Taking trash from a dumpster or dumpster diving in itself is not illegal. A United States Supreme Court ruling in 1988 (California vs. Greenwood) concluded that trash left outside a store is a part of the public domain. In other words, a store whether it intended to or not has ceded control of its garbage by placing it in a dumpster.We are not attorney’s check with your attorney for a professional legal opinion.

homeless way of traveling  in the 1930’s

february 29, 2020

HOMELESS IN THE PAST AND HOW THEY WERE DIFFERENT FROM THOSE WHO ARE HOMELESS TODAY

Before the 1950’s there was a nationwide  network of housing that has become almost extinct.  The housing was called single residency hotels.  They were not much to be excited about.  Basically they were a small room with a bed  a lamp with a small dresser.  All tenants shared one or two bathrooms.  They were used by homeless men mostly who were homeless and traveling looking for short term employment.  There were also men traveling  who had  a “wanderlust” desire to travel.

 

 

 

While the video below is from California it depicts the sadness and hopelessness that long term homeless people feel.  

WELCOME TO  OUR FAITH IN ACTION HOMELESS AND LOW INCOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT BLOG

 This is our  Ministry News and thoughts section.   Its an entry point to our overall Homeless  and low income Ministry program.  Its intent to provide  news about Homeless  and low income issues , thought provoking Video’s and articles about homeless life and be a place where homeless advocates and agencies can express their opinions. It is also a place for those agencies and individuals that seek to help those with low income
We need to remember that low income is the door that often leads to being homeless.

TWO OPENING  ARTICLES

The poet F Scott Fizgerald made a comment about the rich

Quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald: 

“Let me tell you about the very richThey are different from you and meThey possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born richit is very difficult to understand.

 
He could have added another line “the poor and homeless are also not like you and I.
We need to remember that as we minister to them.
 

THE  STORY OF BILLY

 

Many years ago there was a young man and his family of four Billy  was a hard worker not addicted to anything but hard work.  We first met him in a tiny 16 foot trailer with no heat or electric.  He paid a $175 a month rent on this worn out hovel. 

Our church was wealthy and had good people who helped our ministry.  One day the church announced a retreat for youth and they invited Billy’s 15 year old daughter to come to the retreat, there was no charge.  I got her a sleeping bag and Billy and I took her to  the drop off point.

She was excited.  Billy opened his wallet and took out a $5 bill and gave it to his daughter she had not expected that and a  look of pleasant surprise came over her face when her Father said “take this but spend it slowly.” He could not really afford $5 but he did it.  I was tempted to give her a $20 but  He was a proud man and I would have upstaged him. so I didn’t.

She accepted Christ after that retreat.

FROM THE ARCHIVES OF DESERT MINISTRIES

MARCH 9, 2020

The oldest article in our Archive is dated 1988 when Desert Ministries began and is the predecessor  of our Faith In Action Lutheran Church Az  homeless ministry program.

In their own strange way, Crab and Turtle are kind of cute.

He’s Crab. She’s Turtle. They just celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary. Back in another life, before things went sour, they were sign painters in Wisconsin. They’re religious, they both suffer from epilepsy and they’re militant vegetarians.

That’s all anybody knows about them, except that they insist on dressing alike–an idiosyncrasy that makes it tough for charity workers to scrounge clothing for the couple to wear. Today, they’re sporting matching red T-shirts with pictures of couch potatoes slumped in front of television sets. “Don’t bother me, it’s game time,” the shirts read.

Crab and Turtle are what are known in these parts as “desert people,” a small but growing subset of homeless who prefer the Spartan freedoms of the wide open spaces to the crowded, crime-ridden shelters, parks and food pantries in big cities.

Unlike their urban counterparts, the desert homeless seem virtually invisible and are largely ignored by social service agencies. But experts say that scattered deep in the brush and cactus near the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix are hundreds of people living permanently in tents, huts or the hulks of abandoned cars and buses.

Crab and Turtle vanished in time but were replaced by others  whose stories are similar.

Today the homeless are refugees  being left behind by a technology world that sees’s them as discards and does not see them as people with a broken heart, overwhelmed by the sadness of their lives.  Each one is at a different stage of their descent into a world pool theycan’t get out of.

 

HOMELESSNESS, ARE WE TREATING THE CAUSE OR THE EFFECT?

As members of this community  we share a desire to make a difference, whether you are a volunteer paid staff or a homeless person I want to set some ground rules: Be nice, kind and caring.  Stay on topic back your view points with facts, or research you may use personal experience  but remember your personal experience may be to limited and not necessarily correct.

our comment box will be operational march March 16, 2020

 

 

We want to thank Table of Grace Church for letting us use their coffee shop to teach job skills to low income and homeless individuals .