Homeless Nashville

How do you describe being homeless? Growing up in a middle class family, doing all the right things. Then one day, you are on the street.What Happens now?

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Location: Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Now that I am no longer homeless, I still hope to help others. There are a few who truly want off the streets, out of the soup lines. Back to a "normal" way of living. Everyone who is homeless isn't a bum, nor a criminal. There are those that just need a chance. My first day as a homeless person was April 1st, 1997. From then on its been an unreal experience. Not one I would suggest anyone go thru, but one I know I have learned from. I hope in some way this blog helps you, the reader know a little about me. But more important , I hope it helps you understand a little more about homeless people in general.

1.31.2005

Thanks

To everyone who writes, be it a comment left here on the blog or in an email to me directly. It does make a difference. Thank you so much.

1.31.2005

Good morning to all! Great day here. I have a couple of jobs to search out, I found one in the paper and heard about one via word of mouth.
I made a decision on Friday that I would not go to the mission for a meal anymore. I do believe that being dependent on someone else to feed, house and clothe you , breeds dependency. Ok maybe that didn't sound correct, but I think you know what I mean. I need to be self-sufficient. I stopped at a business on Sat evening and made a deal with the owner, I will keep his parking lot clean, he saves his aluminum cans for me. Good deal on both parts. It will only take me 10 minutes to clean the parking lot and he has quite a few cans each week. Usually about 40 pounds.
That will feed me. I will worry about everything else later.
I have some friends who are a lot like me. We don't want a hand out, just a job that will pay a living wage. We have a get together at a local church, its sort of a pot luck thing. Some people wont have anything one week, but we al bring plenty when we can so everyone has a feast. Also the church installed 3 washers and 3 dryers for our use. Its not a wealthy church either and I know it wasn't something they could afford and not have it impact them financially. We are so grateful for them and their assistance to us.
Despite all we try to do, to dispel the stigma the general public has about homeless people, we still get hit with it everywhere we go. Especially a job search.
Employers think we are only there for a handout, for a short term thing. They feel we will get enough money, and then quit after they have invested training in us.
There are some like that and try as we may we cant get them to understand they are hindering ALL of us, not just themselves. I guess some would rather keep their hand out than to use their head and hands to make a honest living. I have lately been trying to convince a local homeless person , of just that. he wont listen though. Shame too, because he could actually impact the homeless cause greatly.Stubborn? No , just would rather let someone care for him than to make a slight effort to do so for himself.
Have a wonderful day everyone, Keep me in your thoughts


1.29.2005

Hold your breath

I think I have gotten about everything back in order. It seems the blog is running right again. I still havent figured a way to backup everything, but I am working on it.
Thanks to all who have emailed and left comments here, I do appreciate it.
Seems old man winter decided to visit us for a short time again. Not much rain, but some wind and colder temperatures.
I had some other plans for today , but I decided that I needed to get this blog back up and running again.
I wish it was summer.

Some help needed

I am looking for soneone who can do some graphic design. Nothing fancy and right now no funds to pay with. I do however want to pay for services rendered, just will take some time to do. Please drop me a line if you can help..Thanks so much

Having trouble still.

I may need some advice on this one. Everytime I go to republish my blog it disappears. SO again I have changed templates.I am going to add content one at a time and see if that helps. Sorry I am not posting anything worthwhile, but sometimes thats just the way it is.

Gmail invites

If you wold like a Gmail invite, please leave your name and email address in a comment to this post or you can email me direct with the information.

1.28.2005

Whew

Ok,,used up all my time just getting this thing back together. I still have some work as you can see. But maybe tomorrow I will get it al llined out.,
Have a great night

AHHH no glitch

I am in the process of returning links to this page,,It may take awhile but I will stick with it, I DID however learn I need to figure out how to backup my blog. Which here at the library might be a chore...

Temporary Loss

Unless there is just a temporary glitch in the blogger system,,I have lost all my blog!
Hang in there while I figure this out. I have tried to republish several times and nothing seems to work..

1.27.2005

1.27.2005

Good afternoon to all!Another weekend is upon us.
Be glad when summer gets here though. At least tourist watching is something to do. There is a car show in town though. That might take up an afternoon this weekend. Not much on the job situation to report. I keep applying though. SOMETHING, is bound to happen sooner or later. I keep telling myself that anyway.SO many seem to be ignorant of the fact that not all homeless want to sit around and be cared for like children. There are those of us that truly want a better situation for ourselves and are willing to work for it.
I hope things are brighter in your world!

