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 

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

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 

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

In the community of needy and homeless people in lower Bucks County, PA, I ask “why can’t we be friends?”  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=why+can%27t+we+be+friends+youtube&qpvt=why+can%27t+we+be+friends+youtube&FORM=VDRE

In real life, being friends is not as simple as portrayed in this whimsical musical video. Being friends, and keeping friends takes work, and you have to have the right philosophy, the right outlook on life. It depends on the content of your character.

It’s easy to be friendly and get along when nothing comes between people, especially with needy and homeless folks. But, alas, it’s not always smooth sailing, and conflicts arise for different reasons. Sometimes people are under pressure, as was the recent case when some friends graciously helped salvage lots of stuff from a house that someone in the hospital had sold. Sometimes it’s a case of greed, addictions, whether it be food (gluttony), cigarettes, material possessions, booze, drugs, you name it…

A response to a glutton’s question in this community illustrates the problem: “What do you care? All you care about is feeding your face at other people’s expense.”

Greed was the cause of conflict between the fictional characters in Frank Norris’ McTeague.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McTeague

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” -Romans 12:18

Peace is not just a matter of everybody agreeing and having no problems. In some cases, it’s a matter of misunderstanding and someone being overanxious for something in the heat of the moment. It’s best not to jump to conclusions and become angry.

Peace is where there is no confusion, that you know what is the right thing to do and you try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes. You may not always agree, but at least try to find out where the other person is coming from. Try understanding. Sometimes you’ll realize the motivation was right. Other times, you may find the other person is just a rat! In some cases, conflicts, misunderstandings can be resolved. Sometimes not. It is sometimes the case that the other party is just a user, someone who is just selfish. In the latter case, it’s a good idea to not put yourself in a position where someone can use you. But it’s wrong to harbor a grudge. This is something I’m working on in my life. I’m slowly putting aside anger about people who have grossly wronged me.

Somethings can be overlooked, and other, even valid issues don’t need to be dwelled on, repeated over and over again. And it’s important to forgive people for their wrong, although you shouldn’t put yourself in the same position again. A Christian brother once told me that if someone you’re walking with throws you over a bridge, to not go near bridges with that person.

There comes a point where attempts at reconciliation hits an impasse. Sometimes there is no common ground, principle. Take the character who comes to the community meals for the homeless and needy in Bucks County – Birdman. (please!) Sometime after I told Birdman he was annoying when he visited my table and tried to swipe whatever he could, he asked me why I think he is annoying. “I’ll take that as a rhetorical question,” I replied. (For those of you in Doylestown, a rhetorical question is one that does not require an answer.) Evidently, we are operating under different paradigms.

I’m trying to leave it at that, and I try not to make fun of Birdman too much. But this behavior cannot be tolerated.  Two of the community meal hosts banned Birdman from the meals. And one in particular keeps an eye on this sparrow. In one case, when Birdman reached over a guy sitting at a table, the guy grabbed Birdman’s wrist and hit a pressure point, numbing his hand temporarily and warned Birdman if he ever came to his table again, he’d really hurt him. Force or the threat of force is sometimes needed to stop predators.

There are other quests at the meals I’ve called out for similar, but not nearly as egregious behavior, with whom, through a third party, I’ve at least made peace with, although there’s another party who is trying to stir up stink.

A defendant in a lawsuit, where it’s believed she was instrumental in having a guest at a community meal banned from the meal and the AHTN bus and disgraced while the drunk and disorderly homeless guest who attacked him let off Scott free, wants to resolve the problem. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent –

The Lord detests them both” – Proverbs 16:15

Even when you have a righteous case against someone, if at all possible, as far as it depends on you, make peace.

Behind The Curtain

In Bucks County, PA, people don’t like to pay attention to the man behind the curtain. Like the Wizard of Oz, who is hiding his real self behind the curtain, there are people want their real self and motives to be hidden, and there are those who don’t want to see what’s behind the curtain to avoid having their pre-conceived notions, particularly of the homeless, overturned.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Don%27t+look+at+the+man+behind+the+curtain+wizard+of+oz&view=detail&mid=8F32D636D0473DE73D468F32D636D0473DE73D46&FORM=VIRE

When you get past the smoke and mirrors created by organizations in Bucks County who are believed to help the homeless, you see they are not what you think they are.

As was the case with the Wizard after the little dog Toto opened Oz’s curtain, people are wising up to the august institutions in Bucks.  And it’s more about making a buck and do-gooder image than helping people.

