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Thank you Family Promise for helping others help themselves. One of the best things about Lawrence.
Lawrence Community Shelter should follow this example. Kudos to Family Promise!
15 people helped at a time for $1,000,000 in contributions a year...I bet the community shelter wishes they could follow this example. Unfortunately, the community shelter cannot pick the recipients they help, they serve a different population, not just those with families who actually have the motivation to change their predicament. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for programs that help the community and donate some of my dollars too, but this program really shouldn't be compared to the community shelter.
They are dealing with different situations, so the same plan cannot work. I hope both programs keep working towards getting people out of the homeless mode. There are some people who want to live that way, and we probably should make sure they are fed, if not for humanitarian reasons, then to keep them from stealing. There are still plenty of people who don't want to be homeless, and whatever we can do for those people to get them over a bad spot is good.
Family Promise is by far and away one of the most amazing models of how to run a successful, goal-oriented program for the homeless. As a volunteer that loves working with this organization, I cannot tell you how much I love Dana and the volunteer staff and how much I appreciate what the organization has done for the needy in the Lawrence community.
As far as the Open Shelter, it is apples and oranges. No, they do not boast the numbers that FP boasts... But, that is due in great part to the difference in clientele. FP caters to families wishing to find practical ways off the street and back into society. Open Shelter caters to individuals (and some families) who perhaps are on the waiting list for an organization like FP or are not ready for a program like FP or are simply uninterested in a program like FP due to the strict restrictions, nomadic lifestyle or the fact that it is run through religious organizations (although the program, itself, is not religious in and of itself.) The Open Shelter also caters to those who are both mentally ill (therefore unable to gain lasting access to services or occupations) as well as those who are, sadly, just a bit less honorable and give those who are homeless a bad name by simply being lazy and making a "living" by grifting.
Nonetheless, both organizations are necessary. Just because a person might be mentally ill or unmotivated does not, of course, mean they should be left out in the extreme Kansas elements, left to go hungry or forgotten altogether. The latter of those people may be abhorrent, but they do not deserve to die.
Bottom line, however... I love FP because it looks to take those who are ready to get back in the workforce and back on their feet, a place to best prepare to do just that. Love you guys! Keep up the good work!!
It seems like 23 year olds shouldn't have 8 year olds. Plus 3 more. I am glad that she has found assistance. It doesn't appear that there is or has been any guidance for a long time.
I agree with you. If you can't afford to take care of your children, you should not have them. I know this will meet with an uproar. But seriously? I do believe in a helping hand. I also believe that there are limits.
Recent restrictions and economic/political challenges to birth control will only lead to more 23 year olds having 8 year olds plus 3 more.
So what's your plan? Should she have gotten an abortion? Should she just let her kids starve to death. Poor people can be good parents too. I was raised by 2 very nice working poor people, but in the sixties you didn't have to be homeless if you had even a small job. What's changed? Ungodly high rents, day care, utilities, food, cars, and gas. These are the basics, but who can afford them on the lousy jobs that are available nowadays? I was talking to my nephew the other day, and he was thrilled that he had found a job making $10/hour. 25 years ago I was making $10/hour in a similar type job and making an ok living, but I was paying a lot less for all those basics mentioned above. Where has all the money gone? Maybe the Caymen Islands?
Maybe you guys should learn to read. She has TWO children, plus herself and her partner to feed. Thus the "three additional mouths." Sounds like the partner is stepping up as well. Little as we like to admit it, 15 year olds do get pregnant. In addition, we know nothing about the situation that caused them to go from in a home to homeless, but statistics say that millions of Americans are just a paycheck or two away from being in her shoes. Maybe you should stop judging and just pat her on the back for her willingness to take care of her kids, AND do the work needed to ensure she can keep doing so.
"She had three other mouths to feed, ranging in age from 1-8." (second paragraph, last sentence) So unless her partner is one of those three, she has three children, ages 1-8.
"Maybe you guys should learn to read." Indeed.
Sounds like a great program, a win win for all
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