Working Your Way

While the public library in Levittown, PA took the day off after the recent storm, even when roads and parking lots were clear, the homeless found work shoveling snow.

About a year ago, “Crazy Dog Lady” arranged to meet a homeless man at the library between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. to do some work for her. Come 11:45, she hadn’t shown up. The guy had some other work lined up, so about noon, he left. Crazy Dog Lady waltzed into the library about 12:30. She didn’t think anything of it; she reasoned that the homeless just stick around the library all day. Wrong!

Not when they have work lined up.

The last time I saw this guy was several months ago. He had started working park time, and said he expected the job to become full time.

Given the chance, the homeless will work. I once overheard a conversation between this man and other homeless guys where they said they just wanted to get into a routine.

At the library, homeless people have used the resources to find work and educate themselves. One woman in particular relentlessly used the library computer, even coming back twice the same day on the same site in case a new job opened. She was able to move out of her car, into the shelter, then into an apartment.

Shelter is the biggest need the homeless face.

The liberal establishment in Bucks County, PA, instead of seriously addressing the homeless problem, which started about 1977, and was officially recognized in the late 80s, following James Brown’s advice, gets up and dances, and they feel better. It is a feel good mentality.

Unlike the ant in Aesop’s fable The Ant and The Grasshopper who puts his back to the plow, the county, like the grasshopper, fiddles around.

I emailed Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia to run my idea by her to set aside Bucks County property and create a place for the homeless to live. The encampment would be official, with rules, and the homeless would build and take care of the developed land. The Commissioner’s response was that doing this would jeopardize the chances for the homeless to take advantage of county housing.

Holy non-sequitur, Batman!

There is a one to two year wait for county housing.

At Queen Anne’s county park, one end of which abuts the library and the shelter, which is designated for passive recreation, shelters were put up for feral cats — a gated community for homeless felines. For sure, the homeless were evicted from that area because of drug use, but there are many areas that could be used for homeless shelters.

Much park land is woods, with many trails running through, and homeless encampments can be set up unobtrusively between the trails.

There was a guy who used to live at the edge of the vacated homeless woods. The neighbors were friendly with him. A guy who used to walk his dog by his site used to stop and talk with us. When I was helping him move from another spot, the dog walker introduced his dog as they approached us, whose name I recalled.

One one occasion, I met with the vice principle of the Bucks County Tech school to ask about giving a homeless woman more time to pack up after security told her to vacate her tent site in the woods by the school. He wanted her out ASAP, and added that he’s responsible to the student’s parents.

Many homeless people are not like the grasshopper, who wants a handout and hustles to make his way. The officials from the mental health industry in Bucks County, however, are one with the grasshopper.

I think disco lights should be brought to Code Blues, with the disco song “The Hustle” playing with the pulsating lights. Then, as mental health representatives step center strange, “give it up for…” would be announced, as they dance.

People complain about and judge the homeless. I’ve heard from more than once source that government workers and places with unions tell their workers not to work too hard so more work can be created. A homeless person told me that during one snow event, she showed up for work but was sent home. She was told that if other people stay home, everybody stays home.

This is an example of the group think that is destroying our country. During the Eisenhower 50s, when individual responsibility and hard work, and innovation were championed we were better off. We didn’t have a homeless problem like we do now.

The guy who was stood up by Crazy Dog Lady said that when you are homeless, you learn to innovate, unlike how Bucks County addresses the homeless problem.

A large reason it’s hard to create shelter for the homeless is hobophobia, the irrational fear of the homeless. When I asked the Advocates for the Homeless and those in Need (AHTN) for tips and help for our nascent non-profit to find shelter for the homeless, I was told that AHTN looked into it but it can’t be done — that 24-7 security would be needed. I replied that we don’t plan to be a babysitting service.

Why not create a village, appoint a trusted homeless person to manage it, and in the case of county park land, have a ranger oversee the operation. The ranger could get to know the leaders and the people in the village. Active druggies and other problem people would not be invited. Rules would be established and enforced.

The nascent non profit, Gimmee Shelter for which I’m publicist, has a few ideas, as reported in Times Publishing: http://www.timespub.com/2015/04/30/working-for-a-place-to-stay/

I keep finding homeless people who are getting their acts together.

To fight hobophobia, people in the homeless community need to get their acts together.

I’ve been traveling in circles where the homeless help and build each other up.

This is how they do it in the 12 steps journey program, which meets two different nights in two different locations in lower Bucks County, PA. For more information: www.12stepjourney.com

 

Druggies and the Homeless

This is the city, Levittown, PA, population of some 18,000 people. In the town are nearly 100 recovery houses, some of which are poorly run, some run well. When clients from these houses bring crime to the city, I go to work. My name is Jeff, I carry a laptop.

The feds have been pushing their drug business on the citizens of lower Bucks County, PA, allowing the cancerous growth of recovery houses that have been a magnet for druggies, many from outside the community. Many of the houses are revolving doors, where druggies are unleashed, like the Frankenstein monster, on the community.

Once at large, many of the druggies become homeless, plaguing the community and giving a bad name to the other homeless, whose ranks they join. Many become panhandlers and thieves.

