I was a the 21st Century Democratic club meeting on Friday, November 13, 2015. An amazing conversation about homelessness, the financial impact and what we can do to move about and beyond homelessness. Jennifer Loving of Destination Home spoke. Very engaging. I spoke up that none of the solutions will take three years. They can all be accomplished in 24 hours – Set your mind to it!
We can accomplish anything – Set your mind to it.
We can end homelessness – if we set our mind to it.
We can build shelters for people in record time – if we set our mind to it.
We can feed the world – if we set our mind to it.
We can cure diseases – if we set our mind to it.
We can end terrorism – if we set our mind to it.
We can build a house in under three hours – if we set our mind to it.
What would you make happen – if you set your mind to it?
Put yourself on alert – what will you take on today?
You may have read my story about finding my brother. I have not said much since then other than my visits to the homeless task force meetings.
My brother was able to stay at with my son for about 90 days and then he transitioned into a Transitional Housing Unit (THU). He has been there a little over two weeks. There is no click your heals option as there was in the Wizard of Oz. He has a long road before him. I’m most thankful that his daughter, Emily, has been available to support him along this journey.
I’ve been there when I can.
Imagine if you will, there is a line. That line is between supporting and pushing. It is my nature to appreciate someone’s support – well, when it is offered in a way that I can accept it. Pushing simply does not work for me.
My brother, Randy, is much like me in that regard. He appreciates the support but strongly resists pushing.
I intend to create time to visit with my brother as his mind and schedule start to allow.
As the county board of supervisors begins to review the options forwarded to it from the Task Force on Homelessness, I’ll be requesting that you email, write letters and make phone calls to your elected officials. I will alert you that Mr. Wasserman is on the task force and he warned the public to be aware that money for these suggestions still needs to be located. We, the community present, pointed to the article in the Mercury News stating the County is spending $500 MILLION dollars each year for services for the homeless. Of course you can’t simply move money in its entirety that $500 MILLION to cover these newly suggested programs. However, we know that funding these new programs will reduce the drag on $500 MILLION.
If you are interested on having your elected officials supporting these new programs, let me know and I’ll keep up to date.
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