Enormous gratitude for all the donations received recently for the homeless! Received were two bags of clothing, and also over 30 puzzles ranging in size from 500-2,000 pieces and a TV with built-in VCR player was donated by ONE person’s family alone! I collected the last of the current donations this afternoon–with promise to donate again in the future! #Awesome!!! The excitement by puzzle enthusiasts at the homeless shelter is indescribable–I was greeted with big eyes and a near scream with the first load of puzzles! I can’t thank Liz and my other followers enough for the joy brought to so many people! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
If you have something to donate, please let me know! Options are unlimited! Cross & Crown Church MOH is also in need of clothing, especially socks, shoes, and underwear. Please see my page about MOH here.
This is the time of year when everyone looks to give to others. The holidays have a dramatic effect on people and I am no exception. I celebrate Christmas and my birthday is coming up very soon. Recent tweets by Jeff Shuey and Lotay Yang have inspired me! My mind is racing, contemplating what effort I might be able to do in celebration of my birthday and Christmas?! I would give anything to be able to organize an effort for a van to be donated to Cross and Crown Church so they can help the homeless! But that sadly is expensive and probably not as realistic a short-term goal at this time. So then what would be?! Perhaps I could organize a Christmas party and/or gifts for the homeless–maybe local businesses might be willing to donate? Gift certs and gift cards, free meals, gas cards, auto repair, clothes, shoes/boots…??? Maybe I could open a special PayPal account? I want to do something special for everyone! What can I do?!
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Each and every Saturday of the year the volunteers with the Ministry of Hope at Cross and Crown Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois, serve a feast for the homeless and low-income of the area. Approximately 50 to 70 people enjoy the hot breakfast and lunch each week. Many partake in the opportunity to attend a worship service.
The volunteers and pastors of Cross and Crown are a gift from God to the homeless. They live from their hearts, offering smiles, joy, friendship, hope and support to all who need. They serve delicious meals, give clothing, bikes, and more. They give transportation to and from the church in a church member’s van. The Ministry of Hope is NOT even part of the church budget–all costs come out of their own pockets!
The Ministry of Hope volunteers are absolutely amazing! I honestly don’t know how such a small church can do so much for so many! Some may remember that it was this same church that was vandalized around Christmastime. There was an outpouring of support from communities all around, including an awesome new Christmas tree to replace the one that was damaged by the vandalism.
I felt glad that this church was able to celebrate Christmas and feel the warmth of the community help that we homeless feel when we go to the Ministry of Hope on Saturdays. I hope to return the love and kindness someday by finding a way to help them myself, perhaps by finding them a new or used van of their own to give us rides in to and from the church. It would even grant the church the ability to give us rides to the church on Sundays so that we may attend the regular worship service–something many of us wish to do but can’t get to the church on our own.
View a pdf file about the Ministry of Hope.
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The From the Heart to the Hip fundraiser for PADS of Elgin last night was a success! Over $1,400 was raised! Woohoo!! There were a lot of raffles with happy winners! I was there and spoke on helping the homeless. I met several current followers and future ones–pleased to meet you!!! As always, I welcome comments in person and any other contact method–email, leave a message on my phone, send a fax, tweet me on Twitter, reply to my blog…
I had a great time last night! The dancers shimmied their way to my heart with their obvious happiness and beautiful dances, and all for a good cause! A table of donated articles of clothing, gloves, toilet paper, and so many other things was stacked full for the Elgin homeless! I met Elgin PADS executive director Dennis Hewitt and he is so nice! I was honestly amazed at the emotion I saw in him as he spoke of the homeless people that Elgin PADS helps! He really got to me with how heartfelt his words and expressions were. He didn’t speak like an “executive director”. He spoke like a person who truly cares about others. God bless him.
Dennis Hewitt, executive director of PADS of Elgin
The fundraiser was sponsored by Serafina with belly dancers from all over the area. They were fantastic! I can’t say who my favorite is because so many performed beautifully–and the outfits–OMG just as awesome! There was someone doing temporary henna tatoos at the show and I got one. The artist did beautifully detailed work! Here’s a picture of the henna tattoo on my hand:
My henna tattoo
I can’t wait to go to another fundraiser event! I plan to be with Black Card Circle on Nov. 19th in Chicago at the Rockit Bar and Grill. Will you join and support their great foundation?!
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How much is a dollar worth? Just ask a homeless person.
For just $1.00 to $5.00 a homeless person for 1 to 2 hours can:
- Drink a coffee or eat a meal.
- Sit indoors.
- Have access to a clean bathroom and sink to watch hands and face.
- Be out of the rain.
- Be safe from severe weather.
- Watch a movie matinee.
- Buy a ticket and ride the bus or train.
- Do laundry.
- Make calls on a pay phone.
- Put a small amount of gas for the day in their car’s gas tank.
- Access pool and shower facilities at a local park.
What a person can get out of it:
- Clean clothes.
- Hygiene care.
- Transportation to shelter, an interview, a job, and other appointments.