Although homeless are known to beg for cigarette, booze, and money for soda, I don’t know of any homeless people I’ve encountered in lower Bucks County over nearly the past two years who aren’t druggies who actively panhandle. One homeless person I know for sure who panhandles, is a druggie. In fact, he bragged “I’m the King of the panhandlers!” Except for two anomalies, which I mentioned in a previous blog, generally homeless people don’t steal. “Stealing” can be the word you use in word association for “druggie.”

While houses for druggies keeps growing, there is a shortage of housing for people who just need a place to live. Even the emergency shelter has a months long waiting list, and it takes a year or two to get into county assisted housing.

Another route for housing for the homeless in Bucks County is the nuthouse. Officials in Bucks County have been trying to shanghai homeless people and put them in places such as Penndel Mental Health Center. A representative from the Bucks County Mental Health industry offered to get me housing if I was willing to label myself as a hopeless case where, because I was so messed up mentally, I could never work again. Likewise, “Queen Latifah”, the social services director at the Levittown Salvation Army Community Center made me such an offer to just get on Social Service Disability. I declined both of them; this is fraud.

One reason there’s been no additional shelter for the homeless, the problem of which Bucks County officially knew about since the late 80’s (a source today told me it was in Bucks since 1977), is hobophobia, the irrational fear of the homeless. The stereotypes about the homeless generally are actual facts about the druggies who, thanks to the Feds, have been dumped in lower Bucks County, PA and have intruded on the homeless population.

Instead of providing more housing for druggies, we need more shelter for the homeless, who generally are just folks who need a place to live.

The feds usually don’t do what’s best for the citizenry, but what’s best for them and their cronies. Contrary to what PA State Rep Tina Davis said — she boasted she helps the homeless and that “you need the government; you need me” to help the homeless, the state of Pennsylvania and the Bristol Township Bimbo doesn’t care about the homeless either.

The people in lower Bucks don’t want recovery houses just because it serves the feds. Likewise the county government aggressively shanghais homeless people, giving them the nuthouse as the best way to get taxpayer funded housing. For those of you in Doylestown, shanghai not only means to “force (someone) to join a ship lacking a full crew by drugging them or using other underhanded means” but, informally, to “coerce or trick (someone) into a place or position or into doing something”

“Brady shanghaied her into his Jaguar and roared off”

This is the problem with the government running things, rather than using the free market to resolve problems. The free market is about what we the people desire, not what some politician and his cronies want.

When the government needs to have some involvement, they need to tap into the will of the people and follow the constitution, and not kowtow to the special interests and make decrees from up high in their Ivory Tower, as is the case with the feds, by fiat, promoting the cancerous growth of recovery houses. Cutting down on intrusive government will help stop the growth of this cancer.

The upcoming election, Glenn Beck succinctly said, is a choice between socialism and free market capitalism. Icons of this choice are Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz — Sanders being the socialist and Cruz the free market capitalist. When you pull the mask off of, pierce the vale covering Donald Trump, you’ll see that he is really a socialist, according to Glenn. I agree.

Don’t pay any attention to that man behind the curtain.

Although Glenn vehemently disagrees with Sanders on socialism, he respects him for, unlike Trump, at least being honest.

There are different forms of socialism. Donald Trump practices crony capitalism, where he uses the government to get his way. Awhile back, he used government power to pull a dirty deed on a widow, where The Donald’s money and influence trumped a widow’s property rights.

Do you think “The Donald” cares about the homeless and will help them? If he could get away with it, and he could make a profit, he’d starve them and use them to make Soylent Green. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soylent_Green

Don’t worry, Trump will probably make a memorial for those who helped keep Bucks County Green. He’ll call it the Trump Homeless Memorial.

Don’t worry, he’ll allow drinking, smoking, and gambling. He’ll even trump-et gambling.

Trump may even throw in a few million for more recovery houses in lower Bucks County, PA.

 

I Don’t Get Mad

“I don’t get mad; I get even” is a phrase an old girlfriend hated, even in jest. For the Christian, when someone wrongs you, retaliation is not an option, nor is resentment — pent up anger. Being human, I find it hard not to act this way when someone wrongs me or my friends.

In Bucks County, PA, as in other areas, there is prejudice against the homeless. One homeless friend said that a place he visited treated him much different after he started taking a bag with him when he entered the place. People there evidently judged him for being homeless.

When someone does wrong, it’s OK, even righteous, to call out the offender, just for what he did. Attack principles, not people.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had to deal with a racist society. Yet, in 1957, he delivered the message of loving your enemies. “Begin with yourself,” he preached. “When the opportunity presents itself for you to defeat your enemy, that is the time which you must not do it.”

Black Lives Matter and other vengeful people should learn from MLK’s preaching.

So should I.

The principle of loving your enemies comes from the Biblical message in Second Romans 5:10 “While we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son.”

We were once enemies of God, until we were reconciled with Him. Likewise, we should reconcile our differences with those who wrong us. As it says in Romans 12:18 “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone”

This means that when someone wrongs you, the Christian, being a new creature, imitates Christ and forgives the offender and tries to make peace. We should hold people accountable for their actions, but not condemn them.

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.”

— 2nd Corinthians 5: 20..

Indeed, I for one need to begin with myself. I’ve approached the line where I speak out against an injustice to where I get mad. This is counterproductive.

It’s easy to write off the homeless and others, some of whom can be problematic — even a royal pain in the ass-setts. As a counselor at a treatment center told visitors, never write off your loved ones with addictions, but set rules and create borders. This is righteous advice!

