Undocumented? Illegal? Go to East Palo Alto for full support services from the school district

Where to go if you are undocumented,  ‘homeless’ or need to ‘double up’ to keep housing costs down?

Go to East Palo Alto — just three miles from Stanford University.   The East Palo Alto  school district provides it all for ‘homeless’ students and their families: 3 meals a day, groceries, showers and overnight parking in a church lot.

East Palo Alto even  provides  an Uber or taxi if you need a ride to school.  

Families doubling up to keep housing costs down has long been a way of life in California.  Now, with the possibility of ICE enforcement more ‘homeless’ youth and their families  are ‘doubling up’ these days in the Bay Area.

East Palo Alto has the largest number of ‘homeless’ youth who are English language learners.

the above is written by Cameron Jackson.   Below is the complete story available in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel printed only part of its story in the print edition today, October 9, 2017.  Below is the complete story available online.

 

“The San Francisco Bay Area, with its Teslas, tech start-ups and $3,700 one-bedroom rents, is one of the most affluent regions in the country but also home to nearly 15,000 homeless children.

“Most of the students are in the urban areas, but they also live in the wealthy enclaves. They’re in Menlo Park, they’re in the San Ramon Valley, they’re even in Ross in Marin County, where the median household income tops $200,000. And they’re most certainly undercounted: parents report to schools whether their family is homeless, and they have plenty of reasons not to admit to it: fear of deportation, fear of the government taking their children away, and shame.

“According to the Department of Education, “homeless” means living in a car, motel, campsite, shelter, on the street or doubled up with other families due to financial hardship. In the Bay Area, most of those children are doubled up with other families, although in San Francisco hundreds are living on the street or in shelters.

The Bay Area has 420 school districts, charter schools and county offices of education in its nine counties, spread over 6,900 square miles from Cloverdale to Gilroy. But almost none have a higher percentage of homeless children than the Ravenswood City Elementary School District in East Palo Alto.

The Ravenswood district is less than 3 miles from Stanford University, yet has one of the highest percentages of homeless students in the state. More than 37 percent of the district’s 3,076 students are homeless, and of those, 96 percent live “doubled up” with other families, sharing a home or apartment or even a garage.

Nearly 88 percent of Ravenswood students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch, and 64 percent are English learners.

The district receives some federal grant money to help these children, but “that’s just a drop in the bucket. A Band-aid,” said Superintendent Gloria Hernandez-Goff. “Paying for these services ends up being a huge encroachment into the general fund. But we do it because kids can’t learn if they’re hungry, if they’re tired, if they’re distracted or worried. Our schools need to be a safe place where families know their children are cared for.”

The district also gets extra funding under the state’s Local Control Funding Formula, which steers money to schools to serve high-needs students, including those who are homeless, low-income, English learners or in foster care.

East Palo Alto provides the following services:   Ravenswood provides three meals a day, plus snacks, to all students regardless of whether they’re homeless and arranges for a food bank to give regular, two-week supplies of groceries to parents. The district also provides free uniforms for students, washers and dryers on school campuses, full-time counselors at every school, and arranges for families to get free showers at the local YMCA. A nearby Catholic church allows families to sleep overnight in the parking lot.

Transportation costs:   Perhaps the biggest expense, Hernandez-Goff said, is transportation. Children who bounce between homeless shelters are legally entitled to free transportation to school, so the district will send buses, taxis or even Uber to deliver the children to school every day. Homeless families tend to move frequently, and sometimes find themselves at shelters 20 miles away. By law, homeless children can continue attending the same school without having to transfer to a new school every time their family moves.

“It’s expensive, but we patch things together,” she said. “The bottom line is, the thing that has always unified this country is public education. Schools have always stepped up to address the needs of students. It’s not just about books — it’s so much more.”

In Ravenswood, most of the homeless families are Latin American immigrants living with other immigrant families. But in San Francisco, state data show, roughly half of the city’s 1,984 homeless students live on their own: teenage runaways escaping abusive homes or violence elsewhere.

No one knows exactly where these students live in San Francisco, but 300 a night sleep at the Larkin Street Youth Services shelter. Hundreds of others sleep in parks or under freeways, on friends’ couches, or trade sex for a place to sleep, according to Larkin Street’s executive director, Sherilyn Adams.

