Category: People and Places
Salem’s Union Gospel Mission has put together a FAQ on panhandlers and if you’ve ever considered giving money to a panhandler take a moment and give this a read:
We see them on our streets daily. They are usually holding a cardboard sign that says in a variety of ways, “please help me.”
Does your heart go out to them? Do you want to stop and do something? Most of us want to offer help; it gives us a good feeling when we can offer food or tuck a few dollars in their hand. But who are we really helping when we give to panhandlers?
It might be helpful to ask ourselves some questions the next time we are approached for help:
- Will this move them out of the “danger zone”? Does it move them ahead out of the situation they are in?
- Will this solve any drug or alcohol abuse problems they might be facing?
- Will this train them for jobs, provide needed counseling or offer other life skills?
- Will this help them face and overcome the obstacles that have defeated them in the past? Or will this just continue to enable a lifestyle that is destroying them?
The reality is that giving to panhandlers is more about how it makes us feel than it is about bringing lasting change and restoration to struggling lives. Panhandling is unhealthy for the panhandler, and it is unhealthy for the community.
We encourage you to restore hope and restore lives by saying no to panhandlers and yes to supporting life-changing programs that are available free or for a small charge by the nonprofit charitable organizations within our community.
Here are some Meal Tickets—cut them out—keep them in your wallet or purse and the next time a panhandler approaches you, be ready to give them a meal ticket good for a meal and other services at UGM. If they really want to escape from their situation, it will be the kindest act you can do.
Disclaimer for the meal tickets: Meal tickets are meant for information only. Anyone who comes to us in need of meal will be served. Our guests do not need to have tickets in order to receive a meal.
Practical what to do: A way that we would encourage you to respond to a request for food or change would be “Sorry, not today sir (or mam). What’s your name? Well (their name), I know that the Union Gospel Mission serves 3 meals a day, 7 days a week and this card has the times that the meals are being served and the address of the Mission. God bless you!”
by Aaron Flack at Prsuit.com
6 days, 264 two-by-fours, and a $6,000 budget = a place of our own.
Last month, three friends and I ditched our cramped apartments in New York City, Chicago, and Raleigh and met in a tiny town forty minutes outside of Portland, Oregon. The goal: fulfill our dream of building a cabin in the woods.
For six days, we worked to turn a small clearing situated in a stand of stately Douglas Firs into a place of our own. Our fearless leader, a builder by trade, had the right experience to guide the project. But the rest of us were total novices.
Why would a group of twenty-somethings burn a week’s worth of precious vacation days and travel thousands of miles simply to wake up with the sun, lug heavy pieces of wood through rain and mud, and essentially build a fort? It might sound nuts, but we wanted to use our hands for something other than tapping away at a keyboard or smartphone; to be directly responsible for building a place that we can enjoy together in the coming years; to use vacation for creation rather than escape; and, above all, to learn something new.
Despite dozens of small screw ups, as well as a few bigger mistakes, we managed to erect a solid ~200 square foot cabin over 6 days of building. The project consumed 264 two-by-fours, ~40 working hours, 3,000 photos (which add up to this time-lapse video) and about $6,000 (excluding the land we built on). I returned to Manhattan convinced that there is no better way to spend a week with close friends — a cabin build will beat a week in Cancun every time.
You won’t want to miss this engaging presentation! KrisAnne speaks to audiences around the country on Constitutional history, American Exceptionalism, and the Fight for Liberty.
KrisAnne is a disabled Army veteran, a Russian linguist, a mother, a pastor’s wife and a patriot. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, she received her undergraduate degree in Bio-Chemistry from Blackburn College in 1991 and her J.D. from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law and is a former Russian Linguist for the US Army. KrisAnne worked as a state prosecutor and with a
prominent law firm defending religious liberty and First Amendment rights. KrisAnne lives in North Florida with her husband JC (a pastor and former Russian instructor for the US Navy) and their son Colton. Learn more at her website: www.krisannehall.com
From Oregon Catalyst
Over 1,500 people attended yesterday’s Freedom Rally for conservative values at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The rally, put on by the Oregon Liberty Alliance, was to support family values, life, public safety, fiscal responsibility and religious liberty.
