Spring at the warehouse

The best thing about being Two Chicks in a Warehouse is that when spring comes Betsy and I can just bust it out. We are not in a traditional business or even traditional¬† nonprofit. We’re warehouse rats. The office outfit of the day is shorts and flip flops. Our lawn chairs are positioned at the…

Brain power

The faces of mental illness are many. Confusion. Despair. Loneliness. Alienation. These are the people you cross the street to avoid. They’re the ones who talk to the voices in their heads, sometimes very loudly. They’re the ones who probably haven’t seen a shower in awhile. Right Guard is not on their list of essentials….

Socks

Today we gave away socks, really good heavy duty socks. We gave away blankets and we gave away gloves. Della Baker from the Mental Health Cooperative was telling me yesterday that case workers go out to seek their homeless clients to give them something to drink, a snack and a pair of socks. “They never…

The tree of life

We are the “supply line” to troops battling on the front lines. We like to visit with our partner agencies to see first hand the struggles they contend with every day. Yesterday, we went to the Room In The Inn, a program that serves chronically homeless people. It was inspiring, to say the least. Room…

Musings of a homeless girl

I came across this while I was searching for something else on the internet (isn’t that always the way?). I’m meeting with a group from the Homelessness Commission this afternoon, trying to find ways CRC can help them put homeless folks in housing.¬† This is an excerpt from a blog written by a 19-year-old homeless…

Help for the homeless

People may cross the street when they see a homeless person approaching them. It’s a natural reaction. No one wants to confront their own worst fears. There, but for the grace of God, go I. One of the most forward-thinking nonprofits in town, Urban Housing Solutions, is making real headway into building new lives for…