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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Meet Robin, a homeless mother
Monday. 2.22.10 12:41 pm
I have been writing and talking with Robin Ivy, who is homeless with her daughter, Kayla.
I am telling you about her because I want YOU TO KNOW that not every homeless person is an annoying panhandler who is pushy for cash. Not every homeless person is a drug dealer who is looking for sex and drugs.
Robin her daughter Kayla who is 19, were put out due to family problems.At the time, she was living with her older daughter and their family. Robin contacted her son and he let them stay, but instead of showing his mother the love she gave to him, he kicked them. He dumped them at the Nashville Rescue Mission.
Three days later Robin found herself getting really sick. She walked the 11 blocks to the nearest hospital and was diagnosed with pneumonia. While she was in the hospital, her and her daughter's beds were taken by another homeless family.
They lived on the streets.
A mother and daughter living on the streets in America is not a safe thing. A kind stranger warned her that the police were picking up homeless people and locking them up. Fearing for her and her daughter's safety, Robin went to Tent City--a homeless community in Tennessee.
Robin and Kayla have been on the move. They went to Kentucky to stay with a friend but that didn't work out. She tried her daughter again. Her own family turned against her. I totally know what she is going through as my mother and I have been there. Our family didn't want us either.
Wendell Segroves, according to Robin, was and is their guardian angel. He opened his home--a tent-- to them and made sure they had food and were safe. Robin had high hopes that things would work out with their families so she tried again.
Things were starting to work out with her other daughter until she kicked them out. Again her son and his wife came to her rescue and Robin discovered that they too, were homeless along with Robin's 7 year old granddaughter.
Robin and her family are just a fraction of many of America's 3,000,000 + homeless. That's right, over three million Americans are homeless.
Shelters are full and are doing the best they can, but they are not enough. We as Americans have got to come together and come up with a solution.
WE CAN RAISE MILLIONS FOR HAITI IN MERE HOURS
Why can't we do the same for AMERICA?
This is Robin's message to anyone who is homeless
This is to let anyone who is homeless especially with children to seek help. Call you homeless agency and let them help you they have most likely been where you are now. Don't be ashamed. We are not ashamed. My name is Robin and I am 18, my daughter is 19 and yes we are homeless May God bless you and keep you safe!
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