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Art4TheHomeless Webzine August 15, 2012

Awareness S. Divya Jonathan Brooks Doing It Homeless David Pinzon Alan Higgans Cayenne’s Kitchen Creative Noise Kelly’s Tea The Homeless Pages The Homeless Pages International Mishka Cosmic Poetry From The Sin Bin.. burbling from the tatters. Inocente: A Documentary on MTV 8/17/12 Poetry Contest!


In This Edition

Ÿ Art4TH News Ÿ Feature Homeless Relief Organization Ÿ Feature Visual Artist Ÿ Creative Noise Ÿ Feature Visual Artist Ÿ Doing It Homeless Ÿ Feature Visual Artist Ÿ Feature Visual Artist Ÿ Cayenne’s Kitchen Ÿ Feature Literary Artist Ÿ Feature Performing Artist Ÿ Feature Literary Artist Ÿ Feature Performing Artist Ÿ Kelly’s Tea Column Ÿ The Homeless Pages Ÿ The International Homeless Pages Ÿ Art4TH Sponsors and Partners


Art4TH News www.art4thehomeless.org

Guitar Apocalypse was a Success!!!! Guitar Apocalypse for the Homeless at the Masquerade was a success! We raised $161 for the whole night and will be donating $50 to Covenant House of GA. If you weren’t there you missed out on quite the show! Art4TH CEO Hart Deer opened up with Virginia Bliss of Verge of Bliss and gave us a preview of a huge rock opera they have been working on for month. Unus Mundus then came on stage followed by Vintage Nation and then a jam session, raffle drawing, and Dark Night of the Soul closed the event. Elegance Boutique was on site and donations of art kept pouring in! We had more art and raffle prizes than people! Lithium Dreams not only donated a prize but also showed up on site and took photos. We will have them up soon! Everyone who purchased raffle tickets or donated any amount received a prize. The prize winners and their prizes are as follows: Jamie Ochoa: Good Luck and Love Voodoo Doll by Mary Ransbottom Oumar Cole: $25 Gift Card from Too Groovy Salons Charlene Lawrence: $25 Gift Card from Too Groovy Salons Hannah: Impressions by Eden (autographed, donated from Shreveport, LA) Tashunda Willis: Hat clip by Elegance Boutique Atlanta Kenya Grant: Earrings from Jewelry by Ladie Jaye

Eric McGlothen:$20 Gift Card from OrganiX Food Lounge All of the prize winners are supporters that Johnna met from Nancy’s Pizza and OrganiX so since you all frequent Nancy’s Pizza Johnna will distribute the prizes this week. She will be at Nancy’s tomorrow between 11 am and 2 pm, Friday 11 and 2 pm The extra prizes were given as gifts of thanks to the Masquerade staff who were present and extraordinarily supportive in making the even a huge success and also to the band members that were still present til the very end. The Art4TheHomeless Staff would like to say thanks to Chicago’s Nancy’s Pizza in Midtown Atlanta(for promoting us) Camden Midtown (for promoting us), Elegance Boutique Atlanta, Lithium Dreams Photography, OrganiX Food Lounge, Too Groovy Salons, Alan Dyson, Greg Williams, Joanna Ballard, Mary Ransbottom, Eden, Jewelry by Ladie Jaye, Johnna Crider (for donating copies of her book Release: A Journey Through Emotions), The Masquerade Atlanta, Covenant House of Georgia (for being our partner and helping promoting the event!), to all of those who reTweeted and Shared online, Atlanta INtown Paper and Access Atlanta for the write-ups, and a really really special thanks to Unus Mundus, The Shadow Lords (Hart Deer and Virginia Bliss), Vintage Nation, Dark Night of the Soul (Hart Deer and Mike Zion) and a huge thank you to Melanie and Crystal for hanging out with us and helping and supporting us!!!!


http://www.randysams.org

Randy Sams Outreach Shelter

The Randy Sams' Outreach Shelter, Inc., a 501 c(3) organization, was developed as a product of a labor of love. Randy Sams was a local teenager who volunteered at the local Outreach Kitchen. In May 1993, Randy was tragically killed. In honor of their son, Randy's parents donated land and seed money to establish a shelter that would serve the Greater Texarkana community, hungry, poor, and homeless. The RSOS opened on January 6, 1996, and now averages between 70 and 75 guests per night. To date, the RSOS has transitioned over 600 clients to permanent housing from the RSOS and over 10,000 community clients have received utility assistance, rental assistance and food baskets. Our mission for the homeless is to meet the immediate needs of safe temporary lodging and food for the poor and homeless who come into our midst until their return to selfsustained community life.

