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**** 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Ok, so this is to continue from Part 1 posted on 1/20/2012.
I believe we have made the issue of homelessness all way to extensively complicated.
There are many that die on the streets each year, and i would never want to see or be someone who dies on the streets, as that can be very lonely. However, many people die each year all over the globe for many reasons including, disease, murder, accidents and self inflicted harm. Many of those also die very lonely or in just as ugly situations. In other words, i am trying to say, homelessness doesn’t own the monopoly on sadness when it comes to death. Death is death. Caused by satan. Period. It’s bad yes, but so are all the other deaths. Either way we miss someone. Their energy leaves our presence.
People who are homeless are exactly like you and i. Yes, yes they are. Many things cause it. It can happen in a blink of the eye. They were once our family members or neighbors. They simply did not appear out of nowhere. Bad or unfortunate things happened of which they could not handle or had no options/means to handle. They, for the most part want what you and i want. They have desires and needs, just like anyone else. The problem is, as we all know, our desires and needs are exactly what gets us into trouble or bad situations many many times. satan never wants any of us to succeed. Ever. Not even for one moment of time if he can help it.
Why am i doing all this Bible and satan and God talk? As i said in Part 1, most of us nonprofit outreach organizations who help the homeless, have some sort of, some level of Spirituality. So, please bear with me.
I myself, have been pretty proud of the fact for a long time that i help the homeless. Pride. However, I have always known it is Jesus that i have been directed by, given the power and protection by and doing the work for. His Father Jehovah God is the one that allows Jesus to let me do the work. I consider it a grand privilege. But still i have felt the pride. It is a normal human emotion and reaction, although not always a positive one. It can harm us also.
With that said, there are a number of times where we will find that someone homeless simply does not want our help. In addition, there are times when we simply are unable to help someone homeless for any number of reasons. This goes for any and all, every single other organization in the world. No-one can help everyone and not everyone wants our help.
The reasons for this are very simple. One example is this: Someone homeless, been homeless for over 3 months….doesn’t sound long to you does it? In street time, it is. 3 months is a long time to go without a shower or laundering your clothes for example. The person starts to breakdown and give up. Someone like me comes along and says …. “What can i do to help you?” The person says…. ”I need work, I need a job.” I state, ok, well lets get you a shower and some clean clothes, maybe a haircut and we can start looking for work for you. We will even help you find and get to the places to apply for work. The homeless Friend In Need, says… ” Oh no, you don’t need to do that, so and so is going to take me” or they will say…. ” I have a few in mind that i will be taking the bus to”. What happens is they never go, and they stay trapped on the streets. WHY? because they are like you and i. They are people. Their PRIDE just got in the way, because their desires and needs, their Pride, tells them they want to be able to do it themselves. The problem is, it is difficult to find a place where, when you are homeless, you can take a nice warm Private shower. Yes, private shower. And a place to get ready to get yourself psyched up to go apply for jobs. You know exactly what i am talking about. This is just simply one teenie tiny scenario. I could go on and on.
This brings me to my next and perhaps biggest point of all. These, the ones we as outreach or assistance organizations world wide end up not being able to “reach” or help for whatever reason……… These are taken care of by God. Literally. They are HIS. The poor, the homeless, are special to Jehovah God’s heart.
To take this further, there are those out on the streets who have been there for 20-30 years or more, living in the brush, etc. Out in the open, under the stars, literally. They, they are Jehovah God’s also. They are not for us to help. Meaning take off the streets. Put them in housing. Oh, sure, you, we, anyone can feed them etc, if they are in need that is, but if not, God is with them and makes sure they are taken care of. Literally. Just ask some of them. You will see, in fact you will see God there with them and maybe even hear HIM, GOD tell you to “back off”, “this one is mine, I got this.” And trust me, you will listen.
So, bottom-line, what i am saying and if you really think about it is….. When someone goes homeless and literally ends up in the streets. They are for the most part taken care of, if not at the very minimal least, by God. No, i myself would not want to be homeless again even for one day, but HE makes sure they get what they need, maybe not what they want, but what they need for the most part. Someone (individual) or some organization even like ours will find them or they will find us, or maybe they will find you, and they will receive some assistance. God states… “Help the poor freely”. He didn’t say, go make huge organizations to help the poor and complicate the heck out of helping my Sheep! Lavish houses are purchased and provided to the executives who run some orgs, new office furniture is purchased or donated and on and on. Complicates the process. Raises the need for more money, more funds. Less “help” to those in need, less focus on those in need.
Then, we add to that the government programs and funds of which there is major competition for. Competition…..yeah, that sounds like something God would want. Accounting principles, Tax deductions, processes for the paperwork and setting up of the programs in order to get the funds coming down the pike. Special ways and requirements of how to do things and how not to do things. This regulation and “policy” and that regulation and “policy”. What happens when those funds run out or get cut off? The assistance level suffers to those in need. Complicated. Complicated. Where is the “focus” now? On those in need? Do you really think so? Complicated, way too complicated.
You hear that? Do you? Can you hear it? It is satan laughing! Does that disgust you? I hope so, because it is detestable to God and disgusts HIM also. Personally, i wont tolerate it anymore. The reason for this particular blog series.
Meanwhile, we have taught, the “process” of assistance, has taught the homeless, that if you go here or there, or put a sign up for help to this person or that person you will get what you need for free. Free Free Free. THEN, when funds run out what happens. The free isn’t there anymore, organizations close, or it (the free) is at the least, more scarce and harder to find. More now are lost and more now will not know what to do. Fear sets in. More depression, more lack of confidence….deeper ….much much deeper into not homelessness but rather LIFELESSNESS…..Complicated. satan laughs.
Exactly the way satan wants it. Literally.
There is a great deal to say about this and so i will let you digest this Part 2 for now and i will continue in a day or two on Part 3. I will leave you with a thought.
When Jesus was on Earth, He didn’t always have a place to lay His head and neither did His Apostles always. They went from “place to place.” Adam and Eve lived where? In the Garden. Outside. God provided.
Until next time…… :-))!
It was brought to our attention yesterday of a local Clearwater/Largo FL area Elderly Amputee who is in need of a Mobility Scooter for him to have a better quality of life. He is not able to afford one himself and does not qualify for Medicare/Medicaid to cover it due to the fact that he has not been in a regular wheelchair long enough (5 years). He is currently spending most of his days inside and we would like to see him be able to get out and about more.
We would Love to be able to give him some freedom and a better quality of life.
If you are able to or would desire to help, your donations are tax deductible under the IRS 501c3 tax code.
He would be so eternally grateful for your help.
If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 865-964-1461 or 727-723-4656.
Lance Greene / Founder