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About Art4TheHomeless
Imagine... a movement inspired by the arts to open the eyes of Americans to the plight of their own people. Imagine, through art, music and poetry, we are shining a much needed light on our own crisis: HOMELESSNESS

Art4TheHomeless was once a blog called Colors of Ink with Blogcharm, which closed down. Nutang, became the new home of Colors of Ink and was renamed Art4TheHomeless, by a really good friend, Samantha Medd. She is now the Co-Founder of Art4TH.

Now Art4TH is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization that unites artists of all venues to promote homeless awareness in the US.

Art4TH does this through the Art4TH Webzine, a monthly online magazine that features a musician whose music plays throughout the website, a feature artist, and a feature writer while also featuring a homeless relief organization. All artists featured retain their copyrights and all of it is free. If you would like to be a featured artist, musician, or writer contact me at johnnacrider@att.net

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Did you know?
Monday. 10.29.07 12:54 pm
Did you know that the average age of a homeless person is 9 years old?

Did you know that 31,000,000 Americans go hungry every night?

Did you know that over 40% of the men and women who fought for our freedom are sleeping in cardboard boxes and alleys of our cities?

Do you even care? What if that was you? You just lost your job and you've got one day to pay the rent. You can't afford to have gas because the bill is too high and you have to take cold showers just to get clean. When you do have food, you have to use an electric burner---if you are fortunate enough to have electricity.

In a country that prides itself on a culture of rugged individualism, hard work and self-sufficiency, it is no surprise that poverty and the poor do not have a central place in America's cultural psyche. It's no surprise that the average middle-class American doesn't give a shit about the homeless.

For those of you that do care, however, there is something you can do. I am not personally asking for money, in fact I don't want your money. I only want America to be better. I only want homes for the homeless, love for the homeless children whose parents are too busy working trying to make ends meet.

Here are some things you can do to help:

There are many ways to help the homeless but the best ways are to look up LOCAL shelters in your city, parish, county, or state and donate at least $10.00 to the shelter.That little bit of money can go a long ways at the dollar store—toilet paper, diapers, paper towels, cleaning supplies, soap, a towel, etc. It takes a lot to run a homeless shelter—you have to keep it clean for the residents, then you have to help the residents get on their feet—all the while you feed them and give them means to stay clean. Also, transportation costs. Most shelters in the metro Atlanta area give out Marta tokens.

Other ways to help are to go online and donate money to national homeless sites—but beware of frauds. You can buy food, blankets, clothes, to donate to shelters. Also, if you want to give to people on the streets, it is best to give them food, water, blankets, etc. Give them things, not money so you won’t have to worry if they used that money to get their next fix.

Another way is to take the petition and get many people to sign it and send it to the address on the form. You can access the petition at http://www.housingaright.org/Petition.html

So, America, do you want to step up to the plate and prove that you care about your fellow Americans?

Colors of Ink 2, as you can see, is still in progress. There are links to the right of this post that will help people find homeless shelters in the state they are in. I also have a small list of Federal organizations and I plan on adding to it websites with homeless shelter directories. I want to have the larges list of U. S. homeless shelters on the Web.

I am also selling my art to help the homeless. I have helped United Way of Atlanta, Atlanta Children's Shelter, and Calvary Refuge Center. I want to do more. One of my friends mentioned to me that since my background is purple that we should make purple the official color for Poverty Awareness in America. I personally think its a great idea!

Also, I am blogging with Nutang, a revune sharing site. In other words, I get paid for this. I plan to raise money using this blog to help homeless shelters. So if you leave comments and come and visit often, you are helping out without paying a single dime. So leave me a note!


Nice to see the work you've done. It's inspiring to see how passionate you are about the cause.
» adreen on 2007-10-29 04:38:48

I have a friend that's very very close to me and she's homeless. Right now she's staying at her uncles house until her mom gets of out jail. Her father, mother and herself live out of a van and has been for a year this coming December. She's currently enrolled in high school and is completing her senior year. She's going to be graduating with a 3.5 or higher. My Peer Mediation teacher calls her freedom writer because her life has been such a roller coaster. I admire her courage and her strength to go through high school with such optimistic view on life. Having the opportunity to know her gives me a different look at homelessness in our country.
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