Homeless in Santa Cruz CA – why?
March 19, 2019
Homeless in Santa Cruz CA — Why? Largely just economic, a slip on a banana peel? Or are people homeless due to lots of inter-related issues with use of illegal drugs interwoven? Your experience?
From government statistics: Roughly 40% surveyed report at least one or more serious health conditions: drugs/alcohol; psychotic/emotional; post traumatic stress disorder, physically disabled and chronic health conditions. Such are the statistics.
It’s one thing to report and another thing as to what the real problems are. Surveys are simply what people choose to report.
Per government survey, roughly the same percentage of homeless persons look for work (43%) compared with those who report they are unable to work (43%). These figures are from Santa Cruz County data.
A different viewpoint expressed recently by homeless advocate Jon Showalter: He said in a talk that 60% of local homeless are “economic refugees” who “slipped on a banana peel” and lost their social network. We need to know them human to human Showalter emphasized.
It’s 60% economic to 40% other (mental illness/ drug and alcohol) states homeless advocate Jon Showalter who spoke to 50+ women in Aptos,CA at Resurrection Catholic Community 3/18/19.
Showwalter is President of the Board for the Association of Faith Communities (AFC) and member of St. John’s Episcopal church in Aptos, CA. The AFC meets monthly at Calvary Episcopal church in Santa Cruz, CA and has 11 representatives of largely north Santa Cruz faith organizations including Buddhist, Hindu and Christian.
Following Showalter’s presentation, Pat Lorenzo of Resurrection Catholic Community updated attendees concerning other programs currently in place through mid-county churches which assist homeless persons with meals, shelter, showers, socks and other services. The collect Socks program will continue says Pat Lorenzo who applied for ,and received, three or four thousand pairs of socks in December, 2018. Those socks have been dispersed throughout Santa Cruz County Lorenzo said.
New long term sheltering program: Showalter states that a new sheltering program starts 3/18/19 at St. John’s Episcopal in Aptos, CA. Occupants of 3 cars will shelter long term in the parking lot of the church. One car/person has been doing so for several months. Persons in the new sheltering program will be vetted through the Association of Faith Communities states Showalter.
Not in my backyard issues:
Whether or how the nearby housing project — located adjacent on two sides to St. John’s Episcopal church in Aptos, CA — was contacted concerning the long term sheltering program was not discussed by Showalter at the Guild meeting nor in recent email sent by the Rector, Mtr Tracy, to St. John’s Episcopal congregation. At the Guild meeting an attendee discussed how a successful Catholic church sheltering program — located next to a school — managed the “not in my backyard issues”. Ongoing communication, sharing meals with the parish and a 6 am leave the premises each day were central rules she said.
Comment by Aptos Psychologist:
Are people homeless in Santa Cruz mainly due to “a slip on a banana peel”? Mostly an economic issue and only somewhat a mental health/ drug issue? Nope. Why the multitude of needles on the beaches? Why the feces and urine smells in downtown Santa Cruz? Why the encampment of 100+ unauthorized tents at the entrance to Santa Cruz, CA. Why do young mothers not take small children to Santa Cruz parks?
Reality: It’s probably the reverse — 80+ percent drug/ alcohol/ mental illness and 20 percent economic.
What do statistics say?
Take Away : The numbers show an overall decrease in homeless persons comparing numbers first collected (2005) to the latest numbers (2017). There were about 3,400 homeless in 2005 — and 12 years later — about 2,200 in 2017.
For communities to receive federal grant money for homeless issues those communities must count homeless persons every two years. Communities use the Point in Time method of counting.
Statistics collected by Applied Survey Research show that in 2005 there were 3,371 homeless and 8 years later in 2013 — the high point — there were 3,536. In 2015 the number was 1,964 and in 2017 it was 2,249.The statistics listed above can be found via United Way and from Santa Cruz County.