1.26.2005

1.26.2005

Good morning to everyone!
Ever have one of those feelings something good is about to happen? I have had that kind of a feeling since I woke up this morning. Maybe its just wishful thinking on my part.
Its very nice weather out. Feels like spring. I miss being in the country. ALl the sights and smells. I really like raising cattle. Putting up hay in the summer. Fishing, hunting, having a garden to tend to. A good life.
Maybe one day, one can only hope, I can go back to a life like that.
Miss having a dog too, always had at least one in my life all the time. Funny how you take so much for granted. I am tired of coming to the library day after day, tired of sitting, wasting what little life I have left. Its especially hard knowing that I could be doing SOMETHING, if given the chance. One's mind starts to dull after a time. I have a friend I talk to almost everyday. He and I discuss everything from sports to politics, actually there isnt much we dont talk about. Its the only decent conversation I get. Does a person deserve to cease to exsist , when they become homeless? Is there no path back to a normal life? I dont know
Have a good day everyone.

1.25.2005

1.25.2005

Good Morning! Wonderfully sunny day here in Nashville.
I saw something that I know happens alot, but, it still bothered me yesterday.
A young woman pushing a baby in a stroller was looking for help getting home to Minnesota. I directed her to a couple of places I felt would help her. It was so sad. SHe was probably mid 20s , her baby was 17 months. She was in a local homeless shelter and working, when the babysitting service that was reccomended to her went AWOL. She lost her job, because she could find no place to leave her baby. I thought about her and the baby all night. I wish them well.
People don't realize the makeup of the homeless population.
I have some more to post today, but I need to check on a job. I hope I can make it back later.
Have a wonderful day everyone

1.24.2005

Homes for All Part 4

Do I think the Mayors plan will work. In a word, NO. Why?
First I have to question why anyone would bring forth a government plan for anything, without first having some inkling as to where the money is coming from to operate the plan. Be nice to actually have money already earmarked for it.
Secondly this is a "10 year plan" , the mayor leaves office in less than two years.Who is to say the next mayor is going to support this.
A 10 year plan. IN 10 years I will be 61. It may be too late for myself and others as it is, but Mr Mayor, your plan isn't designated to begin for TWO years. We are getting older and many of us are dying out here.
Next, I think it is political posturing. Just something that when Mayor Purcell runs for his next political position, he uses as " look what I began".
And, I believe this is not an issue for the soley the government to be dealing with.
It is a social issue. Face it, the government could house me, feed me, clothe me, educate me, but not get me a job. Unless one is going to work for the government , Mayor Purcell can't supply the first job. The private sector has to be the primary force behind this. The Nashville Symphony Hall will cost about $120 million dollars, private monies of course, but, it shows what the private sector can do , if they want to. By the way I don't begrudge that money spent, I think it will be a wonderful addition to the Nashville music scene.
The private sector has to supply the jobs, and even the training. They know what kinds of workers they need, and to be able to train them the way they want to should be a plus for them, an incentive to invest in the community.
Mr. Mayor, you plan is all well and good, if you succeed in seeing it thru , I will commend you, but, the time isn't on my side or the side of others.

1.24.2005

Good morning to all! Looks like my page views are creeping up faster , but still no comments. Either I am not saying anything worthwhile to elicit a comment, or everyone is just surfing Blogger.
I spent most of the weekend trying to stay warm. I am truly tired of all this. I have been for some time. I have come to the conclusion that being homeless means you no longer have choices with things that matter. Like where you live, what you eat, what you wear, etc. I have no choices open to me. Somewhere I recently read an article by a homeless person that siad to be homeless is a "right". Well, maybe thats true, but its not something I want.
Looks like library security is on the prowl today. They seem to come up with something new every week. For awhile they were measuring bags that the homeless brought in , they couldn't be over a certain length or you were asked to leave. A few homeless noticed the bags that the kids were bringing in were much longer and that seemed to stop the measuring.
I don't know if its a game to them or just something to keep them busy. Some, ok 3 of the guards are pretty nice folks. They do their duty, but they do it in a respectful manner and they don't take issue with who you are or where you live. They treat everyone the same. Like the librarians, there are a few, ok 4, who treat homeless like everyone else. And they get treated with respect as well. The others, well I guess they wish we would go somewhere so they could take a nap.
Have a safe and happy day everyone.

