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The usual liberal lawmaker response straight from the playbook "You don't want to hear from a Civil Rights hero? That must mean you all hate Civil Rights!"
Nothing like appealing to emotion for political points and slamming opponents. instead of actually, you know, getting work done.
The opposite of addiction is connection...so we should not be excluding people from help for any reason. Those who struggle with addiction often have no hope to deal with the pains of life and no belief in their ability. If we give them connection to society and individuals they can learn to take care of themselves. Instrad of being told by this guy that they are bad and only want the drugs. By excluding people based on actions you are telling them they have no hope. Give pwople the actual opportunity to repair their lives. Give them real support. Shelters have some problems, too many rules, violence, discrimination. And the people who run them while sometimes actually compassionate and caring are loosing their own battle by overcontroling those they want to help. A religious institution that wants to help homeless should not restrict based on religious laws. This guy is basically saying in this interview watch out for the bad ones. Why do we need to reinforce the stigma of homelessness? One accident, one bad choice, we are all this close to loosing everything at some point. Everyone needs connection to get through this stuff. I will not stop helping people who ask or who look like they need it. That's how we'll stop homelessness. Not to mention we need apartments for people downtown, near their services, not controlled by a religious group. Like the Right To Dream Too Camp in downtown Portland (R2D2)
I am saddemed by the comment from the director of a homeless shelter. It is not fair to put all people who solicit for money in one group who all have bad motives and do not deserve the generosity of others. Spokane is a low income town and rents are steadily rising. Many people do not make enough to pay for rent and other essentials. I would rather help someone in need to prevent an eviction that would add to homelessness than turn my back on a fellow human being. I don't judge a person by appearances and someone serving the needs of the homeless shouldn't either. It is time to consider a career change.
PHOTO: Homeless Ad Proposal, Too controversial?
1- Are You Feeding The Homeless? Or, Are you feeding the Addiction?
2 - Where Are The Families Of The Homeless?
3 - Did Jesus say, "Feed the Poor"? Or, did Jesus say, "Feed the Addiction"?
4 - Long term plan to "Break the Addiction", Use 'Flavored' Bread crumbs
(Four Flavors: Broccoli, Parchment, Cough Syrup and Hickory)
Most of the panhandlers I've met since I started doing late night homeless outreach in Jan 2013 are homeless or so poor they can't afford toilet paper or dish soap or tampons. I have no idea what facts Rob McCann is using to base the statement that panhandlers are not homeless. Did you know that businesses downtown (especially along 3rd) lock their bathrooms to the public and require a purchase? Did you know that panhandlers are sometimes trying to get enough money to buy a coffee so they have a toilet to use later that night? Did you know that the downtown library has installed signage that says grooming is not allowed in their bathrooms and have started limiting access? That at a recent board meeting the designers of the upcoming project just north of the library stated that they are making plans so the area won't attract the "wrong kind of people"? This is public space I'm talking about, not even a private business. The war on the homeless is going strong.
By the way, there is nothing illegal about panhandling. It is Constitutionally protected free speech.
How about the SPD fines the individuals donating to the panhandlers and the money from the fines gets donated to homeless shelters or Blessings Under The Bridge. You'll never stop the panhandler from being a crook. It does no good to arrest them and give them 3 hots and a cot, your just spending more tax payer funds on the crook. Get the word out to the public that if you get caught donating...... It will cost you!
Great article BTW.
For your information, Mary, Joan is a tireless advocate for the Homeless and spends time and money helping them. The woman is a saint!
Joan, he said the panhandlers were using the dogs not the homeless. He said the. Panhandlers were giving the homeless the false reputation...he's out there fighting homelessness. Not trying to perpetrate any kinds of stereotypes about the homeless. Do you know how many apartments catholic charities inconjunctions with some other charities are building to help the chronically homeless? I know out in the valley on sprague there is a complex going up for homeless families. What are you or I doing to help the homeless? Well I no longer give money to panhandlers...I have seen to many news stories over the years about them. I give money to a charity or mission to actually do some good. . Thank you Catholic Charities... you are fulfilling Jesus command to love thy neirghbor...I applaud your efforts. God bless you and all those you reach out and touch with your assistance.