Our vision is to provide the tools needed to restore as many of our clients as possible to self-sustaining, productive members of society. To accomplish our mission, it is our intent to work cooperatively with other local agencies to provide shelter, food, medical assistance, addiction counseling, employment counseling and training, and family, parenting, and life skills training. Services provided are: 타 Emergency Shelter 타 Case Management 타 Identity Document Recovery Assistance 타 Medical Assistance Please visit their website to donate funds or supplies or to learn more about this awesome homeless shelter!


dsutatiya000@gmail.com

S. Divya

Artist Statement: During my graduation period in painting, I always had more inclination towards drawing rather than painting. My works were usually figurative as I enjoyed anatomical drawings. Gradually I began to individualize elements of Human Anatomy in my works. Regarding my Master’s in Printmaking, I excluded the figures and concentrated mainly on use of Hands in my works. By using different hand gestures, I have tried to depict certain occurrences, which have influenced me in my life. The conceptualization of my work is derived mainly from incidents, beliefs, situations, traditions, rituals, superstitions etc.


Creative Noise

http://blog.maryclairestudios.com

Creative Noise

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. [Maya Angelou] As long as you have life and breath, believe. Believe for those who cannot. Believe even if you have stopped believing. Believe for the sake of the dead, for love, to keep your heart beating, believe. Never give up, never despair, let no mystery confound you into the conclusion that mystery cannot be yours. [Mark Helprin] If you let people break your spirit and detour you from your path, then you have not been true to yourself or those you're here to touch, those who believe in you. [Allison DuBois]

Enter my August/September drawing for a free original painting. See the details here: (just copy and paste) http://blog.maryclairestudios.com/2012/08/06/you-heardit-here-third/


http://jonathanbmiami.tumblr.com/

Jonathan Brooks

Jonathan Brooks is an award winning photographer, whose work has been exhibited in Art Basel Miami, New York City, and the United Kingdom. His studies in graphic design and architecture, and extensive backgrounds in the fashion industry and music industry have helped to influence his work. The story and images detailing the renovation of his condo appeared nationally in the Fall 2000 issue of Venus magazine. He has numerous photography exhibitions to his credit and is currently working on his next.


#NoBoxBlogs Project - Free Blogs for Homeless Worldwide The concept is simple; to create a Blog for homeless individuals worldwide. Starting June 6th 2011, 1 Blog will be created for a homeless individual upon request for free.

Finally, they will be shown how easy it is to control and update their very own Blog by themselves.

www.doingithomeless.com

Doing It Homeless

The task is simple; after speaking with a homeless person and learning what domain (mywebsitename.com) they would prefer, one will be purchased for them for $10. Then a Blog will be installed and hosted on a secured web hosting server provided by Inspired Design & Development, at the cost of $5 as a setup fee. After installation and setup of both the domain and hosting, the homeless person will choose from a selection of free WordPress themes to be used as their Blog.

