurring opinion in a U.S. Supreme Court case that ruled affirmative action, the program started by Tricky Dick Nixon (have to bash both sides of the aisle), where employers and colleges are required to hire a certain quota of “minorities” unconstitutional, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that using race as a basis to hurt or even benefit someone is racist.

Likewise, using homelessness as a basis to hurt or give a free pass to (like coming to a community meal drunk, cursing loudly and attacking people or ganging up on a homeless woman because you have a problem with her) is equally hobophobic (for those of you in Doylestown, the irrational fear and distain of homeless people).

So, just as you shouldn’t be afraid of the reaper, you shouldn’t be afraid of the blog. Don’t confuse blog with the blob that has appeared in old science fiction movies.

Don’t Fear The Blog

Your time may come

A blog about you is here but now it’s gone

Seasons pass after you were a drunk or a hog

So don’t fear the blog

Seasons don’t fear the blog

Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain

We can be like they are

Come on baby…Don’t fear the blog

If the charge is true

Make things right please do!

When we confess our sins

Like King David in the Psalms

There is healing

God will give you his gracious alms

And shine his light upon your path

If you don’t like the blog

Suck it up, Snowflake!

Blending The Homeless In

Blending in with the neighborhood is one of the nice things about Kenton Woman’s Village, a well designed community for the homeless set in an established residential community. The village doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. Unlike many places who don’t want the homeless in their neighborhood, most of the neighbors welcome the residents of the village. In fact, they helped build it.  

http://www.kgw.com/news/the-path-from-dignity-village-to-the-new-kenton-womens-village/448100699 

The village consists of clean lined tiny homes, designed by local architectural firms. Catholic Charities operate the village under contract with the county. Residents have to pass a background check and have a case worker through Catholic Charities. 

The goal of the community is to work towards permanent housing. There is security 24/7 and a full-time manager. Funny, one of the reasons the president of The Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) in Bucks County, PA poo-pooed my proposal to join the non-profit another guy and I were trying to launch in our effort to provide more housing for the homeless was that 24/7 security would be needed. 

Across the river in Burlington Township, New Jersey, homeless advocates, Citizens Serving The Homeless, have drawn up a plan, made a drawing of the proposed community.  The neighbors were very hostile at the meeting the homeless advocates held this past February. This did not deter the advocates. They are pressing on and even hired a lawyer to help pave the way for the homeless community.  

Like the Kenton Women’s Village, the Burlington project’s goal is to give the homeless a hand up and help them become self-sufficient and will provide mentoring. 

The biggest hurdle to jump to create housing for the homeless is accepting the homeless, welcoming them into the community. People should get to know the homeless, and not base their attitudes on stereotypes. Maybe if they get to know them, know all about them, they may like them. Picture the homeless, an association of homeless people, have a slogan: “Don’t talk about us; talk with us.” 

I’ve talked with and hung out with the homeless in Bucks County, PA. I’ve read books, searched stories and opinions about the homeless on the Internet and have divined that they are not the walking dead, they are not all panhandlers, druggies, thieves, drunks, violent. Certainly some are. One reason people are prejudice against the homeless is that, although they may be spread out like tribes, they are a group that have in common just being homeless.  

Some of the tribes are hostile, mainly with each other and on some occasions, most often driven by booze, with non-homeless people who come to community meals. Some tribes act like the schoolboys in The Lord of The Flies, where they attack others in the group. Recently in Bucks county two women ganged up on another woman. Reminds me of what Ann Coulter wrote about the barbaric Celts in her book Mugged, that the women were more brutal than the men. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_of_the_Flies 

When homeless people ape the characters in the novel, the community, which in many cases already have some deep-seated stereotypes of the homeless, will not warm up to them. 

The Women’s Kenton homeless village does background checks as will the Citizens Serving The Homeless for their homeless community. As is the case with any complex, people need to be screened to ensure peace and civility in the community.  Civilized, not anti-social behavior is the key to helping the homeless as is understanding them and getting to know people as individuals. We can overcome homelessness. 

“If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you. Take no interest from him or profit, but fear your God, that your brother may live beside you.”   -Leviticus 25:35-36 

Housing First!

