18Feb 2018

Weiss Memorial Hospital Warming Center

By |February 18th, 2018|Categories: Following Jesus|0 Comments

Unfortunately when it’s warmer outside, over 32F…

Weiss Memorial Hospital does not open its warming center when it’s over freezing.

I just saw a couple experiencing homelessness on their way to the Weiss warming center, it’s 38F… They were clearly troubled.

Please pray for people outside in the coming weeks when it’s over freezing but still too cold to be outside. Call Weiss at 773-878-8700 and pray for Weiss to have warmer hearts and being open to being God’s love for the least. It’s a small ask for them but a huge one for people outside.

The Sheep and the Goats, Matthew 25:31-40 NIV

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Please keep people living outside in your prayers.


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24Jan 2018

Uptown residents living outside still need tents

By |January 24th, 2018|Categories: Sleeping Rough|0 Comments

Uptown Outside still quietly distributing tents

Contrary to Aldermanic and Mayoral lies, many evicted residents of Uptown Tent City are still not housed and still trying to survive outside in the often dangerous weather.

Obviously, locations are on the down low. The City may occasionally get caught on camera throwing everything people own in a garbage truck. They may even call it ‘unfortunate’ or ‘a mistake’.

Know these are purposeful, constantly occurring events and not occasional ones, no matter what the politicians say. You may not see a tent city but they are there, albeit broken in many pieces and frequently found and thrown in the garbage.

Please keep people living outside in your prayers.


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26Dec 2017

Less Than Zero Degrees City Government Shame

By |December 26th, 2017|Categories: Tent City|0 Comments

Yes, people are under blankets trying to survive

It is the day after Christmas and it was below zero this morning in Uptown Chicago. It will be single digit temperatures all this week, give or take 10 degrees.

Happy New Year for people experiencing homelessness at the Foster LSD viaduct in Chicago, your unrepresentative elected officials could care less if you live or die

The good news is we brought tents, tarps, hand warmers and blankets. I just spoke to the Executive Director of CCO, and she said their outreach team will be going there to try to bring them into their warming center.

I hope the Mayor, City Council, and relevant City departments are having a great Holiday Season. These constituents aren’t. Shame on you.

City of Chicago ‘leadership’ is deadly, that is a fact


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10Dec 2017

He’s a liar and thief but he’s our liar and thief

By |December 10th, 2017|Categories: Activism|1 Comment

Don’t become what you fight against

In a recent email exchange I was a part of, with 15 or so homelessness activists and journalists, Andy Thayer of Uptown Tent City Organizers, someone I respect deeply (as well as the rest of UTCO), kindly apologized to me for an article where the journalist misappropriated the credit for tent fund-raising to him instead of me.

I responded “It was a team effort, not concerned with credit, thanks for considering it though.”

I further responded “What I do find distressful is the perpetuation of the [redacted name] lies by so many. As many of us know, he was never homeless at the viaducts, and has been housed at the [redacted building] as long as I have known him, for over a year. His ‘mayorship’ was one of domination, and donation skimming. Now he acts like he just got housed. 100% lies out of that guy and often enforced among the people actually homeless with drunken bullying to put it mildly. It’s shameful.”

Another person in the email chain, [redacted name] with a history of dishonesty and divisiveness, responded to my comments “I initially felt that way too about [redacted name] but then, when it became clear he answered to us… (blah blah blah, a whole paragraph of minimizations, rationalizations and subject shifting…)”

I didn’t respond there, but I will here because this needs to be said for the quality and effectiveness of our community’s testimony for people experiencing homelessness. I’d rather not even comment but the level of false information in the news about Uptown’s homelessness is getting too high to ignore.

Sad that the two redacted name people above’s need for attention exceeds their respect for others and the movement against homelessness but it’s not totally uncommon. Even sadder for the non-profits that willingly traffic in this garbage because they should know better.

First auxiliary point, to be clear, when I talk about donation skimming in this exchange, I’m talking about stealing tents, propane heaters and propane, not sandwiches and used clothes. No one can prevent every donation diversion but I’m pretty sure the kind hearted donors to Uptown Outside or Uptown Tent City Organizers for that matter, donate for survival needs not a booze and cigarette budget. Additionally, casually allowing funds downgrades, i.e. selling a $50 tent for $10 or whatever, is not respectful to donor intentions either. Homelessness activists and non-profits need to be good stewards of donation funds. When there is a big leak in the bucket, you plug the leak, it’s just that simple.

Second auxiliary point, called to task for his dishonest status, the non-homeless homeless person in response, lied about and slandered at least 2 other activists and a completely uninvolved homelessness non-profit. This was to a TV station, a newspaper, and numerous other homeless people. Referrals to journalists for this person have multiple levels of harm to the homelessness movement.

Main point 1: It’s not about us vs. them or winning

I get it, I’m sure it feels that way sometimes, especially for those in the streets but those things are not what it is about. It’s about dealing with homelessness. It’s about our ethically and morally deficient leaders in government lying to the public, as well as creating, maintaining and refusing to realistically resolve homelessness in the scale necessary. Someday when the government codifies that housing is a human right, and everyone is guaranteed housing, everyone wins. There are no sides.

Main point 2: You can’t demand ethics from others you are not willing to follow yourself

This is the same principle at work here as ‘He is a p*ssy grabber and rapist but he’s our p*ssy grabber and rapist’ that I’m sure most of you will understand. We already have a corrupt, dishonest, selectively discriminatory and uncaring City Council that resembles our GOP Congress. Don’t be the same as them.

Main point 3: False testimony in the media does nothing for homelessness

If 10%-50% of every media story about people experiencing homelessness in Uptown is fake news, there are no gains for homelessness advocacy. The opportunity and bandwidth to truly educate and inform the public have been wasted.

Main point 4: The truth about homelessness is bad enough

We don’t need to embellish or make up stories. The truth is not only sufficient but even more compelling. In fairness to the 1st redacted name individual, he’s been homeless before and from the looks of things, will be again. His true story would have been a better one, I am certain.

We all fall short of the glory of God

We are all imperfect, there is no need to dwell on individuals’ imperfections, but please, you expect more from government leaders and information sources, expect more from activist leaders and information sources as well.

If you are an activist or non-profit and a journalist asks you for referrals to people experiencing homelessness for an interview, don’t refer them to someone who isn’t homeless, known to lie about other activists and non-profits, or selfishly camera-struck. Stop sticking phony homeless people on stages as part of homelessness panels, things like that. It’s not rocket science.

As humans, we may never be perfect, but we shouldn’t start normalizing dishonesty and theft from our leaders, institutions, and spokespeople. We already have Cappleman and Trump for that.

Pretty basic stuff and simple enough right?


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