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Staff Writer
It’s been almost a full year since we launched
our 5K Race to End Homelessness! Last Februaury a couple hundred participants came
and supported our local homeless by competing in our first 5K. The weather was cold,
but spirits were high that day. Thanks to
the generous support of the community, we
raised money and had a good time doing it!
We are so excited to announce our 2nd Annual 5K Race to End Homelessness is a go!
On March 24th at 8 am, we invite all novice and experienced runners to join us for
a good cause. Have you made a New Year’s
Resolution to get in shape? Start Running?
Make a positive impact on your Community?
How about all three! Our course is on Hollywoods’ Broadwalk alongside the ocean. It’s
a flat, fast course, and this year we have an
ultimate course experience!
Our organizers have planned for cash prizes,
live music, costumed characters, 50/50 raffle,
refreshments, and much more!
Registration is open at www.HVoice.org/5K!
Sign up today to ensure your free t-shirt. If
you want to help, but can’t make it, we are
always accepting donations and looking for
race sponsors. Thank you for your continued
support and we hope to see you March 24th,
4 Tips to Find
the Right
Brandon Ballenger
When: March 24th, 2012 8 am
Where: Garfield St. & Broadwalk, Hollywood, FL 33019
Register online today!
Homeless Voice Featured! see video at hvoice.org
Homeless advocate
Fitzpatrick to be inducted
into MLK Hall of Fame
Chad Smith
The number of charitable organizations in the
U.S. has steadily grown over the past decade to
more than 1.2 million, according to a Giving USA
Foundation [PDF] report.
But not every charity deserves that name – the
IRS regularly revokes the 501(c) (3) tax-exempt
status of organizations that fail to disclose their
finances or that it believes aren’t acting in the
public interest. According to the same report, the The charity in the video above, COSAC homeless shelter, spends about 80
government dropped 275,000 nonprofits from the cents per dollar on services. That’s actually pretty good – CharityWatch’s
list of top-rated charities only includes those that “spend 75% or more of
list in June.
their budgets on programs, spend $25 or less to raise $100 in public support,
Individual Americans donated more than $211 [and] do not hold excessive assets in reserve.”
billion to charities last year, and are expected to
their cause and goals with a mission statement that should exgive a similar amount by the end of 2011. But how
plain the reasons behind their activities. The statement should
do potential donors make sure the money goes to a
be on the organization’s website or promotional materials, and
charity that will make good use of it? Money Talks
if you don’t feel it matches your own causes or what the orNews founder Stacy Johnson takes a look at tips
ganization actually does, move on. Be skeptical of any group
for smart donating: http://www.moneytalksnews.
without a mission statement – that doesn’t speak highly of their
organization skills, or how they make spending decisions.
Administrative overhead, including advertising and
2) Look at money spent on the cause.
executive pay, often eat up much
one thing to say you want to help peolarger percentages of a charity’s
budget. Last year, Charity Navi- After visiting COSAC homeless ple, and another to do it. You can request
an organization’s financial report (called
gator looked at charity CEO pay
Form 990) and dig through it yourself to
shelter, MoneyTalkNews
and found the CEO of the Scripps
see if the walk backs the talk. Many are
Research Institute makes more
deemed them a worthy cause... online and searchable in the Foundation
than a million per year. Others
Center’s 990 Finder. There are also sites
appoint family to high-paying
that have already done the work for you,
board positions, and some spend
CharityWatch, GuideStar, and the Betyour money on raising more with telemarketing camter Business Bureau. These kinds of sites also feature donor
reviews to give you more perspective.
Many legitimate do-gooders may not make the most
3) Review charity status. Sometimes charities get dropped
effective use of your donation, and there are plenty of
the IRS’ list. Aside from the tax deduction implications,
scams out there too. When it comes to charity, here’s
and as Stacy said in Is Your Charity Still Charitable? How to
how to run a check before you sign one…
Find Out, “losing tax-exempt status is a definite red flag and
1) Read the mission statement. Charities sum up
(Continued on pg 9)
Pat Fitzpatrick thought there was a chance he
wouldn’t be able to attend the banquet where he
will be honored as this year’s Martin Luther King
Jr. Commission of Florida Hall of Fame inductee.
Fitzpatrick thought he might be behind bars, ironically where King found himself a number of times
during his quest for social justice in the 1950s and
The annual award, which honors locals who have
followed in King’s footsteps in a struggle for equality in some form or fashion, is to be given to Fitzpatrick on Jan. 15, six days after his trial on a trespassing charge was to start.
Fitzpatrick, an outspoken advocate for the homeless, thought there was a chance he would be in the
Alachua County jail by then.
He was charged, along with three others, with trespassing on the city’s Bo Diddley Community Plaza
as part of an Occupy Gainesville protest in October
But, this week, after a death in his attorney’s family, the trial was moved back to Jan. 19.
Former Alachua County Commissioner Rodney
Long, who heads the King Commission and organizes the weeklong celebration that will begin Tuesday, said King would be proud of the work Fitzpatrick did to overturn a “very immoral law,” referring
to the city’s ordinance limiting soup kitchens to
serving 130 meals a day.
For the past few years, Fitzpatrick has argued and
pleaded with city commissioners to do away with
the limit.
(Continued on pg 8)
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Our Homeless Voice readers:
The Homeless Voice January 2012
Couch to 5K in 9 Weeks! (in time for our 5K!)
