I have dealt with homeless and at risk issues a number of times in my lifetime. Starting when I was a teenager in Madison, Wisconsin USA.
Many times I have been homeless because of disability issues related to injuries sustained during my time in the United States Marine Corps.
The most recent time of living without housing lasted for around five years. I was able to locate a subsidized apartment in November of 2018.
I have come across a lot of misconceptions and myths concerning those on the streets. The stereotypes no longer apply. A scenario that plays out in Madison Wisconsin quite frequently. Mom and Dad working two jobs each. Because the employer keeps them under full time hours, so that they don’t have to pay for Employee benefits like Health care. These jobs are often very low paying wages. Meanwhile their children do their best to maintain good grades in school. We currently have over one thousand children in this situation in Madison. This issue is not unique to our local geography. It is a global issue.
The objective is to do no harm. There is no shame where individuals are doing their best. There should be no blame on those who suffer physically, or mentally to maintain an affordable place to live.
It does not matter what faith an individual is, nor if they are Atheist. We are all still valid and important. There are no hidden agendas to convert anyone to a belief or doctrine. The only desire here, is to help in whatever way can be done.
I really believe that deep within each individual is the tremendous potential to achieve personal goals and obtain those desires within the heart space. I have gone from practically nothing. Living in a van with my two dogs. To becoming debt free. Have secured housing, and recently purchased a vehicle with pre approved loan from my Credit Union. I purchased the vehicle so that I will be able to travel, So that I can book concerts and public speaking engagements.
I hope to help others who struggle to obtain their true potential and live the good life they were meant to have. We can do this through the process of each one reach one. Meaning get the skills to overcome obstacles. Then turn around and help someone else to Rise Up!
A large percentage of donations received electronically will go toward purchasing immediate needs of those that are homeless. Things like hats, gloves, scarves, jackets and even gas for their cars.
Over time, I will be booking shows and public speaking situations. The funds for that will take care of the programs long term goals. As this program becomes more stable. I hope to establish a Board of Directors, and turn this grassroots effort into an official non profit program.
It does not matter what faith an individual is, nor if they are Atheist. We are all still valid and important. There are no hidden agendas to convert anyone to a belief or doctrine. The only desire here, is to help in whatever capacity that can be done.
This site’s focus is not entirely on those that are homeless. It is a sharing of information and tools that I have used to navigate this very human and spiritual experience. I have had to endure much suffering physically, mentally, and emotionally. My current focus for my life is Mind, Body, and Soul. A balance of what it takes to maintain those three pillars in his life.
Be well, The Reverend AJ White-Wolf