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Non Duplicated Services: Homeless Sheltering for single women without addictions or children

There are many shelters in our area which will help homeless pregnant women or women with dependent children. HOWEVER there are few (I think one) that will help a woman without children unless they have an addiction and none that will accept a woman with her pet. This is a serious gap in services.

A widely growing trait of homeless people after they have lost everything is an extreme attachment to their pet or pets, often dogs. These comfort animals are the last thing they have and provide companionship and a feeling of better safety. Often the woman will choose to sleep on the street with their pet rather than be alone in a shelter. This is not just “I like my pet”: this is a serious psychological dependency on the pet and separation results in serious anxiety. And it is becoming more common.

Shelters refuse pets because some children are afraid of animals and sometimes pets make messes. While some shelters will allow pets with a doctor’s letter documenting the need, getting medical certification of this need apparently takes several visits (at a cost) to the homeless person, so they will actually go months without shelter.

This is unacceptable. While talking about this situation with staff at a local shelter last week, we agreed there is a need for shelters who will accept women who are not pregnant, addicted, or with dependent children with their comfort animal.

I am interested in talking with 1) other social local agencies and 2) philanthropists who would like to help solve this problem. My daytime office phone Tuesday through Friday 11:00-4:00 is 260.432.0014 extension 128.

John D. Nash, CEO
Adult Life Training, Inc.


Money is Fun! If you have some!

In the last 20 years or so as the economy has become worse and worse an increasing number of capable but poor young couples, single parents, and seniors have been made homeless. These people would work and support themselves if only they were permitted to do so. A huge part of this problem is debt, in particular student loan debt. Those who are still in their own homes are hanging on by a thread usually because most or all their income is lost to debt service. 

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Two youths in uptown, chicago, illinois, a neighborhood of poor white southerners.

Recognizing that this fundamental and preventable problem is so important is the motivation for provision of the free and open to the public Dave Ramsey Financial Peace training offered by Adult Life Training, Inc.

The next class starts Monday Jan 2, 2017  6:00-8:00PM and this is a great way to start a new year and a better life. A “Membership Kit” can be purchased from the Ramsey organization, but it is entirely optional.Here is a link to register for class or to buy materials to give as Christmas presents to those you love. http://fpu.com/1031451 

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Interested people (or families, or groups) can also call Abundant Life Church at 260.432.0014 for additional information, to register, or to arrange training through your own church or organization.It’s bad but it’s not hopeless: none of us has all the answers but together we can do more than any of us can achieve alone.

LESSON DAYS AND TIMES
Super Saving 01-02-2017 | 6:00pm
Relating With Money 01-09-2017 | 6:00pm
Cash Flow Planning 01-16-2017 | 6:00pm
Dumping Debt 01-23-2017 | 6:00pm
Buyer Beware 01-30-2017 | 6:00pm
The Role of Insurance 02-06-2017 | 6:00pm
Retirement and College Planning 02-13-2017 | 6:00pm
Real Estate and Mortgages 02-20-2017 | 6:00pm
The Great Misunderstanding 02-27-2017 | 6:00pm

Roll Debt Free!

 

zDebt is as common in America today as expensive gourmet coffee and rush hour traffic. But here’s the good news. Anyone with debt can get rid of it. Ditching debt is 80% behavior change and 20% head knowledge.

The next class will start Monday Jan 2, 2017 6:00-8:00PM and this is a great way to start a new year and a better life. Here is a link to register or buy materials to give as Christmas presents to those you love. http://fpu.com/1031451

Get Started Now

LESSON DAYS AND TIMES
Super Saving 01-02-2017 | 6:00pm
Relating With Money 01-09-2017 | 6:00pm
Cash Flow Planning 01-16-2017 | 6:00pm
Dumping Debt 01-23-2017 | 6:00pm
Buyer Beware 01-30-2017 | 6:00pm
The Role of Insurance 02-06-2017 | 6:00pm
Retirement and College Planning 02-13-2017 | 6:00pm
Real Estate and Mortgages 02-20-2017 | 6:00pm
The Great Misunderstanding 02-27-2017 | 6:00pm

Money is Fun! If you have some!

In the last 20 years or so as the economy has become worse and worse an increasing number of capable but poor young couples, single parents, and seniors have been made homeless. These people would work and support themselves if only they were permitted to do so. A huge part of this problem is debt, in particular student loan debt. Those who are still in their own homes are hanging on by a thread usually because most or all their income is lost to debt service. 

Picture of Poverty in Chicago, IL USA

Two youths in uptown, chicago, illinois, a neighborhood of poor white southerners.

Recognizing that this fundamental and preventable problem is so important is the motivation for provision of the free and open to the public Dave Ramsey Financial Peace training offered by both Adult Life Training, Inc. and Abundant Life Church. The next classes start in September, with one beginning Mondays 6:00PM-8:00PM and two others Wednesdays 7:30PM-9:30PM ( one for college age students and the other for adults).

 

Links to register on-line are http://www.daveramsey.com/fpu/locations/class/1026344 (starting Wed 9/7) and http://www.daveramsey.com/fpu/locations/class/1022752 (starting Mon 9/19). CalendarA “Membership Kit” can be purchased from the Ramsey organization, but it is entirely optional. Interested people (or families, or groups) can also call Abundant Life Church at 260.432.0014 for additional information, to register, or to arrange training through your own church or organization.

It’s bad but it’s not hopeless: none of us has all the answers but together we can do more than any of us can achieve alone.


But Where Do You Begin?

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From a post on Google Plus by Carlos Corea:

We are living in a world populated on the extremes of wealth and/or poverty. Sometimes we feel sad for the less fortunate, but, most of the time, that is an emotional reaction that has the tendency towards charity, instead of directing our efforts for fixing the structural problem: the social structure allows and encourage the unequal distribution of resources, being extremely difficult to envision a formula for a better world.
While the wealthy congratulate themselves for being wealthy and blame the poor for being “lazy”, in every generation that inequity reproduces itself augmenting the social gap.

What can we do to ameliorate the fate of the 1 billion + of people who survive with less than $2/day?

Or, are we really content about the world’s situation?

And a comment by MissV LovingMe:

Not content at all but it’s such a huge problem where does one begin

Where do you begin? At home. On your street. In your town. It takes about two years of personal one on one mentoring, but it does work.

Or if you are uncomfortable doing the work yourself, help an organization that already is committed to this task: the Salvation Army, the local Rescue Mission, The Homeless Coalition of Fort Wayne, or a job skills company such as Adult Life Training, Inc. which teaches hard and soft job skills, for free. Volunteer your time, share material goods that you no longer need, or make a financial contribution consistent with your personal financial means.

The journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step. It is not hopeless unless you never begin. Call, email, or write to these organizations today so that you can get started changing your little piece of the world for better.