Nicely written article, and some wonderful messages! May you and Caity have a long and joyful marriage. As the minister who married Christopher and James at Denver Comic-Con, and as an openly gay man myself, it's nice to see articles like this that are affirming and positive.
I have one small correction: the Unity Wedding at Denver Comic-Con was not an LGBTQ mass wedding, it was an all-inclusive group wedding. Half of the ten couples were heterosexual, while two couples were gay male, two were lesbian, and one was mixed/trans. And while it was a "mass" of people, the ceremony did allow each couple their own vows and promises and pledges, just like any single wedding, thus we're calling it "group." ;)
Alissa, Thank you for sharing your story, and congratulations to you and Caity. Diversity makes a city great, and each of us brings a vital element to the community. So don't you dare ever leave us! 😎
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Spydra, I ain't sleeping on the ground to gain your perspective. If you are unaware of your immortal nature, of course you get scared. Your life condition in this plane is what you earned. Jocelyn was on her way home, maybe drunk, when she almost hit a hothead homeless guy named "Charles" aka "David". He threw a rock at her vehicle and she stopped and got out to confront him. Neither possessed impulse control. He stabbed her and she collapsed on the lawn. The sprinklers came on later and she died of hypothermia. Her dogs bolted out of the house and ran all the way to CC to her...hmmm. Security talked to Charles when they followed the blood tracks of his bike. Now, when I went to her funeral, her mother said "We have a tendency to deify the dead, Jocelyn was always trouble". Wtf you got to say knowitall?
One needn’t strap on a backpack or bed down with bugs to empathize with the homeless. Nor does a compassionate public need to bemoan a lack of services, for there’s an abundance of help available in our community. A March 2016 handout of Community Resources (called Helping Hands) lists the following categories and providers: Child Care (3), Clothing and Infant Supplies (14), Crisis Centers (5), Emergency Services (13), Employment and Training (11), Financial Assistance (7), Food (41), Legal Advice (16), Medical (33), Counseling (24), Senior Services (10), Shelter (18), Transportation (7), Veterans (2), Weatherization & Utilities (19).
As the largess expands – and it will - so the number of people accessing the largess will expand. A planned 150-bed shelter and a day center will be at full capacity as soon as the doors open for business. And then what? Build another shelter? Enlarge the day center and laundry facilities? Put satellite Marian Houses in every neighborhood? This way lies madness.
'curious': My comment was primarily directed at 'youth'.
Once again: it's impossible to know what homelessness is really like unless you experience it. I did experience it...and it was like a year-long nightmare from which I could not awaken. Bandaids did not come to my rescue -- indeed, it took a miracle to lift me out of the situation into which I had fallen. I was very lucky...and my life story is richer now having survived the experience.
I had no idea what it was like until I found myself living it. And unless you have lived it, you don't know either. Reading stories about it, talking to homeless people about it -- it gives you an idea, but you just don't know.
Not everyone who is homeless is an unskilled, alcoholic drug addicted head-case. This article mentions needles a lot but nary a word about bedbugs -- both of them, bloodsuckers. They proliferate motels and homeless shelters. How do you think you would find a place to stay or a job if you were a walking home for bedbugs? And that's just one example.
I suggest that anyone who really wants to know what it's like, anyone who really wants a earthquake of a paradigm shift: strap on a backpack and be homeless for one whole week.
THEN come back with your ideas for solutions to the problem. I already know you'd be at a loss for words.
I don't have to experience homelessness to understand what it's like to be homeless. I just need to listen to and learn from those in the trenches who know what works in raising the poor up and out of poverty. SERVING the poor - soup kitchens, clothes closets, day centers, mission trips - are bandaids - not solutions. Instead of providing ever more services, the helping industry needs to shift their focus to empowering the poor to help themselves. Recommended reading: "Toxic Charity" or "Charity Detox" by Robert Lupton.
To truly understand the problem is to experience it. Homelessness is an exhausting, hopeless, frightening abyss, and until you know what it's like, you really have no idea wtf you're even talking about.
This town is truly a "great place to be homeless".... All the handouts do help a majority of the homeless in their efforts to get off our streets. Unfortunately, those freebies also enable a sizeable minority of the homeless who are jerks, bums, and derelicts to hang out in our community. We have lots of folks like this in our city but we do not actively support them in this way of life - why should we do so with homeless folks? Some agencies (not in our town) get to know their clientele and if they are not interested in changing their lifestyle, are OK with saying "Sorry, no more for now". This can be done with love and respect on both sides. I believe part of this problem is that "helping the homeless" has become an established industry here. We have a growing number of CEOs, vice-presidents, supervisors, and directors who have an interest in the status quo. The local industry has evolved into a grant-funded, slow moving Leviathan. Homelessness has a number of causes, and most of those causes have been place since the 1970s. It'll become interesting when sufficient citizens start saying "enough". I've been involved with several of the major providers since 1972 (helped start several of then, actually). I'd like to think we have learned a few tricks since those days. One thing I have learned is that endless handouts do not help everyone. I would hope we would examine other community's successes and try them here. Again, we are dealing with a Leviathan......