1.22.2005

1.22.2005

Wow what a change in the weather! Gonna be 21 tonite.
I witnessed an interesting thing yesterday here at the library. I was in the periodicals area reading , a man and woman in their late 50's maybe early 60's were sitting across from me. The man had dozed off for a bit, it was rather warm in here. The library security people came along, looked at him and passed right on by. Stopping directly behind him to usher out a homeless man.
This gentlemans wife woke him up, saying"wake up, they don't allow people to sleep in here". Which it is against the rules, understandably. But then one of the security people , in a whisper told them it was ok, he knew that they were not homeless.
Two sets of rules I guess. The couple seemed visibly perplexed about the situation. I told them it, sadly , wasn't unusual. They said they were going to speak to someone in charge about it, I hope they did.
Most people in downtown Nashville are pretty understanding and tolerant of homeless.
But a few, and many of those who let a smigen of power go to their heads, seem to want to harrass homeless as much as possible.
There is a parking garage adjacent to the back door to the library. I good place to wait when the weather is nasty. There is a guard(s) that stroll thru there from time to time, if they deem everyone there is homeless, you get run out. BUT there are people who are not homeless in there, everyone stays, they won't ask them to leave.
You leave the downtown area and the people and police are much nicer. I have a police officer who has befriended me. He tells me the officers downtown are the ones they don't know what to do with. Arrogant, and a few other adjectives I won't print here. You can acutally see what he says is true. For the most part the downtown officers have some kind of a chip on their shoulders. NOT ALL. But most.
.Nashville was rated as the 18th worst city in America in treating the homeless.It will get worse I fear.

1.21.2005

My Story Part Four

I didn't hang around the mission during the day. I was always out looking for work.
Back at the old mission( they have changed the rules now) a person could go in at 10 pm. After they had their evening service and assigned beds to those who attended their religious service.
I have to stop and say that, the religious service they put on is supposed to be non-denonminational. Although the head man has said numerous times that "the Pope is going to hell".
I would wait outside with others who didn't want to attend the service, some who were high on drugs or alcohol. When it was cold , there were a couple of the supervisiors who would let us in early. Some who seemed to drag their feet also.
Now the mission has different rules.
You have to attend evening service to get a bed and to get breakfast the next morning. They don't let anyone in for breakfast that didn't stay there the night before.
Also on Sundays , you have to attend their noon service to gut the noon meal.
Back when I first got there, it was hard to stay , but I didn't know anything about being on the street. Someone should make a handbook! I made friends with a gentleman , who was outside most nights waiting to get in as I was. He aksed one day if I would like to work. Well I jumped at the chance and didn't bother to ask what it was I would be doing or what it paid.
He took me and a few others to the Municipal Auditorium. Cleanup after a concert. We got $40. The Manager of the cleanup crew , J I will call her, told me to come back anytime, And I did. Everytime the Auditorium had anything going on I worked. Many weeks I worked as much or more than the full timers they had there.
About everyone at the place got to know me and I not only got to enjoy the shows, many times I was asked to work the shows as well as clean up afterwards. A plus for me.
Along about this time I also learned about the Flea Market at the State Fairgrounds once a month.
People who were setting up to sell would hire guys like me to help them unload their goods on Fridays, then load them back up on Sundays. I got a few regular customers there and usually walked away with about $250 for the weekend. I was wishing they had the flea market every weekend!
I actually was able to get a room in a boarding house for a short time. It was clean, sort of quiet, and all I could afford.
Shortly thereafter the management of the cleanup crew changed and they quit letting homeless come in, and hired thru a temp agency. And the temp agency had their own picks, and I wasn't one of them.
WIth only my money from the Fairgrounds coming in, it was back to the Mission.
Thats how it seems to be with those struggling to get off the streets. You make one step forward and get set back two steps.