The reason is simple; having a Blog opens a world of possibilities – literally. Nowadays, our lives and our world is online. Giving a homeless individual a Blog enables them to improve, progress and change their lives. A Blog gives them a global voice to not only state to the world “I AM VISIBLE”, but also the therapeutic practice of venting their frustrations, networking with others locally and abroad, learning from and teaching others how to survive, and telling their raw stories to the world. Their Blog will be the place to host their resume, create and communicate with friends and family, showcase their passions whether it’s writing, drawing, handmade creations or even develop a barter network where they can trade items they find on the streets. #NoBoxBlogs Project doesn’t only deliver a Blog to a homeless individual, but also office-like software (such as documents, spreadsheets and presentation software provided by Google Apps) behind the scenes in which only they can access. They can keep track of their contacts, brainstorming ideas, and other resourceful notes to help them improve and progress their current situation. Most importantly, they will also be provided an Email account such as myname@mywebsitename.com where potential employers, clients, friends and family can communicate via Email. Their Blog will have a Contact page allowing anyone to Email them at anytime. And if they have a bank account, they have the option of adding a Donate button provided by PayPal, where anyone in the world can donate money to them and help them get back on their feet. How can a homeless person get online to use their Blog or Email? Anyone can get online from almost anywhere at almost anytime. If a homeless person does not have a laptop or phone capable of getting online, they can take advantage of computer rooms provided by public libraries or colleges/universities. Thankfully, even some shelters, non-profits and coffee shops have computers accessible free of charge. If a homeless person does have a laptop or phone capable of getting online, they can use WiFi services made available for free at numerous locations such as McDonald’s, Burger King and other fast-food restaurants; coffee shops such as Starbucks and Peet’s Coffee & Tea, public libraries, FedEx Office locations, Panera Bread Bakery, or befriend a local resident and use their public WiFi connection. This is only a small example! If a homeless person who wishes to have their own Blog, is unable to get online often enough to post their thoughts,

ideas, resume, articles etc. I will accept letters delivered to my business address below. All they need to do is give their name, the name of their domain, article title and write anything they wish as if they were the one typing it up. I will copy it word for word onto their very own Blog. Please send letters to: Inspired Design & Development c/o #NoBoxBlogs Project PO Box 322 Hollywood, CA 90028 Who will head the #NoBoxBlogs Project? Allow me to introduce myself – my name is Mooch, and I am the Founder & Lead Developer of Inspired Design & Development; an international Website & Branding company. For nearly 15 years, I’ve been heading projects such as designing and developing websites, custom graphic design work such as logos and print media for small businesses, non-profits, authors, sports teams and more. I also give free lifetime support to all clients no matter their project because I appreciate them allowing me to turn my passion into my profession. Without my clients, I would not own a business, and I would not be capable of heading the #NoBoxBlogs Project. I am also homeless – since September 1st, 2010, I have been living in my car in southern California. I never had a Blog until 3 weeks after living in my car. I started it up to keep track of my progress as I aimed to better my life by saving as much money as possible, while continue to build my business from the ground up – literally. Before ‘Doing It Homeless’ I had a small handful of clients; today I have 70+ in 5 countries on 3 continents. So I can personally testify how much having a Blog can benefit a homeless person. Since I started ‘Doing It Homeless’ I have befriended thousands of people around the world via my Blog, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube (just search doingithomeless). I have learned what homelessness really looks like, and how a lot of people are either temporarily homeless due to the economy, or are down on their luck due to family or medical issues. Giving them a Blog gives them an outlet unlike any other. The most popular Blog post I have ever written with 1000s of views on my personal Blog, is 'Homelessness + Internet Access = Change!' I wonder why? I plan on using my own money throughout the entire #NoBoxBlogs Project, but if you agree this simple concept can profoundly change real people’s lives, I encourage you to help support the project in anyway you can. Whether it’s sharing this article to your friends, family, co-workers or someone you think can help make a difference, or even donating as little as $1 via the Support The Project page at NoBoxBlogs.com. I am not a non-profit, so I cannot offer you a tax write-off. I am simply offering you the chance to help a simple guy carry-out a simple idea to homeless people worldwide in hopes to better their lives. If you’d like to see a real example of how this will affect a homeless person, please visit my friend’s new Blog at http://HEAE.biz.


http://facebook.com/David.l.Crowley

David Pinzon


https://www.facebook.com/karahcouchphotography

Alan Higgins

Atlanta photographer, Alan Higgins of Lithium Dreams Photography, is the artist behind The Lost Girls. What he does is photographs girls who have been and still are homeless and needs help. His aim is to get awareness. This is a situation that a lot of communities like to sweep under the carpet, deny that their city has an issue, when everyday there are homeless shelters full, people living in the woods, along rivers and in abandon buildings. Alan specifically focuses on homeless girls, mostly teen or girls in their twenties, some are runaways that have found themselves in situations they never dreamed of, making decisions that they never thought they would have make, getting caught up in drug abuse or prostitution. Some are searching for their own identity, some came from abusive homes, maybe they got pregnant and do not want to face their parents.