There’s a reason that Saint Mary Medical Center stopped funding the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN). I for one wonder what AHTN does with the $100,000 plus it takes in each year. I’m not an accountant and don’t know the micro details, but, as Bob Dylan sang “you don’t have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”

Update:

$100,000 is what AHTN has lost. That being such a large sum, I had that figure in my mind. Before Saint Mary cut funding, AHTN’s budget, according to the article in the Bucks County Courier Times, was $220,000/year! Wow!  Where does all that money go? Occasionally they put homeless people up in a motel, 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? Maybe lots of it going to those on salary? I’ve seen reports on the various charitable organizations that show how much of each dollar taken in goes to the recipients – those who are being helped. Some organizations give a greater percentage of money taken in that goes to the needy than others. Wonder what this ratio of funds coming in to AHTN go to the homeless and needy and how much is “pocketed.”

I wonder now that AHTN now expects to take in more that $100,000/year if it will slight the homeless and needy as if so, how much. From the AHTN website: “ALERTS: Beginning Monday July 24th through Monday Sept. 4th, Wheels to Meals will be operating with just ONE BUS.  Please be patient as it will take longer for the bus to cover the entire route, including all 4 bus stops. If guests can carpool with a friend, please do. The bus will only make 2 trips maximum each way.”

A few observations over about the past three years: Awhile back, AHTN spent money to have a handicapped assisted bus. One handicapped woman used the handicapped access. It was trumpeted in the media. A reporter came on ATHN’s bus and went to a community meal to interview the woman. Soon after the hype was over, to my knowledge she stopped using the service nor did any other handicapped people. Symbolism over substance.

Speaking of the bus, AHTN labels the transportation to homeless meals “wheels to meals.” Until recently, I thought the service was connected to Meals on Wheels, a program that delivers meals to seniors who have trouble getting out. I could better understand where all the money goes if AHTN was doing Meals on Wheels. Of course, we know that non-profits are not about slick Madison Avenue advertising. Not unless we look behind the curtain.

The curtain was opened in the aftermath of innocent people having their bike locks cut when they were legally parked at the Levittown public library. Because it was believed that some people abandoned their bikes there, all the locks were arbitrarily cut. In this matter AHTN was smoke and mirrors. An “advocate” met with the librarian, who said she made an announcement about the cutting of the bike locks, and that was the end of AHTN involvement in the matter.

It speaks well of the homeless that after this ordeal they didn’t vandalize the library. Behind the curtain you didn’t see the homeless stereotypes! Today in Bucks County, the homeless are treated much like blacks were in the Jim Crow south. Martin Luther King urged his followers not to return wrong for wrong but to engage in passive resistance.

The problem in Bucks County is the caste system, where the distasteful attitude exists where once one is homeless, he can’t become a self-reliant, productive member of society but a ward of the state. Dr. King argued against this mentality: http://www.thecommentator.com/article/4104/martin_luther_king_did_not_argue_for_welfare_dependency

Whereas advocates in other areas have gone to bat when the homeless were wronged, even going to district court and winning, AHTN did nothing when the authorities hustled the homeless from the Veterans memorial only because they were homeless. The district court is right next to the memorial.

Another Bucks institution that doesn’t live up to its reputation is the Levittown Salvation Army Community Center. Back in the day, The Salvation Army ministered to the down and out, largely drunks. They met them where they were, both in location and status in society, as Jesus did with the woman at the well. The booze industry didn’t like the Salvation Army reforming drunks; it cared more about making money than about people. People involved in the booze business attacked The Salvation Army.

Today in Levittown, the Salvation Army does not genuinely care about the homeless. Queen Latifah, who usually hosts the homeless meals, talks down to them, as if they are children or criminals. A volunteer at the center Salvation Army gave her the nick name because she tries to be real hip. He said “she works hard to be black.” Queen Latifah on steroids talks street English (bad English) and makes street gestures. To have the position at the Salvation Army, she had to have at least some education. Author Tom Wolfe called educated, middle to upper class folks who purposely talk and act like the uneducated, lower class as having “a nostalgia for the mud.” But even people in lower stations haven’t always talked that way.  Professor of Economics Walter E Williams, who grew up in a Philadelphia project said that his fellow blacks spoke standard English in the projects.

The attitude back then is why Dr. Williams made something of himself.