In order for the homeless in places like lower Bucks County, PA to overcome, they need to begin with themselves, and not succumb to anger or defeatism because of what judgmental people think of them. They need to get their act together. Years ago, a veteran’s counselor, whom I told about an unfair public official who tried to screw me over, told me that I will encounter A-holes, but don’t let them keep me down. Good advice!

Some of the homeless I deal with have the gimmees, begging rides, cigarette money, or other things, have threatened me when I called them out for inappropriate behavior in public, continued destructive behavior that hurts not just themselves but others after others and I have continually ministered to them, and some of them have just harassed me and others for sport.

Unlike Curly of The Three Stooges, who claims to be a victim of circumstances, I need to not let circumstances control my thinking. Instead, I need to continue to minister to the homeless community and not get mad, but put on the armor of God and defeat the enemy, starting with myself.

We Shall Overcome

“Judge a man by the content of his character, not by the color of his skin,” preached Dr. Martin Luther King. In places like Bucks County, PA, judging by the content of one’s character doesn’t apply to the homeless.

Awhile back, I posted about Burger King’s discrimination against a homeless friend in Langhorne and Bristol, PA.  The Langhorne Burger King is near the Oxford Valley Mall and the other is at Bristol Pike and Beaver Dam Road.

At the Langhorne Burger King, I had left my homeless friend, who has cancer and is very thin and looks sickly, there while I took handicapped people to the doctor. My friend bought food, and as she was went to get her free coffee refill, the manager demanded she leave before he called the cops. She called me and I told her to stand her ground. But she was intimidated and went to the nearby Boston Market, where she was allowed to wait for me to pick her up, without having to order anything. It was cold and rainy out, and the creep-manager, a foreigner, didn’t care.

At the Bristol Burger King, I had dropped off my homeless friend, where she ordered a meal.  Again, I had to take someone else somewhere. After I was done, I picked her up. The next time we went to this Burger King together, the shift manager relayed a message from the general manager to tell my friend she wasn’t allowed there. I had to press her for the reason. She said that the general manager, Rene, doesn’t want homeless people there because they panhandle.

My friend never panhandled or caused any problems. The floor manager confessed that she never had a problem with either of us.

I just read a comment on Facebook by  toadies of the manager of the Burger King at Beaver Dam and Bristol Pike in Bristol, PA, where posters offer a lame defense of this callous discrimination:

Desirae Hall I’m quite sure that she is not discriminating against your friend. She is only doing her job. Where else can you go to and sit all day and drink a cup of coffee. At that establishment there is a real problem with the homeless people panhandling as you are dining in. Thank you Renee for respecting the paying customers.

Like · Reply · 1 · December 17, 2015 at 4:54pm

Jakeria Martin She defy ain’t she’s sweet n kind hearted

These hobophobic comments are examples of narrow minded, judgmental people. For you hobophobes, here is a definition:  “(n) a person that is afraid of hobos. (adj.)hobophobic – to be afraid of hobos.

John is a really big hobophobe. Anytime he sees a homeless person walking on the street, he freaks out.”

Both at Denny’s and Wendy’s you can hang out “all day” after ordering food. The manager at Denny’s in Langhorne told us we cannot hang out “all day” just on weekends, when it gets crowded, and was apologetic. Unlike the manager at the Langhorne Burger King, who chased my friend out because her looks may offend the yuppie clientele, the staff at Denny’s ask how my friend is doing, and are concerned about her.

At Wendy’s in Levittown, we became a fixture. One night when we left about an hour before closing time, an employee remarked “are you leaving already?”

One guy, Mike, I believe a manager or the manager at Wendy’s, realized our situation. He said that he doesn’t have a problem with us hanging out at this Wendy’s and told us that we clean up after ourselves, are quiet and don’t bother anybody — that my friend does her puzzle books and I’m on my laptop. He also related a story about a Burger King where he used to work: Someone invited a homeless guy out of the cold and bought him a meal. A customer freaked out and exclaimed that a homeless person was in the restaurant and beseeched them to call the police. To this Mike  said “so?”  We’ve had some friendly conversations with Mike.

Not all homeless people are drunken bums. Some are and have caused problems in the community. Of the alcoholics, some had that problem before they became homeless, others use booze as an escape from their problem after becoming homeless. Druggies often end up homeless after they get kicked out of a recovery house, which is often the case in lower Bucks County, PA.

I think it is legitimate to profile druggies. Homeless people, if they are responsible, which many are, have their food and clothing needs met, thanks to gracious people who help them, and to the taxpayers for food stamps. Druggies steal, panhandle and wheedle money out of people so they can support their expensive addiction.

Unlike the average homeless person, druggies are a risk for problems, and if identified as such should be kept out of places.  What’s interesting about the Bristol Burger King is that, on one occasion it looked like someone was dealing drugs with one of the employees.

Rene and her toady argue the potential of homeless people panhandling and disrupting other customers. There were occasions where people disturbed us and other customers:

  • An “adult” brought in a little boy who bounced a basketball inside. He was so wild that I was afraid the ball might crash into my laptop. Yet nothing was said about that.
  • Some teenagers/young “adults” where paying their “music” , talking loud and blocked people’s way as they were dancing all over the place. They also got a pass.