1.20.2005

1.20.2005

Been really hard to get online to Blogger today. So this will be a short post.
I hope everyone is wonderful and healthy.
I have a couple of job leads I am working on , wish me luck!
I also have a couple of Gmail invites left if anyone wants one, I really like the service so far.
More tomorrow, and good news I HOPE
Bye for now

1.19.2005

1.19.2005

Good afternoon! Well the phone situation is down the drain, I would have to buy a new one, AND since I was robbed, thats out of the question. Back to square one. But thats not so bad, been there before so I know what to expect.
Seems the library security guards havent anything to do, so they are on a homeless bust. They are wandering around looking for homeless to bust out of the library. It happens from time to time, then I guess they meet their quota and they leave everyone alone for a month or so.
Really absurd that this place has so many guards patroling. IN groups of 3 or more no less. Waste of taxpayers money.
Ok, I need to lighten up!
Weather has changed for the better. Its actually nice out.
I wish everyone a wonderful rest of the day!

1.18.2005

1.18.2005

Such a wonderful weekend. Sat evening, I was mugged and had my phone destroyed( they told me my homeowners insurance would cover it , uh huh, like i have that) and ever last dollar I had to run me to spring taken. WOnderful,. Then it turns colder again. I guess life could be worse though.
I now have to find a way to get another phone , then change the number on the applications I put in for jobs.
I hope everyone's weekend was much better than mine.

1.15.2005

1.15.2005

Very nice day here in Nashville. Cool, but sunny.
I hope your weekend , where ever you are is wonderful.
Not a lot to write about today, I haven't much time. I got several emails I had to answer so , with my limited time, I won't be putting much on here today. I will however be in tomorrow.
Nothing on the job search front yet. But I am still hopeful.
One thing I would like to say, to any homeless here in Nashville that read this blog. We need to clean up! The little park across from the library is a mess. With so much trash that could be put in the proper containers, people urinating in the bushes( thats disgusting and so needless, no wonder the general public takes such a dim view of all of us)its a mess. CLEAN UP! Then clean yourselves up. There are free showers all over town. USE ONE! Please. In order for the Mayors plan, or any plan for that matter, to get us off the streets to work, WE have to hold up our end of the bargain. And part of that is stop living like pigs. TODAY!

1.14.2005

1.14.2005

One Month Aniversary! Hard to believe I have had almost 500 hits. I know that doesn't sound like alot but its about 499 more than I thought I would get.
Now to work on getting a few of you to comment!
I haven't had time to post alot , what with looking for a job and some writing I have done. You may note the letter to the Mayor. It took awhile,these computers here at the library are nice, but there are some technical problems with them, and coupled with the fact I get only two hours.
I forgot about Martin Luther King's B-day on Monday, so the library will be closed and of course no posts from me.

To Mayor Purcell

To Nashville Mayor Purcell,
I have read with a great deal of personal interest, your plan to end
homelessness in Nashville in 10 years. I commend you for the thought.
Let me first say that I believe that homelessness is a social issue,
much more than a issue for the government. This coming from a 50
something homeless man. You plan has merits, but is the best use of
taxpayer monies being utilized? And when you are gone from the Mayors
office will this continue or be shoved under a bureaucratic rug?
The high points of your plan as stated in the Tennessean were.
1.Construct homeless shelters and affordable housing.
2.Improve health-care services
3.Create a street outreach team to help the homeless access the
services available
and make sure those released from hospitals and jails connect with
services they need.
4.Develop job training and employment programs for homeless people who
can work.Provide access to financial assistance to those who can't
work.

All commendable points Mr. Mayor. Let's first discuss the homeless population.
The task force you sent to the streets found 1800 homeless in shelters
and on the streets. Well I wasn't counted and since your survey I have
found over 50 others that weren't counted as well. How about, just for
round numbers we say 2000. I think thats a low number but for this
purpose I will use it.
Now lets break that number down .
The US Conference of Mayors survey found that :

8 percent are families
79 percent men,
13 percent women
1 percent youth

To further break the population down from the same survey:

11 percent are mentally ill
15 percent substance abusers
12 percent are employed
13 percent are veterans

of the families
90 percent are single-parent families
50 percent are family members who are children.

