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On Homeless Shelters and NIMBY-Updated

     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.

         Here is a related article on this subject from Nonprofit Quarterly.



         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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Giving Tuesday or Any Day Ideas

            Today is "Giving Tuesday", do you have plans to donate to your favorite charity now(or any day) ? If not, here are a few ideas;

  • If you can't afford to give money now, there are other ways to give such as volunteering. You can even volunteer online for some charities at sites such as Skills For Change. For more info see;
    Start With 1:Giving on a Shoestring Budget  and A Dozen( or so) Free Ways To Make A Difference
  •  You can donate part (10 dollars each) or all of a goat (120 dollars) or another animal for people in need around the world through Heifer International .
  • For 25 dollars or so, you can give a Kiva loan to provide education, business development and other resources for people in need.  When the loan is paid back, you can use the money for another Kiva loan. 
  •  For 250 dollars, you can provide a camp scholarship for kids with and without special needs through the National Inclusion Project. (If you wanted to do a group donation, you and 9 other friends could give 25 dollars each or you and 24 other friends could give 10 dollars each).

          Now, you have ways to give back on #GivingTuesday or any day, no matter how big or small your budget is. Let me know what you think of this post in the comments below, please. 







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Best Military & Veterans Charities

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                      Here are some of the top rated military and veterans charities according to Charity Navigator (for the rest of the list see the Charity Navigator page in the link above) ; 

 for Wounded veterans;


for Military; 

               If you are looking for a way to support the United States soldiers, military families and veterans; these are some of the best options. Let me know what you think of this post in the comment section below.

related ; Local men to kayak over 500 miles for veterans charity Team River Runner. 

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Autism Awareness Month Starts Today

April is Autism Awareness Month. These are my posts about Autism;

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