Amazingly, some find a way to get to school every day.

“A lot of these kids are not visibly homeless, and they often don’t want you to know they’re homeless,” Adams said. “Adolescence is a time of blending in, not standing out. So these kids face a lot of shame, a lot of isolation. Trying to do school work while figuring out where they’re going to sleep every night — they have a lot on their plate.”

In addition to the shelter, Larkin Street provides medical and behavioral services, street outreach and a drop-in center. Another nonprofit, Hamilton Families, contracts with San Francisco Unified to provide after-school tutoring and activities, field trips, bus passes, uniforms and other services to more than 800 children annually in the city.

In the East Bay, Oakland Unified saw its number of homeless students shoot up from 400 in 2014-15 to 635 in 2015-16 to 901 in 2016-17, largely due to the escalating cost of housing, the district’s homeless coordinator, Trish Anderson, said.

“Those numbers are real,” she said. “Rents are too high, and people are losing their homes.”

Oakland Unified provides a one-stop shop of services for its homeless families, including food, referrals to shelters and help enrolling in Medi-Cal. The district also provides immediate enrollment to homeless students, allowing them to waive much of the paperwork, and bus service to school. Like San Francisco, Oakland has a significant number of homeless youth who aren’t living with their families. Some find emergency shelter at DreamCatcher, an eight-bed shelter that provides a range of services for students as long as they remain in school.

Just north of San Francisco, San Rafael City Schools in Marin County goes to great lengths to identify homeless children and train teachers to accommodate them. In 2016-17, the district reported 625 homeless children at its eight elementary schools, one of the highest rates in the state.

As is the case throughout California, lack of affordable housing is the primary cause for the high homeless rate in the area. Immigrant parents working in the restaurant, housekeeping or landscaping sectors cannot afford to rent an apartment, so they share space with other families. Median monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment in San Rafael is $3,080, almost three times the national average.

“We definitely have affordable housing issues. Unfortunately, that’s not something officials are moving very quickly on,” said Julia Neff, accountability coordinator for San Rafael City Schools. “But it’s the school district’s responsibility to meet these students where they are. We do what we can.”

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   The Sentinel frames their  story as one about ‘homelessness’.  It’s really a story about undocumented youth and their families.  And it’s really   a story about how CA is addressing the sanctuary city issues.  And it’s a story about borders and whether  America should  have borders. Remember that young woman killed by an illegal who had been deported 5 times from the USA.  That’s when there was a huge surge in support for control of our borders.

written by Cameron Jackson 10/9/2017     DrCameronJackson@gmail.com

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Gardeners & Plot Numbers for Aptos Community Garden, Aptos CA

Aptos Community Garden

AptosCommunityGarden.info on Twitter has some  pictures for the Garden.

Like to say ‘hello’?   Maybe share produce  with   fellow gardeners at Aptos Community Garden in Aptos, CA?

That’s easy!

To facilitate ‘saying hello’,  see below list.  You know your plot number, so just look for numbers around you in the garden  &  that way you can easily get acquainted with fellow gardeners.  Saying ‘hello’ is a nice part of gardening together.

 Each plot number and name of person renting the plot are listed below.

Names of persons &  plot numbers at Aptos Community Garden, July 3, 2017:   

Chuc Nowark                     3

Laurie Nowark                  3

Cameron Jackson             6

Samantha Olden               7

Samantha Olden              8

Alejandro Callejas            9

 

Grace Baillie                       11          

Jane Amaral                       12

Wandis Wilcox                   13

JoAnn Christiansen         14

Mardee McGraw               16

Elizabeth Renfro               18

Lisa Logsdon                       19

 

John Lovett                        20

Sandy Lovett                      20

Adriana Bartch                  21

John Bartch                        21

Norma Spiegel                  22

Jackie Nelson                     23

John Nelson                       23

Jackie Nelson                     25

John Nelson                       25

Neil Kennedy                     26

MaryJo Voorhees            27

Doreen Albertson            28

Neil Kennedy                     29

 