Workout 1
Workout 2
Workout 3
Brisk five-minute
warmup walk. Then
alternate 60 seconds
of jogging and 90
seconds of walking
for a total of 20
Brisk five-minute
warmup walk. Then
alternate 60 seconds
of jogging and 90
seconds of walking
for a total of 20
Brisk five-minute
warmup walk. Then
alternate 60 seconds
of jogging and 90
seconds of walking
for a total of 20
Brisk five-minute
warmup walk. Then
alternate 90 seconds
of jogging and two
minutes of walking
for a total of 20
Brisk five-minute
warmup walk. Then
alternate 90 seconds
of jogging and two
minutes of walking
for a total of 20
Brisk five-minute
warmup walk. Then
alternate 90 seconds
of jogging and two
minutes of walking
for a total of 20
Brisk five-minute
warmup walk, then do
two repetitions of the
•Jog 200 yards (or 90
•Walk 200 yards (or
90 seconds)
•Jog 400 yards (or 3
•Walk 400 yards (or
three minutes)
Brisk five-minute
warmup walk, then do
two repetitions of the
•Jog 200 yards (or 90
•Walk 200 yards (or
90 seconds)
•Jog 400 yards (or 3
•Walk 400 yards (or
three minutes)
Brisk five-minute
warmup walk, then do
two repetitions of the
•Jog 200 yards (or 90
•Walk 200 yards (or
90 seconds)
•Jog 400 yards (or 3
•Walk 400 yards (or
three minutes)
Brisk five-minute
warmup walk, then:
•Jog 1/4 mile (or 3
•Walk 1/8 mile (or 90
•Jog 1/2 mile (or 5
•Walk 1/4 mile (or
2-1/2 minutes)
•Jog 1/4 mile (or 3
•Walk 1/8 mile (or 90
•Jog 1/2 mile (or 5
Brisk five-minute
warmup walk, then:
•Jog 1/4 mile (or 3
•Walk 1/8 mile (or 90
•Jog 1/2 mile (or 5
•Walk 1/4 mile (or
2-1/2 minutes)
•Jog 1/4 mile (or 3
•Walk 1/8 mile (or 90
•Jog 1/2 mile (or 5
Brisk five-minute
warmup walk, then:
•Jog 1/4 mile (or 3
•Walk 1/8 mile (or 90
•Jog 1/2 mile (or 5
•Walk 1/4 mile (or
2-1/2 minutes)
•Jog 1/4 mile (or 3
•Walk 1/8 mile (or 90
•Jog 1/2 mile (or 5
Brisk five-minute
warmup walk, then:
•Jog 1/2 mile (or 5
•Walk 1/4 mile (or 3
•Jog 1/2 mile (or 5
•Walk 1/4 mile (or 3
•Jog 1/2 mile (or 5
Brisk five-minute
warmup walk, then:
•Jog 3/4 mile (or 8
•Walk 1/2 mile (or 5
•Jog 3/4 mile (or 8
Brisk five-minute
warmup walk, then
jog two miles (or
20 minutes) with no
Brisk five-minute
warmup walk, then:
•Jog 1/2 mile (or 5
•Walk 1/4 mile (or 3
•Jog 3/4 mile (or 8
•Walk 1/4 mile (or 3
•Jog 1/2 mile (or 5
Brisk five-minute
warmup walk, then:
•Jog 1 mile (or 10
•Walk 1/4 mile (or 3
•Jog 1 mile (or 10
Brisk five-minute
warmup walk, then
jog 2-1/4 miles (or
22 minutes) with no
Week 7
Brisk five-minute
warmup walk, then
jog 2.5 miles (or 25
Brisk five-minute
warmup walk, then
jog 2.5 miles (or 25
Brisk five-minute
warmup walk, then
jog 2.5 miles (or 25
Week 8
Brisk five-minute
warmup walk, then
jog 2.75 miles (or 28
Brisk five-minute
warmup walk, then
jog 2.75 miles (or 28
Brisk five-minute
warmup walk, then
jog 2.75 miles (or 28
Week 9
Brisk five-minute
warmup walk, then
jog 3 miles (or 30
Brisk five-minute
warmup walk, then
jog 3 miles (or 30
The final workout!
Brisk five-minute
warmup walk, then
jog 3 miles (or 30
Week 1
Week 2
Our beginner’s running schedule has
helped thousands of new runners get off
the couch and onto the roads, running 3
miles in just two months.
Week 3
By Josh Clark, The Active Network, Inc.
Too many people have been turned off of running simply
by trying to start off too fast. Their bodies rebel, and
they wind up miserable, wondering why anyone would
possibly want to do this to themselves.
Week 4
You should ease into your running program gradually.
In fact, the beginners’ program we outline here is less of
a running regimen than a walking and jogging program.
The idea is to transform you from couch potato to runner,
getting you running three miles (or 5K) on a regular basis
in just two months.
It’s easy to get impatient, and you may feel tempted to
skip ahead in the program, but hold yourself back. Don’t
try to do more, even if you feel you can. If, on the other
hand, you find the program too strenuous, just stretch it
out. Don’t feel pressured to continue faster than you’re
able. Repeat weeks if needed and move ahead only when
you feel you’re ready.
Week 5
A few minutes each week
Each session should take about 20 or 30 minutes, three
times a week. That just happens to be the same amount of
moderate exercise recommended by numerous studies for
optimum fitness. This program will get you fit. (Runners
who do more than this amount are doing it for more than
fitness, and before long you might find yourself doing the
same as well).
Be sure to space out these three days throughout the week
to give yourself a chance to rest and recover between
efforts. And don’t worry about how fast you’re going.
Running faster can wait until your bones are stronger and
your body is fitter. For now focus on gradually increasing
the time or distance you run.
Week 6
Run for time, or run for distance
There are two ways to follow this program, to measure
your runs by time or by distance. Either one works just as
well, choose the option that seems easiest for you to keep
track of. If you go with the distance option, and you are
not using a track to measure the distances, just estimate.
It’s not important to have the distances absolutely exact.
Before setting out, make sure to precede each session
with a five-minute warm-up walk or jog. Be sure to stretch
both before and after.
