There You Go Again

As Ronald Reagan used to say: “There you go again.”  AHTN, the alleged advocates for the homeless and those in need, are at it again with their hype, their snake oil sales, their fractured fairy tales, just as the video they did about the homeless using actors, while real homeless people stood near, whom they ignored. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=there+you+go+again+reagan&view=detail&mid=72F52E397926365BF06B72F52E397926365BF06B&FORM=VIRE

St. Mary Medical cut AHTN’s funding, which was a good chunk of the funding. But AHTN has been doing lots of fund raisers. St. Mary Medical, I’m sure, cut the funding for a good reason.

Anyway, this wild science fiction-like story in the Courier Times depicts homeless people struggling to get enough food at a community meal. The truth is, the hosts at the shared meals give the guests plenty to eat, and some even give them stuff to take home. Some hosts at the meals give the homeless and needy guests clothes, plenty of it.

Between food stamps, which most homeless and needy people have, the shared meals, and the clothing given out, there should be no great hunger in lower Bucks County. The problem with some is that they sell their food stamps to get booze and cigarettes, etc.

What’s most laughable is the fawning towards AHTN.  “Another man told me after the shared meal he didn’t know where he and his wife would be without the help of AHTN. His wife added, ‘I’m not sure we would be.’”  By the way, it’s the churches who provide the meals, not AHTN.  AHTN provides transportation to the meals. Sometimes.

The biggest problem in Bucks County for the homeless is housing. A friend and I tried to start a non-profit to create housing for the homeless. When I approached AHTN to join forces, the AHTN president said that creating more housing would be impossible because there would have to be 24/7 security. In places such as Oregon, a homeless community of tiny homes has 24/7 security. It’s not impossible.  Any kind of place at least has a manager on duty. What’s impossible is the thinking, the spin of AHTN! If you believe AHTN’s line, I’ll tell you there’s a Tooth Fairy, the Easter bunny, and Santa Claus!

Here’s the bull, I mean the 411:

Advocates for the Homeless & Those in Need, of Lower Bucks, helps the less fortunate in our community. Now, due to severe budget cuts, they need your help.

The unshaven man in his 50s hurries through his meal as if he were running late for a bus waiting to deliver him to a better life. A weathered, frail man seated beside him has just finished his meal. He turns to his left and, in a whisper, asks if he’s going to eat his dinner roll.

“You still hungry?” the man responds quietly, respectfully, so no one else can hear.

The first man nods, almost embarrassingly.

The second man breaks his roll in two and hands half to his neighbor. The second man smiles, pats his friend on the shoulder and uses the bread to sop up what gravy remains on his plate.

What I witnessed at that shared meal for 74 homeless and needy folks in the basement of the Emmaus Road Lutheran Church in Middletown on a cold, rainy evening three years ago struck me like a gut punch. The lesson, one I knew but that was reinforced, has stayed with me: Sometimes, your neighbor just needs a little help.

One neighbor that needs our help now is Advocates for the Homeless & Those in Need, an interfaith nonprofit in Fairless Hills providing temporary, yearlong access to emergency shelter, food and other life-sustaining services, with dignity and compassion.

But AHTN is in a financial bind. Nearly half its annual operating budget has been discontinued. Without replacement funding, its ability to continue the aforementioned vital programs, including its Code Blue program, is in serious doubt. The funding gap was $100,000, and only half has been raised.

How to help

Donate to Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need online at http://www.ahtn.org/about-us/how-to-donate/ or send a check to Advocates for Homeless and Those in Need, P.O. Box 184, Fairless Hills, PA 19030

Cold winter nights are coming, and hunger isn’t seasonal. Need rarely, if ever, takes a day off, much like AHTN staffers themselves. This is my pitch to ask you to help. So, pitch in whatever you can. Please.

I got to witness first hand the good work of AHTN a few years ago when I wrote a series of stories about the organization during our company’s “Buck Up, Bucks County!” campaign. Over a two-year period, the fundraiser, through donations big and small, realized more than $500,000 to renovate the aging Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter and purchase AHTN a new 12-seat bus with a hydraulic lift for wheelchairs to provide round-trip transportation for folks to attend shared meals and Code Blue nights at area churches, as well as to be transported to rejuvenation stations once a month for showers, haircuts, etc. Call it the little bus that could.

Everything we take for granted, AHTN clients take with a blessing: food, shelter, clothing, improved hygiene. On that cold, rainy night, when those two men broke bread and my heart, I spoke with several of the guests at the shared meal. Some of them were homeless and living in their vehicles. One husband and wife told me the car in which they were living was recently repossessed, leaving them no choice but to live in a tent in the woods in Lower Bucks.

“How do you survive in the cold at night in a tent?” I asked.

“We hold onto each other,” the husband said, reaching for his wife’s hand.

