Missive 7: A Name with Dignity

Missive 7: 6 November 2018, Tuesday

Greetings from our family to yours and Welcome to another TrailMagick89 missive,

Sweets and I had taken a weekend trip out to Grand Rapids. The intent of the trip was to go out there and find work. We were there only two days and we got a call that I had a job offer in Lansing, so back on the bus we went back to Lansing. Those two days we spent out there taught us something. Just because we are homeless doesn’t mean we have to live without dignity. In the Heartside District of Grand Rapids there is not a single homeless person. In Grand Rapids they are call Community People.

Now the fact of the name comes from an initiative organized by the different non-profits out there to make everyone equal. A Community Person is everyone; the guy on the street panhandling, the executive in the sky rise, the President of the United States, the nurse working twelve hour days in the ER so that we can see another day, police officers, school teachers, sanitation engineers, the convict out on parole, etc., etc., etc. When we heard this term for the first time we were a little confused but then again we had not heard it before. There is a shelter in Grand Rapids, in the Heartside District that has taken that name to heart and the volunteers there use it freely. A name that we can all be called that makes everyone equal and gives respect for being equal to everyone is a nice change.

I had stayed in the local men’s shelter, Mel Trotter, while Sweets stayed in the women’s shelter, Degage’. The volunteers at the men’s shelter made sure that no one was called homeless even though that is essentially what we were. They had Bible studies, employment classes, places to play checkers, even a pay phone. The women’s shelter to it so much further. They have a dining hall where anyone can eat for free though for a little money you can get a full meal just like at a local diner, they have an ID office – that helps people get legal documents, a barber shop, showers, laundry, lockers, a mail service, medical needs provided, clothing needs filled, housing vouchers with a free furniture service, they offer paper chits that are just as good as money inside their facilities for any of the services they offer that costs money. Another organization offers work program that allows for easy money to be made with a little dignity thrown in for good measure. This program has led to a few job offers.

The Heartside District has many many organizations that reach out to the Community People that call the district home. I challenge each of you to call yourselves and those around you Community People and stop segregation.

We appreciate that you stuck around until the end. If, you have found any value in this post, make sure to hit the “Like” button and “Subscribe” to TrailMagick89 blog. Please feel free to share your thoughts below. And until next time; make sure to seek peace within your own life. You can also find us on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Amazon, and of course WordPress.

Semper Fidelis, Elroy & Sweets

Published by: TrailMagick89

Greetings from our family to yours and Welcome to a TrailMagick89 missive, We write these missives to bring awareness for those that live on the streets, under bridges, in abandoned buildings. In most countries it is called “Living Rough”. We cover the subject of life as part of the homeless community; where in some places they are called everything from the derogatory “bum” to the more accepted name of “community people”. We have lived on the streets of the big city and small towns alike. We have encountered people from all walks of life. We have backpacked long distances and followed the trail just to see where it would take us with no destination in mind. After ten years of living on the streets we have found that stories of life of a vagabond and a tramp (modern day nomads) have lessons to share. Our preferred mode of transportation is on our Terratrike Rover Tandem that we have named Max. We talk About Us; from living on the streets around the Eastern part of America to living in yet another small town. We talk about the Bible; the beliefs of the community people. We talk about Community; regardless of where we have lived we have encountered many people that are all part of community life. We talk about Food; just because we have lived under a tarp it didn’t mean we ate terrible food. We talk about Gear (backpacking, cycling, & camping); the equipment we use usually isn’t high cost though it is of a decent quality. We talk about Health; we share the stories of not only of our health but how you can help other community people. We talk about Other topics when it comes to everyday life. We talk about about PVC projects; PVC is such a great medium for projects that can help around the home or campsite. And we talk about our dream of opening a Tiny Home community. We like to share our life with others in hopes that our adventures and misadventures bring a smile and a laugh to you, our readers. We thank you, that you, have taken time out of your day to share yourself with us. We appreciate that you stuck around until the end. If, you have found any value in this post, make sure to hit the "Like" button and "Subscribe" to TrailMagick89 blog. Please feel free to share your thoughts below. And until next time; make sure to seek peace within your own life. You can also find us on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Amazon, and of course WordPress. Semper Fidelis, Elroy & Sweets

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