Cynthia Waters
Part III Final story; Part II “We Give You Thanks
On This Day, O Lord!” November 2011, page 7; Part
I “I Trusted You Through My Journey” March 2007
“Custody litigation frequently becomes a vehicle
whereby batterers attempt to extend or maintain their
control and authority over the abused parents after
separation… Be aware that many perpetrators of
domestic violence are facile manipulators, presenting
themselves as caring, cooperative parents and casting
the abused parent as a diminished, conflict-inciting,
impulsive or over-protective parent.” Goelman, DM
Lehrman, et al (1996). The impact of domestic violence on your legal practice: A lawyer’s handbook.
Washington DC: ABA Commission on Domestic
Before I left, Sean called me into his office and asked,
“How are you feeling?” I replied, “I’m ok so far.” He
said, “It’s going to be weird for a while, but you will
get used to it.” I started crying and said, “Yes! You
are absolutely right. It is weird. I haven’t seen them
since December 16, 1998. So much has happened.
So many years have passed. Jessica said her dad and
his wife had invited me over for Thanksgiving Dinner. I informed her I am not able to do that. Jessica
said she understood. She said they would just have
Thanksgiving Lunch in lieu of Thanksgiving Dinner.”
I arrived Thanksgiving Day.
FIRST DAY: Ring, ring. DEREK: “Mom where are
you?” I guess Jessica and I do not have to pick Derek
up in Denver in our pajamas. ME: “I am standing
outside of baggage claim near the parking lot. Where
are you two?” DEREK: “We see you, Mom.” Wow!
My daughter, Jessica, is 18 years old, and my son,
Derek, is 20 years old. She hops out of the driver’s
seat with a smile on her face. She’s absolutely beautiful! She’s driving. We hug such a tight, loving hug.
Derek is getting out of the passenger side. He’s smiling. How handsome he
is! He’s ssssoooo tall…
both of them. We hug
such a tight, loving hug.
We have so much to do,
so much to talk about,
and off we go!
Derek, the typical
brother, makes fun of
his sister’s driving on
the way to my hotel.
The conversation moved
from the plan for the
whole weekend, to Jessica’s driving, to the
beautiful countryside,
to Jessica’s driving, to
are you dating anyone, to Jessica’s driving, and to
“oh my gosh! I need gas NOW: the orange light is
on!” They carry my bags, walk me up to my room,
and catch-up before Thanksgiving dinner at Jessica’s
friend’s house, Bryan.
Bryan takes our first picture of the three of us together. He suggested we step onto the balcony since
the Sun was setting to complete the Kodak moment.
As Derek, Jessica, and I stepped onto the balcony, we
heard “click.” We three turned around with Bryan
waving and laughing as he walked away because he
had locked the three of us out in 50 degree weather.
Whew! That’s cold for this native Floridian! He
didn’t lock us out too long!
At the hotel Jessica showed me some class and family photos of them over the years. These photos were
nice to see. We hugged each other, said “I love you
very much,” smiled, and looked forward to tomorrow.
We had a wonderful first day.
DAY: Merry
Derek and Jessica! A box for
each filled with
gifts from the
heart of your
day of Christmas
shopping with my
children and
Stephanie, on
Black Friday
searching for
that unique gift
for their family and friends.
We laughed,
talked, acted
silly, and ate:
we established
a level of comfort between us that somewhat eased the 13 years we had spent
It seemed Derek and Jessica wanted to hear about good memories. I reminded Derek when he was about 7 that Jessica and
I polished his left fingernails pink. We did not remove it. The
next morning we were late for his soccer practice of which
team photos were being taken. He was hysterical, “Mom! The
guys are going to laugh.” ME: “They won’t see. Just place
your right hand over your left hand in the photo.” Fire out! As
we browsed through the dresses I reminded Jessica that when
she was about 3 her decision to buy a dress was contingent
upon how much it mushroomed
out as she held her hands out and
twirled repeatedly. Their faces lit
up, and we all laughed endlessly.
My children bought me a digital picture frame that holds up
to 4,000 photos as my Christmas
gift. After completing our day of
shopping, Jessica informed me
that she needed to drop Steph off
at her car so she could join us later
for dinner in Denver. I was not
aware her car was parked at my
ex-husband’s house – the kids’
father. I never felt as uncomfortable as I did at that moment. I
said nothing. We swung into the
driveway and swung out.
On the way to Denver for dinner, we had a wonderful conversation talking girl talk..that talk we had never had for 13 years.
We talked about boys, dating, vehicles, her driving, college,
work, concerns she may have, etc. Suddenly, I grabbed her
dash and screamed, “AAAAAAhhhhhhhhhh! I am freaking out
not because of your driving but just because I am in a vehicle
and we’re going faster than a walk, a bicycle, or a bus that stops
every 15 – 25 yards: I am just not accustomed to it because my
license is suspended! I don’t drive. I can’t remember the last
time I was in a vehicle.” She and I laughed together. Derek
was riding with his friend Stephanie who was showing us the
That evening at the hotel finally came some questions about my
marriage to their Father. DEREK: “What happened between
you and dad?” ME: “Have you asked him what happened?
Would it solve anything to hear my side of what happened?”
DEREK: “Yes I asked him two weeks ago. I want to hear your
We laughed, talked, acted silly,
and ate: we established a level
of comfort between us that
somewhat eased the 13 years we
had spent apart.
