Program to bring services to Akron ho...

Program to bring services to Akron homeless

There are 19 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Apr 25, 2008, titled Program to bring services to Akron homeless. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

Sue Pierson, vice president of programs for InfoLine in Summit County, isn't one to let a good idea get away.

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Mommyagain2007

Ashtabula, OH

#2 Apr 26, 2008
Why do people have to be homeless,on welfare to get all the good treatment? There are people that have worked for years and have no dental insurance. Matter of fact I have a family member who has a daughter that is in pain from 4 teeth and her mother called that dentist they show on television and they would not help her cause she works. The office told her to quit her job and go on welfare and she can get more HELP! Sad thing is thats the Truth!

Since: Mar 07

Akron, OH

#3 Apr 26, 2008
I have to agree. We have a multitude of folks who work but can't afford basic services, and here these morons are givin' away the services for free to a part of society that doesn't want to work for what they get.

Providin' Animal Day Care for a homeless person, is jes' over the top for me.

And these agencies wonder why they are strugglin' to get donations.
by the Grace of God

United States

#4 Apr 26, 2008
Most of the homeless have some form of mental illness or drug addiction. My heart goes out to them & what these organizations are doing is wonderful.
"Mommyagain2007", you are right about the system, it stinks. If you are on the system you can get everything for free. You can have free health coverage, free education, free or low-cost housing, free food, free bus vouchers, free furniture, free clothing, free lunch for your kids at school, free day-care & low-cost heating in the winter. All of this without drug testing. No wonder so many people are give into the temptation of that life style. This is all great unless they take advantage of it. The system needds to change...
Duke for Mayor

Yorba Linda, CA

#5 Apr 26, 2008
It always amazes me how some people miraculously rediscover their "Christian" values for a few minutes on Sundays.

woof
Akron

Salem, OH

#9 Apr 26, 2008
I deal with the homeless on an alomost daily basis on my job and 90% are homeless by choice, and they don't have a mental health issue. They panhandle or work temp agencies that pay same day to cover their food and alcohol and drugs for a few days. They really only want help when it's cold. Now that's it warm their satisfied to live in city parks and litter them. I know this sounds harsh, but it's true.
Duke for Mayor

Yorba Linda, CA

#10 Apr 26, 2008
Akron wrote:
I deal with the homeless on an alomost daily basis on my job and 90% are homeless by choice, and they don't have a mental health issue. They panhandle or work temp agencies that pay same day to cover their food and alcohol and drugs for a few days. They really only want help when it's cold. Now that's it warm their satisfied to live in city parks and litter them. I know this sounds harsh, but it's true.
I sincerely hope that you are not a "mental health professional". Whether you are, or not, you may want to consider a career change.

Or maybe educate yourself about the psychology and physiology of addiction.

woof
isaiditdealwithi t

Canal Fulton, OH

#11 Apr 26, 2008
I don't mind helping the homeless because I truly believe they have some form of problem preventing them from being able to conform to society and i have seen the best of the best people give up on life due to depression/shock/and devastation for whatever reason. What I do object to is supporting ongoing welfare systems for lazy loafers that try to take the easy way out and think that society owes them shelter food and medical while they sit back and keep on procreating more welfare recipients.
Justme

Akron, OH

#12 Apr 26, 2008
I agree with isaiditdealwithit, and the problem I have is that my daughter, who works and has had a run of bad luck in the past year can't get a break! She is divorced and no longer on her husbands insurance, then when she tries to get insurance where she works, it's you have to wait until open enrollment, in the meantime she has an accident, now no insurance... Who Will Help Her?? I think there is something really WRONG with the system!!!
Akronite

Akron, OH

#14 Apr 26, 2008
I hope they will offer some new places for the people to sleep because many of them sleep behind the Quaker Square, now college dorms, and the Inventors Hall of Fame where, soon, there will be middle school children!
Righteous

Clinton, OH

#15 Apr 26, 2008
Duke for Mayor wrote:
It always amazes me how some people miraculously rediscover their "Christian" values for a few minutes on Sundays.
woof
Duke,

Mon ami, as much as I hate to correct a right-thinking person like yourself, I feel compelled to do so.(Hey, nobody's perfect!)

