This time I need something for myself

Ok so usually when I’m on here asking for donations there is a greater purpose than myself. Usually I’m putting something together to help someone else, or to help motivate others in this situation, and I appreciate the help. I often wind up using some of my own money as well for these causes, and trust me I don’t have much, I get a whopping $96 a month while I’m waiting for my SSI/SSDI to be approved.
However this time I’m asking for something for myself. Nothing crazy or over the top, but I need a good pair of shorts and a bathing suit.
Being outside all day everyday in the sun, these are not items to be taken lightly! LOL
We get donated clothes all the time, but I’m a big guy and rarely do we get anything that fits. Mitzvah Circle did send clothes for us big guys, and I had a great pair of shorts, but they now are torn, and damnit I need good shorts with side pockets to carry extra crap!!
So this time I’m asking for myself. No greater cause, not to help others, just lil’ ol’ me in need of some summer gear.

Any help would be appreciated. You can use the donate link on the top right, or on the “How you can help page”

Thanks

Posted in The Blog | 3 Comments

This time I need something for myself

Ok so usually when I’m on here asking for donations there is a greater purpose than myself. Usually I’m putting something together to help someone else, or to help motivate others in this situation, and I appreciate the help. I often wind up using some of my own money as well for these causes, and trust me I don’t have much, I get a whopping $96 a month while I’m waiting for my SSI/SSDI to be approved.
However this time I’m asking for something for myself. Nothing crazy or over the top, but I need a good pair of shorts and a bathing suit.
Being outside all day everyday in the sun, these are not items to be taken lightly! LOL
We get donated clothes all the time, but I’m a big guy and rarely do we get anything that fits. Mitzvah Circle did send clothes for us big guys, and I had a great pair of shorts, but they now are torn, and damnit I need good shorts with side pockets to carry extra crap!!
So this time I’m asking for myself. No greater cause, not to help others, just lil’ ol’ me in need of some summer gear.

Any help would be appreciated. You can use the donate link on the top right, or on the “How you can help page”

Thanks

Posted in The Blog | 1 Comment

It’s certainly no day at the beach.. oh wait..

Yep, so another tough day of being homeless! Started my morning doing some shopping and coffee with my ex. Always a lovely start to the day.

Then it was off to the beach, for a little mid day nap in the sun, and now I'm at Starbucks enjoying a wonderful cup of bold courtesy of the lovely Fran from Mitzvah circle! 
Doing a BBQ tomorrow with some of the guys from the shelter….. once again I find myself in this tough position. I feel I have almost a civic duty to find the negative in my situation so I can deliver more hard hitting commentary, but seriously, it's summer, the sense of freedom is nothing short of fantastic, I feel better than ever, and my future is looking better than ever.
Sorry to disapoint again, but homeless or not, life is just pretty damn good! :)
Posted in The Blog | 1 Comment

It’s certainly no day at the beach.. oh wait..

Yep, so another tough day of being homeless! Started my morning doing some shopping and coffee with my ex. Always a lovely start to the day.

Then it was off to the beach, for a little mid day nap in the sun, and now I'm at Starbucks enjoying a wonderful cup of bold courtesy of the lovely Fran from Mitzvah circle! 
Doing a BBQ tomorrow with some of the guys from the shelter….. once again I find myself in this tough position. I feel I have almost a civic duty to find the negative in my situation so I can deliver more hard hitting commentary, but seriously, it's summer, the sense of freedom is nothing short of fantastic, I feel better than ever, and my future is looking better than ever.
Sorry to disapoint again, but homeless or not, life is just pretty damn good! :)
Posted in The Blog | 1 Comment

We’re BBQ’n again

Since everyone had such s great time at the last one we're doing it again! This time it's a little send off for Pops who is moving out for 30 days, so we are sending him off properly!
The beauty this time around is that it wasn't my idea! These guys are learning to take the initiative, and pooled together and just told me when and where! I feel like a proud father lol

So we don't need donations this time to make it happen, but if you would like to donate(link at top right) a little i'll make sure something special hits the table tomorrow!

I'm looking forward to a nice Saturday with the guys

Posted in The Blog | 1 Comment

We’re BBQ’n again

Since everyone had such s great time at the last one we're doing it again! This time it's a little send off for Pops who is moving out for 30 days, so we are sending him off properly!
The beauty this time around is that it wasn't my idea! These guys are learning to take the initiative, and pooled together and just told me when and where! I feel like a proud father lol

So we don't need donations this time to make it happen, but if you would like to donate(link at top right) a little i'll make sure something special hits the table tomorrow!

