**** We are sad to say that approx one week before Christmas 2012 this elderly disabled veteran passed away. R.I.P. to you Bob. We miss you.
***UPDATE: STA received a generous donation of $50.00 last week from a supporter in Seattle Washington. We were going to use that donation towards fuel in our Mobile Crisis Outreach van. Instead, on this Wednesday 7/25/2012, we put that entire $50.00 towards this mans Electric Bill. His Monthly bill is $200.00. Can YOU help us keep him comfortable and help us prevent Progress Energy from turning off his electricity again in this high heat? On your donation please indicate “For Bobs Electric”. Thank you!
Providing Hope In The Midst of Crisis, in Jesus‘s name.
Our Friend Bob
Ok everyone. As you all know i do not post photos of real people too often intentionally. The photo above is indeed real. He is Bob. He is in his late 70′s, an amputee and a United States of America, Marine Corp Veteran of the Korean War. Bob was also a long time volunteer with Suncoast Hospice in Clearwater, FL.
We have known Bob for approx 9 years total. He is one of the nicest guys you could meet. We lived in the same Mobile Home park for 4 years from 2003-2007 in Clearwater, Florida where Bob still lives. We stop in from time to time and check on him to see how he is doing.
It has been almost a year since we last seen Bob.
When we stopped in this time, yesterday 7/20/2012 we found out that Progress Energy had turned off his electricity the day before due to his inability to pay. fortunately some friends of his all got together and got it turned back on the next day. Very fortunate for Bob.
His electricity runs him about $200.00 per month. He has an Oxygen Concentrator Machine he is also running for his Oxygen therapy.
We also found out he no longer has his electric scooter chair he always used to go to the grocery store etc. It was his freedom and entertainment.
He no longer goes anywhere unless someone takes him. He is not the type to just sit around but he does not have much choice. He is usually very upbeat and positive. Today he was down, very down and understandably upset.
Straight Ahead Outreach-Taking Back Your Life would appreciate your help on two fronts.
1) Bob’s Electricity = $200 per month: He lives in Clearwater, FL. He is elderly and it has been very hot here. STA would like to ensure he does not get his electricity shut off again. It is $200/month.
2) Electric WheelChair= $750.00: We know someone locally who has an excellent electric wheelchair in like new condition which belonged to his mother and is for sale. It is worth approx $6000.00 new and he will sell it to us for $750.00 and comes with a nice ramp also.
Straight Ahead Outreach-Tacking Back Your life would like to help this Elderly Marine Corp Veteran “Take Back His Life” and give him his freedom back to get to the store etc on his own and to make sure he has electricity every month and not have to worry about it.
Things like this, someone of Bob’s age, not being able to pay for his electricity each month is what many times has an end result of Homelessness.
STA is busy, we help anywhere, anyone and in any way we can. We are doing Jesus and His Father in Heavens work. We are doing it as THEY direct us to those in need.
STA cannot do it without YOU. TOGETHER, we can all prevent homelessness. Please be a part of it and help us prevent strife and homelessness today.
STA sees many homeless Veterans on the streets all the time. They are in every single community practically World Wide, they are in your community right now. Lonely and disabled. Homeless.
If you Donate right now and anyone who donates to BOB’S NEED we guarantee you that every single penny will go straight to BOB’s needs for this wheel chair and his electricity. When you donate please send me and email to: Lance Greene/Founder at email@example.com and please tell me you want your donation to go to Bob. You can also state if you want it to go towards his wheelchair or his electricity, or what ever you want it to go to.
Providing Hope In The Midst of Crisis, in Jesus’s name.
**** Straight Ahead Outreach-Taking Back Your Life Inc. is a United States federally registered 501c3 Nonprofit Public Charity and your donations are tax-deductible under the full extent of the IRS 501c3 tax code.
THANK YOU THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!
Providing Hope In The Midst of Crisis, in Jesus’s name
This last month of June we received notice that STA would be receiving a tangible donation of a condominium full of furniture and typical furnishings. A local Clearwater, FL. man had to place his Mother into a nursing home and all her belongings would be available to Charity.
STA was asked if they would want or need the items. I simply could not say no, as we know there is always great need for these types of things. The problem is, we only have one vehicle and that is our personal vehicle, our 1995 Chevrolet Cargo van pictured here which we use for literally all STA Outreach activities. It took about 3 days and multiple trips with our van to collect all the belongings, bring them to our storage shed and then re-distribute them.
When i went to look at the furnishings at the condominium, i couldn’t believe all the belongings STA would be receiving. It was actually a little overwhelming. Not only because of what it would take to deal with it all but the fact that this man had to see all his Mothers belongings going out the door. Never to be seen again. I felt bad for him.
As he and i went through the belongings i pointed out items i thought he might want to keep. I had picked up a dresser from this same man a couple weeks before and there were some items left in one of the drawers i felt he would want and called him to let him know. This particular dresser and items left in it were of his sisters, who he also recently had to place in an assisted living facility. Double whammy for this man and his family. He was appreciative that we called him to give him the items.
