Even before Halloween, we started getting accosted by ads that used a sacred holiday to peddle wares. Since then, there’s been a crescendo of cacophonous claptrap of the bastardization of Christmas. It’s phony. It’s no wonder it’s said that there is an epidemic of depression this time of year. The worship of things leaves people empty.
Likewise, institutions, such as a particular non-profit, the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) in Bucks County, PA, leaves the people they are supposed to serve running on empty. Advocate defined: “A person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy: ” ‘he was an untiring advocate of economic reform.’ synonyms: champion · upholder · supporter · backer · promoter
“Tyrannosaurus Rex”, a homeless man who has for about two years terrorized community meals for the homeless and those in need after arriving drunk, is sitting in the Bucks County prison.
An organization that is supposed to help the homeless improve themselves wears a Halloween mask all year long.
AHTN knew about T-Rex’s problem for about two years. To my knowledge, the non-profit didn’t try to get him help, which not only hurts him, but people around him. There’s been about a half dozen episodes of this individual coming to meals drunk and disorderly, attacking people and disrupting the meal for everyone. The last episode resulted in the reptile with a record slamming another guest to the ground, causing a cut to the back of his head.
Instead of trying to resolve the problem and promoting civility, AHTN has been giving T-Rex and other homeless people who cause problems a pass.
On one occasion, a formerly homeless couple were caught having sex at the AHTN bus stop at the Levittown public library. Consequently, the bus stop was destroyed and the homeless would have to go far out in the parking lot at the government complex, without shelter, to catch the bus. The bus stop buddies couple is now in county assisted housing, and I believe on disability. Someone found two jobs for the guy, who quit both, after which he continued to get handouts. The unofficial, de facto reason for their disability: Lazy and irresponsible.
The same “advocate” from AHTN who got the couple off the hook also got T-Rex off the hook at the community meal at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Penndel, PA. T-Rex showed up drunk and started cursing at another guest who was sitting a few chairs away from him, at the end of the table. The victim was talking to other guests about a court case he sat in on about evicting the homeless from a camp. He was there for another matter.
T-Rex insulted the victim, questioning why he has nothing better to do than to listen to court cases. When he threatened to “jump over the table” and beat me up because he didn’t like the way I was looking at him, he referred to the victim as “that faggot” I brought with me. T-Rex also cursed at him. At one point he lunged at the other guest, threatening violence. T-Rex had to be physically restrained. As one of the hosts restrained him, T-Rex yelled “who do you think you are?” He challenged the host for restraining him.
Christine Jandovitz, part of AHTN’s Homeless Outreach Team and T-Rex went to the opposite side of the large room.
The police came. An officer told the victim, who didn’t even argue with T-Rex, that the host said he has to leave immediately. The victim also got banned from the bus, while T-Rex didn’t. I believe that the advocate fabricated a story to convince the host that the person T-Rex attacked was the source of the problem.
When the victim showed up at the next meal at Redeemer Lutheran Church, the host told him he was not allowed there. After he pressed for an explanation, the host said that he was banned for saying bad things about the homeless.
Some time ago, T-Rex harassed and threatened me. While I was waiting for the AHTN bus, reading a book on homelessness, he asked, in a drunken stupor, why I am reading about the homeless. On the bus, as I was talking to a guy behind me, he kept telling me to shut up. After T-Rex staggered into the Mosque for the meal, he started making veiled threats. When I asked him for clarity, he said “you’re smart, you can figure it out,” and called me “Kevorkian”. I told him I’d be glad to assist his suicide and added I’d be serving a dual purpose: his suicide and pest control. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Kevorkian
T-Rex asked me to step outside. As I walked to the restroom, he followed me. I spun around and went into a defensive position. A host got between us and we separated. Unlike the hosts at Redeemer Lutheran Church, where the victim did a rope-a-dope, the host here thanked me “for being calm.”
This host banned T-Rex from coming to the meals. If you come to that meal drunk, you are never allowed back. This is the way it should be.
At a later meal at another church, T-Rex came up from behind me and loudly cursed at me. He yelled “keep my name off your F***ing blog”. On my blog, I called out T-Rex’s behavior at the Redeemer Lutheran Church. Some hosts and AHTN members were sitting at my table. One AHTN member said that T-Rex needed to be banned from the bus. He was banned for two weeks.
After this ban, T-Rex acted civilly. But it didn’t last. He was banned from the bus for another two weeks after another incident. The day the ban expired, he pushed another guest to the ground, injuring him. He escaped the police but, after a few weeks, was captured and caged in the Bucks County jail, where he remains.
T-Rex’s latest victim said he plans to ask the judge if he would refer T-Rex to rehab in lieu of a fine or imprisonment.
By giving people a pass for bad behavior, you are not helping them. You are keeping them down. If you don’t encourage responsibility from the homeless, they will never get out of this place, if it’s the last thing we ever do (to adapt a line from Eric Burdon and the Animals). Their dependency guarantees business for AHTN and other charlatans.
People have complained about holding a homeless guy accountable for his behavior, but some of us like to, as was the saying in the 60’s, tell it like it is!
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” -John 8:32