Blog Stories

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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Homeless Veterans in Lake City

by Elly Vos Why should our Veterans sleep on the streets? Did you know that 39,471 of our veteran service men and women spend their nights without a bed to sleep in or a roof over their head? The people who have protected and defended our country go without food water and shelter. These are basic human rights! Progress has been made to end
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Rats Force Ft. Lauderdale’s Homeless To Clear Out Of Stranahan Park

A section of Ft. Lauderdale’s homeless population will be looking for a new resting spot following a month-long closure of Stranahan Park. Dozens lined up Friday to get vouchers for bus passes to leave the area. Others gathered their belongings awaiting word on whether or not they’ll be given a hotel room provided by the city for a few days. The situation unfolded after
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The Gift I Got Back

So there’s this homeless man that lives behind the Walgreens I go to. Sometimes he sits on the bench in front of it and asks for money. I can usually smell the alcohol coming from him so rather than money, I typically will buy him something to eat and a Gatorade and drop it on the bench by him. Yesterday, he was only on
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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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