The Homeless Voice January 2012
Want a divorce to end the domestic violence? Have children as well?
side. He told me he ‘only’ hit you twice. And the time
when you were pregnant he just wanted to talk to you,
and you fell down, and he tried to catch you.” ME:
“Is that what he told you? No Derek and Jessica. Your
Father hit me more than two times.” Derek wanted to
know more. Jessica was quiet. DEREK: “I am not
going to take sides. I want to hear your side of what
happened.” I informed them that I do not want them
to take sides and began describing to them how their
Father came home one day about six months into the
marriage and asked me some sort of question. I replied but I guess their Father did not like the response,
and a hand came across my head. That evening was
the beginning of the physical abuse. I informed them
that the abuse intensified to the point I would be slung
into Derek’s crib with him in it. I informed them that
their Father had slammed me up against the wall with
his hand wrapped so tight against my neck that I could
not breathe: he was choking me. He said it with such
hatred, “I just want to kill you!” ME: “When your
Father hit me that action did not motivate me to be
intimate. Every time we argued was a hit.” DEREK:
“Dad said while he was in Turkey you opened up bank
accounts and took his money. And you waited for him
to go to Turkey before you filed for a divorce; that
you planned it.” ME: “I legally cannot open arbitrary accounts on behalf of someone else unless I have
that person’s signature of which I did not. I did not
plan the divorce. I wanted time to think about our
relationship, the marriage, the direction, the past,…
we had you two. Once I saw no hope in our relationship because of the history with the hitting and
verbal insults I felt a divorce was the only solution. I
hired an attorney, got a restraining order, opened up
my own bank account, closed all credit accounts, and
your father opened up his own bank account after I informed him I was seeking a divorce. I informed him
of my decision while he was in Turkey. Your Father
and I went to marriage counseling, and he thought it
was ‘a joke..that we could work it out all on our own.’
He talked more about my mother in the session. I
informed the Counselor he needed to attend marriage
counseling with my mother and not me.” DEREK:
“What happened between you and your mom?” ME:
“My parents and I had been having problems for a few
years prior to 1997. I was getting my second divorce
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and my parents were ignoring me as a Mother and as a
woman. I guess my family thought I was the problem
or something was wrong with me. Your grandmother
was signing for certified mail your Father was mailing to their house. Your Father for some reason was
sending your gifts to your grandparent’s home via
certified mail: he felt compelled to send everything
with a return receipt requested. Your grandfather and
I were not agreeing upon how to discipline the two
of you either when they babysat. These events culminated with your grandparents doing whatever they
wanted regarding the two of you without my consent
and blatantly ignoring me as your Mother and as a
woman prompted me to tell your grandmother off.
Then I relocated to Fort Lauderdale because of my
job and soon thereafter your dad continued with filing more motions in Court this time for custody. I
chose not to show up to the Court appearances. You
and Jessica probably have some friends whose parents
are always going back and forth to Court and always
arguing. I chose not to be ‘that’ parent: I do not fight
smiled, and looked forward to tomorrow.
over human beings. …and here we are today. The act
FOURTH DAY: Derek leaves today. We greeted each other
of arguing takes two not one. Because of my deciwith
a hug and a kiss and said, “Good morning. I love you very
sion not to appear in Court and fight and argue and to
Before we left my hotel, Jessica gave me a bag conlet the cards fall how they may, the Judge suspended
letters, more pictures, and gifts that maybe Derek
my driver’s license, gave me no visitation, and threw
be able to give to me one day: today was that
me in jail.” DEREK: “How many times have you
were two pair of Christmas earrings (a pair of
been in jail?” ME: “3.” DEREK: “How long did you
and a pair of Christmas stockings) that she
stay?” ME: “Which time? My first incarceration was
had bought in elementary school and
November 18, 2001 through
had saved for me all of these years.
January 21, 2002. My secI have been unable to
She gave me letters she had written
ond was for one week about
over the years and had kept…a few
April 2004. My third was
were mailed and most were not. Her
for 24 hours about 2006. I
letters wanted to know if I was marhave lost track.” DEREK:
“How was jail?” ME: “It’s repeatedly been incarcerated causing ried, if I had other children, to tell me
it was her or Derek’s birthday, if I was
jail. I was extradited up to
“wondering how old she was,” she
Milton, FL. Upon release
wished I could come visit her “like
I had no money. I walked
normal moms,” what’s my house
to the nearest truck stop.
like, will she ever see me again, do I
I hitched a ride on an 18
miss her, etc. For you divorced nonremain
wheeler going to Jax. The
custodial parents who do not live in
truck driver told me he’d get
live in, you know what I am talking
me a ride south to Fort Lauderdale, and he did. I got
to an address I had been evicted
into a fight in jail.” Upon uttering that sentence was
from Derek. The letter that made
the first time my daughter perked up and spoke, “You
place that makes you want
got into a fight?” ME: “Yes.” We talked about the
twenty something year old being extradited to Central
Florida, and how she was trying to start something
I really have been wanting for this a long time.
with someone, and I defended myself. ME: “When
But there is one thing that I can’t have and, well would
I got back to Fort Lauderdale I found an eviction
to bring it.
sign on my door.” DEREK: “We both know how
my mom call Please!
he can be. He’s pushed me once, but I deserved it.
Mom, why didn’t you pay the money? We needed
the money!” ME: “I have been paying him when I
can…between jail, evictions, losing everything, and
living in the homeless shelter…I pay when I can. I
P. S.
do not want you to take sides. Your Father has AL
Hope the raindeer like the carrots.
WAYS perceived I have been doing nothing but tryDerek
lying on one bed in the room, and Jessica was siting to keep the two of you from him Day One you
of the other bed. I looked up at Derek, and he
two were born.” During the divorce and for years
yes. I looked at Jessica and she sat on the
thereafter his pursuit in Court to be heard, his purbed
absolutely speechless and exhaled my last
suit for custody after the divorce, and his pursuit for
child support monies was incessant. I have been unable to maintain employment. I have repeatedly been
incarcerated causing repeated evictions ultimately to
remain homeless.