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Cayenne’s Kitchen

Au Contraire’s Buckeye Brownies

19-1/2 oz. pkg. brownie mix 2 c. powdered sugar 1/2 c. plus 6 T. butter, softened and divided 8-oz. jar creamy peanut butter 6-oz. pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips Pour la Cuisson

Prepare and bake brownie mix in a greased 13"x9" baking pan according to package directions. Let cool. Mix powdered sugar, 1/2 cup butter and peanut butter. Mix well and spread over cooled brownies. Chill for one hour. Melt together chocolate chips and remaining butter in a saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally. Spread over brownies. Let cool; cut into squares. Makes 2 to 3 dozen.


The poetry is about various aspects of her life in London and her life also as a homeless advocate. A love story that is composed of diary entries from the crazier depths where life has led her to and poetry, though sometimes dark and sometimes, in her words, “just bonkers” It’s a journey back and forth through tough times. Excerpt: KNOWING I know yeh I know I know that now Now I know I’ve made it Made the grade Coz now, now I know Know it I know Now I know, Sis, yeh Sis now I know I know ya, Bro OK Sis? OK Bro? Ya know that yeh I know now NO! Oh Ho!

http://tinyurl.com/9th8haf

Cosmic Poetry From The Sin Bin.. burbling from the tatters.

Debby , a fictional relative of the ghost writer, just published her book of poetry: Cosmic Poetry From The Sin Bin.. burbling from the tatters.

You can purchase the book at http://tinyurl.com/9th8haf


Mishka www.mishka.com

Mishka is a singer, a songwriter, a live performing artist and a recording artist who has been on various labels over the years and has recorded four studio albums to date and even topped the Billboard Reggae Charts at number 1 in 2009. Right now Mishka is making a fresh start. For the first time since he has started recording music(1998), Mishka is going to record an independent album. Mishka has invited all of his friends, fans, and supporters to take park in his dream of making a 5th album and has set up a Kickstarter Campaign which as of right now (the time this article was written) has over $21K and 61 backers.


Ten25Fifty is a national program working to end homelessness and poverty in the USA. One way they are doing this is by hosting a poetry contest. The poems must be about homelessness and poverty

http://ten25fifty.weebly.com/poemcontest.html

Call to Poets

To submit poetry please visit their web site!


To watch the trailer go to: https://vimeo.com/45076136

http://inocentedoc.com/

Inoente: A Documentary

INOCENTE is an intensely personal and vibrant coming of age feature documentary about a young artist’s fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings. At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be caged by her life as an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years. INOCENTE is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America, children. Neither sentimental nor sensational, INOCENTE will immerse you in the very real, day-to-day existence of a young girl who is battling a war that we rarely see. The challenges are staggering, but the hope in Inocente’s story proves that the hand she has been dealt does not define her, her dreams do.


The Homeless Pages

The Homeless Pages is a section in the Art4TH Zine that is dedicated to not only helping homeless relief organizations gain exposure but also helping anyone who is homeless get to the right resources they need. This section will be growing issue by issue. International Homeless links will be at the end of this section


Second Steepings

natural, organic paper. So tea bags don't do well on second steepings. Mesh tea "bags" like tea pyramids are OK, though those are usually nylon, rather than paper. The second prerequisite is that the first brewing not be in too high a What, you ask, is a second temperature for too long. If steeping? It's reusing the same you're making your first pot or tea leaves more than once. cup of tea, use water a couple Second steepings may even of degrees cooler than you lead to third steepings; there are normally would, and stick to the kinds of tea that lend themselves minimum recommended to repeated infusion. Why do steeping time. If you normally this? Well, obviously it saves pour boiling water right over money, but there are other your leaves, pour the boiling reasons as well, as we shall see. water first and wait a second or two before putting the tea leaves in. There are a couple of prerequisites for using a bunch of tea leaves a second time. If you're not going to make your First requirement is that they be second pot or cup of tea right stored in something that won't away, it's not a bad idea to add a flavor of its own to the tea refrigerate the leaves. Tea has leaves while they sit - a ceramic a lot of natural resistance to or glass infuser, or a nylon one, germs and bugs, but it's not but not metal, and usually paper infinite, and your tea will be isn't a good idea either. Thus, safer in the fridge. It'll also be the standard metal tea ball that safe from getting knocked off many people use to make loose the counter tea is not a good storage vessel for the leaves, and it's better to do the first brewing in something other than metal, too, so that no metallic flavors intrude. Paper, including tea bags, has a bit of a flavor, even unbleached, all-