Lets then factor in our population to these numbers.
On the streets of Nashville we have :
220 persons who are mentally ill. Unable to care for themselves.
300 are substance abusers.
240 are employed
260 are veterans of our military
160 are within some type of family structure

Assuming that the percentages hold true , we have about 1400 people
needing housing, training and a job that pays a living wage.
(220 mentally ill, 300 substance abusers who would need to complete
and abuse program before anything else , and 80 children. would add up
to 600, subtracting those 600 from our original 2000 leaves 1400. 240
are employed but apparently not making a wage that will allow them to
get off the streets)
Ok so we have 1400 people needing jobs , a place to stay,
transportation, food, clothing, etc. How can we get the most bang for
the taxpayer buck?
Build more housing? I have to be honest with you Mayor, not many
would want to live in the housing projects Nashville has now. Would
you? Granted a person in my present state shouldn't be picky, but
thats why I am not at the Nashville Mission. Where I live is safe,
relatively private, clean. Yes I am homeless, but I don't live in
filth. What would be needed would be short term housing. What do you
use when you go out of town, for short term housing for you and your
family. A hotel. There are a few in this area that are closed. Perfect
to be re-habed into homes for singles and families, with small
kitchens.
Granted they would have to be fenced, with security, and with some
rules as well.
But you would thin out a few of that 1400 along the way with rules.
Education. Nashville State would be would be a great place for
homeless to be educated or retrained.The Campus for Human development
is available for GED training. I would suggest onsite at the housing
units, an educational building be built, with computers, books and
educational materials to help people move back into the everyday
working world, educators to help with the training .(transitional
meetings and classes)
Transportation. Bus service while within the program,. but some help
after, to find a vehicle . Every decent job isn't on the bus lines.
Health care. Everyone, including homeless, needs quality healthcare. I
know its an issue for everyone. more on this later.
Assistance with services. There will be many different offices
involved in this, but the homeless aren't able to travel all over
Metro to access them. One office, one stop.
Mr. Mayor, have you thought about the increase of the homeless
population when word gets out about this? You may need to factor this
in. Room in the Inn brings an influx every fall to Nashville, this
would too.
Rules. There needs to be some practicality brought to this. You won't
get every homeless person to buy into this. Some are looking for that
free ride.
Put some rules on it.
1.No alcohol or drug use.(HEALTH CARE)
2. No tobacco use( HEALTH CARE)
3. Grades must be maintained at a c or above level.
4. Attendance to transitional meetings and classes is mandatory

and so on.

Instead of starting in two years, Mr. Mayor this could be done in 6 months.
In place, running and proving itself before you leave office.
Its not perfect, but its a viable plan that gets the show on the road.

Whats the main thing that can be done?
The general public looks at a homeless person as
Dirty
Lazy(panhandling)
uneducated
criminal
generally worthless

Bad as I hate to say, in some cases they are right. But in many more
they are totally wrong. If yours or any plan is to work, the general
public needs educated as well. For they are the ones who will be
hiring FORMER homeless. Renting to FORMER homeless. Providing
banking and other services to FORMER homeless.
Those FORMER homeless don't need to carry an incorrect stigma into
these relations.

--
Homeless Nashville
http://homelessnashville.blogspot.com
Nashville, Tennessee,USA

1.13.2005

Gmail invite

I have a couple of Gmail invites if anyone would like one
I need a name and email address.

MISSING PERSONS

If you have a friend or loved one who may be in the Nashville area. Please leave a post for them in this thread. More and more homeless in Nashville are reading this blog and I will also try to get the word out myself.
Please if you are looking for someone , give as many details as you can about them. Many times we know someone only by their first name .

1.12.2005

1.12.2005

''People see a poor little cat shivering on the street and they give it a bowl of milk.But they see a person shivering out in the cold and they want to walk by him. Something's wrong with that.''

Nashville Vice Mayor Howard Gentry.

In many ways I agree with the VM. I have been on the other side of the coin that I am on now.People do ignore the homeless and hope we go away or at the very least don't bother them. I can see their point, most folks have all they can do to support themseleves without handing anything out to a stranger. The Mayor recently outlined a plan to get the homeless off Nashville's streets and back into the mainstream. Will it work? It will for a few. Government plans always do work for a few. The problem is how do you have a plan that covers all? Meets the needs of everyone on the street? For one thing is the plan prepared to cover the hundreds of homeless this will attract from all over the country? I doubt it. Nashville attracts many homeless here for the winter now. The Room in the Inn draws many to Nashville. Its a program run by the Campus for Human Develpment. Area Churchs provide transportation, meals and bedding for a night for homeless people. It runs 7 nights a week and takes in many homeless. I have never partaken of the services, but I hear many good things about it.Clothing, showers and many other services are provided by the church's.
But like I said many people come here for that very reason, and any major Government program would attract many many more. Does that make ANY program feasible?