In Bucks County, the homeless are hustled in a different way. The recently defunded Homeless Outreach Support Transition Program (HOST), is a hustle. To look at the man behind the curtain, AHTN should bring disco lights to Code Blues and play “Do The Hustle” and introduce a mental health hustler. This may no longer be possible, as HOST, the first stop to put the homeless on the taxpayer funded Disoriented Express, was defunded.

https://youtu.be/V3kE0rvAJhM

I think “Do The Hustle” should be Bucks County’s theme song!

Are The Homeless Mental?

This is getting curiouser and curiouser, Alice! The riddle: What do mental health programs have to do with finding housing for the homeless? Image result for curiouser and curiouser alice in wonderland

Another program that allegedly helps the homeless loses funding. Now St. Mary Medical Center, which provided about 45 percent of funding for The Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN), stopped funding AHTN.

In May, funding for the Homeless Outreach Support Transition Program (HOST), a product of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania was eliminated.  According to mental health hustler Keith Smothers, coordinator for the Projects for Assistance in Transitions from Homelessness Program (PATH), defunding HOST can adversely affect his program.

PATH is a branch of the Penndel Mental Health Center.

Mental health is important for the whole nation right now,” said AHTN board president and co-founder Penny Martin.

What is this fixation on mental health in reference to helping the homeless? It seems to be a given that the homeless are mental. At the Code Blues, where churches give the homeless a warm dry place to stay on a cold night and are fed, Keith has been known to show up, promoted on site by AHTN. In their limited understanding of the homeless, they divine in their infinite wisdom that they are bringing them a vital service. Like the opioid epidemic, for which there are hard facts, AHTN and the Host believe there is a mental health crisis, a problem that is real in their minds. Maybe. Or it’s just a created crisis designed to fund an industry, much like the fabricated “Climate Change” agenda.

Without really knowing and understanding the homeless, these privately and publicly funded institutions presuppose they know what they need. For them, “homeless” is synonymous with mental disorders and other problems such as drunkenness and drug abuse. Evidently, they looked into their crystal ball to learn this. Just as we all know that when aliens from outer space land on earth they say “take me to your leader”, we know that homeless people say “take me to your shrink.”

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Some of the churches not only feed the homeless to minister to their physical needs, but preach the gospel and show concern for their guests to address their spiritual needs. It’s safe to presuppose that we all have spiritual needs, which affects our mental state.

Who are the homeless? People become homeless for various reasons, generally not because they are mental:  http://citizensservingthehomeless.org/theirstories.html

In Burlington Township, New Jersey, the Citizens Serving that Homeless are working on creating a homeless community. Church of The Nazarene pastor Byron Hannon, who said the church has a covenant with the mission, argued that the church can best help meet the physical and mental needs of the homeless. I agree.

People and organizations will decide which causes they will fund. They will shell out money where they believe it is the most useful; they want to be assured the money will be used efficiently to best serve the party they fund. St. Mary Medical Center decided to stop funding AHTN and focus on its “in-house services.”

When I was looking for housing, Allen Johnson, who was a recovery coach with HOST, once asked me if I were willing to be labeled as being so mentally messed up that I could not work for the rest of my life. This is fraud! Mental health hustlers like Allen are only interested in the homeless to shanghai them to get them signed up for tax payer funded mental health programs.

AHTN is begging for donations. I don’t believe they are serving the homeless but rather the mental health industry and their own interests. If I had the money I would not donate to AHTN.

It may not be intentional, but we seem to be draining the swamp in Bucks County, PA.

The homeless shouldn’t go down the rabbit hole to meet the Mad Hatter in Wonderland. Based on observation of people who have gone to Penndel Mental Health Center and testimony from them and from other sources, I believe they become mad after patronizing the center, with its psychotropic dope (one pill makes you smaller…) and psychobabble.

People purporting to help the homeless get housing should stick to finding them housing. Let the church work with them on their mental needs!  http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Psychology/psych.htm

And I Won’t Back Down!

“Well I won’t back down, no I won’t back down
You can stand me up at the gates of Hell
But I won’t back down

No I’ll stand my ground, won’t be turned around
And I’ll keep this world from draggin’ me down
Gonna stand my ground and I won’t back down” -Lyrics from I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty

https://www.bing.com/search?q=i+won%27t+back+down+tom+petty+lyrics+youtube&form=EDNTHT&mkt=en-us&httpsmsn=1&refig=42ca483ddb1946b3c9a621142e9baa91&sp=2&qs=AS&pq=i+won%27t+back+down+tom+petty+l&sk=HS1&sc=8-29&cvid=42ca483ddb1946b3c9a621142e9baa91&cc=US&setlang=en-US

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” –Edmund Burke

To kiss the ass-sets of the LGBTQ click, the US soccer team brought politics into the sport and made players wear rainbow colored jerseys to force them to support LGBTQ pride month. But one young lady stood on principle – Christian values – and walked away from the team just as Lot walked away from Sodom and Gomorrah.  Go girl!  https://conservativedailypost.com/christian-soccer-player-withdraws-from-u-s-team-after-officials-unveil-new-team-jerseys/

Christians need to practice what they preach and not let the world drag us down to its level. Be in the world but not of the world.