Jessica showed me more photos of her and her brother. They kept talking about how their Father kept
“framing or boxing” their hairstyles around their faces. Jessica informed me that Lori, her Mom, helped
her start wearing bras because her Father just didn’t
realize it was time. I replied the politically correct
response saying, “That’s great that you had someone
there to assist you in such a manner!”
We hugged each other, said “I love you very much,”
smiled, and looked forward to tomorrow.
THIRD DAY: Temperature today was high 42 degrees and low with wind chill was -11. Wow! This
Florida girl required 4 layers of clothing which were
peeled off as the day warmed. Who needs a coat in
South Florida? We greeted each other with a hug
and a kiss and said, “Good morning. I love you very
much!” The plan on this sunny day is sightseeing:
Garden of the Gods and a ride on the COG Rail up
to Pike’s Peak! Only a few Kodak moments were
captured while sipping on hot chocolate at the top of
Pike’s Peak. We froze together, laughed together, and
posed together with the help of others.
To end the day, we chose to see the movie “Immortals” in 3-D. We had a great time. At the hotel,
we hugged each other, said “I love you very much,”
breath. What could I say except, “Thank you. I love
you two ssssoooo much! Are you ready to go?” They
both said, “Yes.” After experiencing the domestic
violence during the marriage, my visitation stripped
from me, and the never ending pursuit of their Father in the Courts, I wanted to visit with my children
and call them but was unable to call and risk their
Father picking up the phone and continue the abuse.
The incarcerations, job losses, and evictions certainly
precluded me from having the money to visit them and
stay telephonically connected. We made our way to
the Denver Airport, had lunch, took some more pictures, and said our goodbyes to Derek. Jessica and
I found Derek as he was taking his shoes off and approaching the baggage scanner. We yelled to the top
of our lungs, “D-E-R-E-K! W-E L-O-V-E Y-O-U!”
and waved and smiled. He shook his head as if we
were wearing pajamas. His sister was right! He WAS
Jessica and I just walked around at various malls and
Garden of the Gods talking and taking pictures. We
didn’t have to spend money: we were just “being”
together talking and enjoying each other’s company.
We joined Jessica’s friends for dinner and ice cream.
At the hotel, we hugged each other, said “I love you
very much,” smiled, and did not look forward to tomorrow: I was leaving.
FIFTH DAY: We greeted each other with a hug
and a kiss and said, “Good morning. I love you very
much.” Jessica brought the digital picture frame filled
with photos of her and her brother…her hands were
shaking as she plugged it in. I asked, “Are you ok?”
She said, “Yes.” The mood this morning seemed solemn. As we walked downstairs to the hotel restaurant
for breakfast, I said, “It’s going to be ssssooo exciting
honey. This trip is the start of so many future trips
and wonderful adventures together! We’ll be calling
each other up saying, ‘Hey let’s meet in New York to
see the Statute of Liberty and sightsee’ or ‘Let’s see
Niagara Falls’ or ‘Let’s go here. Let’s go there.’ ” We
laughed together. She stopped shaking! Mission accomplished!
We said our goodbyes at the sidewalk of the airport
hugging each other tightly, and then we began to cry
saying, “I love you ssssoooo much, Jessica!” Jessica
replied, “I don’t want you to go Mommy! I love you,
too.” She drove off to school for her 10 a.m. class.
I entered the Colorado Springs Airport on my way
back to work at the homeless shelter. As I sat waiting for my plane to arrive, I discovered why she had
been shaking at the hotel. The emotions that surfaced
after such a wonderful five day visit with children
I gave birth to and have not seen for 13 years were
overwhelming. Thank goodness I bought waterproof
mascara because the tears fell so quickly I was unable
to wipe all of them away with my shaky hands.
So much was accomplished in this one trip. My children and I look forward to our future adventures together. They seem to have understood my philosophy
of not fighting over human beings and not having had
the money that it takes to contest the Order granted in
their Father’s favor by the Florida Court.
Time will tell.
Spotlight on ...
Think you’re garbage
Act like trash
Crushed and mashed
Liz Brady
Broken people get recycled
No... it’s not too late
Local Teacher/Writer
Turns addiction
Turns life
To fiction
Broken dreams can be recycled
Don’t fall prey to “fate”
The Bully
There is a little voice inside
A bully
Instead of fighting back
You take it
Believe it
It is time
For a revolution
When you no longer cower
The berating will stop
You can tell the bully
To go back to hell
You don’t live there anymore
You can give him
Compassion no one ever showed
Heal him with kindness
You can stop reacting
Ignore him until he learns
He’s wasting his time
But you can’t keep encouraging him
You hardly ever see full rainbows
Half-rainbows are smile bringers
Unexpected while driving
Light rain clearing
They wink at you
Give you a precious little moment
Make you feel the world is beautiful
Life is a gift
But our eyes rarely absorb the full picture
Like the ones we used to draw as children
Years of pollution
Block the light
Filter the colors
Stop us from seeing the entire spectrum
Perhaps we could take part in that clean-up
The one we’ve been thinking about joining
Work together and find ways to clear pollutants
It’s time to reveal rows of magnificent multicolored light
Glorious expressions of truth and beauty
Pure radiant energy
Shining through overcast raincloud days
The skies are clearing
We’re all full rainbows
Or pretending
You don’t hear him
Harassment will follow you
It will get worse
Will cause destruction
Someone or something will break
Choose a path to healing
Make a plan
Be brave
All public institutions
Implemented anti-bullying policies
Make one
Follow it
Reclaim your power
You deserve the right to be happy
You deserve the right to be at peace
To piece together
What you’ve done right
Where you’ve gone wrong
Who you have hurt
How you can do better
Forgive yourself
Forgive the bully
And for your own sake
Stop beating yourself up
Face your inner rage
Masked by smiles
Save yourself before the planet
You’re more than what you hate
Stalk yourself
For treasures buried
Time to lose
The shame
You’ve carried
Tell your self that you deserve
No more inner debate
Your laundered karma
Still will bleed
Even washed on gentle speed
But broken people get recycled
It’s not
Too late
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The Homeless Voice January 2012
Savings Experiment: New Year’s Resolutions
By C. Lazarus
As you ring in the New Year, you’ll probably
make some personal resolutions to lose weight,
volunteer more, and clean behind (and not just
around) the furniture. (That last one may just be
me!) These are all sound goals, but don’t forget
to add saving money to the list. Learning how
to save money will offer you peace of mind, so
you’ll basically be checking off two resolutions
for the price of one.
