HUNGER AND HOMELESSNESS CLASS 9-5-14
Two News Articles: A Reflection
#1) Chicago Tribune/Life+Style/Section 6/Sunday, August 31, 2014... Taken from the article "Taste of the Nation Aims to End Hunger"... Held at Navy Pier in Chicago (every year for the past five years), "Taste of the Nation" has sponsored a fundraising benefit for the hungry children Of Illinois. It is estimated that one in five children go hungry in this state alone (nearly 700,000). In response to this need, "Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Campaign" was formed. Nearly one hundred of the city's local restaurants participate to raise money for the cause, and this year it attracted more than 1,200 people. Everything from lobster tacos to wild boar was served, and folks danced the night away with Chicago Bulls mascot Benny the Bull to the tunes played by cover band Rod Tuffcurls and the Benchpress. Hosted by emcee Bill Rancic, the more than $280,000 in proceeds benefitted organizations such as The Illinois Hunger Coalition, Ever Thrive Illinois and The Greater Chicago Food Depository.
#2)From the article "NEIU Ground", NEIU's INDEPENDENT newspaper, Friday, August 22,2014... Did you know that almost 100 raised garden beds are planted in our university's tennis court area, through the Peterson Garden Project? Students, facilty and even the surrounding neighborhoods are welcome to call a plot their own. This community garden was created to teach folks how to grow their own pesticide free food, and learn what it is like to bond with the earth and in many cases, their next door neighbors. Several classes are held throughout the season right here at the garden, teaching newbies tips and techniques. There is even music played to extend the positive vibe. This has also proven to be beneficial to lower-income communities, and is a great way to get both children and adults involved in growing their own food. As an added benefit, when children participate in such projects, they tend to be more wiling to taste the vegetables they have grown with their own hands.
| HUNGER AND HOMELESSNESS CLASS 9-23-14
The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Today we had three speakers from The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. Patrick was the first speaker, and discussed issues that cause homelessness with the class. He explained that there were four different areas that the coalition addresses: Development, Law, Advocacy and Community Organization. There are now two contacts for these folks, including The Chicago Housing Authority of Cook County (thecha.org), and (thehacc.org.). CHA also has units for seniors (50 yrs. or older)and now even fols on probation or parole can get on section 8. (Please call The Coalition for the Homeless for more info). Services based on continuem of care.
He went on to say that at present, there were 59,000 school children that were considered homeless this year... There are four emergency shelters for our youth, with up to 25 beds each. For the adults and families there is temporary shelter for one night, and programs set up to help folks get back on track regarding training and employment, mental health issues and substance abuse, in addition to counseling and basic services and info on how to get into section 8 housing.
Our second speaker was Charles Austin, who works for the coalition and been homeless three times, each time receiving help and getting back up on his feet. His stories were bitter-sweet, but he remains positive.
Kathy was our last speaker, a young lady, just 25 years old, who had been homeless before the coalition stepped in. She now has her own apt. and a new baby. Congrats Kathy. I wish you well~