New tent city, new hope for homeless

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Pinellas County, Florida Saturday, about 70 people brought their sleeping bags and set up tents at Pinellas Hope, a temporary village for the homeless in Pinellas County.

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True Believer

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Dec 1, 2007
 

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What a wonderful example of WWJD! It is high time we reached out to those of us less fortunate. The world we live in today has become cold and heartless so it super to see examples of caring and sharing!
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As Christians, we all have one assignment given to us by Jesus, "Feed my Sheep." Anyone who is celebrating the Christmas holiday and calls themselves Christian should help the homeless and the poor. I hope Tampa does the same to help their homeless. Thank you Catholic Charities for stepping up!
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I TOOK IN A FAMILY W/ A 3 MONTH OLD AFTER NO ONE AGENCY HAD ANY PLACE TO LIVE. I WAS AMAZED THAT THERE WAS NO HELP FOR EITHER PASCO OR PINELLAS COUNTY EVEN FOR A MOTHER WHO GOT LAID OFF W/ A 3 MONTH OLD CHILD. THERE IS NO COMPASSION FOR ANY ONE THAT IS HOMELESS. THEY ARE ARE NOT ALL DRUG USERS OR CRIMINALS. JUST PEOPLE W/ OUT A JOB AND CAN NOT AFFORD THE HIGH RENT W/ DEPOSITS AND TURN ON FEES TO HAVE A PLACE TO LIVE. GOD BLESS TO ALL THAT NEED THE HELP!!!
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I AGREE 98% OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE HOMELESS ARE TO LAZY TO WORK, USE IT AS AN EXCUSE. THERE ARE JOBS TO BE FOUND, MAY BE NOT 600 A WEEK, BUT TAKE ANY JOB YOU CAN FIND AND WORK YOUR WAY UP EVEN WORKING AT MICKEY D'S IT'S A PAY CHECK. GET INTO AN APPT. YOU WILL HAVE AN PAY CK EVERY WEEK KICK THE DRUG HABIT AND THE DRINKING HABIT. WITH MONEY EVERY WEEK YOU WILL NOT BE HOMELESS. ONE DAY AN PERSON WAS ASKING WILL WORK FOR FOOD ACROSS THE STREET WAS AN SIGN HIRING FOR HELP. I TOLD THE PERSON THERE'S A JOB ACROSS THE STREET AT MICKEY D'S HE LOOKED LIKE HE WAS TO PROUD TO TAKE THAT JOB. TO ME IT'S STUPID TO BE HOMELESS WORK 2/3 JOBS IF YOU HAVE TO . I AGREE THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE HOMELESS BECAUSE OF SOME MENTAL PROBLEMS BUT NOT ALL OF THEM.
Danny From St Pete

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Dec 2, 2007
 
A homeless man approached me awhile back with strong smell of alcohol and asked for money...told him to get a job...he replied," sir day labor pays me $35.00 a day...asking people for money usually gets me $200.00 per day, you may not give me anything but the next person may give me $20.00... sir , what would you do?" He had a point. Are kind people hurting or helping?I guess we all really dont know whats behind the homeless,its just sad a person like that makes me skeptical of giving because some really are deserving of help.
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Dec 2, 2007
 
Of course there are different situations among the homeless;but it is difficult for some of them to get a job because they don't have an address or phone # to put on the application for the employer to reach them. The ones NOT willing to abide by the rules of the Pinellas Hope(curfew, no loitering, etc) are the same ones who don't want to help themselves, so I really don't pity them. I'm glad though that Pinellas County has this site for them that provides protection (for the ones willing to abide by the rules) since they are often burglarized (for what little they do have on them overnight).
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Dec 2, 2007
 
I will only help the ones that ARE trying to help themselves.No effort, no help!
Homeless the real deal

