Dear Sisters and Brothers,
I know what it's like to be homeless. I know what it's like
to be humiliated, treated like skum; what it's like to sleep outside
with no protection from the elements; to sleep on someone's sofa,
chair, or floor. I know what it's like to not know where your next meal
is coming from or if you'll even eat at all that day or any other day.
I know what it's like staying in homeless shelters and being forced to
abide by unfounded rules; to be under someone's power who knew nothing
about struggling to survive.
I look around me and say to myself, "This is The United
States of America. Why, in this so-called land of opportunity, is
anyone homeless, jobless, pennyless,living in poverty, hungry, and/or
ill? Although I can come up with possibly 100 reasons why, I still
would need answers. So instead, I prefer solutions!
It took me several years to come up with this and other
potential solutions.This solution may even sound far-fetched to some,
but anything is worth trying than to not try at all. Agree?
Here are some of my proposals:
For Single Homeless Individuals: Together we can
raise enough money to purchase land with one 1 story house to
create a Mess Hall, laundry room, multi-purpose room and a place to
take showers as well as rest rooms. Volunteers can prepare, cook and
serve meals in the Mess Hall. On the land we can build Brick Cabins to
house the homeless individuals, men on one side and women on the other.
We can supply for each cabin , a cot or two, according to size, add one
dresser in each and a wardrobe or closet. Each cabin will have at least
one window and consist of one room; a bedside table with an oil lamp.
Kerosene heaters in Winter. There can be a picnic area with barbeque
pits for those who wish to cook for themselves. Tenants staying in
these cabins will pay up to $25./month, according to their income and
ability to pay.
There will be 150 one room cabins for single men, 200 one
room cabins for single ladies, 50 two room cabins for legally married
couples and 200 two room cabins for single parent families &
couples with children. Rents may vary. For families cabins will be
supplied with one set of bunk beds, a crib & full size bed for
two parent households.
More details will be revealed at my upcoming meeting . To be
Tenants can at least live a semi-normal life where it will
enable them to choose to seek employment, apply for public assistance,
apply for public housing, go back to school, etc. Under these
conditions ,they will at least have an address to receive mail,
somewhere to sleep, eat, wash, and make phone calls.
I even thought of a 'Self Storage Building' on the property
where tenants would only be charged about $5. -$10. per month and a
mail room where they could rent a mail box for about $2. per month.
As time goes on and funding becomes available, I'd add a
Basketball Court, Tennis Court, A Thrift Store to create jobs and a
small Cafe/ Used Book Store. Maybe even a Library. In the Multi-Purpose
Room, A TV with DVD Player, Chess Table, Card Table, and a Ping Pong or
Homeless Tenants may stay in Cabins up to 2 years and those
waiting for Public Housing, up to 5 years.
Anyone with a Drug or Alcohol problem must go into Re-Hab
for six months, for a full recovery, to qualify for a Cabin. No
Thank you for taking out the time from your busy day to read
my Proposal. I'd like for you to, at this time, please make a donation to help
my Cause. Blessed Be!
REV. Stephanie Banks
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