Those hooligans in manitou paralyzed a kid with a severe beating on the bandstand. Then, they set up a pink Floyd cover band on the bloodstains. Hey manitards, put down the bong and go to the spa building, encircle them, hold hands and sing "We shall overcome" until they leave.
Tell the bishop to move the soup kitchen to the CENTER of town, Austin bluffs and academy.
I keep feeding them downtown, but they won't leave! This is on the Catholics. Move the soup kitchen. Require every recipient to register with a photo id. Mark every breadbag "MH" or "ESM". So what if it's fascist, the id REQUIRED to eat will scare most of them off. Cox is overunderthinking. It's hot, I ain't walking far to eat or poop. It's just food acquisition, get a bottle, poop and pass out.
It would be interesting to know the real cause behind this explosion of the homeless problem. It cannot be the economy, as we are being told the jobless rate is only 5%. Could it be that the myriad of homeless programs and ample civilian generosity themselves are to blame?
Oh. Guess what happens to an injured man at Memorial Hospital emergency room if said man speaks the truth and says cops did it. Within minutes said injured man who can barely walk is escorted off of hospital property by two obese/stupid beyond repair "security guards". Even before a doctor has seen the results of Xrays and CATscans! Under oathe i speak the truth concerning these matters.
Heil Hitler! Gimme a bier, bitte.
They are following orders same as the Waffen SS were. Of course, following orders is no official excuse for war crimes anymore than they are for cops beating people up rather than arresting them.
But, yeah. Ever since Phil Long died and the Jay Cimino types took over our beloved city, if you aren't a crooked car dealer, judge, lawyer, minister, etc., your days are numbered. Only those who look the other way or are too frightened out of their minds to actually come forward are allowed to stick around. Might as well get out of Dodge if you are honest. Ain't that right, officer Petzo. Hope i never see you, Petzo, without you hiding behind your badge with backup moments away. Ruptured spleen, throat punch, mean looking sunglasses worn even at night mashed into your big thick head await you otherwise. Freaking NAZI.
This is such a great thing. Thank you Victor Matthews. And Matthew Schneiper, you're a gifted writer. Sharing/Tweeting!!
As long ago MSHS student, I find it ironic that the cooking portions of the old home economics courses are being revived as culinary arts. So many of our "old-time" great programs in schools have been cut to satisfy the standards movement in education (art, music, shop courses, mechanics courses, cooking, sewing, etc.) that today's students have great deficits in these areas of life long learning. While some kids pursued the community college opportunities offered at high schools, too many others were left to languish in the educational academic "everyone should go to college" land for the last three decades. It's great to see my alma mater getting back into the game and seeing it redevelop/reimagine some of the courses that were lost. BTW, I was part of a freshman boy group in the mid 70's who all thought it would be fun to take home ec. Many of the things discussed in the article were a part of that class, and I for one have always been grateful for the lessons in cooking, sewing, nutrition, etc. I still have tucked away in a box somewhere the shirt I made and every holiday I become the master of all things that require yeast. Mmmmmmmm!
Finally, may I suggest that MSHS not limit the courses to seniors - an earlier start in an elective like this can make a world of difference for a student.
Last Thursday my father died of a massive heart attack. He died due to the teachings of this Christian cult. Wommack ministries is a fraud teaching new age/occult dogma under a Christian umbrella . He bilked my dad out of thousands of dollars on his fraud told him the only thing that he needed to do was pray. Need money?...pray Bad health?...pray everything is pray. He has taken a new age concept THE SECRET and labeled it Christian . My dad had a bit of high blood pressure family had tried to get him to go to the doctor a homeopathic doctor someone anyone because high blood pressure is an easy fix but because Wommack insists that if you are truly faithful God will heal without modern medicine. So now as it stands all of you that take money from this snakeoil for the soul you are taking blood money you help this fraud continue his con and expose your families to it. My dad was 65 he still had a decent life ahead of him. Now because of this Christian cult I have been robbed of my loved one I never again get to hug my dad and tell him I love him my children will miss out on their grandfather. My family has been forever changed . Andrew Wommack helped to kill my father Wommack is a dangerous cult leader only worried about $$$$. Shame on any of you that support this devil!!!!!!!!!!
Nori is a fabulous human and minister. She does a great job of comforting the afflicted and affflicting the comfortable. Her sermons are thoughtful and thought-provoking. And always provoke a good laugh. She is my favorite irreverent reverend. When she comes back from her 500 mile birthday walk later this summer come meet her and see for yourself at All Souls downtown.
Bill, Thank you for this well written article and interview transcription. Nori sounds like a wise and honest woman who demonstrates common sense, clear thinking, and respectful empathy for others. We need more community leaders of such exemplary character.
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