Under the leadership of Secretary Ben Carson, HUD has the right idea to fight homelessness.  I’m glad to read that the doctor has the right prescription: Housing First

HUD made $2 Million available to homeless programs, reads the headline. https://www.housingwire.com/articles/40695-hud-makes-2-billion-available-to-homeless-programs

Accountability to taxpayers is paramount in using funds for programs. HUD has been riddled with waste and graph, and the doctor has a remedy for HUDs ills and Secretary Carson will really help the homeless with this housing first approach.

An article in the guardian.com, with the headline “Entire homelessness agency could be eliminated by Trump’s budget cuts” concedes at least knowing the reason for recent budget cuts to HUDs homeless funding:

The cuts are explained in the proposal as reflecting a commitment to “fiscal responsibility”, and it foresees the slack being taken up by state and local governments and the private sector.

Fiscal responsibility, eliminating waste, is key to having a healthy economy, which prevents homelessness. The private sector should take up the balk of helping the homeless. And when you cut taxes that fund wasteful government spending, the private sector has more money to help the homeless.  Awhile back, pastor Rick Warren, who works with the private sector to help people, stated that with the high taxes, people didn’t have as much money to help others and funds dwindled under President BO.

The private sector, neighbors, churches, can get to know the needy and can better serve all their needs. In Bucks County, PA, churches give the homeless meals, clothing and take-home food. Churches also minister to the homeless, as I discussed in previous blogs.

Although the private sector cannot complete distinguish the slacker from the homeless who are serious about moving on up, it does a much better job of this than does the government. For the government and its cronies, it’s about keeping an agency funded. With the private sector, it’s neighbor helping neighbor.

In Bucks County a mental health hustler program’s funding was cut. Under this program, a mental health hustler approaches homeless people in an attempt to shanghai them to get taxpayer funds to buy them a ticket on the disoriented express that takes them to Penndel Mental Health Center, where people are legally doped up and are worse after they come out than when they came in.

It was laughable that the Courier Times said that cutting funds for this failed program, which allegedly gets housing for the homeless, hurts the homeless. This cut I understand goes all the way up to The Donald. Good job President Trump! We’re draining the swamp in Bucks County, which is a huge job.

Buck’s Rapid Response Team got a guy out of the woods and into housing. Took only three years!

What I like about HUD’s Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program is that it’s priority is getting people housing, which is what helping the homeless is all about. What a novel idea: help the homeless find a home! One of the Bucks County mental health hustlers told me he doesn’t believe in housing first – that people have to get straight before they get housing. Talk about stereotyping homeless people. This policy helps guarantee business for the mental health industry.

The so-called emergency shelter in Levittown, PA has a waiting list of a few months, thanks to the inordinate amount of recovery homes in the area and the revolving door policy towards druggies and drunks. When people without substance abuse or other problem finally get into the shelter, they are subject to theft, violence, and harassment from those who display anti-social behavior.

One homeless people get a home, under this program, they can take care of any other problems they may have. In Bucks County, it’s axiomatic that homeless people need the services of a government sanctioned mental health center. People can find help on their own – through the church. Many churches have 12 step programs – some of them have programs that help people with any bad habits, hurts and hang ups, such as Celebrate Recovery, a national program which has local chapters. http://newlifephilly.net/celebrate-recovery

It is tax and spend progressives that create homelessness, today as it did during FDR’s New Raw Deal. Of course President Herbert Hoover and others contributed to homelessness. Where progressives rule, homelessness thrives.  This HUD program shows promise and the social cancer of homelessness has a chance to be cured, now that there’s a good doctor in the house!

Reconciling in an Upside Down World

It’s wonderful when people who are at odds reconcile, like Euodia and Syntyche in the church at Philippi.  The apostle Paul urged them to reconcile their differences, as it was hurting the ministry of the church.

A guest at a community meal for the homeless and those in need at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Penndel, PA, was at odds with a member of Redeemer, Redeemer, and members of the Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN). The guest filed a civil suit against them.

Rewind to October, 2015. A homeless guy came to the community meal at Redeemer drunk and verbally and physically assaulted this guest, just clipping him when he threw a punch at him. He threatened me because he didn’t like the way I looked at him, as I was aghast at his behavior. When a woman told him that he was spoiling her meal, he replied “I don’t give a f***!” It took three male hosts to pull the drunken guest away.