www.doingithomeless.com

Kelly’s Tea

I was going to write about Earl Grey this time, but something else seemed more important, and perhaps more useful. And that something is: second steepings.


United Way is a national homeless relief organization that has many chapters in almost all the cities of the US. In fact, many have a 211 homeless hotline. Atlanta is one of the cities that has it and you can find out about the rest through their website: www.unitedway.org

The National Coalition for the Homeless is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission: To prevent and end homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights protected http://www.nationalhomeless.org

Covenant House is an international homeless relief organization dedicated to rescuing children off the streets. They have several shelters in the US, Canada, Mexico and Guatamela. If you are in dire need of assistant, you can call the Nine Line 1(800) 999-9999 www.covenanthouse.org

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Homelessness Resource Center (HRC) is an interactive learning community dedicated to disseminating knowledge and best practices to prevent and end homelessness. It includes providers, consumers, policymakers, researchers, and public agencies at Federal, State, and local levels. http://homeless.samhsa.gov


The Homeless Network is a Facebook page open to anyone who is homeless, anyone working in homeless relief to come and connect.

The International Homeless Forum is just that: a forum for anyone homeless, anywhere in the world. It’s based out of Australia and had detailed forum groups by country, aid for each country and a general welcome group. http://www.homelessforums.org

Fhttp://www.facebook.com/thehomel essnetwork

The National Center on Family Homelessness (The National Center) was started through an unusual partnership. In 1987, David Jordan, then editor-in-chief of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, met in Boston with Ellen L. Bassuk, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Both were concerned about the growing number of homeless families in America, and wanted to do something. Dr. Bassuk had conducted groundbreaking research in the mid-1980s documenting the devastating effect of homelessness on mothers and children. Mr. Jordan believed that Better Homes and Gardens, which reaches 36 million American adults each month, had the power to educate the public about this emerging tragedy. In 1988, Dr. Bassuk and Mr. Jordan joined forces to start "The Better Homes Fund," what would eventually be called The National Center on Family Homelessness, which was established as a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization and non-endowed public charity. http://www.familyhomelessness.org

The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a leading voice on the issue of homelessness. The Alliance analyzes policy and develops pragmatic, cost-effective policy solutions. The Alliance works collaboratively with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build state and local capacity, leading to stronger programs and policies that help communities achieve their goal of ending homelessness. We provide data and research to policymakers and elected officials in order to inform policy debates and educate the public and opinion leader nationwide. http://www.endhomelessness.org


The National Policy and Advocacy Council on Homelessness (NPACH) is a national grassroots organization whose primary concern is to ensure that national homelessness policy accurately reflects the needs of local communities. They do this in many ways and you can learn more about it at www.npach.orgThe mission of the Law Center is to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness. T The Law Center addresses the causes of homelessness, not just its symptoms. http://www.nlchp.org

The National Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) Council is a home for those who work to improve the health of homeless people and who seek housing, health care, and adequate incomes for everyone. In the National HCH Council, agencies and individuals, clinicians and advocates, homeless people and housed people come together for mutual support and learning opportunities, and to advance the cause of human rights. http://www.nhchc.org

The mission of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) is to coordinate the federal response to homelessness and to create a national partnership at every level of government and with the private sector to reduce and end homelessness in the nation while maximizing the effectiveness of the Federal Government in contributing to the end of homelessness. http://www.usich.gov

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) — a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a 17-member board of directors — is the resource and technical assistance center for a national network of community-based service providers and local, state and federal agencies that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans each year. http://nchv.org


The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) provides research, resources, and information enabling communities to address the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness.

