Saturday, June 25, 2016

My truth

The pain and stress of the people we know in the inner city is beyond belief.

There are no words to make it better.

Only tears make sense.

That's all.

Friday, June 24, 2016

New Rules!

So, if I could make the rules, these would definitely be etched in stone!

1) Don't make assumptions about people because of how they look or what they are going through.

2) Always at least try to be kind.

3) Realize that "property rights" or "ownership" of a house or land or anything else doesn't entitle me to diminish in any way the human rights of others, especially those with virtually nothing.

4) Don't hate.

5) Especially, don't hate people because of what they don't have.

6) Live with basic humility.

7) Resist manipulation and manipulating.

8) Don't exclude others.

9) Support the weak with kindness and genuine friendship.

10) Work together.

11) Don't judge.

12) Partner with those who don't agree with you.

13) Never give up.

14) Never quit.

15) Remain open to learning and truth.

16) When dealing with the weak, replace pity with genuine respect.

17) Invite a "panhandler" out for coffee or a meal involving conversation.

18) Look for the real God in every human encounter--only way to reach Her/Him.

Friday, June 17, 2016

This just in. . .

[Krystal Lotspeich, Director of Housing & Homeless Services at CitySquare, sent me the following report on recent housing progress for some of our wonderful neighbors.]

I'm so excited! We moved another 4 neighbor's into housing this week. In the last 2 weeks we have placed 10 neighbor's into housing at Tierra Linda Apartments through our HCC grant and with all the hard work from our Homeless Outreach team! This is crazy awesome.  

One neighbor was in tears while signing her lease and thankful she will get to sleep inside with her dog in her own apartment. She couldn't believe it was actually happening. She said now she'll be able to sleep through the night and not have to worry about being beat up or harassed. Days like that make everything worth it! 

Thank you Edd [Eason] for making all this happen and all your hard work to secure the funding for this new HCC program. Without the HCC funding these 10 neighbor's would still be sleeping outside on the streets. 
Krystal Lotspeich
Director of Housing & Homeless Services
Neighbor Support Services


1610 S. Malcolm X Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75226
P: 469.904.7033

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Public Meetings re Homelessness

Information provided by our friends at Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance:

The Dallas Commission on Homelessness Community Engagement Committee will be hosting public meetings, over the next few weeks, to educate, engage and gather feedback from the community on how to address and overcome challenges related to homelessness.

Join us for these two public meetings next week (click on each meeting title for full details):

Monday, June 20, 2016, 6-8pm - Sheltering the Homeless
This meeting will feature:
Rev. Bob Sweeney, Executive Director, Dallas Life
Daniel Roby, Executive Director, Austin Street Center
Wayne Walker, Executive Director, OurCalling
Blake Fetterman, Executive Director, Salvation Army Carr P. Collins Social Service Center
Dallas City Hall - L1FN Auditorium
1500 Marilla St., Dallas, TX 75201
You can print off this flyer to share with your network: June 20th Meeting Flyer

Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 6-8pm - Homeless in East Dallas
This meeting will feature:
Mark Clayton, Councilmember, District 9
Larry James, Chief Executive Officer, CitySquare
Ikenna Mogbo, Housing Outpatient Operations Manager, Metrocare Services
Jesse Moreno, Community Leader
Harry Stone Recreation Center
2403 Millmar Drive, Dallas, TX 75228

You can print off this flyer to share with your network: June 21st Meeting Flyer

Please follow MDHA on social media for information on more upcoming dates. We'll see you there!

Sunday, June 05, 2016


If anyone calls me
Tell them I'm out.
Out of patience
Out of line
Out of my element
Out of my mind
Out in the street
Preparing the feast
The bread and the wine
For lost and for least
Out of my bubble
In to the flow
Out of myself
Finding my whole
They'll know where to find me
I'm out.

Jim Biard