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Monthly Archives: July 2015
Search: Brain Sections or try @TJMcTweet. Lots of good info and connections with agencies doing tons of stuff to help homeless people.
This link might get you there fast as well: https://twitter.com/TJMcTweet
Today I went to Dunkin (Donuts) and saw a clearly homeless guy singing on the side of the road and picking up change.
Eventually I saw him stroll into Dunkin, as he was counting his change to buy something I began to get super annoying and talk to him over and over again even when he didn’t really want to talk.
Since he had maybe $1 in change I bought him a coffee and bagel and asked him to sit down with me.
He told me a lot about how people are usually very mean to him because he’s homeless, how drugs turned him into the person he hated, he lost his mom to cancer, he never knew his dad and he just wants to be someone his mom would be proud of (along with another hours worth of conversation.)
This lovely man’s name was Chris and Chris was…
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“Affordable housing is critical to ending homelessness. But some people need support to sustain that housing, otherwise we will continue to see the churn of repeated periods of homelessness”
With over 20 years’ experience in her sector, Cathy Humphrey, CEO of the Executive Team at St Kilda’s Sacred Heart Mission is a strong believer that “there is no one-size-fits-all model to solving homelessness“. Support needs to be individualised with evidence showing that understanding the casual factors that lead to homelessness can provide effective intervention to sustain peoples permanent exit from homelessness. As a preview to her presentation at the biennial Homelessness Summit in Sydney, Cathy shared some of the positive and thoroughly researched findings of the Sacred Heart Mission’s recent Journey to Social Inclusion (J2SI) program.
Is ending homelessness as simple as providing housing and accommodation?
For some people, yes.
But there are many people with complex mental health issues, trauma and substance misuse issues that require much more than just a roof over their head. Many Sacred Heart Mission clients fit in to this group.
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Sorry for the absence, I’ve been really busy with work and household projects. Lots of things locally have been happening in regard to the homeless. Reading the paper has been a real challenge because of the amount of ignorance continuously paraded through the media about homelessness. But I have been doing some social media on Twitter and I feel that this would be a good forum for people on this blog to connect, so I’m in the process of setting up a Twitter account for Brainsections. When I’m done, I will announce the account so you can connect.
I bet if you put art materials and musical instruments out on the street as a ‘talent challenge’, more homeless people would be able to create or perform than office workers. It would make for an interesting study.
I see someone who needs help – help that I am in a position to provide
a few quid less in my wallet is not going to cause me much hardship, but it will make a lot of difference to them
more important than the money I give though, is my acknowledgement of them as a person – I stop and chat to them
Nothing deep – I don’t ask for their life history
Just 5 minutes conversation I would have with any stranger
I met Paul when . . .
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