The victim showed great self-control, not even verbally arguing with this maniac.  Yet, when the police approached the victim, an officer told him he had to leave because that’s what Redeemer Lutheran church wanted.

The victim was banned from the meal at Redeemer Lutheran and the AHTN bus, but the drunken and disorderly homeless guy could continue to ride the bus and go to the community meals at Redeemer.

Tuesday night, after an ATHN member listed in the law suit worked things out, the guest who filed the law suit was allowed back. At the meal, he talked with the woman from AHTN. After he talked with her, one of the hosts called her over to the kitchen to talk with her.  She pointed to the guest who was railroaded. The drunk and disorderly guest was also at the meal Tuesday night, yet, as the railroaded guest pointed out, she didn’t point at him.

In our culture war our Christian heritage is being turned upside down. In The New World Order, which George Soros, et al is trying to usher in, good becomes evil. There are no moral absolutes. Nearly two years ago, Redeemer Church and AHTN kowtowed to the Lynch mob. False witness about the victim, started largely by a formerly homeless woman, circulated through the homeless community and poisoned minds, and left a stench.

As dead flies give perfume a bad smell,
    so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.” -Ecclesiastes 10:1

The 411 on the culture war: https://wigtunes.wordpress.com/tag/francis-schaeffer/

I hope Redeemer Lutheran Church and AHTN realizes what they did was wrong and they didn’t just make concessions to avoid the hassle of the lawsuit. It may be, however, that because they realized that there are people who see what happened was wrong and sent a message, they know they were wrong. This is what happened with Martin Luther King’s campaign for equal rights. America is not inherently a racist nation.  Dr. King’s marches called attention to America getting off track and not living up to its principles, so as a result of his campaign, we got back on track.  I pray that these institutions that went astray get back on the right track, just as I hope the wayward churches in the rest of America get in sync with Biblical truths.

Read what Dr. King said, in his own words from his letter from Birmingham jail. Lengthy, but worth it:

https://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/documents/Letter_Birmingham_Jail.pdf

What’s Going On?

Sunday night was a modern version of the 1929 Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, where seven guys from the North Side gang were murdered. Only on steroids! Las Vegas was the big one Sunday night. In Tullytown, PA, Sunday night a guy allegedly murdered his girlfriend.

http://levittownnow.com/2017/10/02/boyfriend-charged-with-fatally-shooting-girlfriend/

Not long ago, a homeless woman was beaten up by another homeless woman, ganged up on as the assailant allegedly had an accomplice, with whom the victim had an ongoing feud, who held her while the other one punched her. Nobody tried to intervene and no witnesses came forward. The police are not exactly passionately pursing the matter. After all, the conventional wisdom in Bucks County, PA is that homeless people are supposed to act that way. Facts show otherwise. The creep who shot up people in Las Vegas lived in a retirement community, and the guy who allegedly shot his girlfriend is not homeless.

My question is “What’s going on?”

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=what%27s+going+on+son+video&ru=%2fsearch%3fq%3dwhat%27s%2bgoing%2bon%2bson%2bvideo%26FORM%3dEDGNCT&view=detail&mmscn=vwrc&mid=15DCBA0BF646AA5CCE2D15DCBA0BF646AA5CCE2D&FORM=WRVORC

Today people seem to have a lot of anger. I’ve heard couples quarreling, parents yelling at kids…  Instead of trying to work things out, have a conversation, or, when things start to get out of hand, walk away, they attack!  People are concerned about self, their ego, and rather than act civilly, attack, even kill others! Rather than attack, either verbally or physically, someone I have a problem with I walk away and keep my distance from, including a member of the Suburban Ganstas who allegedly was involved in the attack of a homeless woman in Bucks County.

Blame shifting and greed, including gluttony, can trigger anger, which can translate into violence.

Because a former homeless person circulated lies about innocent people, people became hostile towards and in some cases, physically attacked them.

False rumors have been going around about a few people, including myself.

  • That they are slashing people’s tents

Response to that charge:

A reliable source told me that a drug crazed guy thought his girlfriend was having relations with all the other homeless guys so he quixotically slashed every tent in the woods he came across.