In Bucks County, PA, there are churches that don’t practice what they preach, or at least they lack fidelity to scripture, just as there is a non-profit that allegedly advocates for the homeless and is faith based. Their actions show that they look down on the homeless. There was a video to allegedly call attention to the plight of the homeless, as I reported in earlier blogs, underwritten by the (alleged) Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) that used actors to portray the local homeless in a trite, saccharine way. The alleged advocates didn’t even want the homeless near the set.

The homeless showed up anyway. The pizza was left in a place where the homeless wouldn’t be; they didn’t want to leave food for them the same way parks discourage visitors to feed wild animals so they wouldn’t pester visitors. The video crew walked by the homeless like they were mannequins.

A few years ago, the former head librarian at the public library in Levittown, PA ordered the locks cut on bikes legally parked in the bike rack, during library hours because it was alleged that some people had abandoned their bikes. Christine from AHTN met with the librarian to allegedly right this wrong. She told the homeless people that the librarian had made an announcement that the locks were going to be cut and for those with bikes parked there to verify their bikes so the locks wouldn’t be cut. For Christine, this settled the matter. A reliable source told me he was in the library at the time and that no announcement was made.  The fact is, what the library did was illegal – cutting locks of bikes legally parked, and during library hours!  True advocates would use their resources to take legal action on behalf of the homeless who were wronged.

Christine struck again. This time she got two homeless people who were caught having sex in front of the homeless bus stop in front of the library off the hook. But the rest of the group got punished; the bus stop was removed. The bus stop lovers got a place and are on the public dole. These are the kind of folks AHTN and the rest of the Bucks establishment like – wards of the state, the epitome of the homeless stereotype. They maintain their position in the caste system.

At a community meal at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Penndel, PA, the bad behavior enabler struck yet again. She helped, along with Redeemer, get another homeless person off the hook. He came to the meal drunk, verbally abusing and physically threatening another guest. The victim, who didn’t even say anything back, became the scapegoat.

I know my views won’t please everyone, but one must stand for what’s right. I won’t back down!

It’s amazing that so many churches today have caved in to the world.  Research shows that that support among Americans for same-sex marriage has grown from 31 percent in 2004 to 55 percent in 2016. This support is growing about the same for churches – for the progressive ones. There is a cultural divide in our country, as is found in the modern church.  http://www.christianitytoday.com/women/2017/june/finding-my-true-self-as-same-sex-attracted-woman-obergefell.html

The true church has failed to positively influence our country. But there are those, like the soccer player who refused to engage in homo-promo, who stand their ground for what’s right.

One such defender of the faith was J. Gresham Machen, who went against the grain, took flack in order to take a stand against liberalism in the church, when churches abandoned Biblical truth and polluted the faith with worldly ideas. Liberalism is not another form of religion, not even a heresy (error in teaching), but apostasy – God is out of the picture. My mother used to call these churches “social clubs.”

https://www.wts.edu/history/

Like many mainline churches, the Presbyterian churches became polluted with liberalism in the 1920s. In the late 1920s, Princeton Seminary started going along in order to get along with the worldly liberal movement. This pollution seeped into our society. In the 20s and 30s we had gangsters, and corrupt officials who fueled them, an economic and moral depression. Honest, hard-working middle-class men, as a result of a progressive society, had to leave their homes and hop trains to look for work and food. And these hobos, who were looking for work, were treated harshly by railroad bulls and, like today’s homeless, were looked down on.

People must stand their ground for what’s right, not turn around, and not let the world pull them down!

Don’t back down, baby. There is no easy way out!

Homeless Housing Plan Moves Forward

To move forward with plans to create 60 units to house the homeless in Burlington Township, NJ, Citizens Serving The Homeless have hired an attorney to negotiate with officials.  This is the first step to getting the project approved at the local level.

Back in February, the Citizens Serving The Homeless held a public meeting at the Church of the Nazarene in Burlington Township to discuss the plans for the homeless community with neighbors. They were met with hostility from the crowd in the over packed auditorium.