You see the fine Christians at the Haven of Rest have Christ on their minds all the time. So much so that they want all the homeless whom they serve to think the same way and the right way, i.e. their way.(Because, as we all know, homeless people are innately Godless heathens who must be instructed on how to live a proper Christian life. They can't possibly know God!)

In fact, this is how far the Haven takes its evangelizing: if a homeless person wants to stay at the Haven, attendance at an evening religious service is MANDATORY. Too bad if you're an atheist. Too bad if you're one of the "already-believers" such as Catholics, Jews, and mainline Protestants who may be very offended by the theology forced on them by fundamentalist Protestants.

Of course, on the other hand, I do know that when the homeless set up a tent city in 1992 at Grace Park, there were many people, religious and secular, who came to the aid of the almost 100 people homeless and volunteers.

We were given lots of food and supplies by these warm, wonderful folks, and Trinity Lutheran Church couldn't have been more concerned about us and deeply disturbed by Plusquellic's refusal to meet with us. In a private conversation with me, the mayor said, "Let's send them all out to suburbs on a bus."

Despite Plusquellic and the City of Akron's vitriol and disrespect, I will never ever forget one heartwarming incident. An African-American woman pulled up to the park in a rickety old car with young children in the back seat. She handed us a huge tray of homemade spaghetti, and before we could thank her for it, she began apologizing: "I'm sorry there's no meat in it, but I didn't have the money. I had to bring you something, though. And prayers are free. So I will be doing a lot of that for you."

(I specifically mention this donor's race and gender because I'm so sick of all the bashing that goes on Topix. This story is just proof that there are many poor African-American mothers who are responsible, generous, and God-fearing.)

So, Duke, I think it's fair to say that just as much as Christians have no monopoly on sincerity, they, too, have no monopoly on hypocrisy.
isaiditdealwithi t

Canal Fulton, OH

#18 Apr 26, 2008
Akron wrote:
I deal with the homeless on an alomost daily basis on my job and 90% are homeless by choice, and they don't have a mental health issue. They panhandle or work temp agencies that pay same day to cover their food and alcohol and drugs for a few days. They really only want help when it's cold. Now that's it warm their satisfied to live in city parks and litter them. I know this sounds harsh, but it's true.
You're saying that these 90 percent homeless have alcohol and drug problems but have no mental health issues huh...so people with that kind of addiction are mentally sound? Alrighty then.
khadijah

Akron, OH

#22 Apr 26, 2008
I am truely sympathetic to the homeless situation. But I have noticed that there are always the same people out there who say they are homeless and will work for food. Why is that?
Help Them

Akron, OH

#23 Apr 26, 2008
This is God's way of helping people.
Have a heart people
Whom to Fear

United States

#24 Apr 26, 2008
Duke for Mayor wrote:
<quoted text>
I sincerely hope that you are not a "mental health professional". Whether you are, or not, you may want to consider a career change.
Or maybe educate yourself about the psychology and physiology of addiction.
woof
Donald L. Plusquellic may have a now home on West Exchange St. in West Akron, but he poses an exponentially greater risk to the welfare of the entire City of Akron than any other mentally ill alcoholic (homeless or not) I have met.(By the way, I have had the misfortune of interacting with this grossly pathological man, and I have been a mental health professional for many, many years.)
Whom to Fear

United States

#25 Apr 26, 2008
That line should read, "...than any other elcoholic (homeless or not) I have met."
Duke for Mayor

Yorba Linda, CA

#27 Apr 27, 2008
Whom to Fear wrote:
That line should read, "...than any other elcoholic (homeless or not) I have met."
ethanolic works too!!!

woof
Duke for Mayor

Yorba Linda, CA

#28 Apr 27, 2008
And hey, its just a short walk to Dr. Bob's!!! She could probably do it in heels.

woof
Dee

Akron, OH

#29 Apr 29, 2008
does anyone know anything about the homeless guy that walk around barberton with him dog,he sure take good care of his dog.
One of 10

New Philadelphia, OH

#31 Mar 20, 2013
I need to get it touch with "Righteous." I am one of the 10 who were arrested in Grace Park Tent City in 1992. I was a case manager at the time, and I suspect Righteous was one of the founding group.

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