I'm looking forward to a nice Saturday with the guys

Posted in The Blog | 31 Comments

Learning to accept defeat

So over the past couple of weeks I’ve been spending a lot of time over at a great drop in day shelter by Harvard. Great food, good people, has almost an old school barber shop feel to it at times, so I feel comfortable there hanging out talking smack :)

I met a guy there last yesterday who had been homeless for 10 days, and was all proud of myself yesterday that I was able to get him into the shelter I’m at, and he seemed genuinely excited.
He arrived on time, went through the intake, passed his urine test so he was obviously clean as he stated, and seemed very happy to be there.
Throughout the night I check on him, made sure he was all set with everything he needed, and he was. He was showered, did laundry, and was feeling great.
Today however I seen him at the soup kitchen by Harvard, and he thanked me, but said he would not be returning. When I asked why, he simply said he couldn’t deal with the crowd. To the point where he would rather be on the street.
You have to understand the shelter I’m at is known as one of the best. It’s CLEAN, I take 2 to 3 showers a day, use of laundry, we eat well…. as far as shelters it’s everything you need and then some. Yet he would rather be on the street and be around people.
I begged him to see a psychiatrist asap regarding this phobia, but it’s out of my hands.

The new element in my life of helping people is still new to me, and a learning process, but it still hurts when you simply can’t help someone, and you’re so close.
Guess I’m still learning as I go.

Posted in The Blog | 3 Comments

Learning to accept defeat

So over the past couple of weeks I’ve been spending a lot of time over at a great drop in day shelter by Harvard. Great food, good people, has almost an old school barber shop feel to it at times, so I feel comfortable there hanging out talking smack :)

I met a guy there last yesterday who had been homeless for 10 days, and was all proud of myself yesterday that I was able to get him into the shelter I’m at, and he seemed genuinely excited.
He arrived on time, went through the intake, passed his urine test so he was obviously clean as he stated, and seemed very happy to be there.
Throughout the night I check on him, made sure he was all set with everything he needed, and he was. He was showered, did laundry, and was feeling great.
Today however I seen him at the soup kitchen by Harvard, and he thanked me, but said he would not be returning. When I asked why, he simply said he couldn’t deal with the crowd. To the point where he would rather be on the street.
You have to understand the shelter I’m at is known as one of the best. It’s CLEAN, I take 2 to 3 showers a day, use of laundry, we eat well…. as far as shelters it’s everything you need and then some. Yet he would rather be on the street and be around people.
I begged him to see a psychiatrist asap regarding this phobia, but it’s out of my hands.

The new element in my life of helping people is still new to me, and a learning process, but it still hurts when you simply can’t help someone, and you’re so close.
Guess I’m still learning as I go.

Posted in The Blog | 73 Comments

Helping doesn’t hurt

Sitting on the subway earlier yesterday, and there was a man who was homeless and asking for help. I just hung back to see what would happen, and as suspected everyone just avoided looking at him.
So I made my way towards him, and being homeless myself had no money to give him, but I did have a sandwich in my bag, so i gave it to him.
Then something wonderful happened, and suddenly people started going over and giving a little cash after seeing how appreciative he was to me.
Simple moral to this story.. Don’t let those around you dictate what you do. If you want to help someone, don’t wait for approval, just do it! Don’t be afraid to be the first one
That’s all, just a quick one….. today I packed extra sandwiches.
Posted in The Blog | 1 Comment

Helping doesn’t hurt

Sitting on the subway earlier yesterday, and there was a man who was homeless and asking for help. I just hung back to see what would happen, and as suspected everyone just avoided looking at him.
So I made my way towards him, and being homeless myself had no money to give him, but I did have a sandwich in my bag, so i gave it to him.
Then something wonderful happened, and suddenly people started going over and giving a little cash after seeing how appreciative he was to me.
Simple moral to this story.. Don’t let those around you dictate what you do. If you want to help someone, don’t wait for approval, just do it! Don’t be afraid to be the first one
That’s all, just a quick one….. today I packed extra sandwiches.
Posted in The Blog | 1 Comment