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Manna Cafe Ministries: Giving Tuesday is Today, Kenny York goes Homeless to raise Awareness

 

Manna Café MinistriesClarksville, TN – Today is Giving Tuesday. You can donate, volunteer your time or give goods and services. Click the donate below to give.

Thank you to everyone who has and continues to support our community!

“The poor will eat and be satisfied. All who seek the LORD will praise him. Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy.” Psalm 22:26

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Clarksville’s DBO Gallery displays Paintings Exhibition that brings awareness to Youth Homelessness

 

DBO GalleryClarksville, TN – A collection of 12 arresting paintings by Olasubomi Aka-Bashorun will go on display at DBO Gallery in Clarksville, Tennessee next month, to bring awareness to the homeless youth pandemic currently happening on an international scale.

#Homeless Youth Series comprises striking black and white portraits and vignettes that were inspired by Aka-Bashorun’s own encounters, and by photographs by artists like Lee Jeffries.

Invisible (acrylic and graphite on plywood, 24 x 48in)

Invisible (acrylic and graphite on plywood, 24 x 48in)

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Manna Café Ministries in need of Winter Supplies

 

Manna Café MinistriesClarksville, TN – As temperatures drop, Manna Café Ministries is requesting winter supplies.

Clothing distribution directors Tanya Johnson and Shelly Cooper say, “Please think of our friends outside and go through your closets this weekend. Being homeless is real. Every homeless person has a name and a story, and everyone deserves warmth and protection during the winter. Thank you for your generosity!”

Cold Weather

Cold Weather

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Clarksville Office of Housing schedules annual Count of Homeless

 

City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – The Clarksville Office of Housing & Community Development has announced that the annual “point-in-time count” of people experiencing homelessness will be conducted locally from 8:00pm January 23rd, 2020 to 7:59pm January 24th.

Clarksville City Hall

Clarksville City Hall

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Room In The Inn seeks help from Churches

 

Congregations needed to host Homeless Services Program

City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – With colder weather approaching, have you ever thought about where the homeless sleep during the winter months?

Do you know where they get a hot meal?

Church volunteers meet with Room In The Inn on Thursday at The Old Firehouse Day Shelter.

Church volunteers meet with Room In The Inn on Thursday at The Old Firehouse Day Shelter.

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Shared Humanity on the Streets

 

Open Table NashvilleNashville, TN – I got the call that I was needed and I should come to the clinic immediately. The clinic sat on an especially impoverished stretch of Murfreesboro Road that would never be featured on any list of tourist attractions. The tiny space was constantly filled with people, most of whom had no insurance, no way to pay, and many who were currently experiencing homelessness in the area.

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(Bigstock/Rawpixel.com)

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

 

Open Table NashvilleNashville, TN – My last blog post told the story of my friend Cliff and his campmates and how they had been forced to leave their campsite. That was at the beginning of March and in the time since he was moved from there, he has been forced to move two more times and is being forced out yet again.

Campsite area used by the homeless.

Campsite area used by the homeless.

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APSU, Montgomery County work together to keep juveniles out of court, on campus

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Jaclyn Lyons grew up in Chicago, in a neighborhood so rough that most of her childhood friends ended up in prison, addicted to drugs or the victims of violence. In 2009, Lyons joined the U.S. Army to escape that bleak environment, but she never forgot the young faces of her friends from those years before they lost hope.

Dr. Jeff Thompson and Jaclyn Lyons talk to the Austin Peay State University Board of Trustees. (APSU)

Dr. Jeff Thompson and Jaclyn Lyons talk to the Austin Peay State University Board of Trustees. (APSU)

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We’re here to end Homelessness

 

Open Table NashvilleNashville, TN – At least once a week, I wear one of my OTN shirts that we make for ourselves and to sell. While my “House Keys Not Handcuffs” gets the most comments from strangers, my most worn shirt is a simple, straightforward stencil: “End Homelessness”.

Tshirts "House Keys Not Handcuffs" and "End Homelessness"

Tshirts “House Keys Not Handcuffs” and “End Homelessness”

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Paul & Tara

 

Open Table NashvilleNashville, TN – I’ve been thinking a lot about what it takes to bring people into the movement to end homelessness. How do we on the inside bring people with limited or no understanding of complex issues into a conversation that debunks the myths surrounding poverty and mental illness?

It wasn’t the stats or the “success stories” that got me into this work. It was seeing the common humanity and the brokenness of the system. It was meeting people on the street in desperate situations and being broken over their trauma and blown away by their humor.

(L to R) Paul, Tara and Haley.

(L to R) Paul, Tara and Haley.

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