  • That they are verbally and through blogs badmouthing homeless people

Response to that charge:

People have stepped up and said something about individual homeless people and held them accountable for their behavior, just like they would anyone. For example, a particular homeless person came to a community meal drunk and disorderly. He verbally and physically assaulted others, on more than one occasion, cursing and disrupting meals for everyone else and on one occasion knocked someone down, causing a cut on the back of his head. The truth of this outlandish behavior was the subject of blogs.

Unlike the Bucks County establishment, the individuals charged with badmouthing the homeless call the individual, not the group (the homeless) out. As a result, the community meals have become virtually drama free, a place where friends can comfort and edify one another, the way it should be in the homeless community.

The homeless in Queen Anne Woods did not fare as well. The Chief Bucks County Ranger, Steve Long, told me the raid on the homeless was a result of complaints from neighbors who found syringes and other drug paraphernalia in the woods. There was also trash. And the rescue squad had to drag at least two druggies who overdosed out of those woods.

There are examples in other homeless areas where certain individuals created problems and caused everybody to get booted.

Group think, where people attack the whole group when an individual does something wrong or when people in the group circle the wagons and act like when someone attacks an individual in the group they are attacking all of them, is a problem. The “us against them” is counterproductive, at least in the case when individuals in the group are doing wrong and the group acquiesces. This hurts the group.

Dealing with anger

Awhile back, I read a blog in Our Daily Bread entitled Angry Prayers, where the writer showed how God can help us deal with anger. “But when we choose to cling to our anger, we become mired in the trap of bitterness, ever moving forward. And the only cure for anger is truth,” the blogger wrote.  

We may be angry and think that “we don’t deserve this”.  Actually, when you think of it, the blogger explained, we don’t get what we deserve. God cut us a lot of slack by not giving our sinful selves what we deserve. He showed mercy. Mercy is not giving us all the punishment we deserve, and God’s grace is Him giving us what we don’t deserve.

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.James 1:19,20

Renewing Our Heritage

 

 

 

The Push Out The Pusher campaign in Bucks County, PA is in full swing.

http://levittownnow.com/2017/09/28/push-pusher-campaign-hosting-food-truck-event/

The county has pulled out all the stops to bust these bandits who are solely to blame for the epidemic that’s been taking away our youth.  Our youth are victims, just as JJ (Jimmy Walker) was on an episode of the 70s comedy show Good Times. When the parents were away, JJ was in charge. He got busted for having a wild party, but he was a victim.  “Some people broke into our apartment and forced us to party with them!,” he exclaimed.

Seriously, the root of the heroine epidemic, like other social maladies, is that our culture pushed out God.

When I was in elementary school, with Fred Flintstone in the Yabba Dabba Doo school district, the teachers prayed with students and read the Bible to the class. We didn’t have school shootings and other such problems in the schools. Now students don’t read and write so much as they riot, especially in the colleges.

After decades of pushing God out of the schools, now students, youth leaders and others are bringing God back in.

A grass roots movement, See You At The Pole (SYATP) started in 1990 with ten students praying at their school. Now millions of students worldwide meet at the pole before school to pray.

The youth leader at my church first took her students to the pole at a public school five years ago. On Wednesday, September 27th she met these students and others at the pole for the annual event, which globally is held the fourth week in September.

During the day, the youth leader said on her Facebook page, the students who prayed at the pole confidently answer people who ask “what were you doing outside by the flag pole?”

Students who go to SYATP end up going to church and youth groups. Lives have been changed, people have grown in their relationship with Christ, and teachers, principals and school staff like what SYATP is doing at their school, the youth leader wrote.

Since the 60s, we have been in a culture war. Bringing God back into the schools is a salvo fired in that war. Unlike some movements, this side in the war is not violent but it is about peaceably changing hearts and minds by bringing people to Jesus.

The roots of the attack on our heritage, our Christian traditions go back to the French Revolution. The erosion of our culture started creeping in, progressing during the 20th century, but after a respite after WWII, the Storming of the Bastille occurred during the late 60s. https://wigtunes.wordpress.com/tag/francis-schaeffer/

By the 70s, as a result of the influence of the counter culture, we started losing our civil liberties. Political correctness and other oppressive regimes crept into our culture.  Evangelist Francis Schaeffer wrote in the 70s that, as freedom degenerated into licentiousness, to keep order, either we will have a police state to control people from the outside, or we will establish a Reformed Christian consensus where people will control themselves from the inside.