Take Back Your Expenses
Considering that most of us are part of the 99%,
it’s critical to budget. It’s also as simple as setting up and checking your Facebook account.
The beginning of the year is the perfect time to
start budgeting: If you begin now, it’ll be easy as
the year goes on to track your expenses and make
more conscious decisions about what you spend.
There are a number of ways to budget. There’s
also an app for it; in fact, there are several. For
starters, tryTipB or Mint. Mint enables you to
upload your bank, credit, loan, and retirement accounts to help you categorize your transactions.
It’s also free. Some credit cards, like American Express (AXP), provide tools to see where
you’re spending money. Of course, you can always set up a budget on a Microsoft (MSFT) Excel spreadsheet, or the old fashioned way, with a
pen and paper.
Financial experts recommend creating a pie chart of your
spending ratios. The basic rule of thumb is to cut your
expenses into a 50/30/20 budget, divvying your monthly
household income into essentials, savings, and splurges.
To get started, add up your total monthly household income, including your salary (after taxes) and any other
sources such as child support, tenants, consulting and
freelance gigs, and even selling stuff on eBay (EBAY).
Next, you’ll need to add up your essentials.
Then break down your expenses. Fifty percent of your
total income will go to basic necessities such as rent, utilities, transportation, groceries, health insurance and student loans. After you account for these essential items,
set aside thirty percent of your income for what you enjoy doing, such as buying seasonal basketball tickets or
having cocktails with friends. Sometimes it’s difficult to
On Spirituality
Dear friends, a very merry and blessed
Christmas time to you all. In my last article
I said I would be reporting on the specific
lives of some of the good folks who live at
the shelter, and how your generosity positively impacts their lives. I am going to put
that on hold for a month as it is Christmas
time. A time of the year when many people
feel a certain closeness to their creator. God
chose to be one of us and came down from
heaven to prove His great love for us. To live
as a man and to give up everything, even His
life, to save us. This is the Christmas story
in a nutshell. It amazes me how every year
at Christmas we are so bombarded with all
things shopping. I mean I am not amazed that
this happens; rather I am amazed that we all
fall for it. Black Friday is downright scary.
Could the Lord have known what Christmas
would turn into while lying in the manger?
To give another a gift is a beautiful thing, so
Christ like, so loving. How did it become so
ugly? I am not in favor of abandoning the
practice of gift giving, but wouldn’t it be interesting to see what Christmas might be like
if no-one bought anything at all. No tree no
lights no lawn decorations nothing at all. Do
determine what goes into this column: You may
need internet access if you work from home, but
do you need cable? If it’s merely a burning desire,
the item is considered inessential. Most of your
purchases are inessential -- even clothes, gym
memberships, gifts for friends, and vacations.
Last, but not least, find out what the remaining
twenty-percent of your total income is, and siphon
off that amount for savings and emergency funds.
It’s easier to save money if you deposit it directly
into a savings account as soon as you get it. There’s
no need to tempt yourself, and that money can accrue interest, so you’ll actually grow your savings.
Budgeting is a lot like dieting: Everyone has
different needs and approaches it with different
constraints, challenges, and choices to make.
Some folks need to weigh in every day, others
weigh themselves a couple times a week (or even
month), and there are those who don’t need an
external reminder. You may want to keep a diary at first to see how you’re spending. Initially
you might find yourself obsessed or hesitant,
until thinking frugally becomes second nature.
And you might fall off the wagon. But generally
speaking, the more disciplined you are, the easier
it will get. It’s a critical skill to master, and, luckily, a straightforward one. If only winning the
lotto was this simple.
Homeless advocate
Fitzpatrick to be inducted
into MLK Hall of Fame
(Continued from pg 1)
you think we would focus more on the birth of Jesus
or just forget about Him? What does Christmas really mean to you, and to me? I hope and pray that it
truly does bring us closer to our Lord. If lights and
bells and wonderful Christmas music and of course
the giving and receiving of gifts help us to connect
Jesus as the reason for the season than the more the
merrier. May the peace of the child Jesus be yours,
Deacon Bob
He brought signs to City Hall. He cursed at commissioners during meetings. He ran for office.
In October, the commission voted to lift the limit in favor of a three-hour window in which soup
kitchens, namely St. Francis House, can serve as
many as possible.
Fitzpatrick and others were arrested in Orlando
in June for feeding people in defiance of that city’s
law barring the distribution of food to more than 25
people in a public park without a permit.
“It was one of his best tactics, going to jail,” Fitzpatrick said of King. “It’s as American as apple pie
to fight illegal laws such as he did.”
Last year, Long was on hand as the Martin Luther
King Jr. Memorial was dedicated on the National
Mall, making King the first civilian to be honored
with a monument there.
He called the event “humbling,” even more so than
the inauguration of the first black president, Barack
Obama, in 2009.
“We’ve had some great Americans,” he said. “Unless they were a president, they didn’t find a space
on the National Mall.”
Still, Long said it is important to have a number of
events locally, not just a single march or church service, to remember King because many people alive
today were born well after the civil rights movement ended.
