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Giving Blindly

Our town obviously has it's share of homeless asking for money and sleeping outside. This makes little sense because we are well known as a town with a lot of resources for the homeless (in terms of food/ toiletries etc..), but also because there are a handfull of organizations accepting donations and building muti-million dollar complexes, yet somehow we remain the only town in the northwest where a homeless person does not have a place to sleep for the night.
These organizaions I'm talking about that are ran entirely by donations are supposedly meant to serve the homeless, yet only one of them will so much as offer you so much as a chance at getting a mat to sleep on at night? It's well known that Portland has resources for the homeless such as food etc., honestly you may as well laugh in the face of anyone downtown holding a "I'm hungry" sign- go to the TPI building across from the greyhound and ask for a little green book that is inch thick listing all the resources for the homeless in p-town.

Yet this is the only town in the northwest where you cannot get a place to sleep at night let alone store your bag to go do something productive. This is what happens when you give blindly people. Write a letter, make a call, or talk to someone in person at the organization your donating to. It wouldn't hurt to roll up your sleeves and go stand in line with the people your donating to either; you'll never know what does and does not need to get done and weather its getting done until you go there and see for yourself.

Now the only place that even gives you a shot at a mat for the night (lottery at rescue mission) is shutting that down for the season- why?? Rescue mission seems to put to better use what they have to work with than others but still if the space is there it does not cost any extra to throw out some mats and let people use it!

Or do nothing Portland, and instead keep giving to people with signs who are lying to you about being hungry and letting your donations to organizations be misused. there is a whole other group of much less intrusive and more functioning normal people in the homeless community that would never ask you for money and who actually take advantage of the resources out there, and they'd like to stay warm at night and maybe have a nights worth of sleep and a place to put their bag so that they may go to work in the morning.

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Whatsoever you do to the least of My brothers..... 29.Mar.2013 10:48

Liberation Gospel

Some of the organizations that you are alluding to may not be opening their doors to the houseless as a place to sleep, but they do a very good job at feeding them, clothing them, etc.

My biggest gripe right now, in a crumbling economy where people have less money to give to charities and where nonprofits are suffering, is that churches continue to remain tax-exempt when quite a few of them, due to dwindling congregations, are re-inventing themselves as high-priced community centers while still claiming to be a church. There are at least three churches in inner-Southeast that, when you look at them, appear to be more landlords to yoga and music studios, coffee shops, private pre- and elementary schools, etc., than to exist as houses of worship. Are they paying property taxes on the income generated by renting their space out? Other churches rent their spaces (often remodelled with the tithings of their parishioners) at rather high rates to community members. Their rental rates are not "suggested donations," but arbitrary, and priority is given to "paying" space users than grassroots community organizations.

These churches need to open their doors -- not their parking lots or their sheds -- to the houseless, particularly if they are operating "event centers" rather than houses of worship.

"Whatsoever you do to the least of My Brothers, that you do unto Me." -- Jesus.

Get the moneychangers out of the temples/churches!!!

zero content, and outright lies 29.Mar.2013 15:38

Clyde

"Yet this is the only town in the northwest where you cannot get a place to sleep at night let alone store your bag to go do something productive"

Really? Ever take a trip to Seattle? Or Ashland? Or Eugene? You think there are just huge, open 24/7 homeless shelters that let anyone in? What kind of fantasy world are you living in?
Being homeless isn't great (and I know. I've been there), but portland is MILES better than most cities in how it treats homeless people. That isn't to say it is great, but it is way better than most. Your statement is patently false and makes me think you have very little experience and/or knowledge about the complexities of dealing with the homeless, and being homeless.


"It's well known that Portland has resources for the homeless such as food etc., honestly you may as well laugh in the face of anyone downtown holding a "I'm hungry" sign- go to the TPI building across from the greyhound and ask for a little green book that is inch thick listing all the resources for the homeless in p-town. "

You sound like a complete idiot. Have you ever been in a shelter? Have you ever spent the night in a room surrounded by strangers who might jack your meager belongings? Have you ever dealt with bedbugs?

If you want to talk about homelessness, fine. But do it after you've done some research. Right now you are simultaneously calling homeless people liars for asking for money for food, and slamming those organizations that try to help them. I'll give you a hint, they help them pretty damn well in this city compared to others. There is room for work, but your ideas and views are just idiotic.

So yes, laugh in the face of people asking for food or money. They are used to getting that kind of treatment from assholes like you who think they have all the answers.

my 'credentials' 29.Mar.2013 18:31

eric waynewignes@gmail.com

thank you for reminding me i forgot to mention that i do actually know what i'm talking about...

i just got done spending the last year and a half living in shelters. most of that was spent in eugene, a few weeks in tacoma, and a few more in seattle, a week here and there at the portland rescue mission, and a couple nights in spokane wa. never did i go hungry, especially here in portland; i eat better than i ever did working 6 yrs in the restauraunt business. your right we do have resources (i think i said that in the post), but i am quite sure this is the only decent sized town in the northwest (guess i can't speak for boise) that does not have places to lay your head. yet there are multiple organizations with nicer buildings than anything i've seen in seattle. i am a broke college student living in halfway houses (and yes i do know about bed bugs i am almost about to start naming them) and i still take my meals at the blanche house and the mission. i was just having a conversation about this stuff with multiple people this week, and they all agreed. i posted this cuz i don't want them to loose at least the chance of a mat next week.

in my time at missions i always left my stuff out and only once had someone take anything (granted that was eugene), i went through differential eqations, calc 3, calc 4, and a couple physics courses while living in shelters. when school wasn't crackin i got my butt up and went to labor ready and worked like a horse. i always passed through portland and told myself i do not want to be homeless here because i could not funtion. hence why portland draws a lot of the non functioning homeless crowd. i do not oppose a sign i instead said the sign should just not say they are hungry- and many don't try to say that.

yet i'm the idiot when you failed to connect the dots that i am also the one who posted 'life in a box' right next to this article.


How Rude 30.Mar.2013 14:21

carried

clyde's reply is a little bit over the top
i did liked eric's responses back
clyde, do you now have a apology or are you going to just let your rude comment stand "as is"?