One size shoe does not fit all:
There’s a fairly new federal law that cities cannot displace homeless unless they provide a bed/ place for them. New York City shelters almost all of their homeless. California provides services to 1/3 of all the homeless in the U.S. — must be the weather and beaches? — and roughly 70% of the homeless are not sheltered. Thus we see encampments of homeless tents at the entrance to Santa Cruz, CA.
What say you? The government — and religious faith organizations — should provide long term house / housing space for all?
written by Cameron Jackson
Monerey Bay Forum
Fax: 831 688 7717
The printing press solves problems — when you can’t understand your priest or the readers….
October 15, 2017
What to do? You can’t understand a word your priest says? Or you can’t hear what the Readers of the Bible said?
These problems matter. Some people may stop attending your church. Or revenue may drop.
Face the problem directly. There are simple solutions!
Use the printing press. Print the Readings — so if the Reader cannot use a microphone properly people in the pew can still hear the message. They can read it.
And print the sermon. Yes I know that’s not done. But it’s time to do it. If your priest speaks a form of English that is hard to understand — put the sermon (or a short version of it) in the bulletin. That way people can read the sermon then or later on.
Yes there is a growing problem of people in the pew not able to understand what the priest or readers say.
This is adapted from an article in the Wall Street Journal titled I Can’t Understand a Word My Priest Says written by Marty Sherry, Oct. 05, 2017:
Today around a quarter of Catholic diocesan priests were born outside the U.S., and about 30% of priests ordained in America last year were foreign-born. Why and how did they come? Some came after learning English as the language of commerce in their native land. Many see opportunities for ministry in the U.S. Some come as political refugees. Others find salaries are higher here, enabling them to send money home to support their families. Still others find that life in the U.S. is just more comfortable. Most see the U.S. as spiritually needy — so privledged that its people no longer crave sacramental care.
Can’t understand the priest? The Readers mumble or cannot use a microphone properly? Solution: The printing press! Many Protestant churches routinely print the Readings — that way if a person is hard of hearing or the person reading does not speak clearly the congregation can still ‘read along’ and get the message.
Churches typically do not print the Sermon and include it as part of the Bulletin. Why not do so?
Let people think about what was said on Sunday. And for those who cannot understand the accent of the male or female priest — or just can’t follow along because of the length — there’s hope! Use the copy machine.
written by Cameron Jackson DrCameronJackson@gmail.com
Healing Prayer Service 10 am at Aptos episcopal church Sunday Oct 15
October 12, 2017
St. Luke the Physician Healing Prayer Service Liturgy
Sunday, October 15, 2017 — 10 am
St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church,
125 Cantebury Drive, Aptos, CA
The Roman Catholic Church and other major denominations remember Saint Luke the Physician. His feast day takes place on 18 October.
“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord…”
During the Oct. 15 liturgy, some members will briefly discuss their own healing and prayer stations will be available to all (an opportunity for all to ask for prayers for healing).
Jesus Heals All… Yesterday & Now! Come Oct. 14 to Resurrection in Aptos CA
October 12, 2017
Jesus Heals All … Yesterday & Now! Come Oct. 14 to Aptos
October 14, 2017 Live Music 9:45 am to 11:45 am — pot luck sharing. Come!
7600 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA
Resurrection Catholic Community
Experience healing through prayer, song, laughter, sharing and listening.
All are Welcome! And yes, you can come for all or part of the Event.
Coming from out of town? Plan to stay in Aptos, CA for the day. Enjoy a bit of the Aptos enviorns. The entrance to Seacliff State Beach is 1/2 mile away. Severino’s Bar & Grill with a tranquil koi pond garden is right next door. The Hidden Nursery is a lovely quiet spot to visit. Next door is Aptos Natural Foods and Aptos Coffee Roasting Co
SATURDAY, Oct. 14, 2017 —
9:45 am — 11:45 am: Live Music (Secular & Sacred) with Resurrection musician Lulu Manus on guitar!
Like to participate? bring a book or reading on healing. Bring an object that matters to you (a ring, bracelet, picture). Bring some food that you like to eat and some to share with others.