Joy Bauer
Green Tea-Preliminary research suggests that
EGCG and other catechins in tea may prevent cartilage from breaking down, possibly helping to preserve joints longer.
Omega-3 Fats-A host of studies have demonstrated
that omega-3 fish oils can reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Study participants reported greater
strength, less fatigue, reduced joint swelling and tenderness, less joint stiffness, and less overall pain. The
best foods for omega-3 fatty acids are salmon (wild,
fresh or canned), herring, mackerel (not king), sardines, anchovies, rainbow trout, Pacific oysters, flaxseeds (ground and oil), chia seeds, and walnuts.
Olive Oil-In addition to healthy monounsaturated
fats, olive oil contains a natural compound called
oleocanthal which may help prevent arthritis-related
inflammation. This compound blocks the same inflammatory pathways as ibuprofen and aspirin, medications commonly used to fight arthritis pain.
Carotenes-The carotenoids are a group of powerful
antioxidant nutrients found in many fruits and vegetables. The best known is beta carotene (found in
foods like cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, kale, butternut squash, and spinach), but its sister
carotenoid, beta-cryptoxanthin, may also reduce the
risk of developing inflammation-related disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers have found
that people who ate diets high in beta-cryptoxanthin
were half as likely to develop a form of inflammatory
arthritis as those who ate very few.
Vitamin C-Vitamin C is one of the nutrients most
If you suffer from arthritis,
ease your painful symptoms
by eating plenty of foods and
ingredients that naturally
reduce inflammation,
such as cherries
4 Tips to Find
the Right
(Continued from pg 1)
Extending Peace and Goodwill into 2012
Donald Brown
The further we journey through 2012, the further
our actions stray away from the very essence of the
Christmas season: “Peace on earth, and good will toward all man!” Thankfully, this is not the case with
the people running the Church Of Service And Charity shelter who extend this goodwill to their guests
throughout the year.
A witness of the COSAC shelter’s graciousness is
Patricia Brandt.
“I cannot tell you enough how grateful I am to be
here! And, I love the staff here, but especially Sean
Cononie! I’ve known Sean for about 25 years, since
he helped me when I was on the street. I call him
‘Papa.’ He’s such a good man! If anyone doesn’t love
him, something’s wrong with them! I also have a best
friend here in the shelter. Her name is Rosemarie!”
said Brandt.
Ms. Brandt has been in the shelter four times in the
last two years. However, until 2011, she had never
spent a Christmas in a shelter.
Nine years ago Patricia Brandt gave herself a gift.
She entered a drug rehabilitation program.
“The program was designed for a 12 month stay. I
stayed for four months. We attended a church service
every night! I’ve been clean ever since!” said Brandt.
“When I needed help, I tried to seek assistance from
three other shelters before coming to COSAC. The
other shelters were too strict for me! They prohibit
communicating with loved ones. I couldn’t do that,
for my boyfriend was incarcerated and they wouldn’t
let me write to him! So, I came here instead. They
let me correspond with my boyfriend, who has since
given his life to Christ!” said Brandt.
“Other shelters force the homeless to conform to the
shelter’s rules. Not here at COSAC. We do our best
to adjust to our guest,” said Editor in Chief Mark Targett.
responsible for the health of collagen, a major component of cartilage. In addition, research suggests
that people who eat a diet low in vitamin C may have
a greater risk of developing some kinds of arthritis.
(High-dose vitamin C supplements can actually be
harmful for osteoarthritis sufferers, so talk to your
doctor about what’s right for you.)
Anthocyanins-Anthocyanins are powerful antioxidants that help reduce inflammation by inhibiting
production of certain inflammatory chemicals. Some
of the best foods for anthocyanins include cherries,
blackberries, black currents, blueberries, eggplant, elderberries, raspberries, boysenberries, red and black
grapes, strawberries, and plums.
Spices: Ginger and Turmeric-Like fruits and vegetables, spices contain beneficial phytonutrients that
can have powerful effects on health. Certain spices
seem to have anti–inflammatory effects, and therefore
should be considered for arthritis treatment. Among
the most promising are turmeric — the Asian mustard–yellow spice found in curry — and ginger. Because ginger contains chemicals that work similarly
to some anti–inflammatory medications, the benefits
of ginger for arthritis pain are not surprising. Get creative: grate fresh ginger into stir fries, steep ginger
with tea, or bake healthy ginger muffins.
Nine years ago
Patricia Brandt
gave herself a
gift. She entered a
drug rehabilitation
something you’d want explained.” You can find the
IRS list of organizations that lost 501(c)(3) charity
status online.
4) Give them a call. Sometimes scammers use the
good name of legitimate charities to swindle money,
by either copying it or taking a similar name. Never
feel rushed or pressured into donating at the door,
the red light, the checkout counter, or even over the
phone. You can always donate later, after you’ve
found official contact information from another
source and checked the group out. That’s how Stacy
once found a scammer using collection boxes in local
stores – they not only copied a real charity’s name, but
also its phone number. When he called, Stacy found
out they didn’t use boxes – and weren’t even fundraising in his state.
Who to trust
If you’re not sure about a particular charity, chances
are there’s another one doing similar work. For instance, if you want to support veterans, here are five
highly rated military/veteran charities from Charity
* Hope For The Warriors
* National Military Family Association
* Armed Services YMCA
* Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children
* Mercy Medical Airlift
And here are five cancer-fighting charities with an A
rating on CharityWatch…
* Cancer Care
* Cancer Research Institute
* CureSearch
* Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
* Prevent Cancer Foundation
Both sites have lists of many other categories, from
children to animals. Picking from top-rated charities
is the quickest way to make sure your money goes
to a good cause. You also might want to check out 7
Gift Ideas That Help Charities, and make sure you get
credit on your taxes for your good deeds with 5 Tips
to Deducting Holiday Giving.