Dana Abbott                      31

Debby Samuels                 32

Janine Kittleson                33

John Lovett                        34

Sandy Lovett                      34

Roberta Ruiz                      35

Daryl Wise                           36

Sumer   Yarema                37

Tom Yarema                       37

Donna Kaelin                     39

 

Lindsay Rosalba                40

Joseph Stearns                 41

Joseph Stearns                  42

Lucas Willey                        43

Sally Willey                          43

Gina Mersman                  44

Gina Mersman                  45

John Wescoat                    46

John Wescoat                    48

Verginia Voinea                 49

 

Lisa Dupont                        50

Erin McNeally                    51

Michael Schalow              52

Julie Lolmaugh                  53

Karen Juarez                      54

Michelle Lloyd                   55

Sian St. Laurent 55

Nathaniel Ritchie              56

Juanita Contin                   58

Max Contin                         58

 

George Winslow              62

Terrie Winslow                62

Andela  Milligan               63

Kasey Milligan                   63

Gina Mersman                  71

Gina Mersman                  73

Aptos Community Garden  — as of June,  2017  — has some  plots available.  Plot No.  10,  12,  24,  46 and 57 are still available.  Come see if one of the available  plots interests you.

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Jobs: Middle class flees CA because …

 

jobs: middle class flee CA

jobs: middle class flee CA

Jobs:  Middle class flees CA because …. housing costs  are excessively high.  That’s a big reason.

“Not only are Californians leaving the state in large numbers, but the people heading for the exits are disproportionately middle class working families — the demographic backbone of American society,” the American Interest recently noted.

The Golden State has been haunted in recent times by sharply mixed economic indicators. “While California has added 2.1 million jobs since 2010, employment in six industries is still below 2007 levels, before the Great Recession, according to the center’s analysis. Those sectors — including construction, finance and manufacturing — generally pay more than the service-type jobs that we’re adding in droves,” the Sacramento Bee noted late last year.

Economic growth concentrated in Silicon Valley has also not done much to relieve the income or jobs picture for middle-classers.

“In a recent survey of states where ‘the middle class is dying,’ based on earning trajectories for middle-income cohorts, Business Insider ranked California first, with shrinking middle-class earnings and the third-highest proportion of wealth concentrated in the top 20 percent of residents,” Kotkin observed.

Some good news:  CA has lots of great public schools per this survey.  Graduating from a good school helps prepare young  people for jobs.    http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/california

Another reason middle class flees CA:  people are either very rich or very poor.  The culture is changing dramatically.  

 

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How increase your faith? Use it. Today. The “size” of faith does not matter. Blessings of the Animals at St. John’s in Aptos, CA

 

hot dogs

hot dogs 

How increase  your  faith?  Use it  today.

Use the faith you have — such as a small mustard seed. Size of your faith does not matter. Use it.

Tonight there was a Feast of Five service at a local church in Aptos, CA — St. John’s.

At this event:   Comfy foods for you?  Hot dogs? Other meats?    Those orange chips someone brought? Those chip that leave yellow  marks on your fingers and taste so good.

One month from now there will be another Feast of Five service.

Every day you can stop by for Pokemon Balls.  Coming soon:  more locations for Poke Stops.

 

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Life is an ultra-marathon. To run fast run alone, to run far run together? Yep.

to run fast run alone. to run far run together

Life is an ultra- marathon.

Life is an ultra-marathon.

To run fast run alone, to run far run together. Yep.

You may not run the Badwater race in California. That is one brutal ultra marathon!

Badwater elevation

Badwater elevation

You do have your own  marathon to run.  Your life.

And  it’s best to  keep moving!

And it’s best to do it together!

Sometimes we all feel weary and alone. Very alone.  And very weary.

weary

Weary and alone at times ?

 

You may  be weary from the  care of  a chronically ill spouse or relative.

weary from care

weary from the care of  a loved one?

Or you may feel weary because a situation seems stuck.  And, things just don’t seem to change.

 

 

weary and stuck

weary and stuck in a situation?

Some people   use exercise gyms to get out of feeling weary.

 

An hour  of exercise bike, weights and stretching can remove the feeling of weariness.  For some, exercise helps to get the body ‘moving’.  Consider joining  gym for regular exercise.

