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Manna Café to host 3rd Annual Pirate Fest October 10th

 

Manna Café MinistriesClarksville, TN – Manna Café Ministries is excited to announce the third annual Pirate Fest and Chili Cook-Off on October 10th, 2014.

They are inviting local businesses and organizations to become T-shirt sponsors, and chili cook-off teams to take part in the competition. To sign up or make inquiries, please contact pirates@mannacafeministries.com. «Read the rest of this article»

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2014 Mayor’s Summer Night Lights program ends with a scholarship announcement

 

Clarksville Parks and RecreationClarksville, TN – The 2014 Mayor’s Summer Night Lights program concluded on July 30 with a great gift for one lucky person.

Julia Dorsett was awarded a scholarship to attend Real Estate School by Summer Night Lights sponsor, Clarksville Real Estate Education School.

Julia Dorsett after being presented with her Scholarship

Julia Dorsett after being presented with her Scholarship

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Manna Café hosting Color Me Cool this Saturday, August 2nd

 

Manna Café MinistriesClarksville, TN – The Color Me Cool Art Show and Ice Cream Festival—a groovy summer shindig with a hippie-dippy twist—is just around the corner!

Sponsored by Clarksville Fencing and Forefront Solutions, this Manna Café event will take place at 635 Frosty Morn Drive on Saturday, August 2nd from noon until 8:00pm.

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Prove It Clarksville: Make a Stand with Kenny York Monday, July 28th

 

Clarksville, TN – Make a stand with Kenny!! Be part of the Prove It Movement on Monday. Meet us in the rear parking lot of the Refuge (635 Frosty Morn Drive) at 9:00am.

We’ll head out from there to various intersections, make a stand, and spread the word to the community about what it means to Prove It. We’re not able to get T-shirts in time, so be creative—pick up some neon yellow poster board and write “Do You Care?” and “Prove It!” in big block letters.

Please Share, and bring your friends with you on Monday—let’s make a city-wide impact for the sake of Clarksville’s homeless!

Come out and stand on the corner with Kenny York Monday.

Come out and stand on the corner with Kenny York Monday.

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Prove It Clarksville: Day 12: Something to Think About

 

An exercise in homelessness.

Clarksville, TN – I got a lot of honks and waves at my spot at Madison and the bypass today, but some of the expressions I saw on the faces of passersby were comical. You’d have thought I was green and had two heads and horns, which made me laugh and wave even more.

I’ve gotten some really good “advice” while standing on street corners. My favorite is “Get a job”—evidently, there are a lot of people who believe they know how to fix all homelessness.

They don’t realize how hard it is to get a job when you have no transportation, no address, no place to take a shower on a regular basis, and no place to leave your backpack if you do get an interview.

My new buds Kaiden and Alex. (Amanda Smith Pace)

My new buds Kaiden and Alex. (Amanda Smith Pace)

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Prove It Clarksville: Day Ten: Crayons and Copper

 

An exercise in homelessness.

Clarksville, TN – The biggest event of this day was that I got to take a shower. It was the first one since last Wednesday night, and trust me that it was a worship experience in itself—not to mention using a real toilet and not feeling rushed. Oh, the things we take for granted.

You know, there are a lot of talented people riding the bus, living in shelters, or even sleeping in tents and under bridges. Yesterday morning at the bus stop, I noticed a young man with a sketchpad and pencils.

Cabin’s crayon-and-wood-scrap art.

Cabin’s crayon-and-wood-scrap art.

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Prove It Clarksville: Day Eight: Oatmeal and Offerings

 

An exercise in homelessness.

Clarksville, TN – Well, it’s day eight, but who’s counting?

I wanted to get to my spot by 10:00am this morning, so I got up and headed out early to catch the bus, not even taking the time to eat my oatmeal. The oatmeal, by the way, has been a lifesaver.

This past winter when we were doing the warming shelters, Mat Lasater (of Lasaters) donated these cool little cups of oatmeal, and all you have to do is add warm water, so I brought some with me to see how they do out in the woods … and from this point on, they’ll be standard issue in Manna Café’s homeless bags.

Jhesika Jade Riggins and her boys dropped off some money and a sweet tea for me.

Jhesika Jade Riggins and her boys dropped off some money and a sweet tea for me.

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Prove It Clarksville: Day Six: Workin’ Man Blues

 

An exercise in homelessness.

Clarksville, TN – Hi, I missed you!

I’m sorry these two days are late, but I worked a couple of side jobs the last two nights—and on top of sneaking in and out of camp, riding the bus, and standing on my street corners as long as possible, it made for a couple of very long days. In fact, Friday night I got only five hours of sleep, if you can call it that. I’m still not used to this hard ground.

As I’m writing this, I can sense some of you rolling your eyes all the way back into your head (they’re making sounds almost like a slot machine). You’re thinking, “I knew it! I knew he’d sell out!—He’s working, and the homeless are lazy—they don’t work!”

Prove It Clarksville: Kenny York makes a friend.

Prove It Clarksville: Kenny York makes a friend.

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Prove It Clarksville: Day Four: Lessons Learned

 

An exercise in homelessness.

Clarksville, TN – I got off to a good start this morning: I woke up, wrote a bit, and then caught the bus to my street corner for the day (at Madison Street and Memorial Drive).

I just had a thought: when I was a kid, I spent a lot of time standing in the corner, and now I’m standing on the corner. Some things just make you go hmm.

Well, you’ll be glad to know I didn’t have to buy a flashlight because two sweet ladies each brought me one—one is bigger, so I can use it in my camp, and the other is smaller and will fit in my backpack.

Vicki snapped this photo right before she left me at the bus stop cause she thought it was funny that my pack was so wide. (Vicki York)

Vicki snapped this photo right before she left me at the bus stop cause she thought it was funny that my pack was so wide. (Vicki York)

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Prove it: Day Three: I Lied

 

An exercise in homelessness.

Clarksville, TN – Kenny York, Founder and Director of Manna Café Ministries, will be spending the next two weeks as a homeless man in an effort to bring increased awareness and compassion for the homeless. He and the Manna Café team are increasing their efforts to launch a full-time transitional shelter in Clarksville, even though homelessness is “a silent epidemic” in this fast-growing community. This is part four of his adventure.

Well, to start with, I have a confession to get off my chest: I lied. The ground under my tent is not more comfortable than the floor of the bus I slept on the first night. Actually, I didn’t believe it was possible, but I think it’s harder. Even so, I did sleep better. By the end of this two weeks, I’ll probably be able to sleep standing up. «Read the rest of this article»

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