The question is, how do people in charge of these establishments determine who is homeless and that they are a potential problem?  Hummmmmmm…

The Bristol Burger King has changed since I used to frequent it about a decade ago. Especially on weekends, it has taken on a gangsta rap atmosphere. The floor manager, whom a homeless person said was fired because she gave homeless people food in exchange for work, told me that loud altercations would break out and people threatened to damage cars, etc.

Yet a homeless person is banned because she might panhandle!

The Bristol Burger King has become a den for lowlifes. Rene seems to be OK with that, evidently because like her, they are the quintessential Noble Savage. To borrow a phrase from Tom Wolf, they  “like pimps, are a member of a spurious aristocracy,” as is that general manager.

Many homeless people come to the public library in Levittown PA and read books, use the computers to look for jobs and educate themselves. Some of them, as a result of their dogged search, have landed jobs and have moved on up. I’ve heard homeless people discussing Shakespeare and have joined them in other intelligent conversations.

Like Selma Alabama before civil rights, the white cracker establishment ruled tyrannically over blacks. As Anne Coulter pointed out in Mugged, most of the folks running the show during Jim Crow were descendants of the barbarian Celts. Today in places such as the Bristol Burger King, barbarians are running the show. The only difference is the color of the tyrants.

But, as writers and protesters shamed America and brought about positive change, I will do the same for the homeless.

We shall overcome!

Ain’t No Sense in Feeling Blue

“Ain’t no sense in feeling blue, Frankenstein was ugly too” — an army marching chant.

Actually, monsters aren’t always ugly. They are often wolves (like the PA governor) in sheep’s clothes.

There’s a druggie in lower Bucks County, PA, however, who used to wear a “monster” shirt. This was self public notification. If it were only so easy to spot a monster!

Another druggie comes off as a sweet, affable young lady. And she certainly isn’t ugly!  She uses these qualities to manipulate people to get what she wants, especially from guys. Her addiction is the center of her life, and she lacks a moral compass. She steals, wheedles money from people and uses devious means to get what she wants.

On one occasion, she needed a place to stay a couple nights. People old enough to be her parents let her stay, giving her food and drink and treated her like a daughter. In appreciation, she stole one of her host’s cell phone charger!  She is homeless. To adopt another army chant, ain’t no sense in letting her back, she steals your stuff and then makes tracks!

Not all homeless people are like that.  It’s generally the druggies who are the most problematic among the homeless population. I think they, many of whom get kicked out of recovery houses, are the main ones who give the homeless a bad name. The drunks cause problems when they become drunk and disorderly in public places, but it’s mostly the druggies who cause problems in the community.

There were two anomalies among the homeless drunks. One used to go to food stores and put shrimp in a shopping cart and walk away with not paying for it, stole goods from Dollar and other stores. On one occasion, he stole a lawn mower from Sears and pushed it about a mile to the other drunk’s campsite in the woods. “Get that out of here!”, she exclaimed.

Don’t think that the rest of the population is peachy keen. The teachers in Bristol Township, PA may go on strike if they, like druggies, don’t get what they want. The greedy teachers establishment went on strike many years ago. I remember overhearing one of the teachers, a classless loud mouth in the locker room at the Levittown Recreation Center, who was on strike whining that, because the teachers had to compromise, when he goes back to work will do the minimum amount of work.

This is why we need school choice!  It’s not just some members of the homeless community who have the “gimmees”!

As humans, we all have flaws. Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist  Carl Jung made this point when he related a story about what an “intelligent layman” said when they visited an insane asylum. He said the people there were like everyone else who has problems, only greatly magnified.

One should not be judgmental, as was the case with the Pharisees who threatened to stone a prostitute, who were probably just as guilty as she was, whom Jesus asked to throw the first stone, after which they walked away.

A mentor once told me that it’s OK to be angry about what someone does, but we can make peace with them. But, for example, if someone walking beside you throws you off a bridge, you shouldn’t walk near them while crossing a bridge.  Likewise, the hospitable people who gave a druggie food, drink and shelter and were ripped off, should not condemn the person but shouldn’t trust her in that kind of situation again. Being human, it’s not easy for those folks not to have a hard heart against that druggie. It’s only God who gives you the power to forgive.

The cancerous growth of Recovery Houses in Levittown, PA is a legitimate problem. I think these places should be away from the community, isolated, with the addicts made to stay inside the property, like an insane asylum and not released until they are ready to go back to society. This protects them as well as society.

The same is true for drunks. A friend of mine left short treatment less than a week before his time was up and, now at large, has not resolved his problem. He needs long term treatment, where he is away from temptation.

For those who have issues, and don’t need to be sequestered, there are programs in lower Bucks County. One of them is the 12 Step Journey.  Details: http://www.12stepjourney.com/

New York Values and The Homeless

In a recent debate, Ted Cruz accused Donald Trump of having “New York Values.” Trump responded by arguing that conservative advocate William F. Buckley was from New York and that New York handled 911 well.

Cruz was talking about the political culture of New York, where there are so many homeless people you can’t fit them into Yankee Stadium. Because of liberal/progressive policies, as the senator points out, people are suffering, for which he sends his condolences.

Texas, by contrast, has a lot less homeless people than New York. It is more conservative than New York City, where people pull their own weight, has more of a Christian consensus than New York and there is less reliance on the government. Texas has been putting up speed bumps to slow down the Feds, who are driving under the influence of liberalism. Don’t mess with Texas.

