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My week. Um, yeah. What can I say?

I have bronchitis. After taking two days off last week to rest my sick ass, I can’t take any more days off for a while. So, I’m working sick.

Coughing up a fucking lung.

I returned the $300 boots. I just couldn’t justify keeping them. I already have about 60 pairs of shoes. So, I hobbled over to Kenneth Cole and returned them. When the saleswoman asked why I was returning them I said, “I was drunk when I bought them.” She laughed.

My blisters are insane. The one on my pinky toe (wee wee all the way home) is so deep that it’s been bleeding all week. I haven’t been able to wear pretty shoes and anything less than two bandaids wrapped around it is excruciating.

On Monday I had to appear in court as a witness for Karen’s, the homeless woman, trial. I haven’t heard from her in about 2 months and so, I wasn’t feel that tickled about going. But, I got a formal subpoena and had no choice.

I got to the courtroom and Karen was there, looking clean and…well clean. I spoke with her attorney and then I approached Karen. She told me that she got help for her drug addiction and has been clean for about a month. And she found a place to live. She is living in a house with someone that her treatment program hooked her up with. The doggies are with her.

So, she turns to me with tears in her eyes and she says, “Debbie, I would never have gotten help and found a place to live without you and Gary helping me.” I gave her a hug.

I know that I was cussing her out and very pissed about her not contacting me. I felt duped and that I was taken advantage of. And now…

All I have to say is that helping people really does work.

I have officially canceled my radio show. I think that I can safely say that it’s the moment when this blog ‘jumped the shark‘. I’d rather save my good stuff for this space. We’re coming up to our two year anniversary here and I think that I can do better than I’ve been.

That being said, I’ve been thinking about something all week and I thought I’d share it.

I think people throw around the word bitter too easily. When someone is justified in their anger, frustration, annoyance, or mistrust, it seems people are quick to chalk it up to bitterness. Is that the right reaction? Are most of the people labeled ‘bitter’ really so? I want to hear from you, tell me what you think.

Oh, and I’m going to try to update all of my blogs by Sunday. And catch up with all your blogs.

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One more time, please…

I met with Karen today. She’s a lovely woman and the dogs are adorable. The one that was abandoned was a freakin sweetheart. Breaks my heart she’s on the street.

We talked and she told me that her father has Alzheimer’s disease and they lost the house she was living in. Her mother is crazy and Karen hasn’t spoken with her in years. She told me that she’s been homeless for 10 months, she’s been raped 3 times, and has been beat up by the police. She actually has a lawyer helping her out for her court appearance. She’s pressed charges on the cop.

She’s trying to keep herself clean and does the best she can for herself and the dogs. She has a prepaid cell phone, which I’m charging for her now. She is trying to get an apartment, but is having trouble because of the dogs. Giving up the dogs isn’t an option for her. She loves them.

I’m a pretty good judge of character and she seems like someone who just needs a boost. She’s willing to work. She told me she loves to work hard, but she is so worried about finding a place for her dogs. She even has stuff in storage that she would like to eventually get out, when she can pay the bill and has somewhere to put the stuff.

I’ve created another blog (cause I don’t have enough) that is dedicated to raising money for her called, Help for Karen, I-Zayah, and Revlonne. Go here to check it out and DONATE! GT and I will be making sure the money goes directly to Karen. We felt a separate website/blog would be a good idea so that we can give the URL out to people.

I really feel passionately about this. I don’t know why, but there is something deep within me telling me that I must help this woman.

So, please donate what you can. I will now be posting updates on Karen and the dogs on the Help for Karen blog. So far we’ve raised $75. I think we can do better than that, what do you think?

I will be posting my regular blend of retardness tomorrow. I know you miss me.

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Her name is Karen. She has agreed to meet me and GT outside of my office building on Monday. She’s requested deodorant for now, but I will make sure she knows that we’re going to try to provide the basics for her so she doesn’t have to be shy about letting us know what she needs. Already, you lovely people have donated $75.

Please see the post below if you want to know what’s going on.

I love you all and thank you for your kind words and support with this.

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A work colleague, GT, came upon a homeless woman today with two dogs. His heart went out to her and he bought the dogs food and water, and then he gave the woman some money. She was overwhelmed at his kindness and started crying. He spoke with her a little bit and she told him that she’s been homeless since November and that she had just found one of the dogs with her (someone had abandoned him) so she couldn’t let him go hungry. She’s homeless and she’s taken on another dog.

I just walked around for a half hour looking for her. GT is now looking for her. I wanted to set up a day that she could come over to my building and let us know what she needed. GT said she looked absolutely heartbroken and scared. The dogs were well-fed and taken care of. She was not.

I can’t stand stuff like this. Shelters won’t take pets and sometimes the pets are the only things keeping a person like this together. I need to help her. I feel this need in my soul.

So, when we find her I will try my best to provide her with the simple things that humans in this day and age need. Food, water, clothing, feminine products, hygiene products so that she can have some dignity, and maybe I can find a place that will help her and take her (AND THE DOGS!!!) in.

But, for now. We’ll find her and we’ll talk to her. We’ll find out what her options are. Does she have family and if they are far away, does she need help getting to them? I will help her even if they live on the other side of the country. I don’t care. Nobody should be alone.

Anyhow, now I’ve got myself crying.

I’ve added a button over there on my sidebar for donations to help her, or someone else, out. I know we won’t be able to raise enough money to find her a home (can you imagine if we did–to give someone a chance at life would be amazing), but at least we can provide the basics for her. I wish I made enough money to get her situated and whatever help she needed, but I don’t. Anyhow, if you want to donate click the button. I will love you forever. I’ll do periodic reports on where the money is going and who it has helped, if we don’t find her. There are so many people that need a helping hand and if we can help, then we should.

Thanks for listening.

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