November 2013

November 2, 2013, Week 33 of making and delivering care bags to the homeless of Logan Square, Chicago. 172 care bags have been made and delivered as of today.  

Nick (32) has been talking to Roger (52) in the mornings on his way to the methadone clinic.  I’ve never introduced them but Nick knows of him from our talks and initiated conversation with him at some point.  Over these last couple of months Roger seems to be developing trust for Nick enough to talk about his addictions and medical problems.  I think Nick feels a great deal of empathy for Roger and wants to help him.  He seems to really care what happens to Roger.  Nick asked me for a couple of bus passes so they both can go to The Cathedral Shelter of Chicago and learn more about what assistance they can provide for Roger.  I’m hoping Nick wants information as well, but happy he wants to help Roger get some form of treatment or housing.  In the end, I’m just hoping they decide to go; Roger wants to, but I’m aware he can change his mind depending on his mood that day.  Teresa was recently arrested for possession of heroin and, according to Michael was sentenced to three years in prison.  She is currently on house arrest at a local women’s shelter and from what I understand, there’s is no form of detox provided.  I’m going to try to see her next week and find out more information.

week 33 care packages. total of 172 have been made and delivered

week 33 care packages. total of 172 have been made and delivered

week 33 care packages. total of 172 have been made and delivered

week 33 care packages. total of 172 have been made and delivered

November 9, 2013, Week 34 of making and delivering care bags to the homeless of Logan Square, Chicago. 177 care bags have been made and delivered as of today.

Last night was very humbling for me. I was so honored to received the first LaVerne Gage Award from The Cathedral Shelter of Chicago event last night.  I’m very honored but I cant stop thinking about the fact that I received this award for just being a standard human being. Ive known about the honor for a couple months now but was unsure to share the news because it has been slightly uncomfortable for me. It was a really fun night and the paper piece I donated (new painting I recently posted) to the silent auction ended up bringing in somewhere around $750.00 for the Cathedral Shelter, now rebranded and named Revive Center for Housing and Healing. This week care bags also have a great local addition from Yvette Elias, She makes very tasty homemade popcorn in a variety of flavors. She contacted me and thought it would be great to include something homemade in the care bags. Its people like Yvette that make our community great…Also very soon I will be sharing www.care-bags.org. The last eight months have made this effort to share empathy grow way beyond what I thought was possible. The site will be the one place people can go to share in the progress of the care bags, get involved and learn what they can do in there community and whats happening in my community of Logan Square. Another very exciting thing thats happening in Logan Square is the partnership with Zach Zulauf of New Wave Coffee. We currently have a fundraiser for a Community Care Box that will be housed at New Wave.Please visit the Fund Anything page for the details and help us get this thing done!

week 34 care packages. total of 177 have been made and delivered

week 34 care packages. total of 177 have been made and delivered

November 16, 2013, Week 35 of making and delivering care bags to the homeless of Logan Square, Chicago. 184 care bags have been made and delivered as of today. 

Seven bags were made this week with the addition of the first care bags from their November and December Pay It Forward Care Bag Drive at Beauty and Balance Salon, Kenilworth, IL. Their distributors/companies like Goldwell also donated cases of hair care/hygiene products for the bags. For more information on what these wonderful sisters are doing.  This weeks care bags have a great local addition from Yvette Elias, she made Oreo popcorn and its delicious! www.care-bags.org will be up soon as a central point for all information concerning the care bags, how you can help the homeless, blog, press and community information. We have 21 days left in the fund raiser for the Community Care Box, in partnership with Zach Zulauf, owner of New Wave Coffee. Please visit the Fund Anything page for the details and help us get this funded, every bit helps, even sharing the link on your page, google+ or pinterest.

week 35 care packages. total of 184 have been made and delivered

week 35 care packages. total of 184 have been made and delivered

November 23, 2013, Week 36 care bags for the homeless of Logan square, Chicago. 189 care bags have been made and delivered as of today…

Today Nathan Schill and I conducted two more interviews, with Bud and Jeff. We are editing Buds interview and will share it shortly as well as Jeff’s interview and the will make another short piece with the care bag project from the students of Urban Prep Academy later this week. Nathan and I were talking about how most people can’t differentiate the difference between someone that is starving and someone that is homeless or panhandling.  They are placed in a class system somewhere between none existence and below prisoners.

week 36 care packages. total of 189 have been made and delivered

week 36 care packages. total of 189 have been made and delivered

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