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Night Outreach Blog

Tenderloin trip, May 8-9, 2009

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Selling the Street Sheet

Selling the Street Sheet

Samara, Indian Joe, Aileen, Marie

Samara, Indian Joe, Aileen, Marie

Getting ready to sell papers

Getting ready to sell papers

People's Park, Berkeley

People's Park, Berkeley

Eric and Marie

Eric and Marie

Breakfast group at hostel

Breakfast group at hostel

After the retreat

After the retreat

How can we help a homeless?

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

How can we help a homeless?
Here is an inspiring example of how Bill helped a homeless named James:
http://www.nowheretolayhishead.com/whatshouldthechurchdo.html

30 Days on $30 Challenge

Friday, May 1st, 2009

http://30on30challenge.blogspot.com/

http://www3.homelessworldcup.org/

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Homeless World Cup Soccer

Who can participate:
Are male or female and at least 16 years old (must have turned 16 before 01.09.2009) and
Have been homeless at some point after 01.09.2008, in accordance with the national definition of homelessness or
Make their main living income as street paper vendor or
Are asylum seekers currently without positive asylum status or who were previously asylum seekers but obtained residency status after 01.09.2008 or
Are currently in drug or alcohol rehabilitation and have been homeless at some point in the past two years (post 01.09.2007)
Have not taken part in previous Homeless World Cup tournaments.

Houston’s “strategic plan to address homelessness”

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

If you are interested in knowing how the Houston city administration is trying to deal with homelessness, you could flip through
the “Strategic Plan to Address Homelessness” document at
http://www.homelesshouston.org/hh/Resources_EN.asp?SnID=479355539

Materials from this document (like general causes of homelessness) could be used to prepare information sessions in the campus!

Bus driver delivers free home-cooked meals

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/03/19/cnnheroes.jorge.munoz/index.html

JACKSON HEIGHTS, New York (CNN) — Every day, unemployed men gather under the elevated 7 train in Jackson Heights, Queens. Many of them are homeless. All of them are hungry…….

Short documentary clip on the homeless shot using a cell phone camera- really powerful

Friday, March 20th, 2009
A really powerful documentary clip about the homeless. It was shot entirely on a cell phone between NYC and Sydney, Australia and won 1st place in a 2008 short film festival.  :)
Link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrDxe9gK8Gk&feature=channel

Please check it out!

~Dawn (Co-President of SPOON and Night Outreach)

Tenderloin trip, January 31st, 2009

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

This quarter, Night Outreach visited the Tenderloin district of San Francisco and toured the Delancey Street Foundation.

Tour of Delancey Street Foundation

Tour of Delancey Street Foundation

Wei and Robert

Wei and Robert

Robert and the team

Robert and the team

Lunch at Delancey Cafe (1)

Lunch at Delancey Cafe (1)

Lunch at Delancey Cafe (2)

Lunch at Delancey Cafe (2)

Lunch at Delancey Cafe (3)

Lunch at Delancey Cafe (3)

Night Outreach team and Aubria

Night Outreach team and Aubria

Charmaine, Denny, and Tina

Charmaine, Denny, and Tina

The end of the day

The end of the day

Short film about homelessness in Palo Alto

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Ozzie filmed a short film for the Campus Movie Fest.  His description is below:

In making this documentary I initially sought to juxtapose the two extremes of wealth and poverty–Palo Alto being the ideal location for portraying such an examples. The town also therefore becomes a microcosm for the macrocosmic gap becoming further evident in the U.S. and a number of other developed nations. Though such a theme is very much present throughout the film I eventually focused on the disconnect and barrier that often exists between homeless individuals and most of the public.

At the beginning, we see a sped-up sequence of University Ave. in Palo Alto, where all shots were filmed and where most homeless populations of Palo Alto reside. With this sped up sequence, I tried to portray the motif of the transience of time and leitmotif of night…both common in the lives of homeless individuals. In the series of interviews, I interviewed 4 homeless individuals–the last one ( Tom) was the only one who was not featured for privacy reasons. When interviewing the people, I sought to place them in a somewhat story-teller role, as they often view themselves. From my experiences working with homeless individuals, it always appears that stories and the past form an important part of their relationship with others. Of course, many do not have the chance to speak with very many people and are always eager for social interaction beyond their circles.