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) is a national grassroots membership association, connects educators, parents, advocates, researchers, and service providers to ensure school enrollment and attendance and overall success for children and youth whose lives have been disrupted by the lack of safe, permanent, and adequate housing. NAEHCY achieves these goals through advocacy, partnerships, and education

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Center serves as a clearinghouse of information for people seeking to remove or overcome educational barriers and to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for children and youth experiencing homelessness. The Center also supports educators and service providers through producing training and awareness materials and providing training at regional and national conferences and events. http://center.serve.org/nche/index.php

http://www.naehcy.org/

Travelers Aid International members serve communities in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Australia. Each member organization is adapted to serve needs specific to that community. Travelers Aid’s network of programs extends "A Helping Hand Along the Way" to travelers in need of assistance. Our volunteers and staff are there to help travelers in distress or just provide friendly customer service amid the hustle of airports and train stations. Our members are a diverse group of human service nonprofit organizations and a network of key transportation centers. While each member agency shares the core service of helping stranded travelers, many Travelers Aid agencies provide shelter for the homeless, transitional housing, job training, counseling, local transportation assistance and other programs to help people who encounter crises as they journey through life.

A nonprofit corporation headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Housing Assistance Council (HAC) has been helping local organizations build affordable homes in rural America since 1971. HAC emphasizes local solutions, empowerment of the poor, reduced dependence, and self-help strategies. HAC assists in the development of both single- and multi-family homes and promotes homeownership for working low-income rural families through a self-help, "sweat equity" construction method. The Housing Assistance Council offers services to public, nonprofit, and private organizations throughout the rural United States. HAC also maintains a special focus on high-need groups and regions: Indian country, the Mississippi Delta, farmworkers, the Southwest border colonias, and Appalachia. http://www.ruralhome.org

http://www.travelersaid.org


The concept that grew into Habitat for Humanity International was born at Koinonia Farm, a small, interracial, Christian community outside of Americus, Georgia. Koinonia Farm was founded in 1942 by farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan. The Fullers first visited Koinonia in 1965. They had recently left a successful business and an affluent lifestyle in Montgomery, Alabama to begin a new life of Christian service. At Koinonia, Jordan and Fuller developed the concept of "partnership housing." The concept centered on those in need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build simple, decent houses.

Invisible People TV is a vlog that introduces the homeless as people and not a stereotype. According the the founder : “I once heard a story about a homeless man on Hollywood Blvd who really thought he was invisible. But one day a kid handed the man a Christian pamphlet. The homeless guy was shocked and amazed, “what! You can see me? How can you see me? I’m invisible!” For years I’ve used the lens of a television camera to tell the stories of homelessness and the organizations trying to help. That was part of my job. The reports were produced well and told a story, but the stories you see on this site are much different. These are the real people, telling their own, very real stories… unedited, uncensored and raw. The purpose of this vlog is to make the invisible visible. I hope these people and their stories connect with you and don’t let go. I hope their conversations with me will start a conversation in your circle of friends.” http://invisiblepeople.tv

We are a support community helping us all learn about the issues of homelessness and poverty in a safe, friendly environment, providing encouragement and resources to each other via social media. Open and honest communication is at the core value of what we stand for so please feel free to be yourself at times. Please remember social media is a conversation, so jump right in and introduce yourself on the wall so we can get to know you. We only ask that although homelessness and poverty can be a challenging conversation that everyone do their best to stay positive and respect everyone. And please, go on and have some fun. https://www.facebook.com/wearevisible

The Do Foundation holds the essential belief that ALL PEOPLE, no matter their walk in life, are entitled to dignity, respect and the opportunity to realize or regain a life of self-sufficiency through community involvement and assistance as opposed to living in an unsheltered state of homelessness. The Mission of the DO Foundation is to connect directly with the homeless for a personal account of their immediate needs and to generate community support in conjunction with implementing cost-effective programs to aid and assist them with meeting these needs. Homelessness is indiscriminate. And likewise, the DO Foundation will remain open to the needs of those who are homeless whether their state of homelessness is to due to financial hardship, mental health related issues, addiction, flight from abusive circumstances, or lack of support as is often the case with Veterans and former inmates transitioning back into the community. http://www.dofoundation.net/