Colonel Oliver North speaking at the Oregon Convention Center Freedom Rally (h/t Leo Stratton)
Every now and then a video pops into my social media space and it perfectly nails a craze or fad that has permeated the social media culture. In this case, it’s the ridiculous hashtag compassion mania that is popular with celebrities, some politicians, lot’s of posers and far too many people who don’t really care but want the rest of us to believe that yes, they do care #Really! – DQN
Remy decides to stand up for freedom the easiest way he knows how: by taking selfies. #YOLO!
Salem-Keizer and Willamette Valley radio listeners are about to have a live and local radio show to keep them company during drive time. Radio station 1430 KYKN is launching Gator’s Radio Experience on Monday, January 19th beginning at 4:00 PM. The new two hour show features 1430 KYKN personality and Program Director, Gator J. Gaynor as host and he will be joined in-studio daily by co-host, Denise Quinn Nanke. The show will spotlight local and regional issues that impact the community as well as national issues when they have a local tie. Listeners will hear about Salem-Keizer businesses, local culture and politics and will be encouraged to call-in to share their views.
Oregon continues to provide more extreme examples of how progressives believe that they are entitled to your hard earned money by taxing virtually everything in sight! Case in point, a group of environmentalists and legislators have cooked up a plan to tax birdseed – yep, it’s not a typo, they want to tax birdseed as well as binoculars and hiking boots. Bird lovers in Oregon are going to have to pay more to hike to, watch and feed the birds – all to fund yet another “program” to be administered by the state. – SKS
You Won’t Believe What They Want To Tax Next…
by Michael Strickland
At a recent town hall in Portland, Oregon, a panel of environmentalists and state legislators fluffed around about new environmental policies and legislation. One panelist, Quinn Read, of Oregon Wild, brought up the idea of 3 new things to tax; hiking boots, binoculars, and birdseed. Yes, birdseed.
Again, these people literally want to tax birdseed, to fund more wildlife preservation projects.
Former state representative Katie Eyre tells Progressives Today: “When I served in the Legislature, the birdseed tax was lobbied by conservationists empathetic to the plight of birds suffering from changes to their natural habitats. This group included an owner of a small chain of stores that sells bird-related items. By assessing the tax on bird seed, and having these specific tax collections set aside for the specific conservation purpose, the promoters of this new tax felt that it was a self-assessment on a common cause near and dear to their hearts. Two problems with this: It created a new “program” which always includes new administrative costs and the expansion of government and it wasn’t clear if all buyers of bird seed agreed with the conservation efforts.”
From Saving Our Future
By Tamara Jackson
Subtitle: No, those packages don’t just magically appear!
Like so many people I know across this nation, Obamanomics have taken a toll on my budget.
I love doing what I do, — writing, editing and hosting a talk radio show — but it’s certainly not an extremely lucrative career. Unless you’re one of the Fox gals on Outnumbered, which I am not.
That said, if asked, I would gladly appear. But since no big offers were in the wings, I applied for a number of seasonal opportunities to bolster my Christmas budget.
I have 3 wonderful young nephews and nothing gives me greater joy than giving them gifts at Christmas. Add to that the 1 adult name in my family’s secret Santa gift drawing, and I knew my lean income would not suffice.
Here are a few festive events that are happening soon in Salem.
Holidays at the Capitol ~ Display and Performances
Through December 24. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Holiday scenery with performances daily. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., M-F and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Free admission.
Oregon State Capitol Rotunda
900 Court St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
Magic at the Mill
December 19-23. 5:30-8 p.m.
December 19-23. Come experience ‘Magic at the Mill.’ Thousands of twinkling lights, entertainment, shopping, food, music, kids’ activities, make reindeer food, miniature train and Santa! Members free; Non-members: Adults $6; Children 4-12 $4; Ages 3 & under free.
Willamette Heritage Center
1313 Mill St. SE
Salem, OR 97301
Salem Community Chorus: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
December 21. 2:30-4 p.m.
Salem Community Chorus: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. More information is available at 503-967-6297 or www.scchorus.com.
Loucks Auditorium, Salem Public Library
585 Liberty St. SE
Salem, OR 97301
Have fun and Merry Christmas!