On the other side,Richard Ropelewski. He owns Stuttgart South auto repair on 7th ave south.
When all your food is provided and you get free clothes and a place to stay, why should you change? The city just needs to get out of the homeless business.


I see his point and see it daily. When a person first becomes homeless, they do everything in their power to find work, find shelter, eat. And most find the doors closed to them that used to be open. His words may ring cruel to many, but he still has a point. But for many, after awhile, it becomes easier to just go with the flow. Stay homeless. Because it seems everything you try , just fails and you can only take so much failure. I have been on the streets so long now its going to be VERY tough for me to find a decent, steady job. But I haven't, and hope I never reach the point I give up. If I could make Mr.Ropelewski and others understand one thing, that would be that for whatever reasons a person became homeless, many DON'T want to stay that way. We want jobs, homes, loved ones to share life with.

I got sidetracked from what I was going to write today. My two hours are almost up so I will have to try to get to it tomorrow. Have a wonderful day everyone!



1.11.2005

Links for Nashville homeless

  • Nashville Rescue Mission

  • Campus for Human Development/Room in the Inn

  • National Healthcare for the Homeless Council

  • The Downtown Clinic

  • House of Mercy

  • Operation Stand Down

  • Second Harvest

  • Nashville Peace and Justice Center

  • Safe Haven

  • Metro Task Force

  • Hands On Nashville

  • My Story 3

    Life at the Nashville Mission.
    Wow! The first day I walked to the mission, I could smell it before I could see it.
    I had looked in the phone book to find a mission. Back home there were two in the local city, I know because from the time I was a kid , my Grandparents always took part of our harvest to them. When I reached adulthood, I did the same. Now I was looking to benefit from someone else's charity.
    The old Nashville mission was dirty, bug and rat infested, reeked of human body odors. And that was on the good days. At that time I had some part time jobs. I worked at the Municipal Auditorium whenever they had a show on the cleanup crew. One weekend a month I went to the Fairgrounds and worked unloading and loading back up the flea-marketers.
    The Auditorium job was great. I could get there at 7 or 8 in the evening and nap until time to work at around 10:30 or 11:00. It was clean-up work of course, but easy and the pay wasn't too bad, all cash. The supervisor loved to see me come. She knew that the area I was assigned would get clean and they wouldn't get a hard time from me. I would finish up my assigned areas before 2 a.m., then I had the rest of the night to sleep. I even had a storage area with a cot in it she let me use.I worked there for two years. Then the company that took over wouldn't allow homeless to work. Shame, because the city saved money and the homeless benefited as well.
    The Fairgrounds flea-market used to be a good money maker as well. I would unload vendors on Friday( I had my own "customers" who would wait on me to unload them ) then on Sundays, load them all back up in their wehicles. On most weekends I made $200.00, sadly the Fairgrounds is being run in the ground by mis-management.
    Back to the mission. I usually make friends very easily, but now I didn't know whom to trust and was pretty wary. I did however meet two wonderful gentlemen. I will call them S and G. S was about 5 years my senior, the most talented artistic person I have ever known. A educated, wonderful conversationalist, he and I spent a lot of time talking about everything under the sun. S was diagnosed schizophrenic with depression as well. And he didn't function well outside the walls of the mission. I learned that in almost 8 years he had left the mission only abut a half dozen times.He was never married and from what I gather had been on the streets of Nashville since about 1978.He didn't trust many people, although he was friendly with all. I counted and still count him as my friend.
    G. G was comical at times. In an accident years earlier( he was hit in the head by the forks on a forklift)he now had seizures at an alarming rate as a result. But, he would laugh constantly, even at himself. Music was is thing, especially the old heavy metal groups. G was married at one time, and from what I could make out he had children, but as most homeless was not willing to discuss details.
    There is somewhat of a happy ending to the story of these two. Fast friends , they looked out for one another. G was able to get some Government help, enough that he was able to get housing. And of course he took his buddy S with him. I haven't seen them in awhile, but last time, they were getting along fine. My prayers are that that harmony continues.

