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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Friday. 11.28.08 11:05 am
When I was ten, my mother and I were living in White, GA in an abandoned trailor with no heat, electricity but we did have water when the pipes weren't frozen. It was right on my birthday that the landlord kicked us out and my mother just decided to drive until we ran out of gas money.
We ended up in Marshal, TX, where a church gave us gas money to get back to Shreveport, LA where there was a homeless shelter. That shelter was the Evergreen House. During our stay, the name changed to The Providence House and the staff made sure that our Christmas was special. In fact, the best Christmases of my childhood were in the shelter because of the kindness of so many people.
The reason I am writing this is because I want to encourage you to volunteer at a local shelter. You may never know the difference you could make in a child's Christmas. Today, the average age of a homeless American is nine years old which means that there are more families with children in shelters, on the streets, or in a situation where they have no home of their own. Many of these will be in shelters across the United States and around the world this Christmas.
Let's do something this year, everyone. Here is a link to a local shelter directory with a map for the US. Click on it and then your state and you can then narrow it down by city.
Here is a link to a food bank locator if you would like to donate food or volunteer your time in helping out with food.
If you are outside the U.S., which many of you (my lovely myspace friends) are, I encourage you to look up YOUR local shelters in your city and country. I have found a few links on Google, and here they are below:
Canada: Ontario http://www.ottawamission.com/
US and Canada Soup Kitchen Directory
(search by state or province)
I am working on putting international links to The Homeless Network, which is a website that I created to help anyone in the US who is about to become homeless or already is homeless find out about shelters, food, medical care, info on homeless statistics, their rights--yes Homeless Americans do have rights you know--and the main objective of THN is to let you know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
You can see the current THN at http://thehomelessnetwork.tripod.com
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