Another man told me after the shared meal he didn’t know where he and his wife would be without the help of AHTN. His wife added, “I’m not sure we would be.”

Sometimes, it takes more than holding hands. Sometimes, helping neighbors weather the storm takes reaching your hand into your own pocket.

To help deliver them a better life.

Mau-Mauing The Tax Payer

Just as Joseph Stalin erased history by getting rid of images that were not in sync with his New World Order, today’s Democrats in Bristol Township, PA decided to tear down an historic landmark – Sunbury Farms on Newportville Road in Bristol.

It would have made great housing for the homeless, who could have restored the building, which wasn’t in bad shape, to pristine condition and maintained and managed it. It could have become a museum.

The Courier Times reported on March 30, 2016 that Bristol Township Council President Craig Bowden said “It needs to be fixed up“, and added “the township has a wish that whoever buys it will return it to its “pristine condition.”

And now, as I suspected, it’s returning to ashes. But, as Neil Young sang, “don’t let it bring you down; it’s only castles burning, find someone who’s turning and you will come around.”  https://youtu.be/F7letrMf_nE

On May 2, 2016, Levittownnow.com reported the Sunbury Farms historic property was sold to Mar Mar Builders (sounds like the Mau-Mau terrorists in Kenya) for $510,000. http://levittownnow.com/2016/05/02/sunbury-farm-property-purchased-by-builder/

There hasn’t been any news about the property since. This must be the transparency that the Skinny Socialist (former President Barry Obummer), with ties to Kenya, talked about that Bristol Township Dems are practicing. http://www.liquisearch.com/mau_mau_uprising/deaths_and_atrocities/lari_massacre

The historic Sunbury Farms plowed under symbolizes the destruction of our heritage and the ushering in of a Brave New World. Special privileged characters, the elites will get an engraved, private invitation to the ribbon cutting. It’s rumored that some of the special guests will be from the non-profit AHTN and the Levittown Salvation Army Community Center.

George Soros, the guest of honor, will cut the ribbon.

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

Not A Full Bag Of Goodies

The self-proclaimed King of The Panhandlers in Levittown, PA has some serious competition – AHTN. The non-profit that’s been masquerading as homeless advocates raised $4,000 of its $5,000 goal. This shortfall will be rough on them. They may have to go for some time without a morning stop at Starbucks for their latte, where they can also get some liberal drivel.

https://www.starbucks.com/responsibility/environment/climate-change

“WE ARE SO CLOSE….  

Because of all our AMAZING supporters, we are only $1000 away from our goal! Thank you to everyone who donated to us and helped us get here. 

So far we have raised $4000.00 of  our $5000.00 goal, WE ARE NOT FINISHED YET! 

Please consider making a donation, no amount is too small. All money raised will go towards our missions so that we can continue to help Those in Need! 

Our story: 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.”

 

I have an idea for an alternate way for AHTN to raise money: They could team up with The King of The Panhandlers – stand beside him at places such as the TD Bank in Levittown – and convince people coming in and out of the bank that this junkie, as Curly of The Three Stooges says, is “a victim of soy cum stances!” After all, he’s a poor kid; he only had one mother and one father. He could wear his shirt with “Monster” printed on the front conspicuously, and AHTN could tell people that society made him that way. Also, that it was a right-wing conspiracy that caused him to do drugs.

AHTN could also tell people that the King of The Panhandlers didn’t have transportation to the drug drop off center because of AHTN’s funding deficit.

Why did Saint Mary Medical cut AHTN’s funding? Gee, I guess it had nothing to do with AHTN not wanting to join a nascent non-profit provide more shelter for the homeless, or virtually doing nothing when innocent homeless people had their bike locks cut at the Levittown public library when they were parked legally, or sticking up for the homeless who were harassed at the memorial for no reason  But, when a homeless guy came to a community meal drunk, cursing and verbally harassed and physically threatened one person in particular and a witness who said something about his behavior and someone whose look he didn’t like, as the person was aghast at his behavior, they let him off the hook and used the victim as a scapegoat  .

It had nothing to do with that. AHTN asks, like Charlie Brown, why’s everybody always picking on me?

https://youtu.be/hEN_Ya687oc

Will They Make It?

AHTN wants to reach its panhandling goal by Halloween:

“THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS DONATED TO US. WE ARE LESS THEN HALF-WAY TO OUR GOAL

So far we have raised $3000.00 of  our $5000.00 goal, we still need your support! 

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!  “

I was just listening to a radio talk show host who said that liberals can’t do math, and they don’t even know what it is.

AHTN’s mission is as big a boondoggle as is The Minister of Silly Walks:

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=minister+of+silly+walks&view=detail&mid=EB25BF4AD05EBD43BC73EB25BF4AD05EBD43BC73&FORM=VIRE

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