James: To the audience, James appears as the most saddening individual interviewed. He is the “picture-boy” ( so to speak) for homelessness in America…a sensitive composure, clear awareness of the situation that brought him to homelessness, and goals for a future that he knows he has the ability to attain. James is separated from the others and chooses to reside mostly in front of 7-11, rather than University Blvd.

Anna-May: Anna May provides an interesting case as well: she clearly considers herself homeless yet lives in subsidized housing at the Opportunity center. As we were filming, Anna-May also eventually revealed that she even pays for cable and phone service at the opportunity center. Such begs the question: Who is considered homeless? Also, are there various levels of homelessness? Before filming, Anna-May also requested that we not film her sign and basket full of coins revealing a stigma or slight embarrassment she may feel with pan-handling. Yet ironically, she speaks freely of her situations and those around her. Anna-May also finally comes to portray one of the underlying themes emphasized in the documentary: the disconnect and separated micro community that homeless populations are in the U.S. For instance, she notes that she does have “homeless friends” but expresses shock at the other unidentified homeless woman who has…shockingly…a shopping cart. Such seems to surprise Anna-May, again revealing a disconnect not only with other communities, but within homeless communities. This may also point to the fact that there may exist different social “classes” of homelessness, with Anna-May belonging to an upper and more fortunate level. Anna-May also references more important points as the responsibilities of ” going in” and the mental illnesses associated with a number of homeless individuals.

Denny: Denny, if anything, represented the most disconnect. When interviewing him, he felt pressured to speak on topics that he thought I would enjoy listening to ( the golf course, Stanford, etc.) and topics he often didn’t even know anything about ( in cut footage: power plants, aerospace engineering, etc). Denny was very eloquent nonetheless, but the barrier and disconnect between our two worlds/communities was very much present and obvious.

The final walking scene was filmed by Tom who declined to be interviewed. Instead, I offered him the camera to film–as a means to go through his lens and behind his own perspective as a metaphorical “resolve” to the original problem of disconnect and barriers.

There doesn’t seem to be a reliable permanent link to the film, but you can access it by doing the following:

  1. Visit http://www.campusmoviefest.com
  2. Click “Movies” on the left column
  3. Click “Search movies” on the right column
  4. Search for homelessness, and the movie is called Collision of two worlds: Homelessness in Palo Alto.

Janome Sewing Machines - Leaders In Creative Sewing Technology

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Most individuals have come across the Janome Sewing Machines, but not all are knowledgeable of the fact that it has actually been in the industry for approximately ninety years now! Janome started in Japan in 1921 and it has since gained a reputation for as the leader in sewing technology because of the impressive and high quality items that they have introduced over the years.

It’s in Japan when Janome became recognized as “snake eyes”, simply because of the bobbin technology that had been used during the period. The phrase “snake eyes” was also iconic, symbolizing Janome’s constant search for the correct technology that will assist them develop their products even better.

When Janome turned 50 in 1971, they made a pioneering landmark, when they launched the original ZZ sewing machine. It was the very first automated sewing machine together with features not before seen in any kind of sewing machine brand. Janome continued with the tradition of offering groundbreaking styles in their sewing machines together with the launch of the Memory 7 Sewing Machine in 1979. This specific model was the very first to feature computerized functions.

Throughout the years, Janome has maintained its leadership in sewing technology, especially once the Memory Craft 8000 Sewing Machine became available in 1990. This was the first computerized sewing machine for home use which has several specialized computerized embroidery features. Soon after, the Memory Craft 10000 was also introduced - another first in computerized sewing technology. The Memory Craft 10000 features PC connectivity using an USB cable. It was an extraordinary innovation that introduced a revolutionary computerized way of sewing.

Despite these landmark improvements, Janome hasn’t ceased developing more advanced technologies that will make sewing a better experience. In 2005, Janome launched two more models - the Janome MC6600P and also the Janome MC 11000. These models have larger working spaces which let the operator much more room to maneuver the materials used for embroidery and even quilting.

Through the years, the team behind Janome’s sucess have not stopped reaching their users’ needs and designing products which fulfill their customers’ expectations. In November of 2007, Janome once again demonstrated that they are the frontrunners in the industry with the launch of 2 of present-day most outstanding sewing machine models - the Janome 1200D Professional Cover Hem/Overlock Machine and the Janome Memory Craft 200E.

Read more about Janome sewing machines and for all the best sewing machine reviews.