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
Pope Francis & world wide Catholic child abuse: It is I to Whom the Word Speaks
September 2, 2018
Catholic child abuse – what & when did Pope Francis & prior Pope Benedict know about USA child abuse? How will there be accountability? By independent verification?
Who protects the children?
What are Catholic parish priests saying from pulpit? The following sermon was preached 9/1/2018 by Fr. Larry at Resurrection Catholic in Aptos, CA. Elaborating on the Lutheran theologian Kierkegard — “It is I to whom the Word speaks.” published by Cameron Jackson, licensed CA psychologist
Catholic Church cover up of sexual abuse & how change church culture?
August 26, 2018
Catholic church clericalism cover up of sexual abuse — what laity can do?
“As Christians our faith is in a person, Jesus Christ, not in an institution.” says Fr. Larry at Resurrection Catholic Community on 8/26/2018.
As a response to the recent information of cover up of abuse by the Catholic Church [of 1,000 children by 300 Catholic priests over 70 years] the laity/ people in the congregation may simply walk away.
Fr. Larry suggests that every parish start a conversation to purify the Church.
The Church must be accountable to the People he says. Fr. Larry suggests ways how to confront clericalism and “demand a place at the Table of Authority…”
Lately, Pope Francis has gotten criticism concerning the church’s handling of sexual abuse.
written 8/26/2018 by Cameron Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org
Sexual abuse of 1 million US catholic children & what you can do?
August 20, 2018
Where is God? Where was God during the 70 years that 1,000+ catholic children were abused by 300 priests in Pennsylvania? No one protected those children.
What can you do? What can all of us do? Let’s do more than just acknowledge the problem. That is a start however.
August 14 2018 this was published
Pope Francis August 20 2018 speaks strongly: we must acknowledge the truth and take on the pain. … and fight all forms of corruption he said. Pope Francis calls for prayer and fasting. And he calls that we all fight clericalism. What ever that means. Read Pope Francis’s words.
What;s the response? So what did the local catholic priest have to say last Sunday?
In Aptos, CA the the homily Sunday August 19 2018 was on the meaning of the Eucharist. What was said in that homily 8/19/18:
Come to church to receive the true Body and Blood of Christ. God is truly present in the Body and Blood of the Eucharist — those words summarize the sermon preached Sunday, August 19, 2018 at Resurrection Catholic community.
The priest emphasized, You need to come once a week to receive the true Body and Blood of Christ.
What was the response? About 1/3 took the Cup. Almost all present came up and received the Bread. About 5-7 children were present at this 6 pm Sunday service. About 200 + persons were present (a guess).
Not taking the Cup more often than not — that is the norm in this catholic church.
Aptos Psychologist: Yes priests prepare sermons ahead of time. OK so this evening the priest spends the entire 10 minutes on the Catholic understanding of the Eucharist — that God is truly present in Body and Blood.
And the TakeAway from the sermon is that only the “real” stuff — the actual presence of God — is there during the Mass. So do get to church at least once a week.
A church service – whether catholic or episcopal or other — has numerous opportunities for prayers for forgiveness and recognition of issues the church needs to face.
The issue of abuse of 1000 children by 300 priests in Pennsylvania has been in the news all week.
Not to say anything — during Prayers of the People, during Announcements and other times — is to fail to recognize the truth and fail to take on the pain that those children and their families experienced.
Yes — acknowledge the problem. That’s a start.
FAKE News published about your business on YELP — squelch it!
August 10, 2018
Someone publishes FAKE news about your business. What can you do? Get that review removed! Get the FACTS straight.
You must pay union fees to get & keep a govt job? Your money supports political views you disagree with. That’s question Supreme Court will answer
February 23, 2018
You must pay union fees to get & keep a govt job? Your money spent to support political views you fundamentally disagree with? That’s wrong. This violates your freedom of speech rights.
For example, the SEIU supported Obama in 2008 & 2012 and supported Hillary Clinton in 2016. The SEIU pours millions of dollars into the Democrat Party each election cycle. Why should union dues you must pay to keep your job be spent for politics you disagree with?
The Supreme Court hears a case on this issue starting Monday, February 26. This is from the Wall Street Journal:
“Across the U.S., more than 500,000 state and local workers have objected to funding union advocacy but are nonetheless required by law to pay “fair share” fees to labor unions they have refused to join. The Supreme Court upheld the practice in a 1977 case, Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, reasoning that otherwise workers could “free ride” on the union’s collective bargaining. Prohibiting unions from charging nonmembers directly for political speech, it believed, would protect their First Amendment rights.