I don't give money to panhandlers. But I will give food to people on the streets. And I have given out dog treats.
McCann claims that homeless people starve and disfigure their four-footed family members in order to gain sympathy and more money in panhandling. He is stirring up hate (and perhaps even violence against) homeless people. Why on earth would you perpetuate such dangerous stereotypes against a group of people? People in Spokane have been killed for being homeless! Remember the homeless amputee who was set on fire while sleeping in his wheelchair in downtown Spokane? Remember the homeless men beaten to within an inch of their lives and left for dead in downtown Spokane?
Do I meet addicts when we are out and about on our homeless outreach adventures? Of course. Do we help them? Of course. Why wouldn't we? Do we also meet people who are not addicts? Absolutely. Who are we to judge who is worthy or unworthy of our help? Everyone deserves to be treated with compassion and respect.
God help those poor souls out on the street who come to House of Charity seeking food or shelter. Apparently Rob McCann won't. The level of judgmental superiority in deciding who is unworthy of help or compassion is astounding. I'm ashamed I ever recommended HoC to people on the street as a resource. When did Spokane get so mean?
Show us some evidence either way. Show some numbers on what works and what doesn't.
Maybe the city could clean up the mess that is left by the outliers. Would any citizen dare walk under the train viaduct north of the HOC on Brown. It looks like Mad Max under there. Garbage is left for weeks, Human waste and needles.
My nephew came from Seattle to go to GU as a freshman. All he and his peers could talk about was the amount of "homeless" and mentally ill downtown.
I was born in Spokane, 10 years ago there was nowhere near the amount of wackiness that is going on now.
This is bs. Organized charities want money for themselves. Does Catholic Charities allow unmarried couple's to sleep together in shelters, no. Do they allow dogs, even with broken legs, to stay in shelters, no. Do they allow gay couples to stay in their shelter, no. Do they allow addicts to stay in their shelters, no. So if you are any of these people have fun freezing under a bridge. The only thing worse than pretending to love everyone equally is to show everyday that you don't. Homelessness is a vast problem and forcing people to only do it your way or have fun under the bridge is the worst kind of prejudice and as a man of god you should be ashamed.
I love the idea of the Care Cup in this article and am disgusted by the animal abuse associated with some panhandlers. My goodness, what do they do to the kids that often sit beside the panhandler? Thank you, Catholic Charities, for all you do to help the vulnerable and for not giving false charity that just extends horrific addictions that have so many victims and reverberations among our community's families. We're proud to contribute our resources and prayers to your success in giving people hope and help.
Kudos to House of Charity. This is a great source of information that I was not aware of about panhandlers. I never give them money because I'm wary of where it's going, i.e. drugs and alcohol.
Blessings to HoC and blessings to homeless folks and blessings to addicts.
What a bag of mixed nuts commenting on this thread! You actually believe that Sharia Law in the US is a possibility?! How is that going to happen again?
This is such a biased newspaper as I am learning. You put up photos of this protest and of the Women's March but NOTHING of the MARCH FOR LIFE!!!!!! And if this gets deleted, I will KNOW how biased this paper really is!!! Well, no, I won't
I am NEVER reading this newspaper again!!!!! Goodbye, Inlander!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Unless the put up pictures of the MCL but you probably weren't even there becaudd you are such a liberal newspaper. You aren't supposed to take sides!!!!!!
It's not much of a leap to believe that many of the same people fearing a religious registry of some kind, are also the same folks who said, "They don't want to take your guns away!", in response to actual proposals put forth during the Obama administration. Hypocrites, one and all.
Draining the swamp is hard....but eventually....
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