    1.11.2005

    Good Morning! I very rainy day here in Nashville. Thunderstorms going on!
    I hope everyone likes the new look, I felt it was time for a change. The old look was pretty plain. I saved the old template before trying anything and was able to take my changes from it and add it too this template.
    No news on the job scene, but I have high hopes.
    Still looking for someone who is a graphic artist. I need a logo for some bumperstickers and such. There are some guidelines to it that have to be followed( the company that makes everything has their guidelines). Anyone who might be able to help would be appreciated!
    Its very difficult for homeless in the winter. It rains here, seldom snows. Therefore homeless tend to get wet and with now way to dry off, they stay that way all day and sometimes into the night. Colds and the flu are pretty rampant and occasionally there will be those with pneumonia. The diet of most homeless doesn't help matters any at all.
    I have some appointments, I hope to post more this afternoon.
    Have a great day everyone!

    1.10.2005

    1.10.2005

    Good Morning to everyone! The bug is about gone and do I ever feel better!
    I have some appointments today for jobs and also I am going to the local newspapers as well.
    I also have an idea I want to pursue , but i need the services of a graphic designer.As funds are low, ok almost non-exsistent, maybe they would let me pay later for services. I don't want a freebie. If anyone is or knows someone that would help, please have them email me asap!
    I started this blog not really knowing where to go with it or what to do with it. But in a hurry I think it has done the one thing I hoped for,and that is given me some new light on life. New ideas, from others as well as myself, have generated some postive energy in me.
    Have a wonderful day everyone, cross you fingers for good luck for me!

    1.09.2005

    1.09.2005

    I had an email from someone today that, well I felt I had to comment on it and Hope that my comments help.
    A gentleman told me his daughter, son-in-law and their baby were about to become homeless.That in itself is sad. But he also stated they were taking it as a joke.
    To these two people and anyone who may believe being homeless is "easy street" . Come spend a week with me. 24 hours a day , for 7 days. I will show you "easy street".
    Please, don't look on this as a light-hearted affair. I see so many young people who believe that in a year or two they will go back to the real world.
    I hope they can, but I have to tell you the longer you are here, the harder it is to get back to a normal way of living. And living on the street is NOT the place for a child.
    Please, do anything you can to stay where you are. Seek out those who love you and let them help.

    1.09.2005

    A SUNNY Sunday here in Nashville. I am happy for that. Also thank you to all that have posted and written! Rachel, I took your suggestion to heart and have written to three local papers. Thank you.
    This bug still has me, but I do feel better inside and thats what counts.

    1.08.2005

    1.08.2005

    Good Morning to all. I had a comment by a regular reader that I would like to share. She stated that maybe I could find some work blogging or maybe as a freelance writer , writing about the homeless. I think that may be a great way for me to do a good thing and maybe make enough to get myself off the street.
    How about some ideas? Can't hurt to put your two cents worth in. You have no idea how much I would appreciate it.

    1.07.2005

    1.07.2005

    Another rainy day in Nashville.
    I am still battling the flu, or the symptoms anyway, I got my feet a little wet this morning, I hope that doesnt add fuel to the fire.
    Not alot of news around town these days. Seems when the weather turns everyone kind of hibernates.
    I have a friend I haven't seen in a couple of months. With no way to get in touch with him, I just pray he is ok.
    Days like this, I wish there was something I could do.
    I am going tomorrow to put in job applications again. I was going today, but it was all I could do to drag myself here this morning. So I hope to work on my resume some this afternoon and tweak it a little. Who knows maybe it will catch someone's attention.
    Wish me luck!

    1.05.2005

    1.05.2005

    Sorry I have been lax in posting lately, I have been fighting the flu bug. I think it is winning though. The new years weather here has been pretty good so far. Tolerable even.
    I will post more on my life as soon as I can. Please ask any questions you may have. I really don't mind answering.

    1.03.2005

    1.03.2005

    HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone.
    I am finally back at it. I spent the holidays keeping warm at first. It was a very cold Christmas, but has warmed to enjoyable temperatures now.
    I would like to be able to say I am happy to be back here, but I am not. I would much rather be working and living in a home.
    Thnaks to eveyone who sent gifts. I appreciate them much more than words could ever express. You are all wonderful people.
    I wish everyone a safe day.
    Life goes on