“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!
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