Another way to exercise  — a  gentle way  –can be through gardening.   Aptos Community Garden has a few plots available. Call 831 688-5727 extension 2 and leave your name and telephone number.

Community gardening allows you to meet and connect with others.  And, you can  grow beautiful  flowers and vegetables.

Aptos Community Garden

gardening can be a way to exercise & meet people

gyms help some

gyms help some people to exercise

 

 

 

We have families — biological and by groups we associate with by choice — where we can concretely practice mutual love  and support for one another.

You are not alone.

Remember those who came before you.   There are those who came before you, ones who have run the race.

Christians refer to those who came before them as the “great host of witnesses”  of those who came before.  That host of witnesses  includes Abraham who believed by faith and had a son with Sarah in their old age.  David. Solomon. Elizabeth cousin of Mary the mother of Jesus. St. Augustine, Martin Luther.Dorothy Day. And others.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin what so easily entangles  us. .  And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”  Hebrews 12:1

cloud of witnesses

Remember the cloud of witnesses which  came before you, the spiritual giants who inspire you.

Who are the’giants’ in your life, the persons who have inspired and continue to inspire  you?

cloud of witnesses

cloud of witnesses Catholic tradition

 

A book by  Malcolm Muggeridge titled A  Third Testament explores the spiritual wanderings of St. Augustine, Blake, Pascal, Kierkegaard, Tolstoy and Bonhoeffer.

That and other Christian books about “the host of witnesses”  are available at The Word Shop,  adbooks@aol.com  831 688 6607.

The Word Shop

The Word Shop

Through books you can  explore the spiritual wanderings of others who have gone before you.

Yes, your life is an ultra-marathon.  And to run far  — run it together.

One place to ‘keep moving’ and  practice mutual love  for one another is through a Christian community. And one such community is:

Christ Lutheran Church, Aptos, CA  http://www.AptosChurch.org  

 831 688-5727  10707 Soquel Drive,  Aptos, CA 95003   e-Mail:  office@AptosChurch.org

The above post written by Cameron Jackson   is a re-working of  the sermon  given  by Rev. Dale Solom-Brotherton, Pastor on August 28, 2016.  pastor@AptosChurch.org 

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http://www.aptospresbyterianchurch.org/

 St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Aptos, CA

Caregivers’ Circle:  Do you or someone you know care for a chronically ill spouse?   Yes  — that’s a tough, long , difficult ultra-marathon to run.

Come get support. Break the isolation.  Say hello.

Starting Friday, Sept 16, 2016 at 1 p.m in Thomas Lounge at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Aptos, CA  there’s  a Caregivers’Circle to provide a safe haven for sharing feelings;  a place to learn new coping skills;  and to provide relief from isolation.

Run that ultra- marathon with others!

All are welcome. Please   RSVP to Karla Norton at karla_norton@yahoo.com —  that’s so adequate materials are available.

http://www.espn.com/espnw/voices/article/17094761/why-running-world-toughest-race-135-miles-death-valley

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badwater_Ultramarathon

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TakeAway: You drove miles to hear this preached? Yikes! And the church spends money to put this on a website?

TakeAway:  And you drove miles  to a church to hear this  preached?  preached

Yikes! And that  church spends   money to  put this on  a website?  

What to do to improve?  

 Issue:  A man leaves his wife for another woman after having cared for his wife for  the last several years.  His wife has  Alzheimer’s.  

Alzheimer's

A man leaves his wife who has Alzheimer’s

 What do you say about this?  Has the man betrayed his vows?  Or is he meeting his needs?  

 Based on 1 Corinthians 1: 18-25,  the sermon at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Aptos  August 21, 2016  is   about the Greek  world view versus the Hebrew world view. And how these two world  views — Greek and Hebrew — collide today, both  personally and politically.

 The Greek  world  view:  The Rev.  Anne Mcanelly quotes from a book by Elizabeth Gilbert titled Committed: A Love Story p. 250 (on Amazon for $16.09 or Kindle for $11.99)

that  “the Greeks gave us all our notions about democracy, equality, personal liberty, individualism ….   and what we might call multiculturalism…”

The Hebrew world view:  “And then there is the world view of the Hebrews … including the ancient world view that is all about tribalism, faith, obedience and respect.  This way of thinking is clannish,   patriarchal, authoritarian, moralistic, ritualistic and suspicious of outsiders….   The collective is always more important than the individual, morality is more important than happiness and vows are inviolable”  (pg. 251 Unbreakable)

The preacher then asks, Which are you — are you finding yourself more in the Greek camp,

which are you

Which are you?  More in the Greek god camp …

or  are you more attuned to the Hebrew way of thinking?

