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There is so much more that Ronnie and I spoke about.  I would like to figure out how to best support our homeless population.  The people, yes they are people, truly need our support.

We are all connected – how will you help?  Rather, will you help?

I asked Ronnie if he had considered the military.  He lit up, smiled and said yes, but sadly stated, “I don’t know if they will take me with my tattoos.”  I called the Army recruiter and got a message machine at 4:50 PM on Friday.  Well, we don’t know if they will take him.  He has a tattoo over his right eyebrow in addition to his arm and neck and who knows where else.

Another discussion of homelessness in San Jose

California State Senator, Jim Beall
California State Senator, Jim Beall

Today I had lunch with movers and shakers in the Santa Clara county.  State Senator Jim Beall was speaking about issues he is addressing at the state level, which impacts all of us.  Homelessness was one of the various topics he raised.  Ironically, I had raised this conversation, about the homelessness in San Jose, at my table not knowing that Mr. Beall will later raise the issue too.  I was fortunate enough to spend lunch with a couple of very powerful and friendly people.  A philanthropist who I will be following up with.

At one point the conversation turned to women’s rights to decide what happens with their bodies.  Very engaging and enlightening conversation.

A video, maybe the gateway to becoming homeless

When I shared with the philanthopist my current concern, how to compassionately support our homeless population, she shared with me a great video.  The video is not about homelessness, per se, it is rather about the poverty right here in Silicon Valley.  http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/23/opinions/sutter-apple-google-poverty/index.html

What are you doing to make a difference with people?  A hug and a smile often can make a huge difference.