So I am from Alabama, the Heart of Dixie as it was called when I was growing up. I grew up on a farm north of a mid-size southern city known for its tolerance and diversity and my private school was integrated with the kids of most of the non-white professionals in our little town. … Continue reading Racisim and Alcoholism
So I am kind of overcommitted in my personal life. I am a little obsessed with people. People in general. I like people. People are some of my favorite... oh you get the idea. So because I love people so much, I find it very distressing that some people don't think they have a chance … Continue reading Teach a Kid to Learn
So the last few days have been a little on the rough side. My friend Gina called me late Friday and said she was concerned about our friend Mack. She was not sure why, she was just worried about him. He usually calls me a couple of time each day and he had not been … Continue reading My Friend Mack
So I was reading about homelessness tonight preparing for a breakfast meeting in the morning. Instead of preparing an email to share with my fellows in the morning I thought I'd just make a post out of it! The breakfasts have grown dramatically in the last 4 to 6 weeks. We always run out of … Continue reading Saturday Homeless Breakfast
A friend of a friend was diagnosed with a small OM tumor recently. They reached out to me since they knew I had the same thing and I tried to provide them with some information. After I wrote the email I realized that others could benefit from this information so I included the email here … Continue reading Cancer resources for a new friend
A new shopping experience is coming to Lincoln Village this fall. Julie and I have rented a building at 1000 Meridian Street just north of Brooks and Collier and on the other side of the street, at the corner of Meridian and King. The new shop will feature clothes and other goods for the neighborhood … Continue reading The start of something big in Lincoln Village!
Hi all, I have again demonstrating my inability to say no buy joining another local non-profit's Board of Directors. The Village is a homeless outreach agency I've been working with for about three years both in the field with their outreach staff and volunteers and on their website. I built them a WordPress site at … Continue reading New Board Post: The Village, Inc
The Downtown Rescue Mission is not really downtown. It's actually at the old Westminster Christian Academy campus off of Evangel, near University Drive and Sparkman. But wherever the place is located, its a big deal. The campus is large, 80,000+ square feet housing an average of 200 people each night. They have both transient and in-house treatment programs … Continue reading Downtown Rescue Mission delivers the goods for the poor!
Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the Fund/Friend Raiser last night!!! We have a great turnout, extended cooperation between local poverty agencies, missions and ministries. I saw the Village of Promise founder (Bobby Bradley) talking to a Downtown Rescue Mission board member (Scott Martin) and Lincoln Village founder (Mark Stearns). I saw First … Continue reading Mezza Luna Fund/Friend Raiser a huge success
Maybe you've seen our new bumper stickers around town that say "Please Don't Feed the Homeless!" If they made you come to our website then they worked as intended!! Welcome! First we want you to know that we DO NOT want the homeless to be hungry. Thankfully, in Huntsville, we have very few really hungry … Continue reading Please Don’t Feed the Homeless!
Save the Date! Sunday night December 18 we are gathering at Mezza Luna in Jones Valley for a fund raiser. You know you'd go to Mezza Luna anyway so check out www.villageoutreach.org and see what your donations will help to support. Melissa calls me alot, to tell me what she did out in the camps. I also … Continue reading Mezza Luna Fundraiser coming up December 18
One of the most important measure of the civility of any society is how it treats the lowest in our midst, the people who are so sick or so weak or so broken that they cannot even manage to live Fortunately for them, and for our salvation, there are organizations in Huntsville focused on helping … Continue reading Help Village Outreach!
Great news about Tim, or Mack as we know him. He's been awarded housing and has moved into Johnson Towers on Seminole near The Sally. He has a couch, a TV (thanks to Andrew) and some kitchen stuff. He needs a bed, a twin I think, and some company. He had been living in a … Continue reading Mac Update
Last Thursday Pete was admitted to Huntsville Main with a high fever and cuts to his tounge. He was put on a ventilator and was believed to have a neurological issue. Were still not sure what happened almost a week later but the best guess is seizures related to coming off of alcohol. Please go … Continue reading Pete Update, back in the hospital
Hi folks. We're headed out to Tent City again this Saturday morning. If you'd like to tag along please meet me at 113 Clinton Street downtown at 8AM and we can carpool, or you can follow me. It's easy and a fun way to start your Saturday. Seriously, I know it does not seem like … Continue reading Tent City Saturday