John Shelter1 
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Re: “New Direction

Someday we will all be able to live in peace. However, I will no longer just sit back and let people that have not even been around for the last 6 months state I have done something wrong. I did do something wrong I believed in the NCRC. like you said I am not the NCRC the board was. I volunteered for 18 months because I was promised a future helping people with real programs not enabling ones. I volunteered everyday overseeing the centers operations and working with new directions our Social Enterprise that supported the services. While the BOARD was to find funding to pay staff. The Board's only solution was to have the homeless work to pay my wages. THAT IS NOT OK! I asked the Board to pay me and their response was that they were going to shut down and restructure without me. To add insult to injury it was stated at a board meeting that they had a person who was going to donate $60,000 when I was no longer in charge. I tried to stay silent but I will not let individuals boost on something they have no knowledge of. Now grow up, people need our assistance not for us to fight on who is going to do it. As far as getting a job, I think I did...... I guess we will see if I fail, or better yet why not help me so I dont.

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Posted by John Shelter on 01/24/2012 at 6:36 PM

Re: “A Gentleman Wanderer

Hi Folks, I do not often reply to any of these blogs because they turn so hateful. I have to agree with Heidi. This gentleman’s camp was clean the three weeks I knew about it. I have pictures to prove it. The reason it was not cleaned was that I had concerns with the site after the fire. I photo it because of the unbelievable amount of trash that was there. There had been NO signs of trash at all before the fire. Unlike Ms. Kathy we are trying to assist individuals find new locations other than the woods. However, with no safe place to send people it sometimes takes awhile to relocate people.
We had been trying to contact the gentleman that was forced to live in the woods, to hopeful try to find him a better place. And to you unanimous you are wrong everybody needs their own space. The Serenity inn is OK for familys, however the single people are four to a small closet. A single homeless person gets 265.00 a month and food stamps. That is it!!!! No education, no employment training, no place to sleep, no place to be at all. It is illegal to be on private or public property. Yet we expect them to roll out from where ever they could get a few minutes of sleep in the cold without going to the bathroom. AND GET A JOB?? PEOPLE deserve more, and we need to start with a safe place to be and sleep. The people I see on an almost a daily basis are not mean or scary. Maybe scared... However, I promise I will never stop my pursuit in changing the laws that will make what we do to the homeless a hate crime. Because it is no different than what we experienced in the 70' and 80's. I remember laws that made some people ride in the back of the buses, or use different bathrooms should I go on? Most of these individuals have underlining issues that have brought them to where they are. Not all are mentally ill or drug addicts or want to live outside, just people that may have made the wrong decision. I was tought to get respect you must show respect. The way I see it starts with each one of us.

Posted by John Shelter on 03/09/2010 at 9:25 PM

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