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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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My Two Cents: Lesson Learned

 

My Two-Cents with Hank BonecutterNashville, TN – After selling my business in 2012, I bought a condo in Nashville.  My wife and I spend time there enjoying football, hockey, good food and entertainment.

I spend more time here than she does, developing new business relationships, and reconnecting with old friends.

The Nashville landscape is growing in leaps and bounds,and that includes a growing homeless population.  And I mean GROWING. And aggressive.

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Flourishing Families kicks off campaign to ignite change

 

Flourishing FamiliesClarksville, TN – This Campaign builds upon the upward trajectory of Flourishing Families decreasing the homelessness and unemployment in the Clarksville Community.

Flourishing Families is under the leadership of Breona Carter, now in her third year as Flourishing Families’ President. During her tenure, Carter launched a bold new strategic plan and shelter master plan, increased its commitment to financial assistance, established a new core curriculum, made programmatic changes across the Second Chance Program, and increased its focus on decreasing the homeless rate in the community. «Read the rest of this article»

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Prove It Clarksville: Day Five: The Faces of Homelessness

 

An exercise in homelessness.

Clarksville, TN – Hi all, Vicki here. Last night, Kenny (like most homeless folks) took the opportunity to work a side job and make a few dollars, so he got back to his camp very late—and then he had to get up super-early to get to his bus stop on time.

So he didn’t have a chance to blog about yesterday’s “adventures,” but he’ll catch up tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s something he wrote the other night while at camp:

The face of homelessness has changed over the past few years.

A friend from Tent City.

A friend from Tent City.

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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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Prove it: Day Two: Madison Street and Sweet Tea

 

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 three of his adventure.

Well, the first night out didn’t go as expected, but I survived. I got my new camp set up this morning. This one should go a little better—it’s a lot more hidden than the last one. It’s a little further from downtown than I wanted, but since it’s better hidden, it’s a good trade-off. For those who are wondering where I slept last night (being that I was evicted from my first camp), well, I did what a lot of homeless people do: I slipped inside a fence, crawled into the back of a vehicle, went to sleep, and slipped out again before anyone got there the next morning. This vehicle just happened to be the Love Bus at the Manna House. (I didn’t want to get arrested my first night out for trespassing or breaking and entering.)

Trust me, sleeping on the ground in a tent will be way more comfortable than on the floor of a bus.

My first night’s “camp.”

My first night’s “camp.”

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Prove it: Day One

 

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 two of his adventure.

Today, there were a lot of “firsts” …

It was my first day standing on a street corner. «Read the rest of this article»

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Prove It: Preparations

 

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 one of his adventure.

Here I go! I’m about to start my homeless adventure.

 

Kenny York's first night sleeping spot

Kenny York’s first night sleeping spot

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Habitat for Humanity ReStore Partners with Women Build 2012

 

Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County TennesseeClarksville, TN – The Women Build 2012 Committee of the Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County Tennessee announces their partnership with the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The ReStore is donating a portion of their sales through May and June 2012 to the Women Build 2012 project.

The women involved with Women Build 2012 are building a 2-bedroom house for a Habitat partner family at 127 Brooks Alley. Carolyn, a single, retired, disabled mother of adult children living outside the home, is excited to be the recipient of the Women Build house.

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Can You Hear Us Yet?

 

By Rick Smith

As the world burns in the fires of poverty and cash free-flows to the pockets of robber barons, our press is playing As The World Turns.

Our politicians are treated as celebrities, while our corporate overlords operate in secrecy; turning dials, greasing wheels, and watching the whole. thing. burn. Can you hear us yet? No?

Well, here’s some real top stories, Personal Storyteller‘s style! «Read the rest of this article»

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