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Veterans Inn

The suicide rate among veterans has increased 35% since 2001. Nearly 50,000 veterans are homeless and another 1.4 million are at risk of being homeless. These heroic men and women risk their lives and sacrifice personal comfort and relationships to serve their country. When they return, they are often plagued by PTSD and lack of support from family and friends, and have little or
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Dope Church pastor takes God’s message to addicts, homeless

On the cracked, hot pavement of the Diamond Inn motel on Ramona Boulevard, Manny Rios huddled next to an elderly man and whispered prayers into the dense Jacksonville air. Sweat already formed on his arm as Rios rested it on the man’s shoulders. There, between his elbow and his wrist, a cursive tattoo — “Saved” — shone fresh and dark in the afternoon sun.
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My Friend Named John

Every two years we rerun the “My Friend Named John” story because it is such a meaningful story. It’s for sure a story to give thanks and praise for allowing us the chance to be a friend of John. We work all kinds of crazy hours here and no matter what time of the day it is you will see Johnny hanging out outside
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Involuntarily Commit the Homeless During Hurricanes

Only a broken system locks up homeless people to keep them safe. DAVID M. PERRY As Hurricane Irma bore down on Miami, officials from the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust fanned out into the city, accompanied by police and mental-health officials. In order to protect homeless individuals from the worst effects of the storm, the Homeless Trust had decided to use the Baker Act, a
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A Letter to My Mentor

To all my homeless friends, supporters and homeless advocates, The great Michael Stoops, The Head of State to all of us who are homeless and those of us who serve the homeless has passed away today on 5/1/2017. This man was a great man and a legend. He worked like I did 24 hours a day and taking naps at his desk. He had
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High End Recklessness

In the first week of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the biggest golf party on the planet, homeowners in one of the most luxurious cities in the U.S. (Scottsdale) experienced frustration on a level that is, quite common throughout the country! I work for a company that provided security at many different events including this one. Working alongside Scottsdale Police department at the private
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A Simple Ear Infection Can Make you Homeless

Every once in a while I say people can become homeless for things that are not in their control. Read below how a simple ear infection can cause severe damage to your hearing which can get you fired from your job. Not only can you lose your hearing and your job what about your life? Well that too. I almost died about ten years
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The Problem- 22 Veterans Commit Suicide Daily

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) plagues the majority of our soldiers and often leads to substance abuse and attempted suicide. A staggering 22 veterans commit suicide daily. This also contributes to the fact that 1 out of every 4 homeless men are Veterans. Our Solution- Veterans Inn Just 2 hours south of Jacksonville, lies Lake City. The City of Lake City hosts annual visitors from
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Life on Skid Row

1890 was a good year for California oil baron Lyman Stewart. His company had merged with Sespe Oil and the Mission Transfer Company to form Union Oil, Paul Rood, adjunct professor of political science and history at Biola University, said. At the time it was the largest oil company in California, responsible for one third of the state’s oil production. As co-founder, and later
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Dear Mr. President Elect Trump:

I am a democrat- one that has financially supported Mrs. Clinton in the past. You are now our President and I like many will support you. Everyone must admit you ran a very intelligent campaign and you will go down as being one of the smartest political campaigners in modern history. You ran your campaign as any good CEO would, it was cost effective
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