See You At The Pole is a step in this direction. We shall overcome!

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Out of The Ashes

While people wander around lower Bucks County, PA, scrambling for a place to stay, there are vacant properties throughout Bucks County. One such property is the old Sunbury Farms on Newportville Rd in Bristol Township. It was up for auction April 21, 2016, but now it’s abandoned. The auction sign is still up!  

The township had plans for the property. According to an article in the Courier Times, March 30, 2016: 

It’s a historic house and we don’t have the funds to bring it up to what it should be,” said township council President Craig Bowen. “We get no return on it. The taxpayer wasn’t getting a return on it.”  

Bowen said he hopes the property will bring in more funds than its appraised value, which he estimated at $650,000. “It needs to be fixed up,” he said, adding that the township has a wish that whoever buys it will return it to its “pristine condition.”  

Pristine condition? Now it sits, gathering moss. How about having some select homeless people move in, fix up and maintain this historic house. And give tours. Oh, I forgot the caste system in Bucks County. Once you are homeless, you will always be homeless. And hopeless, according to the conventional wisdom of Bucks County. 

http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/local/historic-sunbury-house-in-bristol-township-going-up-for-auction/article_82e4efaa-f526-11e5-a3e5-339a5bb8b0a8.html 

But wait! There’s been rumors over the years that this 18th century house is haunted. Maybe, with Halloween approaching, we could round up some homeless people for a haunted house. Maybe we could find some that were dropped off near the homeless shelter after Penndel Mental Health Center got done doping them up and their taxpayer funds ran out. As they may have to wait for months, you may be able to round them up.  

The haunted house could be populated by the homeless. Bristol Township would offer them booze, and Penndel Mental Health could make sure they are doped up. The haunted house tour will be called “House of The Walking Brain Dead”, sponsored by Bucks Builds Bums. 

Bristol Township, as it is infested with Democrats, may be purposely letting the property run down, and with the rest of the libs, destroy the established order and then usher in a New World Order. When the Sunbury Farms historic building is plowed under, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony. George Soros, the guest of honor, will cut the ribbon. 

Instead of having The Phoenix rise out of the ashes, Bristol Township will release pigeons. 

 

 

Please Sir, I Want Some More!

“Please, sir, I want some more”, begged Oliver Twist for more gruel in Charles Dickens novel of his namesake.  This was a legitimate request from an underfed child in a baby farm.  Today, however, there are people in Bucks County, PA who beg for funding they really don’t deserve. 

Saint Mary Medical Center decided that the (alleged) Advocates for the Homeless And Those in Need will have no more funding. Saint Mary is – I know from personal experience-  very gracious. They stopped funding AHTN for a good reason.   

Now they are on an official beg drive: Two of our volunteers have given us the challenge to raise $5000, we need your help! 

As you may know, AHTN lost funding from one of our major supporters and because of this, we now have a $100K shortfall. Our AHTN Board members and staff have been working hard to find alternate ways to raise this money back, but it won’t come quickly. 

One way in which you can help is to donate any amount to AHTN and we will receive a matching gift from two generous volunteers. They will match up to $5,000, please help us raise $10,000 with this Volunteer Matching Gift Challenge!   

http://www.ahtn.org/ 

Saint Mary donated $100,000 of AHTN’s $220,000 budget.  

What does AHTN do with all that money? Occasionally they put homeless people up in a motel, pay their first month’s rent, occasionally transport people to doctors and such, support a rejuvenation station, and take the homeless and those in need to community meals and code blues (winter). Is there a lot of overhead?  I think so. Quite possibly their own pockets! 

Awhile back, I asked for AHTN’s help with a non-profit a friend and I wanted to start to make more housing available for the homeless in lower Bucks County. I thought we could team up with AHTN. When I emailed AHTN’s president to ask for help to create more housing, she responded that it was impossible and that 24/7 security would be needed.  