Bristol Township, PA is trying to put up speed bumps to curb the cancerous growth of recovery houses, fostered by the feds, who rule from atop their Ivory Towers in Washington, D.C.. These places have resulted in more crime and have lowered property values.

As is the case in New York, where good influences, such as Mr. Buckley, have gone against the mainstream, minority views have gone against the grain elsewhere. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., for example, stood against the southern cracker values.

Selma Alabama values, before civil rights, was not good for America. Likewise, New York values would further destroy the United States, which is already an Obama Nation.

In an emergency, New Yorkers came to their senses and were at their best. But then they returned to the same old failed liberal policies, supported by the people who hold New York values. Evidently, the have not yet overcome.

Austin Texas is being infested by liberals. It hasn’t, however, become epidemic as it has in New York and other liberal infested areas. Bucks County, PA is one of them. Consequently, there is more crime and poverty, homelessness and drug abuse.

In Fight Homelessness; Don’t Vote for Progressives I illustrated what society reaps when progressives prevail. Talk show host Tom Marr put it succinctly: “Where there is liberal rule, there is more crime and poverty.”

Like the rest of the county, addictions, crimes, and homelessness are huge problems in lower Bucks County, PA. Bucks County is not geographically or philosophically far from New York. Nor is Harrisburg. Fortunately, legislators have been able to put up speed bumps to slow down the Big Bad Governor Wolf.

The Big Bad Wolf, a clone of President BO, is driven to overtax and over regulate the people. He’s trying to blow all our houses down and put us out on the street, or become a ward of the government. In the case of Bucks County, the government backed special interests want to put homeless people in the taxpayer funded nuthouse.

The special interests do this by shanghaiing homeless people; the nuthouse is a talisman for housing.

The static from Trump about Cruz’s bank loans, which Ted explained well and his unsupported question about the senator’s birthright are New York values, as are the cheap shots “The Donald” makes about people who disagree with him.

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/trump-booed-cruz-tea/2016/01/16/id/709781/?ns_mail_uid=54069711&ns_mail_job=1650861_01172016&s=al&dkt_nbr=h5zjztid

The values that are important to Ted include repealing the Affordable Care Act, stopping abortion, nixing same sex marriages, and stopping bailouts for companies that screw up. Trump flipped flopped on issues, for example, on abortion and same sex marriage.

And Trump is in the gambling business, which is immoral.

In a short story by Richard Wright, communists offer oppressed people their help. The church people realized that they shouldn’t accept help from those with Godless beliefs — that they don’t have the right answers.   Instead, they took the Martin Luther King Jr. approach and peaceably protested.  Mr. Wright, who was taken in by the commies but later left the communist party believed that writing can help bring about social change.

And it did.

Mr. Wright’s story reflected his own struggle with communism.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Wright_(author)

We need someone with moral values to lead the country.

We need people with the right values to help the homeless in lower Bucks County. Caring people from churches have graciously provided free meals for the homeless and needy, where, more than bread alone, they develop relationships with people. Caring people have been offering help for the homeless spiritual as well as physical needs.

No More Pain Inc was established to help people in many areas of life.  Lately, representatives from this organization have been helping the homeless in lower Bucks County

http://www.nomorepaininc.org/

What do you value?

 

The Homeless and The Druggies

Almost two years ago, a source told me that guy who called himself “the librarian” at the  public library in Levittown, PA stated that homeless people are one step below drug addicts. After he harassed me and I contacted a county commissioner, he soon was gone.  This, by the way, was before authorities associated me with the homeless.

Homeless people are that way for different reasons, including as just a result of the economy. People are in recovery houses because of their addiction, which usually leads to stealing and other antisocial behavior.

A former homeless guy who frequented the Levittown library and the nearby Veteran’s Memorial complained that the homeless get a bad rap and that it’s people from the recovery houses that have been causing problems at the library and surrounding area.

As I mentioned in other blogs, it was the druggies who precipitated the evictions on the homeless living in the woods by the Levittown library.

Yet, there is prejudice against the homeless. Even the Community Relations and Development Director at the local Salvation Army echoed the sentiments of anti-homeless special interests in the community. She said that people visiting the library “don’t like” the homeless people being there, adding that they stink, spread food out all over the tables, and dress shabbily. I told her this isn’t the case and if someone breaks the rules, they should be told about it like everybody else and that homeless people have a right to be at a public library.

So it’s OK to keep people away from a public place simply because people don’t like them? This is not what the guys who are honored at the nearby Veteran’s Memorial fought and died for!

So here’s a Salvation Army person, a former Major who once helped run a rehab center, kowtowing to the world’s judgementalism. When I told her I’ve been sticking up for the homeless, including contacting commissioners, she snapped “what’s that going to do?”  She added that the librarian has  complete sovereignty and belittled me. She asked “didn’t your parents teach you to respect authority?”  It’s no wonder that she goes through a door marked “private”, as she was demoted from Major (joke).

Many of the druggies in the Levittown have gotten mixed in with the homeless. After getting kicked out of recovery houses, many of them end up with the homeless, and cause problems. This may be one reason people don’t like the homeless.

