very soon I will moving into a studio type apt. that too was delayed with the loss of the money. when I do that i'm going to aggressively...as aggressively as I can....begin to pursue some things i'd like to do here in Wilmington for the homeless. I have found a park area that is perfect for a homeless type park. it sits close to the friendship house....actually right next to it. the park hasn't been used in quite some time, so I can't imagine why anyone would object to cleaning it up and putting it to good use. it's in the perfect location, being next door to the friendship house and only two blocks from the mission. my initial idea is to clean it up, add some benches and other items and make it a nice area where the homeless can come and sit unbothered and without worrying whether they will be asked to leave. i'm formulating the ground rules, alcohol, drugs, and no camping out overnite...although i'm still thinking about the sleeping part of it. I'm going to contact the owner of the park in the next few days and see what their reaction is. to me...it makes perfect sense due to the location and the type of park it is.
i'm also thinking about opening up a chat session once a week or once a month on the forums section. I've had a closed irc loop there for awhile now that would be perfect for a half hour or hour chat session intermittently if anyone is interested. it could be for homeless, poverty,hunger, unemployment or any other issue people wanted to discuss. this is going to depend on the interest and participation if I begin or continue this.
If I am able to accomplish what I want with the park I want to expand it to a couple of areas that aren't being serviced in the homeless community at the present here in Wilmington. in the park i'd like to install or build a small area for a block of lockers that the homeless can use to store their belongings. i'd like to make it a safe, clean and relatively ease of use area for them so they don't have to haul their belongings around or worry about leaving them somewhere they will be discarded or stolen. again...i'm still formulating this and putting the details to the plan.
there are some other minor things i'd like to incorporate into the park. we'll see how it works out and if can get it off the ground initially. obviously this is going to take money to do these things, so i'm thinking of different options to raise money. I may open up a web store of some kind on this website. I may go to a fundraising site like gofundme.com or some other site. I want to see if I can get some local support for this project also. that may be harder to do than you might imagine. in any case, I haven't decided which route to take just yet.
all this will begin to happen after I secure housing for myself and get settled in. I am anxious to get started but I have to be patient until that happens and I can remove myself partially from the situation i'm in.
well...that's about it for today. i'll be back to my regular blog entries tomorrow. I just wanted to throw these things out and hopefully some of you will have some input or comments. you don't usually comment much, but on this particular entry I hope you do. i'd like to see what the reaction is. if you don't want comment on this site....email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop me a comment on facebook. either way.....say something.
oh...one more thing...visit my page on facebook and "like" it. apparently I need a certain amount of likes before facebook officially recognizes it. i'm not quite sure what that purpose is though. it's nothing special and will get more local content when I can order another camera set.
see you around town