Hebrew God

or  more in the Hebrew God camp?

To cover all bases she says, “Of course there is no right or wrong preference and when we understand how we see the world and maybe how our close  relatives do as well, we might discover some insight how to get along better….”

The Rev.  goes on to say, “A friend of mine told me about a family crises.  Her father-in-law is leaving his wife for another woman….  the twist in the story is that the wife has Alzheimer and the man cared for his wife for severeal years but now has started dating someone else.

My friend felt betrayed… I reminded her that its his very Greek way of thinking he is simply looking out for himself. He is placing personal needs ahead of loyalty and faithfulness and that is not sitting very well with my friend.  Now most of us would expect the husband to be loyal, but what is at issue is the world view more than moral fiber.”

“This Greek/ Hebrew dichotomy can also played  out in the political realm, where  some see every decision only in the way it would affect them — a very Greek way of thinking.  While others see a more holistic , community and ask what might be be better for all concerned, thereby favoring the Hebrew way….”

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Aptos Psychologist:  Many sermons — including this one — just don’t ‘work’.    As many sermons do, this sermon sets up a false  this or that dichotomy (Greek versus Hebrew world view ).  In reality, many people  in the pews know that they are both …  and more.  Ho, hum. Snooze time……

Maybe what some  Christian churches — for sure this one —  needs is a FeedBack form for pew sitters.  Let people comment right then and there as to what they heard and how helpful/ useful it is.

As  part of the church bulletin on the back page put:   Comments?  On a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 = Low and 5 = High   And 3 = ???    What did I TakeAway from this sermon that I will/ can use? Encourage people to tear off the Comments? and put them in the basket along with their money.

As for Aptos Psychologist,  for this sermon I would rate it a 3  — ????  Not horrible. But not useful.

Gilbert’s description of the Hebrew God as “clannish, suspicious, patriarchal…”  (quoted in the sermon)  seems similar to that as portrayed in  A God Who Hates: The Courageous Woman who Inflamed  the Muslim World Speaks Out …  by  Wafa Sultan   That book IS worth reading.

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Aptos, CA  www.aptospresbytermianchurch.org lists a contact number 831 688-4211 and an email   to reach the Office.

Located at 9850 Monroe Avenue, Aptos, CA 95003

Sundays:  9:00 AM for adult education and 10:30 for worship.

Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.
22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
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The Word Shop: Come for books, discuss books & share cup of tea

 

The Word Shop and Alliee DeArmond

The Word Shop and Alliee DeArmond

Alliee DeArmond, with the help of many volunteers, operates  The Word Shop in Aptos, CA.  As of 2016, this book shop has been operating for 21 years.   831 688-6607   Monday – Fridays  10-6 most days.

Alliee recently applied to be on the Board of Directors for St. John the Baptist  Episcopal Church in Aptos, CA. Alliee write regularly for a newspaper.  Her column In the Spirit publishes in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.  Various activities related to books occur routinely at The Word Shop.

Quite an accomplishment for all the women and men who have been  involved.

Back in 2009  — when this post was first  written -there were Literary Parties.  What’s going on is always changing — but always about books.

“These Literary Parties are a real blast! We choose a genre–mystery this month–everyone brings a book or two in that genre and we take turns waving the books around and saying why we like them. Then people usually have comments and conversation ensues until I bellow, “next.” We’ve done one every month since January–usually somewhere between a half-dozen and a dozen folk crammed into our back room. Quite fun.”

The Word Shop is located at 246 Center St. # A. This is a small book store located near entrance to Seacliff Beach. For more info contact Alliee DeArmond at adbooks@aol.com    831-688-6607

The Word Shop

The Word Shop with Alliee DeArmond

Use the SEARCH function (top right) to find more information about The Word Shop.  Live near or around Aptos?    Join  #aptosia

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