There was a town hall meeting in Bristol Township, PA on Thanksgiving eve to address the problem of recovery houses in the area to protect the community and property values, while helping people with their addictions. The council did not approve the motion by council vice-president for a moratorium on recovery houses because they believed it would be overrided by the Feds.  http://levittownnow.com/2015/11/27/officials-announce-support-for-recovery-house-moratorium/ 

Drug addiction is a problem, especially in Bucks County, PA, not just for the addict but for the communities.

In one neighborhood, it was reported that crime greatly increased since a recovery house moved in.

Part of the problem is the recovery houses themselves. There have been reports of overcrowding,

Recently I met a guy who runs a recovery house in the area. He pointed out that all the recovery houses are not bad, and that he runs a tight ship. He said the neighbors don’t even know we’re here.  Some recovery houses, he said “are just a business.”

The state of Pennsylvania has been addressing how to regulate recovery houses, mainly for safety.

People running recovery houses need to be held accountable, not just for safety factors such as overcrowding, but for professionalism — that they do what’s best for the addicts and the community.

Even if the recovery houses get their act together, there still should be a moratorium on them.  Sometimes, no matter what you do, addicts will continue their destructive behavior, to themselves and others. Addicts have been coming from outside of Bucks County, PA for the recovery houses. With more houses we risk more rogue druggies who, like the Frankenstein monster, are set loose on the community.

One recovering alcoholic told me that addicts should have to suffer the consequences of their destructive behavior — that we should not make it too easy for them to get into a recovery house, so there would not be a revolving door of addicts who aren’t seriously trying to resolve their problem.   Good point. This friend seems to be getting his act together.

Another friend with an alcohol problem isn’t doing as well. He started out well, after people tirelessly ministered to him and after finally coming to grips what he’s doing to himself and people he loves, and went to a short term treatment center. Less than a week before the program ended, he stormed out of a meeting and since has been getting kicked out of friend’s places.

The last time he got kicked out, which was the second time this friend kicked him out, his girlfriend asked me to pick him up and take him to the library. I told her that I’m not going to bail him out everytime he screws up. This kind of thing makes him too comfortable in his choices and he doesn’t realize the consequences of his actions.My friend took a step or two, but has a long way to climb before reaching the top of the 12 steps. My friend who is getting his act together said that many addicts don’t advance after a few steps.

At the local 12 Steps program I’ve been attending the past several months, I’ve seen people come and go. One night we had to set up extra tables. There has been a handful of people who have attended the program regularly since I started going. Now advanced, they mentor others and they have pinch hitted for the guy who regularly leads the meetings.

This local program is not just for drunks and druggies, but for people with other problems, such as anxiety and anger management.

Check it out.  http://www.12stepjourney.com/

The Noble Savage

I try to look at the good at the Levittown branch of the Bucks County Free Library System in Levittown, PA, but the unwarranted singling out of homeless people is a dark secret Bucks County is trying to hide.

The Good:

The chair yoga program is tops.  I’ve been able to breathe better and loosen up.  After one class, I felt like the Tin Man after getting a gallon of lubricant while feeling strong. I’ve even been able to clear my lungs and throat somewhat as my breathing was a little labored because of a cough and runny nose, possibly early signs of bronchitis. The computers, from which you can print, are good. Most of the staff is friendly and very helpful.

There is also a drop in program so people can get help with their laptops.

But…

Since I’ve been exposing the library’s dark secret, the librarian has been backing off the homeless, but it’s still there.

In the past, problem people, who happen to be homeless, have been punished, except for two pets of Christine from the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN), who were caught having sex at the old homeless bus stop. The library punished the whole group by removing the bus stop, leaving the concrete strip with a sign “Emergency Assembly Area”, and the homeless have to catch the bus in the middle of the parking lot.

Yesterday, a few people at the computers were talking quietly for a few minutes and a rude, loud mouth started screaming at people, starting with something like “shut up; this is a library.”  When someone asked him to be more polite about it, he went ballistic, and started using the F-word frequently. One guy walked over and told him to knock it off, especially because there are children around. The conversation got heated between Loud Mouth and others. One guy asked loud mouth to go outside, a few times, and the security guy asked him stop and let him handle it.

A lady approached the fowl loud mouth and told him he shouldn’t be cursing around her kids.

The guy who asked Loud Mouth repeatedly to go  outside was banned from the library for a week.   When I walked in with him to talk to Pat, the head librarian, she confirmed the ban, and she mentioned that he had cursed before. I told her that he was not cursing yesterday; Loud Mouth was the only one cursing. I may just as well have been talking to the wall.  It’s hard to have an intelligent, two way discussion with a robot. Pat just needed an excuse to oppress a homeless person.

The security guy said the problem was that the guy did not adhere to him telling him repeatedly to back off. He said that Loud Mouth was banned for a much longer time than the guy who confronted him.

I understand that when a library patron doesn’t comply with security’s orders that the problem can escalate, and that the guy had cursed before and that this was cumulative, but I still think the punishment was too much. The guy should have backed off right away, but he did back off. Loud Mouth was really out of control and he was aggravating everybody, and the guy who confronted him did cool down.

I believe the librarian’s prejudice against the homeless and her liberal punish everyone group think mentality influenced her decision.

Soccer moms bring kids who incessantly scream in the library and this disturbs other library patrons much more than the guy who confronted Loud Mouth, yet she says nothing to them.

