Monthly Archives: August 2013

Hobos to Street People exhibit retires

Exhibit Envoy

A hugely successful and socially conscious traveling exhibit . . .

Hobos to Street People: Artists’ Responses to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present enjoyed much success and traveled from 2009 to 2012.  The exhibition featured mixed media art from both New Deal-era and contemporary artists, examining past and present attitudes and policies towards homelessness.

The traveling exhibit, developed by Exhibit Envoy, debuted at the California Historical Society, in San Francisco, and was exhibited Bakersfield Museum of Art, Corona Public Library, Corona; Old Courthouse Museum, Santa Ana; de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University; Riverside Metropolitan Museum, Riverside; Richmond Art Center, Richmond; and the Loveland Art Museum in Loveland, Colorado.  A smaller version of the exhibit was hosted by the Center for the Arts, Religion and Education at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

Over 16,000 visitors attended this exhibit throughout California and beyond.

Created by artist, curator, and…

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How-Homeless-Is-He? Shannon Wheeler

Mater wins homelessness award

Mater Healthy Community

Mater—in conjunction with Micah Projects, St Vincent’s Brisbane, Greater Metro South Brisbane Medicare Local and Metro North Brisbane Medicare Local—has been awarded a National Homelessness Services Achievement Award.

Micah Projects Coordinator Karyn Walsh said the award recognised the tireless work made towards preventing and tackling homelessness through the joint Homeless to Home Healthcare program.

“Every day we are working to ensure those who are homeless—and in some cases dealing with significant health issues such as cancer and chronic disease—are provided access to housing, healthcare and community services,” Ms Walsh said.

As part of the Homeless to Home Healthcare program, Mater nurses work within teams at Brisbane Homeless Service Centre and Brisbane Common Ground as well as with an after-hours service to provide healthcare and support to those living rough.

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Trauma Guide for Homeless Female Vets

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What do you do when you meet someone who is suffering from homelessness ?

UK Homelessness Film


I always hear mixed responses to whether you should give homeless people money on the street. Some say it only fuels addiction. So what is the best way in your day to day life to help the homeless?

My answer was always the same “It’s your choice, but have the decency to look someone in the eye and acknowledge them.” That sounds simple, but the fact is, many people who are on the street are routinely ignored, sworn at, harassed, robbed and assaulted. Having someone look them in the eye and recognise them as a person can be very affirming.

Personally, I don’t give money frequently, but I do on occasion. Working in a big urban environment means that a walk could result in several encounters with people who are on the streets sleeping rough. I also prefer not to pull my wallet out in the middle of the street …

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“I used to live in an airport.”

Read Aloud Picture Books

Fly Away Home

These were the words one of my smartest kindergartners said to me.  As I had never known her to lie.  I sat in stunned silence.  It was my first year of teaching.

As a new teacher, I had some highly essentialized images of homelessness floating around in my head; and the drunk Korean War veteran who pushed his shopping cart of rags back and forth in front of my classroom reiterated them.  So hearing “I used to live in an airport” from a cute, neatly dressed, brown eyed, white girl shattered my undersized worldview.

Eve Bunting’s portrayal of homelessness in Fly Away Home helped me develop a more accurate perspective.  This is the story of a father and son desperately trying to escape homelessness.  Bunting didn’t weave a feel-good happy ending for this book.  But it is a story of hope, realistically balanced with the hard realities many families face in…

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Down and Out: Homeless Tour Gives Glimpse of Berlin’s Underbelly – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International

Domestic Violence and Homelessness


Domestic Violence and Homelessness

1 in 3 people who are homeless are homeless because of domestic violence.

Let’s think about that.

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The invisible ones

Steve the Pastor


I meet them regularly.  People on the knife-edge of homelessness and despair.  Whether it is substance abuse, divorce, estrangement, medical problems or a vicious combination thereof — there are many in our country, towns and neighborhoods who are hanging on by their fingernails.  And, not to mention, those who have fallen into poverty already.

These people are invisible.  They aren’t in positions of influence.  They are not in your social circles — they can’t afford it.  They are unable to e-mail their congressmen and congresswomen because they do not have computers or cannot afford internet service.  Their daily effort to survive is all they can do.

We must be their voice.  Those who have income and spare time and who are not overwhelmed with simply coping to pay bills must be their advocates.  Not because of politics or a philosophical opinion on social welfare and government responsibility, but simply because…

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The good, the bad, and the perfect. Part 2

Believe it or not, part 1 was about the “perfect” people. Those who sense that homelessness will ever enter into their lives because they have everything set up just right. And as I mentioned, I have known quite a few homeless people who were brought up with that silver spoon and have become homeless. I have also known some really successful people who had confided that their child/grandchild is holding their life together by slender thread and the day the parent and benefactor passes on will be the start of a very uncertain future for that child/grandchild.

I am mentioning this only to illustrate that every person can be touched by homelessness. It doesn’t just happen to losers. No matter how perfect you think your life is, it is basically a lie if you believe that you are perfect. I don’t think we can be perfect in this world. But we can make it better by helping others.

I also have some ideas about the differences between the “good” and the “bad” people of this world. I was working in an office at a university a few years ago, and every so often one of the professors would come out and talk to me. He was deeply into self-flagellation and would bemoan his faults and mention his prozac use. Patiently I would listen and try not to add anything to his self-condemnation, but one day he was insistent. His fundamental question was “Don’t you agree that I am a bad person?” I looked up at him and told him that “There is enough bad in the good and good in the bad to make everyone pretty much equal.” I still believe that. Sure some people commit horrible crimes and I do believe that some people are just plain bad to the bone. But, that is a minority.

Most people, as bad as they seem, will risk their life to save a friend, go out of their way to help someone from ending up on the downward path that they have found themselves on, or help someone who asks for their help. Other people spend time polishing their image, but underneath it all is a shallow person that would take the last dime from a widow or orphan.

You never can tell on the surface, that is why I consider all people more or less equal and am an activist for changing the mind-set that people have about the homeless. But unfortunately, the people who believe that they are perfect and that everything they have is through their own efforts, are the hardest people to convince that homelessness can happen to anyone.

But I will tell you that is can happen to anyone. I have seen people from all walks of life in homeless shelters and on the streets. A special education teacher who lived in a tent. PhD’s expounding about physics at the dinner table in the shelter. A former singer that traveled the world and is now wearing bright colors panhandling on the street. Women so innocent, you wonder: Why are you here in a shelter? Men so fragile, that you wonder how they can still live each day with such pain.

As with racism and any other kind of prejudice, you err in judging the whole of a group by just a narrow segment with glaring faults. If people continue abusing people because of their homelessness; then, some very good people will be lost. And the people who are the abusers (the perfect people who have all their ducks in a row) will be as guilty of the pain of those people as the Nazis were in WWII. (BTW, the Nazi thought they were perfect, too.)