In response to Walter(originally written 2008:
Here is the site that can basically answer your question, in depth,HOMELESSOKC,but to summarize :
I embedded myself for a time at the City Rescue Mission to learn of the dysfunction of crack addiction and learned a lot more about this "enabled " dysfunction than I had bargained for and to what extent this cause and effect has on all of us.
I at times stayed 2-3 days at the Mission during the week/weekends then would go home and "recover" due to the overwhelming psychic trauma done to my person by this environment. As you will see,in "about me", when the "mission" started it was only intended to grasp why all of my friends had succumbed to crack addiction in one way or another.
I could have only learned what I did behind the scenes with immersing myself into their lives at the Mission and ingratiating myself with the population(I donot consume manmade adulterants/enslavers) . I never indicated to anyone during this time ,except those that were able to read the blog ,what I was doing and why so as not to seem arrogant and to not push these people away so that I could truly empathize with their humanity and where they found themselves on their journey.Their"enabled" Dysfunction.
I found out that many "professional" people had jumped on the "non-profit" band wagon to provide themselves with nice salaries and that their motive was profit and greed in the form of "expenditures",expense accounts,monetary incentives and perks and that they do/had state(d) that their "mission " was to alleviate homelessness and the drug problem and care for these individuals by feeding them,healing them and teaching them so that they could be re -assimilated into our society.That was not their true agenda or motive and they had/have convinced and deceived many that donate time ,resources and finances that this is what they do.
They really feel that it is not in their best self interest(profit and salary) to do as much as possible with all the resources available to them to promote the beneficial welfare of these individuals.They do as little as possible. In fact ,they by design, enable these people to continue to live in their sickness by making these resources that are available to them for their recovery as distant as the planet Mars. And other measures.An "elitist" mentality. In the name of Jesus and God.
Nobody the wiser.Especially these shamed ,guilt-ridden(most).stigmatized "homeless".Including those that donate in one form or another.($3 million "cash" donations is a great incentive).
Many of these people are not "homeless".
65-70% of the mission population has lived there for over 3 years.That is their home.And they do not like it. It's the best they deserve(not a healthy environment in any aspect ;diet,hygiene,living quarters,social)...they think.
Guilt,stigmas,shame ...drug and alcohol addictions.Mental and emotional hindrances.
I could not pretend I was homeless anymore and truly learn the "imposed" suffering that these people go through,considering that many are forced out of the "missions" due to the progression of their disease of addiction and the mental ,physical and emotional deterioration associated with that. Many of these people get some sort of disability check on the 1st and 15th of the month and this amount varies from $300-2100 ...and it's all gone by the 10th or 21st of the month and the cycle starts all over again .
Because they have spent it on the "Big" Party with no consideration or the ability to consider the consequences of their actions and behaviors due to this enabled dysfunction dictating to them their course.
Broke,homeless,hungry and depleted of all energy they return to the feeding lines and the missions. Many are now outdoors.Forced.
These men in positions of power and authority are well aware of this. But they profit so greatly off their suffering in one form or another that their own greed ,arrogance,apathy and elitist mentality dictates to them their own dysfunction.
For six months(3 years 2010) now I have lived in my "military" sleeping bag learning what happens when it rains to people less fortunate than I ,in many regards.These poor angry children.Rightfully.
My cash (nest egg)money was stolen last year. I wrote about it.
I acquired a debilitating Staph. infection last year at the "Mission" due to the Administrations malfeasance and negligence in not buying cleaning supplies(basic) for the common showers.The volunteer staff mopped with plain water.I wrote about it.
In Feb. the reoccurring staph infection compounded by pneumonia,epidydimus orchitis, diverticulitis,asthma..etc caused me to sell ,one item at a time ,my possessions to pay for rent as I was not able to provide myself an income(at times I could barely crawl out of bed and go to the restroom,literally)...till I had nothing left to sell.Plus my nest egg and household goods were "stolen". I lost my car. I wrote about it.
Am I homeless? My home is outdoors. Have I been criminalized due to this perception?Yes.
Not that I have a criminal record due to this...but you see what transpired with the Total Protection Services.
April 24th.3 years ,2010. And many people are aware of this and are in the position to help me, but don't.
They want to see a miracle from God.
Not understanding that the miracle would be them providing me the resources that they have in themselves.
The miracle will be this revelation and relevation(Rel`e`va´tion 1: a raising or lifting up)of their humanity.
Being made in the image of God.And what that entails.
"Blessed be God Forever!"
Sincerely ,Teodoro Leon III.
Black Pearl Dragon
Human Activator, lol!