There is a double standard at the library:

  • On several occasions Pat walked past some screaming kids and then went by them five minutes later. They were still screaming and she didn’t even say anything to them. Completely oblivious.
  • There are two brothers who regularly visit the Levittown library who can be heard, loudly, literally throughout the library, almost non stop. They also get a free pass.
  • Some time ago, when I briefly and quietly talked with a homeless man, Pat stormed out of the office and stammered “this conversation is getting heated, you better…”  I confronted her. After she walked away, I muttered “she’s an A-hole.”  One of the librarians smugly said “are you leaving?”  “No”, I replied. I went over to the computer to look up directions for a community dinner I was about to take a frail, homeless woman to. Pat said I had to leave after I looked up the directions. When I went to the area where the woman and other homeless people sat, a librarian Augustly said “are you leaving?”  I explained I was waiting for my friend, who is slow to get up. “You have to leave now,” Pat demanded.  “Excuse me”, I said, “I don’t say ‘how high?’ when you say ‘jump.'” I confronted her about harassing the homeless and the double standard with the bratty kids. She must think that denial is a river in Egypt. She threatened to call the police. As we exited stage left, Pat held the phone to her ear, eyeballing us until we went out the door, to intimidate us.

There are problems at the library and the surrounding area, including the woods by the library where until recently the homeless stayed. As has been the case at the Veteran’s Memorial, it’s mainly the druggies who get kicked out of local recovery houses and end up homeless who cause problems at the library.  Recently, a druggie was found in the men’s room doing drugs, and, rightly so, was held accountable for his actions.

It was the druggies who precipitated the recent raid on the homeless in the woods. The Chief Bucks County Ranger told me there were complaints of drug use, with syringes as evidence, and there were warrants against people believed to be in the woods by the Levittown library

About a year and 1/2 ago, a druggie who lived in the woods by the library was brought to justice for stealing items from the library and for other crimes.

There were some incidents of certain members of the homeless community who engaged in altercations with one another, fighting, and being drunk and disorderly. But that was readily taken care of.

Several months ago, a friend overheard someone at a library meeting say something to the effect “What are we going to do about the question people have about the homeless making the library their hangout?”

“Pat’s (head librarian) taking care of that,” the speaker replied.

To Pat’s credit, she has been backing off, but this recent event hints of the Empire Striking Back. Treating the homeless with more respect is due to holding the library accountable, education about the homeless, and the realization that there are homeless who visit the library who use it property. Some of them read books, look for jobs and do other productive things.  

The Levittown Public Library is a microcosm of today’s society. There is much anger, which often gets out of control, anxiety, depression, and, as evidenced especially in the last two presidential elections, delusional disorders. People today don’t discipline their kids. The preschool my daughter attended taught the children the difference between an indoor voice and an outdoor voice. Many of the brats who enter the library don’t subscribe to this philosophy. The parents evidently instill in them the Noble Savage philosophy, where you just let it all hang out without the restraints of civilization, which they must have learned at Woodstock.

https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noble_savage 

It’s not civilization that corrupts. On the contrary, it’s our “natural” sinful nature that causes us to erupt in anger, as was the case at the library yesterday. I for one, have gone to God with whom I submitted to have him mold me to be a more civilized person.

To stop the drama at places such as the Levittown public library, we need to change people from the inside, including myself.

Galatians 5:22-23:

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

You Can’t Hide from Homelessness

Homelessness is a national problem, not just confined to lower Bucks County, PA.  I just saw a documentary about a homeless encampment in Saint Louis, MO.  I found many similarities to the homeless story in Bucks County.

The documentary pointed out that in the encampment, there were druggies, thieves, muggers, drunks and other problem people, but many of the homeless were decent people, who had skills, such as carpentry. The documentary showed a guy cutting up wood with a chainsaw.

After a long drag out fight with authorities, the encampment was bulldozed, closed, after the authorities reasoned that they couldn’t just look the other way because of the problem people living there.

Recently, the woods by the Levittown Public Library, Bucks County Rangers served eviction notices, collapsed tents, and told people to get out. On the notices were “assistance” opportunities which allegedly would help the homeless find places. The housing opportunities were vacuous.  There’s a one to two year wait for housing.

One ranger threatened to bulldoze the woods, but that was just an idle threat from someone, upon first meeting him more than a year ago, whom I addressed as “Officer Fife.”

Another ranger helped a homeless man get into a treatment center for alcoholism, which he desperately needed. The man stormed out of the center before the short term stay was over and is now on the loose.  He’s been staying with friends and has been getting kicked out regularly. In fact, I just got a call from one of his friends who asked me to pick him up from a place he got kicked out of for the second time. I said “no,” and explained that I’m not going run out to bail him out every time he screws up. This would enable him.

See my last blog “Are You a Victim of Circumstances?”

In the documentary, after a homeless encampment was raided, he was moved to another area, which he said had worse living conditions than the place he left. About a year ago, two tent cities in lower Bucks County, PA were raided a day after Warming Hearts representatives visited the camps. Like the homeless camps in the documentary, the refugees were moved to a place not as good for human habitation than the place the were.

Someone from a faith-based organization in the documentary said that it’s important to spend time with the homeless, and not “just drop stuff off.”    The guy said that many people from these groups have developed relationships with the homeless. They can minister to them and find out who is naughty and who is nice. In either case, they can help the homeless and give them an opportunity to help themselves.