There may be discussion of some several of the healing Jesus did with women: Peter’s mother-in-law; a woman who had bled for many years; a young girl who had recently died.
Come and enjoy the music! Share your thoughts and food with others! Sing! Bring a friend!
Bring your (supervised) children & grandchildren. Mini-cup cakes & cider at 9:30 am.
Can’t come for all of it? Then come for part! Prefer to read the newspaper? Fine! Need to do your work? Then bring your laptop or smart phone as you listen to great music played by Resurrection musician Lulu Manus.
Healing Event is offered by Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Cameron Jackson, Ph.D., J,D. PSY14762 127 Jewell Street, Santa Cruz,CA 95003 831 688 6002
www.aptoschurch.info lists Events going on in churches in Aptos, CA. See below:
It’s time to update your resume — your Life Resume — your ‘brand’ ….
October 8, 2017
Yes, it’s a good time to update your resume. Your Life Resume. Your ‘brand’ ….
How to update your Life Resume? Ask yourself these five questions:
What important experiences formed and shaped you?
What achievements have you accomplished over your life time?
What qualities and gifts are unique to you — that you know of or others say about you? What are your skills?
What are your Passions? What do you love to do?
In summary, where are you? Where have you been? And, where are you going?
As you look back, where has God been leading you — then — and now?
A great book to read is Being Mortal. It’s about End of Life Care and it asks four questions:
- What is your understanding of your situtation?
- What options are available?
- What are your Goals?
- What are you going to Do?
Many years ago people put all their prized possessions in a wagon and set off westward for a new life. They pressed on. And when they came to swollen streams and difficulty moving their wagons they left behind all sorts of prized possessions. They pressed on. They did not look back. The Oregon Trail was littered with prized possessions left behind.
Similarly, the apostle Paul regarded all his ‘possessions’ — his personal life resume of being circumcised, of the tribe of Benjamin, his great zeal as a prosecutor for righteousness, that he did it all ‘perfectly’…. Paul viewed all his ‘resume’ as ‘rubbish’ aka ‘excrament’ … Paul viewed all of his accomplishments as dead weight. Paul’s goal was to press on …. with the goal of Christ Jesus.
So — are your ‘accomplishments’ dead weight? Is it time to leave behind those accomplishments as dead weight and press on? Is it time to ‘pray and let God worry’ as Martin Luther said 500 years ago?
The above is based on a sermon by Pastor Dale Sollom-Brotherton, October 8, 2017 at Christ Lutheran Church, Aptos, California. Services are at 10 AM on Sundays.
To hear Pastor Dale’s sermons, go to YouTube and search under Christ Lutheran Church Aptos — look for the Sermon for October 8.
Want to catch some great organ music played at Grace Cathedral and learn about the Reformation?
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)-affiliated organization Reformation 500 is holding an ecumenical celebration that includes a social justice event, a Eucharist, splendid music and a festive reception. See how the Reformation looks today.
written by Cameron Jackson DrCameronJackson@gmail.com
Wake up Aptos, CA churches: Go out to the people! Ashes to go? Wafers & prayer & jam tarts to go at the farmer’s market?
September 26, 2017
Wake up Aptos, CA churches! Go out to the people.
One place to go is the Aptos Farmers’ Market. Ashes to go? How about Wafers and Prayers & Jam Tarts to go at the Aptos Farmer’s Market?
How about home made cookies from St. John’s Episcopal, Resurrection Catholic , Christ Lutheran and First Baptist — made with love & sealed with a church sticker?
Why sell baked goods only at Christmas time? People want cookies all year long! People love home made pasta sauces. How about Tomato Preserves? And Church cook books? Many Aptos churches have Women’s Guilds and those organizations can talk to each other and work together.
And, how about a Prayer Station — next to the jam jars — where people can ask for prayers for someone they love and miss now serving in the military?
Why not? Don’t wait for people to come to you. Go to them. People need healing.
Looking at all those gray heads sitting in the pews it’s clear that congregations are aging. And shrinking.