My partner in the proposed non-profit “Gimme Shelter for the Homeless” has a business/marketing background and I have a background in writing.  I was going to be the grant writer. A grant writer writes a pitch to potential donors, tells them how the money us going to be used in order to convince them to donate. I read a book about grant writing. When I emailed someone associated with AHTN who is a professional grant writer for tips, she didn’t even answer me!  

Except for churches in the area, the establishment doesn’t genuinely care about the homeless and doesn’t want to put themselves in their shoes or even want to understand them. Awhile back, AHTN made a video about the homeless, using actors! 

Even the local Salvation Army contributes to the negative attitude towards the homeless. When I volunteered there, the public relations gal, The Countess of Carlisle, got into a conversation I was having with another volunteer where I complained about how the homeless were discriminated against in the Levittown public library. The Countess Augustly said that people who visit the library don’t like the homeless being there.  

Unfortunately, these opinion leaders have influenced policy towards the homeless in Bucks County, people who should be held to a higher standard.  

Little help from the establishment for the homeless, but people who have lost kids to drug abuse, some of them government big shots, have been sucking up our taxpayer money! We fork out funds for dopes (why do you think they call it dope), a choice they made as a result of a character flaw. And the state sponsored initiatives generally fail and are just a waste of our money. http://levittownnow.com/2017/09/20/pennsbury-steps-efforts-to-fight-drug-abuse-mental-health-issues-into-high-gear/ 

The churches can do a much better job of helping broken people become whole. Biblical counsel is sufficient for any human problem that is not physical/medical. And they are not in it for the money. 

I am a free market conservative, against big government because the government tends to pick to distribute funds on who yells the most and has political power/pull.  In a free market, people are free to help those whom they choose to help. The government tends to base its decisions on a mob mentality. And special interests. Often money and attention doesn’t go to those who deserve it the most. 

XYZ Affair   –   France wants a bribe
 

  • France says, “Pay us money and we won’t attack you.” 

“Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute.”
— Representative Robert Goodloe Harper 

 

Applied to Bucks County: 

  • Jeff says, “Give us help to shelter the homeless” 

 

“Pay us money to fight the drug epidemic and protect snowflakes 

Millions for the government drug and mental health hustler programs but not one cent for the homeless.”                       –Bucks County Establishment 

Thy Will Be Done

Camping at Sandi’s bedside at the nursing home, watching her helplessly lie in bed, sleeping much of the time, struggling to give her drink with a straw and solid food with a spoon, is causing me to reflect more on life. I’m coming to grips accepting the fact that she’s dying.  There are few precious moments when she smiles, converses, and sometimes even jokes, with her own brand of humor. 

Although I’ve been helping Sandi, she’s given me much. She’s admonished me when I’ve expressed sinful anger at people who wronged me. When I started gloating over someone who hurt me having a difficult time, she reminded me “they are people.”   

Inside I’ve been screaming. Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream doesn’t seem to express my angst about what’s happening.     Man at bridge holding head with hands and screaming

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scream 

The Serenity Prayer helps comfort me: 

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen.” 

My problem, my dilemma, is that I want the world as I would have it. In the 2 ½ years I’ve known Sandi, I’ve become very attached to her. Seeing her lying here, now sleeping, I’ve forgotten what a pain she can be sometimes, and how I wanted to get rid of her and how I took her for granite. This is a game changer! 

I ask “why”! I then realize that we will not always know why, but in faith remember that God works all things together for good for those who love the Lord. I have, however, realized some good in this situation.  People at the nursing home are amazed, touched that someone would stand by a loved one this much in this situation.  Jesus is reflected. God continues to teach me compassion for others, to put myself in their shoes. 

What I can change, is Sandi’s attitude. As our pastor told me, it’s good that she knows she’s loved. During this last health episode, when I asked her, Sandi said “Jesus is in my heart.”

Sandi was part of a population that is forgotten by society, especially in Bucks County, PA – the homeless. They do not contribute to the surface glitter of those hung up in personal peace and prosperity. As Detective Frank Thorn shouts as he’s taken away in the sci-fi movie Soylent Green, “Soylent Green is people!”, the homeless are people. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soylent_Green 

http://www.imdb.com/videoplayer/vi2020082969 

People have intrinsic value; we are made in the image of God, who breathed life into us. 