- Access to a toilet and facilities to do hygiene.
- A visit with family and friends, call to schedule a job interview.
- Social interaction and networking.
- A sense of normalcy (whatever normal is)
- A love and gratitude for fellow man.
What you get:
- God’s love and blessing.
- A love and gratitude for fellow man.
- Social interaction and networking.
- Increased self-satisfaction, self-love, self-worth, self-value
Unfortunately I am out of time on the computer early. Being a public library on a weekend, the computers fill up quickly.
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I have no idea what to really write about today. My mind is so chaotic right now. Its like I have so much to do and don’t know what I’m doing, or what needs to be done.
I used to have a PDA and planner. That helped! I could be more organized and have notes everywhere, LOL. I loved Franklin Covey planner sheets better than other brands, but sometimes I would buy something else. I used to have a laptop too. I could go online or work on other projects like Word documents or Powerpoint even when the library was closed. The laptop was almost like a sleeping aid because at night I’d lay in bed with my laptop, log on to the internet, and be asleep before my email was downloaded, LOL!
I’d do better and not have times like this if I was on psych meds. Right now I am only on meds for medical issues. Its hard. I want them. I know I need them. I have too many moods and potential for reacting to something because of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). And times like this, right now, I don’t even know what’s going on in my mind. Maybe I’ve been trying to do too much and I have neurons firing chaotically . I do have a habit of that–trying to do too much at once. But is that so wrong?! Moods like this–is this a type of mood?!–only make everything that I try to do difficult! I keep thinking that–I don’t know. Maybe that I’m not being productive enough? I guess it could be a little anxiety. I don’t know. My mind is too…something I forgot the word for already. Maybe ADD?!? Whatever it is, I feel like I’m not getting anything worthwhile done and doing nothing good. I feel like the stereotypical homeless “bum” who does nothing all day. But I have done some good and productive things today, haven’t I?! I know I have. I am probably being too hard on myself.
I’ve had a great day! I got some great messages and DM’s from people on Twitter. Friends from one of my fave sites, Psych Central, have started following me on Twitter. I have received a lot more hits on my blog and the Pads Chicago website, and received donations through Pay Pal. I’ve been in a decent mood, laughed several times.
It could be something with my health issues? I’ve had a headache, sort of migraine like but not. I remember now that I do usually feel strange, even confused, when it happens. This could be why. I have a rheumatologist but she hasn’t made a diagnosis yet. It’s hell living with these issues. I wish something more would happen! Something so I don’t have all these pains and problems! I am literally sick of it all.
I wish I could go to bed. But being homeless, I have no bed.
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I am grateful to many places which offer help for the homeless and those in need. The volunteers of these places offer help from their heart, and kindness from the spirit. It is such a beautiful gift that we receive, more than anything tangible.
Cross and Crown Church’s Ministry of Hope, in Arlington Heights on Saturdays, has a beautiful set up for a hot breakfast and lunch, with an optional worship service, and transportation to and from the church. The food is great! (Mmmm, my favorite–biscuits and gravy!!!) The optional worship service includes some great songs and music, discussion that we can all relate to, and sometimes even videos and popcorn. (Side note: laughing at Pastor’s jokes not required. LOL!)
In starting my site and blog it was my hope and prayer that I would be able to help others, including those like Cross and Crown who do so much and go out of their way to help people like me. I learned today that Cross and Crown has a volunteer because of ME and this site! How awesome and COOL is that?!?! I had a chance to meet her, and she is so sweet and bubbly with personality! She’s perfect as a volunteer!! Tell ya, when she told me she came to them because of reading my blog, I almost could have got up and hugged her! LOL. I am so glad to hear of things like this–that I AM making a difference! I sent Pastor Randy an email expressing how happy I am about being able to give something back to them. I feel really blessed and hope they do too. Thank you.
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O-M-G! I was sick yesterday and a little dehydrated from it. The library closed and I walked to the park in the middle of the local downtown area. A woman came up to me and gave me a $100 bill and told me to “get a good meal”!!!! I thanked her and we said good night, and only then did I see how much it was! I was completely shocked!!! I thought it was probably a $10 or something, but no it wasn’t–lo and behold it was a $100 Ben Franklin!!!!!
Well, since I was sick yesterday I wasn’t about to go out and eat a fancy meal last night. Actually I am very afraid to eat today yet, but I had a tiny bit at a local church that has a meal kitchen on Saturdays. My eating habits have been in a restricting phase lately so I’ve barely been eating, so I don’t think it would be good to eat a big meal right now anyway. Well, and all my issues with that besides.
It will almost be hard to spend it. There is a lot that I need! I plan to spend some money on train and bus tickets, I am desperate for laundry, and other things I need. Maybe a tarp to put on the ground under my sleeping bag. I still can’t believe it. Like, wow! LOL!
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Tagged charity, donation, food, Health, homeless, homelessness, money, needs, needy, Pads, Pads Chicago, padschicago, Personal, poverty, sick, volunteering, volunteers