Begging the question, one opponent of the homeless housing plan asked what the Citizens Serving The Homeless is going to do when most of the people use drugs and some of them will either revert to drugs or go back out on the street. There is no evidence that the people slated for the housing are druggies. Candidates for the housing will be screened.

Unless you’ve been living on Mars, you know that drug abuse is an epidemic, and to make drug abuse synonymous with homelessness is silly.

Who are the local homeless in the area where Citizens Serving The Homeless plan to build the housing community?  http://citizensservingthehomeless.org/theirstories.html

Despite the hostility, the hobophobia (the irrational fear of the homeless), the Citizens Serving The Homeless are pressing on with their plans.  This is not the case across the river in Bucks County, PA with the Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN). When I asked the president of AHTN if the non profit could team up with a friend and I who planned to start a non profit to provide housing for the homeless, she said it was “impossible” and added that this would require security 24/7.

In Bucks County, there are more vacant buildings and properties than there are homeless people.

The property where Citizens Serving The Homeless wants to build has been vacant for about two years. In Bucks County, there’s a building that was purchased a year ago, and was vacant for a few years, that just sits on a hill overlooking the Neshaminy Creek in Newportville, just taking up space. Nothing is being done with it. As is the case in Burlington Township and many other places, the main obstacle to providing shelter for the homeless in Bucks County is hobophobia.

Unlike AHTN, the Citizens Serving The Homeless are working to overcome obstacles, mainly hobophobia. Getting the truth out about who the homeless really are is a campaign I have taken on, as has others. More people should educate the public about the homeless.

AHTN doesn’t strive to get to fully understand the homeless or to enlighten the public about who they really are. Awhile back, AHTN made a video that attempted to show who the homeless are. Unlike the Citizens Serving The Homeless, who interviewed all the homeless in the community who were willing to talk to them, AHTN used actors to portray the homeless! Not only did AHTN not use real homeless people, there was an attempt to keep the homeless away from the area during taping! And AHTN applied to same principle to keep the homeless out as you would for wild animals. Don’t feed them. They kept the pizza in an area where the homeless were not. This was on a day where there was no community meal for the homeless.

The homeless showed up where the homeless video was being shot none-the-less.  The actors ignored the genuine homeless; they walked by them as if they were mannequins.

Evidently, AHTN, like the rest of the Bucks County establishment, wishes to portray the homeless on how they imagine them rather than try to learn who they really are, much like the Fractured Fairy Tales on the old Bullwinkle and Rocky Show.

“Don’t talk about us, talk with us.” -phrase coined by a group of homeless people.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Fractured+Fairy+Tales&view=detail&mid=EC9DCDB244F3D106C09CEC9DCDB244F3D106C09C&FORM=VIRE 

Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. …”

-Luke 10:30-37

Dealing With Difficult People

At tonight’s community meal for the homeless and needy in Bucks County, PA, Birdman was his usual savage self. He sat at the end of my table, repeatedly grabbing, often using the salt and pepper shakers, keeping it close to him.  I moved them towards the two people who were sitting across from me and kept an eye on them. Evidently, he had designs to make the shakers part of his plunder.  Image result for popinjay

As the hosts were cleaning up, I took the shakers to the kitchen, handed it to someone and explained that there’s a guy sitting at our table who likes to take things home with him and I wanted to make sure they got it back.

For the grand finale, Birdman went to our table with a host and the coffee pot. I had a half cup of coffee, which had gotten cold. I asked the host if I could top off my coffee. “Go ahead, help yourself”, Birdman snapped, adding “take all of it. Take it home with you!”

My name isn’t Birdman”, I quipped. He grumbled something inaudibly, in a hostile tone.  

My now filled cup of coffee was just the right temperature and it went well with my desert.

The coffee left in the pot barely fit in the container the bird brought with him.

Earlier this week, at the community meal at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Penndel, PA, the host announced rules for dining at the church, including not coming to the meal drunk and fighting/quarreling. About a year and a half ago, a guest came to the meal drunk and disorderly, verbally assaulted and physically threatened another guest (one of his swings clipped the guest) who was minding his own business, as well as also cursed out anyone who confronted him about his behavior. He threatened me just because he didn’t like the way I was looking at him (I was aghast at his behavior). It took three male hosts to pull him away from the victim.

The out-of-control guest was ushered to the opposite corner of the large dining hall. After a pow-wow with the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) members and hosts, the police were called. An AHTN member returned to the scene of the crime and demanded that the victim leave immediately. Soon the police came, who also told the victim he had to leave, as per the host’s request. The victim was banned from riding the AHTN bus and the meal, while the drunk and disorderly guest continued to ride the bus and attend the meal.