Like some of the homeless in lower Bucks County, PA, some of the homeless in the documentary just want to accumulate handouts and need to learn responsibility.

Some of the homeless in the documentary were given places to stay in for a year, until they can get back on their feet. At the end of the documentary, we’re told that many of these people were back out on the street. This was attributed to the economy.

I agree, the economy is at least part to blame for homelessness. I pointed this out in my earlier blog “Fight Homelessness; Don’t Vote for Progressives.”  Progressivism fosters irresponsibility, which creates more crime and poverty.

One problem with the homeless is some members of the homeless themselves. People of faith have been giving of their time and have showed concern about the homeless, counseling them, showing empathy and trying to show them the right path, which, as is the case for the rest of our decaying nation, is a result of Godlessness in our culture. It sometimes requires tough love, as is the case when certain homeless people want a bailout, like the auto industry.

There are people in the lower Bucks County community who have the where-with-all to create more housing for the homeless.  Part of the problem is that they have been stonewalled by the progressive Bucks County establishment. And part of that problem is that they are leery of having the homeless fixing up, maintaining and living on vacant property because of the actions of some of the homeless, as was shown in the documentary.

Housing first is a good idea, but people have to get their collective acts together and we need to liberate America from the liberals and foster self-sufficiency as we did during the Eisenhower 50’s, when we had a Christian consensus.

I’m getting tired and weary of trying to help  of people whom  don’t want to help themselves. Unlike myself, with my human flaws, God never gives up.

Are You a Victim of Circumstances?

“I’m a victim of circumstances”, chirps Curly of the Three Stooges. Your circumstances shouldn’t make you a victim. You can make the best of your circumstances by doing things to make things better or you can just accept them.

This is the message of the serenity prayer:

“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. “

Homeless people in lower Bucks County, PA deal with their circumstances in different ways. Some escape through booze and drugs, even cigarettes. These things cost money, which homeless people have in short supply. They are not necessities; they are vices, except for wine, which in moderation is very good for you.

One homeless person once remarked “you have to have at least one vice.”  Really? This is probably why he’s still homeless.

Live within your means is an adage my parents impressed upon me. Like the general population, some homeless people can’t distinguish between their needs and their wants. When people go beyond their budget, they go into debt. Homeless people don’t get credit, and they make up for their excesses by getting things from the government or directly from other people and private organizations.

One homeless person bragged “I’m the king of the panhandlers!”

Recently, when I gave two homeless people a ride, one of them asked me for cigarette money for the other. The one who asked me had just bought some music CDs.

Among the homeless in lower Bucks County, I found tobacco to be the Holy Grail. They seem to be always on a quest for it. During hour long meals, they can’t wait to go outside, and signal from across the room to ask others for a smoke.

While some homeless people spend their time smoking, boozing it up, doing dope, gossipping, others improve themselves by reading, engaging in intelligent discussion, looking for work, volunteering, and sharpening their skills and learning new ones.

Being homeless is tough. You don’t have a home to call home, where you can cook, sit down at a table, watch a movie, read in your favorite chair — be in a place you can call your own. All the homeless have to go home to is either the confines of a car, a tent, or a makeshift place where you throw blankets, pads and sleeping bags along the sidewalk for the night.

This doesn’t, however, give you a license for bad, destructive behavior. Going to a community meal drunk, ranting and raving and threatening other people is unacceptable. Some hosts evidently think that this is the way homeless people are supposed to act.

This was evident when a character I call T-Rex came to a dinner at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Penndel, PA, spouting fowl language, roaring and going after people like the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park. It had to be restrained. After another guest discussed a court case he sat in on, T-Rex went ballistic.  Evidently, he felt threatened by civilized speech.

The guy he attacked showed unusual restraint, even doing a verbal rope-a-dope.  Yet, when the police came, he was asked to leave immediately.  What’s more, the next time the community meal was held at  Redeemer Lutheran Church, he was turned away at the door. The hosts snapped that he had said bad things about the homeless.

The community meals are not just for the homeless, but for those with homes but have trouble putting food on the table. The victim of T-Rex’s attack has a home. Some people made things up about him and the gossip spread like wildfire. Instead of trying to discover the truth, the Pharisees at Redeemer Lutheran reasoned that the natives were just restless, and they blamed the victim, thinking that he shouldn’t be in the jungle with dinosaurs, who are not supposed to be civilized .

I’ve befriended a circle of homeless friends who are very civil and are thinking and acting in a way to deal with their situation and possibly get out of it. Many of them have turned to God They help one another sort things out and have intelligent, enlightening conversations, but maybe with a little gossip.

Lately, the community meals have been civil, even a blessing. A place where friends can get together.

I was also a victim of misinformation, as well as a T-Rex attack. A guy who was bewildered and a little steamed about something I allegedly said sat down at the table at a community meal with me and the other victim and we reasoned together. He realized that the rumors were wrong and once he realized the truth, the three of us got on well together and discussed problems in the homeless community.

Know the truth and it will set you free!

The homeless, like everyone else, need to know that someone cares and everything will be alright. God cares for and watches over his children. We have limited vision, but God is working in the background, doing what’s best for his own.

Psalm 103

1 Praise the Lord, my soul;  all my inmost being, praise his holy name.                                                                                     2 Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—                                                                                                          3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,                                                                                                                4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,                                                                   5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.                                                6 The Lord works righteousness  and justice for all the oppressed.