It’s time to go out to the people rather than hope that they — somehow — will come to your “campus’ aka “community”.
Research shows: churches that say they have a strong sense of identity and mission have a higher level of vitality.
So what’s the mission of your church? What’s the sense of identify that makes your church distinctive?
It’s time to ‘invest” connecting with people outside the church premises. Go where people actually congregate. Engage people on their turf. Where are they? At Farmers’ Markets. At the Garlic Festival and the Santa Cruz Fair.
Did you know that hospitals are doing exactly that? Because hospital In-Patient services have become so expensive, hospitals are offering all sorts of services on an Out-Patient basis.
Hospitals are investing outside their walls. They are following the patient.
See article in The Wall Street Journal, Tuesday, September 26, 2017: Hospitals Invest in Outside Clinics. Per that article, Peggy Seasborn, vice president of strategic growth for Dignity Health [owner of Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, CA] said joint replacement seemed impossible a decade ago. Now Dignity Health is able to replace hips and knees outside the hospital in a limited number of cases. People are bypassing the Hospital. Since 1994 the has been an 80 percent increase in outpatient admissions whereas Inpatient admissions to Hospitals has remained flat or decreasing.
It’s time that local Aptos CA churches ‘invested’ outside their walls. Go out with a sense of Mission and Sense of Identity and engage with people. On their turf.
One near to Aptos,CA church that does ‘go out and find the patient’ is Santa Cruz Hope Church located in Soquel, CA and Scotts Valley.
If Hospitals can think ‘outside the box’ — so can Aptos churches with a strong sense of Mission and Identity.
How do people experience healing? Numerous ways: prayer, music, singing, laughter, listening, and sharing are some ways. In what new ways can your church share the Healing Love of Christ? And reach out ….
It’s time to leave those church buildings ….
written by licensed Psychologist PSY 14762 Cameron Jackson DrCameronJackson@gmail.com
Heal & Heal others through Christ & make friends via Order of St. Luke (OSL) website — Here’s How!
September 4, 2017
Go to the Order of St. Luke website.
Click on Create News Account or Login.
On top right, go to Chapters and click on Chapters by State/ Province. Find on the map the blue Geolocate Me and click on it.
Using the website’s GPS, a list of the Chapters closest to you will appear.
For example, people living in Aptos, CA will see the following chapters listed: Aptos – St. John the Baptist; Aptos – Soquel Drive; Salinas – Salinas Chapter; Pacific Grove – St Mary’s by the Sea
Next, click on the GREEN button Chapter Page. Click to JOIN the Chapter. Then, READ the Announcements and Discussions that are posted.
Four Chapters of the Order of St. Luke are hosting a Healing Event ‘Christ Heals Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow! in Aptos, CA on October 13 & 14, 2017. Go to AptosChurch.info for complete information.
It is easy to JOIN several Chapters. For example, near Sacramento there’s a Chapter that regularly posts what happens at their monthly meetings. Elba White is the Convener for that Chapter. Have fun meeting other OSL members online. Reach out to others as you participate in Jesus’ Ministry of Healing! written 9/3/2017 by DrCameronJackson@gmail.com
Want to know how — not why — to become a Member of St. John’s Episcopal, Aptos, CA?
August 12, 2017
So — What are those “must do” requirements for basic Membership at St. John’s?
There are other levels of Membership which you can achieve.
Summary: Are you thinking of serving on the church board? This is what you must do: Meet the 4 requirements (to be a Member) + 6 additional requirements including the laying on of hands by Bishop Mary (to be a Voting Member) + 1 Financial Requirement of money to one of two funds (to serve on the Church board).
P.S. for those who have read this far — this was initially written tongue-in-cheek. Not intended as a joke nor to be funny but to underscore important issues.
Christ heals yesterday, today & tomorrow -Oct. 13 & 14, Aptos, CA
August 11, 2017
Faith Building Event
Christ Heals Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
October 13 & 14, 2017 in Aptos, CA
7600 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA
location: Resurrection Catholic Community
Experience healing through music, song, laughter, sharing and listening.