The Homeless Voice January 2012
Ingredients to Ease Arthritis Pain
The Homeless Voice January 2012
Break in La Niña means more cold in South Florida
Cancer rates in U.S. keep falling:
American Cancer Society
By Ken Kaye and Danielle A. Alvarez
Wed Jan 4 2012 5:55 PM
Blame a break in the La Niña pattern for allowing
arctic air to blast through South Florida this week
– and likely bringing more cold outbreaks later this
“It does look like we could see a few more of these
cold air masses,” said meteorologist Robert Molleda of the National Weather Service in Miami, on
In recent weeks, a trough of low-pressure shifted to
the eastern U.S., temporarily opening a pathway for
frigid air to trek in our direction from Siberia, Russia.
That shift also offset the influence of La Niña, at least
temporarily, Molleda said.
they recorded temperatures of 28 degrees for about two hours
La Niña, best known for nurturing tropical storms in
before daybreak.
the summer, works to prevent cold fronts from reachAlthough temperatures warmed quickly to the upper 60s on
ing Florida during the winter. It does so by keeping
afternoon, Wednesday night was again expected to
the polar jet stream, a fast-moving river of air at upper
temperatures in the low to mid 40s.
levels of the atmosphere, farther to the north.
Miami-Dade and Broward counties to open
Molleda thinks the normal La Niña pattern eventualtheir
shelters. Palm Beach County, however, only
ly will shift back and make this
opens its shelters when temperatures
winter warmer than normal.
are forecast fall to at least 40 degrees or
December already has been
the wind chill is less than 35 degrees for
one of the warmest on record
least four hours.
with temperatures reaching
The cold weather might have atThe
forecast “didn’t meet our threshinto the 80s on most days. But
said Mary Blakeney, assistant
he said extremely cold weather
caused some crop damage in operations
manager for Palm Beach
should never be a surprise in
Palm Beach County, growers
predicted a read“January is our coldest month,
in West Palm
and it’s the time of year we’re said; however the extent won’t be
frost admost vulnerable to freezing
temperatures,” Molleda said.
known for weeks.
Thursday’s forecast calls for a
cold start with temperatures in
near freezing levels and cause damage
the low to mid 40s. Then there
to plants.
should be a quick warm-up
On Tuesday night, 268 homeless peowith mostly sunny skies and afternoon temperatures
four cold weather shelters; on
in the low 70s. Evening lows should be in the upper
said Michael Wright, admin40s and low 50s.
Friday should be a few degrees warmer and by SatBroward
said he enjoyed
urday, conditions should return close to normal, with
highs in the mid to upper 70s. Then another cold front
“It’s a nice change for a while,” he said, as he picked up cofis expected to arrive by late next week. Whether it will
and sweets at a Dunkin’ Donuts on Broward Boulevard in
be as strong as the one this week remains unknown.
Lauderdale Wednesday morning.
Although not quite as cold as forecast, the mercury
Virginia Mikula, of Sunrise: “I guess we need it for a
plunged into the upper 30s and low 40s across South
usually hot and humid.”
Florida on Wednesday morning. Some pockets in
who was
south Miami-Dade County and far west Palm Beach
County saw freezing temperatures.
Molleda said because the cold air amassed in Sibeconditions
ria before it made its march across Canada and the
take the kids to the beach. I’d like
United States, it was chillier than usual.
to go back with some color.”
“The farther north the source region of the air, the
Kotsopoulos said his wallet also
more potential it has to be colder,” he said.
feeling the effects. Asked what
The cold weather might have caused some crop damtourists
do in a cold South Floriage in Palm Beach County, growers said; however the
extent won’t be known for weeks. Some growers said
Cancer death rates are continuing to fall, dropping
by 1.8 percent per year in men and 1.6 percent per
year in women between 2004 and 2008, according to
the American Cancer Society’s annual report on cancer statistics released this month.
Advances in cancer screening and treatment have
prevented more than a million total deaths from cancer since the early 1990s, according to the report.
But the influential cancer group said new cases of
seven less-common cancers rose in the past decade,
suggesting more could be done in America’s 40-year
war on cancer.
This year, the cancer group projects 1,638,910 people will be newly diagnosed with cancer and 577,190
people will die from it.
“The big news this year is that cancer deaths are still
going down,” said Dr. Raymond DuBois, provost and
executive vice president at The University of Texas
MD Anderson Cancer Center.
DuBois said while the rate of decline is small, it is
significant because it has continued to fall each year
for the past 10 years of available data.
Between 1999 and 2008, cancer death rates fell by
more than 1 percent per year in men and women in
every racial and ethnic group except for American Indians/Alaska Natives, among whom rates have held
“It’s not hitting the ball out of the park, but it had
been going up several years prior to that. It’s a sign
now that it is on the decline,” DuBois said in a telephone interview.
The biggest declines in the latest report were among
black men, where cancer deaths fell by 2.4 percent,
and Hispanic men, where rates fell by 2.3 percent.
Death rates fell in all four of the most common cancers, lung, colon, breast and prostate, with lung cancer
accounting for nearly 40 percent of the total drop in
men and breast cancer account for 34 percent of the
total decline in women.
Despite improvements in the most common cancers, a companion report found an increase in cases of
several cancers over the past decade. These included
cancers of the pancreas, liver, thyroid, and kidney and
melanoma, as well as esophageal cancer and certain
types of throat cancers associated with human papillomavirus or HPV infection.
That report found cases of HPV-related throat cancer and melanoma rose only in whites, and rates of
esophageal cancer rose in both whites and Hispanics.
Exactly why these cancers are increasing is not yet
clear, but early detection and obesity may be playing
a role, the researchers said.
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