Weblog of Seattle minister to the homeless Rick Reynolds, Operation Nightwatch
- Name: Pastor Rick
- Location: Seattle, Washington, United States
Caring for human beings seems like the best use of my time, homeless or not.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
No shelter, solutions for homelessness
Tropical Storm & Homeless in Alabama
Tropical Storm Fay didn't live up to its advance billing in south Alabama
Saturday evening, but for the area's homeless, even the threat of bad weather
can set off a scramble.
Several homeless men were among those who spent Saturday night at the
James Seale Community Center on Texas Street. A small group sat in the gymnasium
Sunday morning, watching cartoons as American Red Cross volunteers prepared to
close the temporary storm shelter.
Walter Birks, 51, said he caught a bus to the shelter on Saturday.
Homeless since a traffic accident led to an eviction last month, he said he has
spent the last few weeks seeking out temporary shelter while hobbling around on
Whole story here.
Labels: shelter Alabama
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Last week there were four of us on the street - Aaron went with Dave, I took Rick A. who is a member of our board. We hung out in Tent City, met up on Queen Anne. No great shakes, just nice conversation.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
My Speech at Westlake
But I don't feel bad at all about my conclusion:
"We have a crisis brewing in our community.
It is not an economic crisis.
This crisis is not about gasoline prices.
The crisis is not about a shortage of food.
The crisis is not about health care or who is going to be elected this fall or
how our neighborhoods are going to develop.
These things all matter.
But the central question facing us: can we embrace every human in this community? Can we learn to care about the homeless guy with the same joy we show Paul Allen? Can we begin look upon the mentally ill with the eyes of a mother,
rather than the eyes of a mayor?"
It's a bit like a ball player striking out, when things don't go quite right in a talk. Shrug it off, on to the next opportunity.
The best thing that came out of the day, my conversations with homeless people before and after the event. Some friends of Mama Dread, one older woman in a wheelchair who told me "I know everyone" and a question from "Doc" about toxic mold in a shelter he stayed at in 1999. Oh yeah, and advice for a mom with five kids and no place to go.
So, maybe there was a reason for me to be there.
Friday, August 08, 2008
Etymology: Latin quiescent-, quiescens, present participle of quiescere to become quiet, rest, from quies 1 : marked by inactivity or repose : tranquilly at rest 2 : causing no trouble or symptoms.
I took three grocery bags of "queiscently frozen" treats to Tent City 3 last night. They instantly disappeared. Security took the three bags and jetted. It was pretty funny. I think the woman was going to make sure the women got their share of the fancy ones.
Early night, due to an early morning. All quiet at Nightwatch Dispatch. New group from Inglewood Presby seemed really green. Didn't know about trays, and later in the night I worried about whether they knew where other supplies were located - stuff like spoons. Thank you Jim, Bev?, Dorothy, Graley!
Thursday, August 07, 2008
"Opting for housing versus handouts"
It's always better to help people get off the street for good.
But, I think the Buena Park mayor suffers from some sort of delusion. He just went through a big effort to build a 17 unit apartment building for families who will pay rent on a sliding scale.
Done deal? Now what happens to the other homeless families in the community? Tell them to "get in line" for the next opening. Meanwhile, what?
This story is being repeated everywhere. Much ballyhooing and marching bands accompany the building of apartments for homeless people. Meanwhile, more people show up needing help, and we're supposed to say "We've done all we could, sorry your application wasn't in the 'lucky' pile."
Dumpster == Home
Covington, Kentucky, is just across the river from Cincinnati. The homeless community, or some part of it, used to live in the back of the U-Haul trucks; the manager (probably former magager) tolerated it until one of the guys set a fire. This was in the mid to late 1990s.
Now apparently, they've moved into dumpsters. What a world.
The news station that covered this story has a blog, which had one entry: "Again?"
50 Years in Prison May Not Be Enough!
Geez. You could fund all of Operation Nightwatch for a year for what these two knuckleheads stole from the government. Read more here.
They should both have to live on Skid Road in LA for their entire sentence.
Labels: Homeless LA fraud
Monday, August 04, 2008
What? No more "GOMERS?"
Labels: homeless survival LA Nightwatch
Sunday, August 03, 2008
Let them eat CAKE
“I walked in the door the first night, and a volunteer handed me a piece of cake. I couldn’t believe it. They got cake! And I knew I was going to be okay. Now I have my own place. But I’ll never forget – they had cake.” His face glowed as he remembered the moment.