August 2013

August 3, 2013, Week 20 care packages for the homeless of Logan square, Chicago.  97 care packages have been made and delivered as of today.

Lately I’ve been in the habit of not just dropping off the care packages out my window, but rather parking my car and spending 15-30 minutes talking to the recipients.  By now they know me pretty well and I think enjoy seeing me, talking to me.  Rogers wound is staying the same.  I’ve never seen it but can tell how badly hes limping, the progress the injury is making.  Unfortunately, while he was sleeping last week, someone stole a bag of his and took some food and mostly medical supplies like bandages, alcohol pads, etc.  It was a good thing I loaded up his bag this week with pads, ace bandages and other things to help him keep that injury clean.

Nick and I talked for about thirty minuets today.  He was happy to tell me he was on “a program”.  He told me he was doing heroin three times a day and now he has reduced his addition to doing methadone once a day and he doesn’t feel sick.  I hope he sticks with it.  I didn’t see Michael, Theresa or Richard today to find out how their week was.  Nick also invited me to have coffee or meet sometime to talk.  I’m thinking of the best way to go about this.  Its important for me to set up some boundaries and I’m chartering new waters here…Ill see this week what I feel would be best for myself and the others involved.

week 20 care packages with contents displayed. total of 95 have been made and delivered.

week 20 care packages with contents displayed. total of 95 have been made and delivered.

August 18, 2013, Week 21 & 22 care packages for the homeless of Logan square, Chicago.  107 care packages have been made and delivered as of today.

Its been an incredible couple of weeks, the fundraiser goal was reached for a total of over $4550.00, The Huffington post covered the story and helped with exposure to the cause and the fundraiser.  Great things are happening and Im in complete disbelief.  Thank you to everyone that has been helping with this.  Ive said it many times but there are very positive ripple effects from these care packages.   Thank you everyone…

week 22 care packages. total of 107 have been made and delivered.

week 22 care packages. total of 107 have been made and delivered.

August 24, 2013, Week 23 care packages for the homeless of Logan square, Chicago.  113 care packages have been made and delivered as of today.

Today had its ups and downs.  I had been talking to Roger for weeks about the possibility of filming an interview with him, to tell his story.  Nathan and I were ready to shoot and I left Roger a voice mail on his new cell phone earlier in the day to set up the interview.  When I found him, he seemed really down and said he didn’t see how interviewing him would help anything.  He does suffer from severe depression and I felt it got the better of him today.  I told him Id see him soon and probably wont talk to him about interviewing for a long time.  We did manage to find Theresa and she was very willing to tell her story.  I cant wait to edit the interview and share it with everyone.  Ill let that interview speak for itself.  I met a couple of new guys on Western Ave.  Mike and Juan.  I took them a couple bags today and saw them later in the evening to talk to them about sharing their stories.  Juan asked me if I had anything to eat.  Mike then made a little joke about Als beef sandwiches.  So I picked up a few sandwiches and surprised them.  They are very willing to talk and told me a lot about themselves in a short period of time.  Ill talk to them about interviewing after I give them a couple more bags and get to know them better.

 

week 23 care packages. total of 113 have been made and delivered.   Three of six pictured.

week 23 care packages. total of 113 have been made and delivered. Three of six pictured.

August 31, 2013, Week 24 care packages for the homeless of Logan square, Chicago.  120 care packages have been made and delivered as of today.

Its taken over 5 months of delivering these care packages for Roger to tell me he cant and doesn’t eat most of what I put in the bags.  Most of his teeth are broken from an assault and it confirms one of my fears I put to rest a long time ago.  I was hoping he would “find a way” to eat the different nutrition bars, but he doesn’t.  I didn’t have the heart to ask him what he does with the food, I also didn’t want him to feel any guilt.  He did say his wound is looking much better and he likes the drinks and toiletries.  Ill customize his bag in the future to accommodate his needs.

I’m nervous about being on Windy City Live.  I’m not a big fan of having my picture taken and/or being directed in a manner that is spontaneous.  The exposure to the homeless problem is worth any fear I’m having about something as silly as being seen…by lots and…lots of people…live…How did this go so far?  Its really wonderful.

week 24 care packages. total of 120 have been made and delivered.   4 of 7 pictured.

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