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.… -Genesis 1: 26-28 

Serving Those Who Served Us

Kudos to the volunteers for the job they did at Stand Down 2017, where veterans got free dental, medical, foot and eye exams, free haircuts, acupuncture, and more. This year, the three-day event was squeezed into one day, thanks to the liberal elites in Bucks County, PA, who did not let Stand Down return to the site behind the Levittown library, with no explanation. http://levittownnow.com/2016/09/10/program-helps-veterans-need-kicks-off-last-year-current-site/

The Bucks elites, who voted for Shrillery-Killery Clinton, don’t believe they need to explain themselves. I think they banned Stand Down because they don’t like veterans, especially needy ones, homeless people, or anyone who doesn’t live in their Snob Hill neighborhood.  To quote Mr. Rogers, they’d “like to have a neighbor, just like you.” Not!

Stand Down, as defined by freedictionary.com: “the action of ending military activities or active duty temporarily, or a period or condition of being temporarily relieved from active duty and organized cessation of work, or the state of being stopped from working for a period of time.” The idea is to replenish, refresh, in this case, veterans.

Registration at this year’s event, held at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, took more than two hours for the batch I was in, as the three day event was jammed into one day. When I got in line, a handicapped guy with two metal crutch-like supports started dancing his own dance to the Motown and other music from the baby boom era that was playing. He didn’t let his handicap get him down; he just got down! At one point he hung his supports on a beam, hung on and danced. The volunteers offered the vets pudding, cookies, peanut butter crackers, and bottled water. Later, coffee was available.  I shared some of my experiences with the Bucks County homeless with some of the other guys who were waiting.

There were some minor conflicts, but were funny. One guy sitting on a chair, as we played a sort of musical chairs, waiting to go into the building to register, called a guy wearing camouflage, sporting a somewhat scruffy beard, a “gorilla” something. I don’t remember the conversation, but it struck me as funny. UpdateI think the guy called the other guy, who had a bushy beard “Gorilla Guard,” and said something about keeping him back.

On one occasion, when we had to walk to another location, some itchy pants guy rushed a guy who had trouble walking fast. I told Itchy pants “I best you’re one of those drivers who race up to red lights.”

“Yes, sir,” he responded, laughing.

There were a few vets in wheelchairs, and they were well taken care of. The two crutches dancer couldn’t stand very long so a volunteer got him a seat before we got to the chairs.

When I got out of line to get coffee, a volunteer told me about his experience shooting howitzers. When I got back in line, some other vets vouched for me that I wasn’t butting in line. I said that butting in line was a serious offense in Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles. You get shot. But then, we realized that in the movie you got shot for chewing gum while standing in line.

Once I got registered, we were assigned a guide, who took three people around. My guide said to call him “Moon”, which I think is a shortening of his name.  After lunch I lost my guide, and the volunteers had a laugh when I told them I was looking for Moon. I later found him. I also ran into Dan from the Bristol VA office.

The volunteers genuinely appreciated us vets, both verbally and by their actions.

Because of the long registration and the early closing time for most stations, I couldn’t squeeze in every service I wanted to get. I got the most important ones – dental (had necessary oral surgery done), eye exam and new glasses, and acupuncture. In the busyness, I unintentionally left a flyer from the acupuncture station about a free new acupuncture clinic for vets in Bristol, and I couldn’t find the information on the Internet. I also had my mind on getting back to the nursing home where someone I’m very close to is staying.

I also forgot the extra gauze the dentist gave me along with the take home instructions. I didn’t need the extra gauze and I remembered the instructions, which were simple enough even for me.

On my way back in, after using the porta potty inside the garage, I thought I saw The Bimbo of Bucks County, aka State Representative Tina Davis heading the other way. I didn’t hear her speak this year. This is one positive thing for this year’s Stand Down venue. It’s possible, however, that she gave her phony spiel about helping the homeless when the vets were given clothing and other items.  Because of the generosity of the churches at community meals, I passed on this. If the Bimbo did speak then, she probably would have, just like a liberal, taken credit for the stuff other people donated.

Saturday was a day to honor and serve those who served us, helping them out in their need.

But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”

-1st John 3:17-18