Our Homeless Person Memorial Day Service theme song? Your thoughts?
What’s your tolerance level for homelessness?
Originally posted on Homelessness in Savannah, Stories for Learning:
WORDS OF THE WEEK: TOLERATING HOMELESSNESS
Round Table President Philip Mangano (pictured here) opened the NEXT PRACTICES Colloquy with a call to pronoia, the idea that the universe is conspiring for good, and we are all agents of that conspiracy in benefitting people who are homeless. He urged participants to use the colloquy’s opportunity of interaction and engagement with “new ideas, new approaches, new resources” to move their own thinking forward during the 2-day convening. Following are excerpts from his remarks.
“We have in this room the intelligence, the experience to engage in the competition among ideas. You don’t get there by quiet assent. Recent studies tell us that the conflictual approach to ideas offers the opportunity to refine and improve them.
In October 2013, MHSA will partner with The American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness and the Phillips Brooks House Association at Harvard University to convene NEXT PRACTICES™ ROUND TABLE: The Art of Scaling Best Practices to End Homelessness.
This is known as "gettin er done" in the South!
It’s not "Best Practices" anymore it seems, its "Next Practices"!
See on www.mhsa.net
Jody Lewis had just poked a needle and thread into layers of blankets, sewing what would become one of the sides of a sleeping bag to be donated to the homeless, when another volunteer handed her a blank card.
This whole enabling thing that street ministries & the faith community gets shackled with regarding making it "comfortable" for people to "remain" homeless needs some serious attention.
This article gets to the heart of it with this quote: “We’re not enabling people,” she said. “We’re sharing what we have. These are the basic needs of life: warmth, and staying clean.”
That said there is significant value in the conversion about what else we should, could & must be looking toward accomplishing to truly end people’s homelessness "together"!
There are a couple of books we recommend to get the dialog pumped up, we’ve shared them elsewhere, but here you go: "Toxic Charity" & "When Helping Hurts".
A lot of this discussion goes to the needy vs greedy topic, but we as people of faith can’t judge people on that basis. We must meet everyone where they are, volunteers & tjose we help. We can only work toward making them feel grateful for their blessings, no matter where they come from & work to help them see that giving back & being a volunteer themselves is a helpful & life-changing exercise.
Much more could be written but let’s get started on a meaningful discussion & get to what truly matters.
See on www.dispatch.com
Let’s critically assess the model and imagine greater possibilities by keeping it simple.
Here’s a keep it simple (KISS) approach to getting started with pay-for-success!
Let’s see if this helps us get our arms around these types of projects & get going on funding some here in good ol’ Savannah!
See on www.ssireview.org
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Now we actually have a tracking system for pay-for-success projects all over the country!
Where’s Georgia on this map? Well looky there, our next door neighbor SC is on the map! The Governor is actually supporting these projects AND getting help from the Harvard Kennedy School’s program to do it!!
Help is there for newcomers to get a project off the ground, let’s get to it Savannah & Georgia!
See on socialfinance.ca