“On Monday the justices will hear oral arguments in a challenge to that 1977 decision brought by Mr. Janus. They should heed Justice Felix Frankfurter’s observation, in an earlier case on mandatory union fees, that it is “rather naive” to assume “that economic and political concerns are separable.” As Mr. Janus argues, bargaining over wages, pensions and benefits in the public sector involves issues of intense public concern and thus core First Amendment-protected speech. A state law that forces public employees to fund that speech violates their rights, no less than compelling them to speak. ( Janus v. Afscme doesn’t consider these questions for unions in the private sector.)
Twitter tweets what it wants to tweet … not what you want to tweet [censorship]
January 13, 2018
Twitter tweets censored?
Freedom from Google’s censorship of ideas? PragerU hopes so … See PragerU’s video on War on Boys…
January 13, 2018
Google censors ideas it dislikes – which include videos put out by PragerU.
Infringing on free speech seems to be a growth business. The latest twist comes in complaints that Google and its YouTube subsidiary—which thoroughly dominate public circulation of videos on the Internet—are arbitrarily and unfairly making it harder for viewers to find and experience some viewpoints than others.
Educational charities like PragerU have recently gotten good at producing short videos that educate the public on policy and current-affairs issues. Many of PragerU’s five-minute productions—on topics like “Why Did America Fight the Korean War?,” “Is the Death Penalty Ever Moral?,” “What’s Wrong With E-Cigarettes?,” and “Are the Police Racist?”—have been viewed a million or more times online. Since its inception as a 501c3 producer, PragerU videos have been watched a total of 998 million times, and 70 percent of viewers say they have changed their mind on an important issue after taking in PragerU content.
Now PragerU has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Ninth Circuit federal court, alleging that the nonprofit’s content has been discriminated against since Summer 2016 because of its (center-right) political identity. The plaintiff says this happens in two ways.
“Demonetizing” a video means that Google won’t place ads on your video’s viewing page, resulting in loss of the revenue stream that other videos enjoy. Google says it does this because content is too extreme, hateful, graphic, or controversial.
“Restricting” a video prevents it from appearing on the computers of families, libraries, schools, universities, and employers that have turned on Google’s “Restricted Mode” setting to block nudity, profanity, gratuitous violence, and other unsafe content.
Aptos Psychologist: Sign up for PragerU’s videos? Tell Google to ‘stuff it’? Yes – let’s protect freedom of speech …
who receives the Body & Blood? Who can vote? Aptos CA Catholics & Episcopalians tighten their rules — very differently
December 8, 2017
Aptos CA Catholics and Episcopalians tighten their rules — in quite different ways.
Episcopalians pay to pray before voting:
The laying on of hands by an Episcopalian bishop and the payment of identifiable money to the church are two of a number of requirements for members at St. John’s in Aptos, CA who want to vote Dec. 10, 2017.
The Rector, Mother Tracy, writes in an email 12/07/2017 that in order to be “technically” an Episcopalian, sometime in the past an Episcopalian bishop laid hands in a church service on the person. All who meet various requirements can vote Dec. 10 for elections to the church board.
Aptos Catholic christians also tighten their rules: The last to receive will be first now. Different housekeeping rules will be enforced at Resurrection Catholic Community. The order of who gets served first is one change.
Remember the bible verse, “The last will be first — and the first will be last”? [Matthew 20:16] It’s an apt summary.
The Eucharistic Ministers at Resurrection Catholic Community who assist with the service — these people who used to be the last persons to receive — will now be first persons to receive. Each Eucharistic Minister will receive from the Catholic priest prior to serving others.
It was stated that this is an “old” Catholic rule — one of many “shoulds” that need to be done — that now goes into effect at Resurrection Catholic Community in Aptos, CA. Further, the tender care with which any remaining Body and Blood is handled after everyone has received, those rules are tightened.
So — are there any Aptos Catholic christians who want to receive directly from their priest? Ask to serve and be trained as an Eucharistic Minister. The last to receive will now be first to receive at Resurrection Catholic Community in Aptos.
At St. John’s episcopal church all attendees standing in a circle receive the Body from the priest and then they receive the Blood from an assisting Eucharistic Minister.
Of most importance is participation as the Body of Christ. All are welcome at St. John’s episcopal and Resurrection catholic community.
Below are photos taken 12/10 on Voting Day at St. John’s episcopal. Great coffee!
written by Cameron Jackson
Monerey Bay Forum
Fax: 831 688 7717