Monthly Archives: July 2013

Struggling with the System

Most homeless people give up on their struggle with the system. I have seen this among people I know and feel it is a damn shame that they don’t stand up for themselves if they are right. The maze of paperwork and angry faces gets to them and they give up. If you need job training, housing, food, medical help, etc. don’t give up. But if you do ask for help, do the right thing and find a way to pull your own weight or help someone else if you are able. If you get a low-income housing unit, take care of it and don’t be an idiot blasting the stereo all night. If you get food from the food bank and don’t want/can’t use part of it, don’t throw it out, give some to a friend (or stranger!). If you get job training, do something with it. If you pound your fist on the table demanding help, be responsible after you get it. That’s all I have to say about that.


We Don’t Know Each Other

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Money, a job, a car is what they say I need to have in order to survive
Then I need a house and a family in order to thrive
But when I drive around my little town I see
People who suffer in different ways than me
In place of my pressure to perform
No house, no food, no clothes is the norm
When I complain of being tired and working through the night
In order to get through the night others often have to fight
Being surrounded by parents who push and control
Is different I suppose to them hurting you and each time taking part of yor soul
We’ll never know what the other person goes through
When the public facade is over what do they really do?
No one has is easy and that’s so true
It seems that you’ll never truly know me nor I you

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The life of a hobo

This is a great read. Very true and thoughtful.

The Lions Den

Let’s face it, there is an element of sympathy for a soul who lives ‘on the rails’ as it were; no place to call home, feeding on others leftovers, not owning a pillow, no steady job, an unfortunate identity, a ‘nobody,’ sloppy in appearance, somewhat odorous, no phone, no address, and most sadly of all, no true family.

We like to think we do not know anybody like this, for that would be an indictment of our own lack of ‘love thy neighbor’ but sadly, we do in fact know a hobo or two.

It is easy to confuse a beggar with a hobo, for we mistakenly put them in the category of lazy souls looking for a handout, with no meaningful differences, both being an encroachment to society, but the hobo is a man not afraid to work.

He finds rest on the ‘cow crates,’ those rolling freight cars…

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Resume Writing for the Urban Survival Specialist (aka the homeless) Part 3

Now that you have done your resume, (You did it? Great. Someone out there is reading this.) the next step is to send out the resumes and cover letters and get a response. Then comes the dreaded interview. From experience, I can tell you that interviews can range from fun, casual talks to grueling interrogations. The most important thing for you is to be on your game and prepared. Take out a blank sheet of paper and turn it lengthwise, make 3 columns. The first is “Strengths” next is “Skills” next is “Work Experience”.

In the Strengths area write down all the positive qualities you possess. It will help to get one of those resume books that have a list of words to describe your character. Pick some out and write them down. Remember the good things that former employers had to say about you. It would help if you focus all your strengths on what your employment goal is. If you are looking for a job in human resources, mention strengths in team building and leadership. You get the idea.

In the Skills area, think about how you used your strengths in your work.  A positive attitude is a strength that leads to a skill as a good sales person. Think hard about how you used strengths such as: Detail-oriented, hard-worker, etc.  And remember strengths are innate (personal qualities) while skills are things that you have learned to do.

In the Work Experience area, think about how you applied your skills and strengths to your job. List each job separately and fill in each skill and strength that applied.

The finished chart might look like this:

(Strengths) Outgoing, positive attitude => (Skills) Increased sales in my division  => (Work experience) Manager

Good with numbers, detail oriented  =>    Improved accuracy in Excel database, faster turn around time  => Payroll Clerk

With these little reminders, you will be more prepared for interview questions. So if Mr/s. Hiring Manager asks a standard interview question (What are your strengths?), you will have a little script ready. Just string all your information about your strengths/skills/experience together to form a sentence:  “I am positive and out going. I have used that strength in my sales career to increase sales in my division when I worked as a manager at XYZ Corp.”

How about those other questions, you know the ones ment to trip you up? You have to think about these ahead of time. “What are your weaknesses?” Avoid the deal breaker answers. No mentioning memory lapses when you are trying out for a job as an event planner, etc. Just talk (briefly) about a little flaw you are working on. Mention the improvement you are making and keep it light. This is not psychoanalysis, no one expects you to be perfect… just keep it light.

There are some great books out there about interviewing. One of the best ways to prepare for an interview is to make sure you are trying to get a job that you will really love to do. This will make all the difference in your presentation and attitude.


Our City Is At It Again

Right after Independence Day the crews came out to trash homeless camps is the downtown area. When is some advocacy group going to find a patch of land so these people can set up their tents. Throwing away homeless people’s belongings is not the answer folks.


Fromer Homeless Teen Becomes Mrs. Hawaii

Visit Jaci’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/MrsHawaii2013?directed_target_id=0


Library Programs Help Homeless Find Jobs

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/06/15/3376546/homeless-at-the-library-get-their.html


Homelessness 101 (Video Course)

If you have a spare moment, take a look at some of these videos about homeless people:

 

http://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?p=homeless+stories+2012


Do Something

A Pastor's Thoughts

 

The prophet tells us: “And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share

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with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” (Luke 3:10-11) The crowd was speaking to John the Baptist about how they would live the Missional life. They were confused and waiting for the Rabbis to tell them what to do. Perhaps Synagogue’s Missions Committee would set up a program so that they could “plug in”. Instead John said: JUST DO IT!

What should we do? Do as the prophet said two thousand years ago. Share as you go, give your personal property away to those who are in need, live a life of simply caring about others. Caring becomes a way of life and the first thing you know it will be better to give than to receive.

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A Homeless Man and His BlackBerry

Good read.

Tech

You could tell he was different the moment he walked in the coffee shop. It wasn’t his appearance. He looked presentable, if a little rough around the edges, clutching an old BlackBerry to his barrel chest. It was how he moved: warily, shoulders hunched over and eyes darting. The body language would read as suspicious, if not for the flicker of fear and apprehension in his eyes — as if he was scared of being noticed, vigilant to his surroundings and desperately trying to blend in at the same time.

He ordered a coffee, carefully counting out coins on the counter. He sat down at the table near me and pulled out his phone, just like nearly everyone else at the shop. He punched in a few numbers and began talking in a low voice, discreet but urgent. I was only a few seats away, but I couldn’t help but…

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