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You see the guy on the corner begging with a will work for food sign and most people think of the very few and I mean very few who might make a couple hundred a day., And it eases our conscience it gives us a reason to justify our greed and lack of generosity I see a man with a sign and I give him a couple bucks .
For two especial reason one is I been there.
And number two is I know he will go and buy booze with it and if it gives him a few hours of comfort then who am I to judge What you all probably donít know is that they donít go to the liquor store they go to the dollar store and buy a 99cent bottle of antiseptic mouthwash they call it Blister because of the blisters it causes around the mouth .
I donít know if any of you ever boxed in school but I did, and sometimes youíre literally out on your feet. When the ending round bell rings you have time to take about 10 or 12 deep breaths trying to collect yourself and go back out there and give it your best shot. Well thatís what happened to most homeless, they just got knocked down so many times they canít get up again. And as far as homeless being lazy. Most work day labor which gives them just enough money to stay homeless doing those jobs Americans just wont do which is BS
So next time you drive by one of those homeless scam artists remember one thing they never thought they would end up homeless and as for the mass amounts of money the mass amount is about 5 bucks to stave off the alcohol withdraw. Another thing to remember is a lot of homeless served in the armed forces, these are the people who fought for this country. In closing I would just like to say they at one time were just like you thinking Iíll never end up like that. Well folks it could happen to you and if things in our economy keep going the way they have the odds might be greater than you think
Dave

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Jul 21, 2009
 
Jim you numb nut, you can't even spell and your making value judgement's!!!
JIM wrote:
I AGREE 98% OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE HOMELESS ARE TO LAZY TO WORK, USE IT AS AN EXCUSE. THERE ARE JOBS TO BE FOUND, MAY BE NOT 600 A WEEK, BUT TAKE ANY JOB YOU CAN FIND AND WORK YOUR WAY UP EVEN WORKING AT MICKEY D'S IT'S A PAY CHECK. GET INTO AN APPT. YOU WILL HAVE AN PAY CK EVERY WEEK KICK THE DRUG HABIT AND THE DRINKING HABIT. WITH MONEY EVERY WEEK YOU WILL NOT BE HOMELESS. ONE DAY AN PERSON WAS ASKING WILL WORK FOR FOOD ACROSS THE STREET WAS AN SIGN HIRING FOR HELP. I TOLD THE PERSON THERE'S A JOB ACROSS THE STREET AT MICKEY D'S HE LOOKED LIKE HE WAS TO PROUD TO TAKE THAT JOB. TO ME IT'S STUPID TO BE HOMELESS WORK 2/3 JOBS IF YOU HAVE TO . I AGREE THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE HOMELESS BECAUSE OF SOME MENTAL PROBLEMS BUT NOT ALL OF THEM.
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JIM wrote:
I AGREE 98% OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE HOMELESS ARE TO LAZY TO WORK, USE IT AS AN EXCUSE. THERE ARE JOBS TO BE FOUND, MAY BE NOT 600 A WEEK, BUT TAKE ANY JOB YOU CAN FIND AND WORK YOUR WAY UP EVEN WORKING AT MICKEY D'S IT'S A PAY CHECK. GET INTO AN APPT. YOU WILL HAVE AN PAY CK EVERY WEEK KICK THE DRUG HABIT AND THE DRINKING HABIT. WITH MONEY EVERY WEEK YOU WILL NOT BE HOMELESS. ONE DAY AN PERSON WAS ASKING WILL WORK FOR FOOD ACROSS THE STREET WAS AN SIGN HIRING FOR HELP. I TOLD THE PERSON THERE'S A JOB ACROSS THE STREET AT MICKEY D'S HE LOOKED LIKE HE WAS TO PROUD TO TAKE THAT JOB. TO ME IT'S STUPID TO BE HOMELESS WORK 2/3 JOBS IF YOU HAVE TO . I AGREE THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE HOMELESS BECAUSE OF SOME MENTAL PROBLEMS BUT NOT ALL OF THEM.
You don't know anything aout the homeless man!
I was homeless in Tampa not even 2 years ago, and I went to work everyday at the local labor pools to keep me afloat till I found something better!
Try going into Right Hand Man every morning at 5am and see for yourself.
Right Hand Man of Tampa Inc
1304 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602
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Jesus will PROVIDE.
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Aug 31, 2009
 
Homeless the real deal wrote:
...And number two is I know he will go and buy booze with it and if it gives him a few hours of comfort then who am I to judge...
well... if he is asking me for the money then I AM the one to judge? I got up, went to work, did my job, paid my taxes, and on my drive home from a 12 hour work day a guy askes me for money to buy booze?
I am well within reason to judge this person. Life is full of choices, we all make them, some good some bad. We ALL pay the price for our OWN choices, don't ask me to pay for someone elses.