Corporate Code is a non-profit organization designed to expand participation and leadership among disenfranchised and disengaged men in order to build selfsufficiency and economic independence by providing interview-appropriate clothing and career counseling. Our mission is to help build self-sufficiency and economic independence by providing, the look, the self-esteem and the confidence needed for our clients to become positive members of our society. http://www.corporatecodeatl.org

Joy Junction is a place of refuge to those who have been forced into the streets of New Mexico. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to helping homeless men, women, children, and families in Albuquerque by providing food, clothing, shelter, and safety. Our faithbased church ministry that serves as many as 200,000 individuals including as many as 60 to 80 children, every day. Each year we are able to serve over 100,000 meals thanks to the generous contributions of citizens and businesses throughout the city—we could not have such a positive impact on our community without you! http://www.joyjunction.org/

Springwire connects people in crisis with the social services and support networks that surround them – expanding a community’s capacity to care. By providing free access to tailored communication tools, Springwire restores a sense of hope and dignity, enabling people in transition to stabilize their lives and get access to the help they need to move out of crisis. Springwire began as Community Voice Mail in Seattle in 1991. Driven by the challenge of connecting homeless, phoneless workers with job opportunities, the organization’s founders came up with a simple idea: Give people a phone number that stays constant, even if they can’t. The success of the program spread, along with the idea of using technology to alleviate poverty. Today Springwire serves more than 50,000 people in 400 cities nationwide. http://www.cvm.org

The Homeless Resource Network, formerly known as Metropolitan Columbus Task Force for the Homeless, Inc. has, since 1987, served the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) of Columbus, Georgia and Russell County, Alabama, in the coordination of services and information for the homeless population. The Network began as a coalition of interested individuals who charged themselves with the task of addressing homelessness on a community level. In 1995, with assistance from the City of Columbus and the Georgia Coalition to End Homelessness, the Network for the first time established an office and hired staff. The Network continues to address homelessness as a non profit 501(c)(3) organization in partnership with service providers, concerned citizens and people experiencing homelessness. http://homelessresourcenetwork.org


Home Free is a nonprofit initiative to eradicate homelessness in urban environments through the provision of free wireless internet, social networking and resource allotment. We take donated bread trucks which have come off route and add donated computers and hardware to create mobile wireless access hubs for homeless individuals to utilize for finding family, jobs, resources and ways off the street. The goal is simple: Provide a resource for the homeless which will allow them to find ways off the street. Of course there are many who prefer the streets to a 9-5 and home life, but for those who are stuck and cannot find there way, Home Free will provide the tools to try.

The HUV Project is an effort to provide temporary housing to homeless individuals for crisis disaster relief. The HUV Project will produce and distribute shelter units to homeless individuals with the cooperation and support of other non-profit organizations whose aim is to provide housing, safety, and support services. The HUV is a temporary personal shelter constructed as a mobile vehicle to be used by the homeless. The vehicle is intended for individuals who have been victimized by both natural disaster and political conflict, resulting in insufficient housing. The HUV is not a cure for homelessness but rather a transitional means of housing.

http://homefree.ning.com/ http://www.thehuvproject.org/

The mission of StandUp For Kids is ending the cycle of youth homelessness. We do this, every day, in cities across America. We carry out our mission through our volunteers who go to the streets in order to find, stabilize and otherwise help homeless and street kids improve their lives. StandUp For Kids is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 1990 to help rescue homeless and at-risk youth. With national headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia StandUp For Kids is run almost entirely by volunteers, and has programs in a number of states.

The purpose of World Homeless Day is to draw attention to homeless people’s needs locally and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness, while taking advantage of the stage an ‘international day’ provides.

http://standupforkids.org

This World Homeless Day website exists to resource local groups to take the concept of World Homeless Day and run with it to benefit homeless people locally in their area. http://www.worldhomelessday.org/


International Homeless Resources

International Homeless Resources Obdachlose Ressourcen (Vienna)


Vienna, Austria Note: these articles are in German


Seit mehr als 25 Jahren ist die "Gruft" Wiens wohl bekannteste Caritas-Einrichtung für obdachlose Menschen. Sie bietet Menschen, die auf der Straße stehen, einen sicheren Zufluchtsort und vor allem menschliche Wärme - 365 Tage im Jahr rund um die Uhr. http://www.gruft.at/

