Without a Roof

"Sympathy withers, empathy enlivens." - Bill Mash -

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A view from Chico Downtown Plaza - July 23, 2014. 
"A cop told me he could arrest me for drinking beer in the plaza and take me to jail. He says they have food there. F&@$ing A$&@le." — random guy who came up to me in Chico Downtown Plaza."
Spent some time talking with Jennifer as she applied makeup in preparation for another round in her job search. Think it’s hard finding a job? Try being homeless with a police record. God’s speed in your search Jennifer, we’re rooting for ya.
Maria introduced me to Manuel, an almond orchard worker in his early to mid-thirties who has lived In Chico since around the year 2000. He has been homeless a month living at the Torres Shelter after loosing his job and apartment.
Manuel was born in this country and speaks no English. He hasn’t applied for food stamps and is confused about what options he has for assistance. 
I’m going to send a private message to the Torres shelter to make sure they are aware he needs an interpreter to help him navigate the system. Keep him and others in his situation in your thoughts and prayers.
Community is Everyone

A view from Chico Downtown Plaza - July 23, 2014.

"A cop told me he could arrest me for drinking beer in the plaza and take me to jail. He says they have food there. F&@$ing A$&@le." — random guy who came up to me in Chico Downtown Plaza."

Spent some time talking with Jennifer as she applied makeup in preparation for another round in her job search. Think it’s hard finding a job? Try being homeless with a police record. God’s speed in your search Jennifer, we’re rooting for ya.

Maria introduced me to Manuel, an almond orchard worker in his early to mid-thirties who has lived In Chico since around the year 2000. He has been homeless a month living at the Torres Shelter after loosing his job and apartment.

Manuel was born in this country and speaks no English. He hasn’t applied for food stamps and is confused about what options he has for assistance.

I’m going to send a private message to the Torres shelter to make sure they are aware he needs an interpreter to help him navigate the system. Keep him and others in his situation in your thoughts and prayers.

Community is Everyone


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"Past achievements and future accomplishments reside in what you are communicating, and to whom TODAY." — Bill Mash 

Transformative change is interdependent on the duality of action and communication plans resounding in pleasingly pitch perfect stereophonic strength.

Hard & Fast Rules…

1) Always strive for the highest bandwidth communication. Face to face is infinitely better than a stale and impersonal computer text message.

2) You have to know your audience, and communicate on their level. Document the stakeholders, decision makers and parallel projects. These comprise the bloodstream with communication as the oxygen.

3) Become adept at active listening and compassionate communication. Your success depends on it. 

4) Track your communication plans within your project timelines setting appropriate milestones and interdependency. 

5) Last but never least… you can’t possibly over communicate. Shalom

Communication Plan examples

http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/participation/promoting-interest/communication-plan/main

http://m.wikihow.com/Create-a-Communication-Plan

http://www.hieran.com/comet/howto.html

TEMPLATEhttp://www.wkkf.org/resource-directory/resource/2006/01/template-for-strategic-communications-plan

"Past achievements and future accomplishments reside in what you are communicating, and to whom TODAY." — Bill Mash

Transformative change is interdependent on the duality of action and communication plans resounding in pleasingly pitch perfect stereophonic strength.

Hard & Fast Rules…

1) Always strive for the highest bandwidth communication. Face to face is infinitely better than a stale and impersonal computer text message.

2) You have to know your audience, and communicate on their level. Document the stakeholders, decision makers and parallel projects. These comprise the bloodstream with communication as the oxygen.

3) Become adept at active listening and compassionate communication. Your success depends on it.

4) Track your communication plans within your project timelines setting appropriate milestones and interdependency.

5) Last but never least… you can’t possibly over communicate. Shalom

Communication Plan examples

http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/participation/promoting-interest/communication-plan/main

http://m.wikihow.com/Create-a-Communication-Plan

http://www.hieran.com/comet/howto.html

TEMPLATE
http://www.wkkf.org/resource-directory/resource/2006/01/template-for-strategic-communications-plan

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The gaping disparity of homelessness among African Americans.

The disparities between ethnicities in the U.S. population and the homeless population are striking. In 2007, the homeless population was 47% African-American, though African-American people made up only 12% U.S. adult population. The homeless population was only 35% white, though white people made up about 76% of the U.S. population (U.S. Census Bureau, 2003; U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2007)… 

Click here to read the full report by the National Coalition for the Homeless 

Proudly introducing Alanzo



Alanzo: Homeless and hurting on the streets.