The first drink was a choice.
The first toke was a choice.
The first needle was choice.
The sex was a choice.
Not getting a job was a choice.
Giving up was a choice.

These weren't my choices so I'm not compelled to pay for them.
Jerry

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StopIt wrote:
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well... if he is asking me for the money then I AM the one to judge? I got up, went to work, did my job, paid my taxes, and on my drive home from a 12 hour work day a guy askes me for money to buy booze?
I am well within reason to judge this person. Life is full of choices, we all make them, some good some bad. We ALL pay the price for our OWN choices, don't ask me to pay for someone elses.
The first drink was a choice.
The first toke was a choice.
The first needle was choice.
The sex was a choice.
Not getting a job was a choice.
Giving up was a choice.
These weren't my choices so I'm not compelled to pay for them.
I think we all have our highs, and lows in this life. Some people are just plain lost, and need a helping hand in a constructive way. I can't imagne a world where we don't have in in our hearts to think of others, because that lost person could be you one day.
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I think we all have our highs, and lows in this life. Some people are just plain lost, and need a helping hand in a constructive way. I can't imagne a world where we don't have in in our hearts to think of others, because that lost person could be you one day.
I will agree that we do all have highs and lows. But sleeping on a piece of cardboard under a bridge drunk is a choice not a "low" in the traditional sense.
I do have it in my heart to care for others and if a person I know is in need, I help.

No Jerry I won't be living in a tent refusing to work, it is also a question of character and drive. No one GAVE me anything in life and I've never expected anything.
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Nov 9, 2009
 
there is not a lot of jobs out there and people cant afored to live theses days like they use to
Tonia

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May 25, 2010
 
I have a brother who lives there never knew what it was untill now.Thank God for people who do care for the homeless and do WJWD.Thank you God for tent city.
robert

Brandon, FL

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Oct 15, 2010
 
hi all i am homeless and im not lazy or drug or booze hound just a guy that cant seam to get a job so i lost my housen and have no income i am willing to work if i an get hired the reason is im a felon not that i comitted a felony was violated on probation for lack of 10 comunity hours and the worst part is i didnt even comitt the crime i was acused of the state gave me a public defender who told me to plede no contest so thats what i did they gave me 3 years probation and after 2 1/2 years they violated me my probation officer didnt even work there when i went to report in they said he dont work hereany more so the new guy they sent me to said i was violated for 10 hours
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Oct 15, 2010
 
so now im a felon and no one will hire me i have tried every day to find work but no one even calls me back or is willing to give a interview im now liven like some kind of animal i pray to god for work every day and have not had any luck i hear people putting down the homeless and i feel so ashamed that i am one of them but i cant get blood from a stone i even tried to sell blood and or body parts im so desparte i sleep on the cold ground and have not gotten any help and have not begged for hand outs i want a job can any one help im in tampa and need shelter and food can any one tell me where i can go where is the tent city plz help any one im tired of be on the cold streets and being harassed by the law for being homless its been 14 years since i had goten the felony is there any light at the end of the tunnel if you can help plz write me at rwpiccanso1@yahoo.com plz plz plz and i am now hanging on to my hope and prayers and all so became a ordaind minister to pass on the faith and hope god bless us all for in our hour of need shall he prevail plz help me to help my self and others
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Oct 16, 2010
 
try walking in their shoes for a week. give up your homes, SUV, cell phone, computers and live on the street.
companies are not hiring people to work for good wages. If companies had their ways, they would pay people as little as possible and work them like dogs.
All you people are just 1 or 2 paychecks from lossing i all.
You all claim making good money but you have a house payment, car payment, credit card payments,
all of you could loss it fast.
thank god that I do have a paid for house, a MBA major bank account, no debt.
I do have parkinsons diease, I had health insurance, but as soon as I went for help. blue cross blue shield drop me. No I have no health insurance having to go to costa rico for my medical services.
A lot of these poeple do have medical problems. They were doing the right thing, got laid off, lost their coverage, now have nothing
God needs take all of your belonging away and see how you can makeit

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