Because of this outrage, where the victim believed slander and other wrongs were committed, he filed a lawsuit against the church and members of AHTN. I believe that this event and the lawsuit is what prompted Redeemer to announce the rules. I also think that because some people did something to hold difficult people accountable for their behavior and continue to do so, the meals have been more peaceful, more enjoyable.

Tonight, and other nights, people have been able to at least put a speed bump in front of Birdman. Like Sally, he needs to slow his mustang down. Oh yea…  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Mustang+Sally&qpvt=Mustang+Sally&FORM=VDRE

Society need rules, law and order. Without which, it ends up like the Lord of The Flies. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_of_the_Flies

Most of the guests at the community meal show restraint and respect others. It is a blessed time, where friends get together and talk about various things, admonish and encourage one another. At one meal, another guest admonished me to be gracious to Birdman. I’m trying. It takes wisdom to not cross that line to curb bad behavior which effects others and completely putting someone down. As the Bible says, be angry but do not sin.

It would be sad if a miscreant or two (or more) would ruin the community meals in Bucks County.

“As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.”

-Ecclesiastes 10:1

You Are What You Think!

“I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind. You take somebody that has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street, and I guarantee in a little while they’ll be right back up there. You take somebody with the wrong mindset, you can give them everything in the world, they’ll work their way right back down to the bottom.” -HUD Secretary Ben Carson

http://www.redstate.com/streiff/2017/05/25/ben-carson-poverty/

When I heard Dr. Carson say this on Fox News, the homeless community in Bucks County, PA came to mind.

Some people in the Bucks homeless community, who have lost practically everything, have moved on up. They had the right attitude, values.  They didn’t engage in or even listen to malicious gossip They stopped or didn’t do drugs, excessive drinking, heavy smoking, gluttony or other bad habits that would keep them down. Instead, they kept plugging away, trying to improve themselves and relentlessly looked for and found work and housing, or are at least on their way to getting a place to live.

Conversely, those in the homeless community who bear and circulate false witness/gossip, do drugs, continually get drunk, smoke like chimneys, and gouge themselves like they are at a Roman banquet keep them down and out, and they tend to become miserable.

Dr. Carson’s view about the consequences of your attitude is dramatized in the comedy film Trading Places. In the movie, homeless street hustler Billy Ray Valentine trades places with the rich commodities broker managing director. While in the whirlpool, Billy Ray reflects on his childhood, saying “we used to have to fart in the bathtub to get bubbles like this.” With his new found wealth, Billy Ray throws a party, populated with low life who trash the place out then split.

But Billy Ray rises to the task! Given a chance, he learns the commodities business, acts well mannered, and becomes successful.

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

In Bucks County, the system offers to take care of the homeless and doesn’t encourage them to better themselves. The subtle thinking among government and other elites in the county is that of a caste system, where once you are homeless, you will always be homeless. They keep the homeless down by offering them handouts – low cost housing and disability to help pay for it, replacing tents and sleeping bags when the users destroy them…

As Dr. Carson said, there is material poverty and poverty of the spirit. A member of the Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) let two homeless people off the hook for having sex one morning in the homeless bus shelter. The whole group got punished by having the shelter torn down and the bus stop moved to the middle of the parking lot in the Bucks County Government Center. Other homeless people were banned from the Levittown public library for fighting and cursing, where formerly stood the bus shelter, where the couple’s love grew under its umbrella.  They are now in government housing, at taxpayers expense. In the past couple of years, he worked two different jobs and walked off both of them. I heard from a reliable source that he had a pattern of working just long enough so he could quit then get financial assistance.

The same AHTN member who helped get Don Juan and his lover off the hook did the same for  a homeless guy who came to a community meal drunk and became disorderly. Despite loudly cursing a blue streak and viciously physically attacking another guest, which took three of the hosts at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Penndel, PA, he was allowed to continue to ride the AHTN bus (which on paper doesn’t allow anyone to come on the bus drunk) and go to the meals. The victim, who basically rope-a-doped, was banned from the bus and the meal at Redeemer. I believe it’s in the best interests of AHTN to enable bad behavior among the homeless. After all, that’s how they are supposed to act. Isn’t it? And isn’t that what keeps AHTN in business?

Your attitude and values have much to do with your lot in life. Your circumstances should not dictate your joy.  Seasons of happiness come and go, but you can have joy in the Lord.

“Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts”  –Proverbs 4:23