Support a Homeless Bill of Rights in California

The gaping disparity of homelessness among African Americans.

The disparities between ethnicities in the U.S. population and the homeless population are striking. In 2007, the homeless population was 47% African-American, though African-American people made up only 12% U.S. adult population. The homeless population was only 35% white, though white people made up about 76% of the U.S. population (U.S. Census Bureau, 2003; U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2007)…

Click here to read the full report by the National Coalition for the Homeless

Proudly introducing Alanzo

Alanzo: Homeless and hurting on the streets.

Support a Homeless Bill of Rights in California


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Moratorium on Sleeping Ban Gains Support from ACLU in Santa Cruz

Rough sleepers and homeless activists believe the camping ban is a bad law because it criminalizes public nighttime sleeping, a necessity to survive. Outdoor sleeping is banned everywhere in Santa Cruz. Housing NOW believes that because this law is part of a system used to criminalize homelessness, it is unconstitutional…

Click here to read the full article at streetspirit.org

Moratorium on Sleeping Ban Gains Support from ACLU in Santa Cruz

Rough sleepers and homeless activists believe the camping ban is a bad law because it criminalizes public nighttime sleeping, a necessity to survive. Outdoor sleeping is banned everywhere in Santa Cruz. Housing NOW believes that because this law is part of a system used to criminalize homelessness, it is unconstitutional…

Click here to read the full article at streetspirit.org


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Love thy neighbor: a young homeless veteran struggles with hunger, depression and PTSD



"I didn’t expect I would ever be in this position, but I consider it a privilege… now. I know that sounds strange but I have always been dedicated in my profession to help people. I got divorced this year and because of that I ended up homeless and I’m having to face a lot of the issues that homeless people face, everyday people. I noticed that there are a lot of really good people out here and they’re mistreated.""You would think that because they are a human being that people would treat them with more compassion, but because they are homeless people literally step over them." - Home Less


I purposely left this audio interview devoid of imagery to assist people in focusing on what this young lady has to say. It’s powerful, concise and deeply personal. I hope you come away with at least an espresso glass of additional understanding of the challenges people like Home Less face. It’s nine minutes well spent. Shalom.

Love thy neighbor: a young homeless veteran struggles with hunger, depression and PTSD

"I didn’t expect I would ever be in this position, but I consider it a privilege… now. I know that sounds strange but I have always been dedicated in my profession to help people. I got divorced this year and because of that I ended up homeless and I’m having to face a lot of the issues that homeless people face, everyday people. I noticed that there are a lot of really good people out here and they’re mistreated."

"You would think that because they are a human being that people would treat them with more compassion, but because they are homeless people literally step over them." - Home Less

I purposely left this audio interview devoid of imagery to assist people in focusing on what this young lady has to say. It’s powerful, concise and deeply personal. I hope you come away with at least an espresso glass of additional understanding of the challenges people like Home Less face. It’s nine minutes well spent. Shalom.


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1st amendment rights are being trampled in municipalities across America. 

I didn’t serve my country with pride to see municipality after municipality enact laws that violate federal civil rights law knowing full well the people they are discriminating against don’t have the means, or money, to mount a rigorous legal and civil defense. Imagine if this was a second amendment issue, not a first amendment one. Time to make a stand, we can’t wait any longer. Come out and support Alexandria at her court appearance on 7/23/2014, details in the embedded video. 

Alexandra: I don’t have to move this is totally legal. Can you show me the ruling that says this is illegal?

Police Officer: Its in the Grass Valley municipal code. 

Alexandra: That’s an illegal local ordinance and it’s actually overruled by federal law. If I’m ticketed I will be suing in court.

1st amendment rights are being trampled in municipalities across America.

I didn’t serve my country with pride to see municipality after municipality enact laws that violate federal civil rights law knowing full well the people they are discriminating against don’t have the means, or money, to mount a rigorous legal and civil defense.

Imagine if this was a second amendment issue, not a first amendment one. Time to make a stand, we can’t wait any longer. Come out and support Alexandria at her court appearance on 7/23/2014, details in the embedded video.

Alexandra: I don’t have to move this is totally legal. Can you show me the ruling that says this is illegal?

Police Officer: Its in the Grass Valley municipal code.

Alexandra: That’s an illegal local ordinance and it’s actually overruled by federal law. If I’m ticketed I will be suing in court.


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