Can you come? Please let us know! We have to plan! email: DrCameronJackson@gmail.com
Pancake & Sausage Breakfast hosted by Boy Scout Troop 609
Soaking Prayer Music
Books from Alliee DeArmond’s The Word Shop
Local community groups & singers participate:
The Bells of Joy (to be confirmed in September)
Revs Hugh Bromiley,
North American Director for the Order of St. Luke, and Monte Bromiley speak on Inner Healing
contact info for Rev. Bromiley: P.O. Box 38, Staples, Texas 78670 (512) 757 6322 email@example.com
Information about the Faith Building event:
YouTube: 7600 Soquel Drive, Aptos
Faith Building Event hosted by Order of St. Luke Chapters:
St. John the Baptist Chapter, 125 Canterbury Drive, Aptos
St. Mary’s by the Sea Chapter, 146 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove
Salinas Chapter, 98 Kip Drive, Salinas
Soquel Drive Chapter, 7600 Soquel Drive, Aptos
Come early & beat the traffic! Enjoy Aptos! Alternative traffic routes and ‘what to see & do’ will be posted.
More information forthcoming as we get closer to October 13 & 14, 2017 —
Inner Healing through Beth Shalom Ministries — so no chaos, nothing broken and peace abounds…
July 16, 2017
Inner Healing from past memories is a ministry available from Beth Shalom Ministries in Texas. Hugh Bromiley and Monte Bromiley will be in Aptos, CA in October 2017.
Welcome to Cross Kingdom Ministries inner-healing and deliverance page.
Are you having trouble overcoming your past? Are you experiencing cycles of defeat in your life? Beth Shalom Ministries has helped thousands of people overcome some of life’s deepest wounds! The founder of Beth Shalom Ministries is Monte Bromiley.
From the age of nineteen, Monte has been dedicated to seeking the heart of God and doing things God’s way. Over many years of seeking God’s solutions for hard personal problems in her own life and in the people that the Lord put in front of her, God led Monte to deep insights into His Word and gave her powerful tools for setting those people free. Monte has been ordained for this apostolic healing ministry. The stories of transformation through Jesus are amazing.
Cross Kingdom has ordained ministers in Beth Shalom ready to start walking along side of you in your healing journey today! Justin Carpenter who is the founder of Cross Kingdom Ministries was ordained in Beth Shalom in December of 2014.
So what is Beth Shalom?
Beth shalom ministry is both intentional and focused prayer with the desired outcome of an authentic encounter with the Lord Jesus, resulting in biblical mind renewal, which takes place in the most inward part of the being (the core) and the end result is a transformed life in Christ.
Inner healing ministry in it’s most basic form is Christ- centered versus cognitive counseling which tends to be man centered and psyche driven, using cognitive knowledge rather than experiential knowledge inviting Jesus into the source of the pain.
When beth shalom ministry is done within the founding guidelines and principles the facilitator is simply walking along side of the recipient leaving as much room as possible for the Holy Spirit to lead, guide and direct the individual into an encounter with the Lord Jesus.
Who needs Beth Shalom? The truth is everyone does! Did you know that the Greek word for salvation is Sozo? Sozo means saved, healed, and delivered (especially from your enemies). The gates of hell that Jesus spoke of are often established through four main gates: Iniquity, Trauma, Lies and Sin. Once these gates have been established in a person’s life then demonic footholds are inevitable. We are currently helping people from all walks of life like: ministers, missionaries, recovery drug-addicts, all the way to those who have been sexually abused.
So how do you know if you are ready? If you are ready, willing, intentional, and willing to totally forgive all those who have ever hurt you then you are ready for Beth Shalom!
Can you relate to any of these symptoms in the picture below? If so then you can see amazing release from the trauma you have experienced in life with Beth Shalom!
Jesus said in Isaiah 61:1, That He came to heal the broken heart, set the captive free, and open the door of the prisoner! This is the greatest definition that I can give for people that have gone through Beth Shalom!