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Joe Donovan 
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Re: “Faces of homelessness

One concern I would like to point out is that this article points to the South Wilmington Street Center, but fails to look at the other shelters in town. There are reasons for this, but I will not go into those right now. It, is important to note, however, that SWSC is the only government-run shelter in town, or in the state for that matter. All the others are run by faith-based or other non-profit organizations. The practices at these agencies reflect the values of their Boards of Directors, which may not address the needs of a number of homeless persons. This places SWSC in a position to serve as the "default" shelter for many people. This places SWSC in a position, where they could be made into a "scapegoat" for the larger problems. That is not my intent. The simple reality is that the other shelters do not receive the same level of public scrutiny that SWSC does. And, you have to question, whether all of the homeless serving agencies are truly on the same page to address the needs.

Posted by Joe Donovan on 11/29/2008 at 2:57 PM

Re: “The optimistic Joe Donovan

Optimistic?

I don't think so. I think I'm more pragmatic. I am not a face of homelessness, I am a voice of homelessness. It is my intent to inform and educate.

My biggest concern, is a question of the priorities of our elected leaders at the Wake County and City of Raleigh.

Here is the plan from 2005.

http://tinyurl.com/6gx674

Of particular interest to me are the "Guiding Principles", particularly:

Outcome Driven Results:

On the main Ending Homelessness page, you can find examples of programs and projects, but not much in the way of results:

http://tinyurl.com/6nbyjb

Consumer-Centered Services

It can't be Consumer-Centered, if the people receiving the services don't even know what the plan is. And, when those few individuals who do happen to stumble on the plan, read it but find no recognition of their specific needs, it demonstrates a degree of uselessness.

and Cultural Competency

This is of particular interest to me, because I'm an Atheist. When I tell staff at the various agencies this, I get strange stares. It is obvious that it draws a negative reaction from these individuals. Elizabeth Dole is correct, Atheists are not respected in this state. But, it is not just us, I know Jews, Muslims and others who feel that they too are disrepected by this system.

Posted by Joe Donovan on 11/29/2008 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Divided Minds

Bob, It's been 5 years, since you wrote this. I still remember the first thing I said to you. "It's about the people, not the buildings or land." Apparently, you never heard me. Because, for the last 5 years, you've done nothing but write about buildings and land. You may not have heard, but I left North Carolina last month. I got tired of the politicians and the media (including you) refusing to listen to the people who actually use public mental health services. So after 15 years (10 of which have been in the center of this mental health mess), I had to make a tough decision. If I ever become homeless or enter z psych hospital again, it won't be in NC. Joe

Posted by Joe Donovan on 08/16/2007 at 12:03 AM

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