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On Homeless Shelters and NIMBY

     When I asked a question on Quora about homeless shelters and  NIMBY (Not In My Backyard), I got a few interesting answers. Some who answered were (or had been) homeless and some have worked with the homeless. 



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             Some of the reasons they gave why people oppose homeless shelters in their neighborhood are;

    Fear of crime and drugs coming into  the area and feeling unsafe
    A sense that the homeless may deserve to be there because of wrong choices, behavior, and etcetera.
    Some just have no reason
    Others say that the neighbors may not understand until they experience homelessness themselves.


                              Some responses were reasons why the homeless don't like  living in shelters. They do not like having to follow rules that are set by the shelter or they feel imprisoned.  Some of the answers suggested were to build individual homes for the homeless. 
                        I know that one charity- Family Promise Chattanooga- in my area has a yearly fundraiser where people donate and rent a cardboard box for the night and camp out.



         What do you think about this topic?  Do you know of any solutions that will work for both the homeless and their community? What has or has not worked in your community? Please let me know in the comments below or on Twitter and Facebook     

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Celebrity Spotlight: Taylor Swift

                   You may or may not know this, but Taylor Swift

is one of the most charitable celebrities. 

From Wikipedia

  •   Taylor visits sick children in the hospital (and surprises fans at their homes) .                                  
  •    Taylor uses a trading  website called Charity Barter           



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12 Ways to Support US Troops and Veterans

              Our US Troops and Veterans need to be honored, remembered, and supported on certain days of the year-like Veterans' Day, Memorial Day, and  Independence Day- but throughout the year. Here are 12 ways to help(you can pick 1 per month or more often);

  • * Greet them and Thank them for their service. If you know a servicemember, offer support for them and their family. 
    • * Put a flag up to show your support . If you know a local group of soldiers are coming home, welcome them with banners.
  • Donate or volunteer. *
  •  Send letters and packages  via       Thank a Veteran    and         
  •  Hire a Vet 
  •  Volunteer at a VA hospital 
  • Pray for them.
  • * Research common issues that veterans face such as housing and PTSD and share facts via social media.
  • Get in touch with your local armory and ask if there are ways you can help and ask to adopt a troop and his/her family.
  • If you are crafty, sew or make crafts for our troops.
  • Send treats like jerky and Kool Aid packets to our 
  • troops.  You can find requests via .
  • If you are a pet lover and are able, offer to foster a serviceman's or servicewoman's pet while they are away from home.

* sources; unless linked  HomeFirstTM Certified


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Repost: Operation BBq For Our Troops: Honoring Our Soldiers


                As the USA begins it's Independence Day celebration on Monday, before we start our barbeques, picnics, vacations and firework displays; it's great to thank our servicemen and women, their families  and those organizations which support them. 
      Operation BBQ For The Troops is run through donations and volunteers across the USA. I found out about the charity through Ladies Home Journal. You can find out more info or make a donation at their website or can support KC Masterpiece, which is one of their main corporate donors.

  Here's a video from Bobby Flay at Food Network as he  features this organization:

Happy Independence Day!

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Edwin Arnold (19th century photograph) (1832 – 1904) was an English poet and journalist, who is most known for his work, The Light of Asia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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Anonymous Commenters, Who Are You?

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                      Anonymous commenters, who are you?

 Could you please give some initials in the comment form, even if they are fake? It would be a great help to me in sorting out the spam from the valid comments.  Thank you. 


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