Der Augustin wurde 1995 nach dem Beispiel amerikanischer, britischer oder französischer Straßenzeitungen gegründet. Der Verkauf der Straßenzeitungen hilft Menschen, die aus verschiedenen Gründen vom Arbeitsmarkt ausgeschlossen sind (Obdachlosen, Langzeitarbeitslosen, AsylbewerberInnen u.a.), ihre Not zu lindern. Professionelle SozialarbeiterInnen des Augustin sind an ihrer Seite. Vorrangiges Ziel der Augustin-Sozialarbeit ist aber nicht, die Marginalisierten „jobready“ zu machen, sondern ihren Ausbruch aus der Entmündigung zu fördern. http://www.augustin.or.at

Gemeinsam für Wien

http://www.vinzi.at/vinzenz/frames.html

Der Fonds Soziales Wien (FSW) sorgt dafür, dass Wienerinnen und Wiener die Unterstützung bekommen, die sie brauchen. Das Angebot umfasst Leistungen der Pflege und Betreuung, Behindertenhilfe, Wohnungslosenhilfe sowie Grundversorgung für AsylwerberInnen. Rund 100.000 Wienerinnen und Wiener werden pro Jahr vom FSW und seinen über hundert Partnerorganisationen rasch und individuell unterstützt. Die Tochtergesellschaften des FSW bieten Schuldnerberatung, Hauskrankenpflege, Betreuung in Tageszentren für Seniorinnen und Senioren sowie Wohnmöglichkeiten für wohnungslose Menschen an. http://wohnen.fsw.at/wohnungslos/tages-uberatungszentren/josi.html


The United Kingdom


World Homeless Action Directory is a Collaborative InfoBank on World Homelessness and Hunger. If such things can't be documented properly what hope is there doing anything about them? Be bold and Donate. http://sockbook.referata.com/wiki/Mai n_Page

The Pilion Trust is a charity in London and Wales, UK and their goals are many and varied: To provide relief of sickness and the preservation and protection of health of people irrespective of race, culture, gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, spiritual beliefs, age or disability who are or who have been affected by drug, alcohol misuse, mental ill health or homelessness in particular but not exclusively by the provision of community based support and outreach activities within London Boroughs to begin with then across England and Wales. To provide relief of unemployment for the benefit of the public by offering volunteer, trainee, befriending, coaching and mentoring placements to enable the beneficiaries to gain an NVQ3, equivalent or above qualification and move into permanent employment and a long term career. To advance the awareness and education of the public about the harm of drug and alcohol misuse, issues around homelessness and mental ill health through delivering training, research, advocacy and seminars.

The Pavement is committed to publishing independent advice as well as hard-hitting and entertaining reportage, tailored to a homeless readership within the UK via our regional magazines and UK-wide website. We aim to provide and publicise appropriate information that is objective, timely and relevant on a range of advisory and practical services available to homeless people, as well as news on the issues impacting the homeless and dispossessed from across the UK. Our ultimate goal is to help reduce short-term hardship amongst our readers and longer term to provide them with information to enable them to guide their own futures. The Pavement exists because there was nothing like it, but it fulfils a need. The Pavement is a small charity, founded in the spring of 2005. We distribute The Pavement in London, Scotland and the West Midlands, and we plan to launch in other regions. In London alone, we deliver 4,000+ copies of The Pavement to over 70 hostels, day centres, homeless surgeries, soup-runs and libraries. By using volunteer journalists and homelessness sector professionals, as well as work from the country’s best cartoonists (many of them Private Eye contributors), we’ve achieved a balance of news, features, humour and service listings unlike other publications. Our journalists - trained professionals - cover the news from the streets or news affecting the streets, and we often deal with topics ignored by the mainstream press. Alongside this, other professionals provide features on health, foot care, legal advice and life in hostels, with the back pages given over to The List, a regularly updated directory of homeless services.

They have many more goals and objects and you can learn more about them at the following website:

http://www.thepavement.org.uk http://piliontrust.com


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