When STA receives tangible donations of this type we do not believe in simply a grab & go philosophy. When folks are going through a time like this in their lives, it is sort of like a death in the family. People are not always thinking clearly as they sort through and clear out family items.
Our process is as we go through the belongings, we ask ourselves if it may be something the family would actually still want and simply overlooked it. In this particular case there were numerous items including a 22 Karat Gold Plated bowl. On the back it stated “guaranteed” 22 Karat Gold. As i took it out of the cupboard and looked at the writing on the back i handed to him and stated that i believed he ought to keep that bowl. He gladly took it back. I was relieved and happy. If i would have taken that or anything else that seemed of high value either monetarily or personally without letting this man know, then i believe that i as representative of Jehovah God and His Son Jesus Christ and founder of Straight Ahead Outreach would be skirting our Responsibility as a 501c3 Nonprofit and our Responsibility to Shine as representatives of Jesus and His Heavenly Father and what they desire us to be. I love that clarity and feeling of freedom, to be able to look someone in the eye and tell the truth. Priceless.
The belongings we were able to receive included many things such as beds, drapes, wicker furniture set, dishes, pots and pans, small appliances, stools, dining room table sets, chairs, a huge amount of yarn and crafting supplies, DVD/VCR player/recorders, televisions, food items, spices, towels, bedding, rugs, shoes, clothing, and many other items.
The purpose of this blog is to relate how these belongings which belonged to this local mans Mother immediately began making an impact to over 11 families and individuals here in the Pinellas County area. Within one day of receiving these belongings, the two beds and some other items went to two families in need who had none.
The yarn and crafting supplies went to another Homeless Assistance organization who we know here. When we unloaded the Yarn Supplies a man came up and was sooooo excited to see the crafting and yarn as he loved crafting, knitting etc. He stated it helps pass the time so well. He had a huge smile on his face. The quantity of supplies of Yarn and Needle working & crafting supplies etc will keep numerous homeless men and women busy for many many hours to come. WOW. Priceless. Makes me smile just thinking of the day we delivered these supplies.
Everything else has been distributed or delivered to people and families in need. Multiple families and individuals, not just one or two. More like approx eleven (11) families and individuals. Eleven, from just one generous persons belongings.
The best part about this God Given Gift, is that it is from someone who himself states he is not a big believer in God, although his wife is. He is the one that has contacted me and been so generous with is time and energies. Hmmmmmmmm, maybe Jesus at work here somewhere eh? :-))!
So, a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to you Mr. P. D. and to your Mom, Mrs. V.
Your Mothers belongings will be helping those in need for quite some time to come. Making a continued Impact. Literally. Beds, so extremely important to those sleeping on a floor. Dishes and small appliances making someone feel like cooking, feel like a “person” again.
Yarn, crafting supplies to pass the time and calm the noise in ones head.
Televisions and more to help entertain.
Thank you, PD and Mrs. V for helping STA help others feel like people once again.
Thank you for helping STA…..
Provide Hope In The Midst of Crisis, in Jesus’s name
Lance Greene & Pat Mishler :-))!
It’s Sunday and a day for some fun and Sharing. Thats’s how Jesus likes it!
From our friend Gwen, she can make a mean soup thats for sure! My Favs are when she makes her black bean soups that are spicey spicey spicey! Yummmm!
This Friday 4/13/2012 as i was running some errands for one of those we help, i ran across a woman who reminds me of this woman pictured here. This is a stock photo, not the real woman. But, the woman was probably in her late 60′s and had that look in her eyes.
I was on my way to pick something up at Walmart as she walked down the sidewalk. This is Clearwater, FL, it was hot & dry out. Her skin was weathered from being in the elements all the time, yes, homeless. Her clothes were dirty, very much so in fact. She looked tired, thirsty, she looked like she was “in deep” into homelessness.
In the last 26 years of helping those in need, i have had two times when i have had someone decline my offer of assistance, giving them some sustenance or water when they have been out in the heat. I am not including here when people come up to me and ask for money etc. I am talking about when i approach and make the offer.
I pulled over and parked in a parking lot so as she passed i could speak to her.
I asked how she was and if i could offer her any water.
She Said No….”I am ok Thank You, i can get some later”
As i came out of Walmart, she was there in the parking lot, asking some for money. Some did give, some did not.
She Had Said No.……when i made my offer.
The catch here is many of you may think she simply didn’t want what i had to offer, because she can go panhandle for money and go get some alcohol, drugs or heaven forbid….some cigarettes.
The reality is…….maybe, maybe she simply wanted to know she could get what she needed on her own, without help from me or any other charitable organization. Not all who panhandle, want to panhandle. Not all who panhandle or whom are homeless go buy drugs and alcohol with the money they make panhandling. Many simply want to know they are providing for themselves.
Well, you are saying now to yourself…..hey, they just got money from people for doing nothing……
Have YOU ever panhandled? Most likely not. It isn’t easy for most. If you ever had to…you would see there are many physical and emotional aspects along with fears that go into it. It is not easy when you “have to” panhandle.
She Said No………
She did not want something for free. I was ok with that.