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CODE BLUE SAVES LIVES and Is in the Interest of Public Health and Safety by preventing premature death and loss

December 9, 2016

CODE BLUE SAVES LIVES OF VULNERABLE PEOPLE ON THE STREET  IT IS HUMANE NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH HARASSING PEOPLE IN PUBLIC PLACES BUT IN PREVENTING FROST BITE AND PREMATURE DEATH.  

 

 

 

 

Law suits against municipalities and counties that are caring for people on the street are frivolous and should be thrown out with the litigators paying all of the court costs for wasting tax payer’s money and resources.

CCH PROGRAM COMMITTEE December 2016 Cusp of the National Day of Mourning for Those Who Died Who Had No Place to Rest

December 8, 2016

Program Committee Candlelight Vigil for Those Who Have Died in 2016  Who Did Not Have a Safe Place to Stay and Rest  –  Winter Solstice

Tristzette Morton <tmorton@coloradocoalition.org>,
“elaynegallagher@gmail.com” <elaynegallagher@gmail.com>,
Barbara Davis <bhdavis19@gmail.com>,
Charlie Savage <cfsavage1@gmail.com>,
Chris Taravella <ctaravella@montgomerylittle.com>,
Evan Abbott <eabbott@msec.org>,
Jay Brown <jbrown@law.du.edu>,
Judy Glazner <jglazner@gmail.com>,
Keith Smith <kcs@ssslawyers.com>,
Komal Vaidya <komalpvaidya@gmail.com>,
LaRay Kraeplin <lkraeplin@yahoo.com>,
Leanne Wheeler <leanne@wheeleradvisorygroup.org>,
Randle Loeb <randleloeb@gmail.com>,
Sana Hamelin <sanahamelin@gmail.com>,
Toren Mushovic <tmushovic@hotmail.com>,
Virginia Berkeley <vkberkeley@gmail.com>,
Jack Patten <jack.patten@state.co.us>

Residential Services  – Permanent Supportive Services

 

Laurel   R.  speaking about residential services  –  Permanent Supportive Services

Esteban  new member of this_  Best Practice  to house a person

 

fall back into  the issues that created the mess in the first place.

 

self-determination

 

CLINICAL SERVICES  such as case management

 

robust or   ______  530 people are served scattered site and housing programs

 

WRAP  AROUND SUPPORT  –  case management INTENSIVE  referrals are made  Food Stamps SNAP BENEFITS  need an income stream  always   financial stability disabled  acquisition and retention of benefits  navigate and manage their finances  payee services

 

VOCATIONAL  BENEFITS

 

BASICS OF DAILY LIVING SKILLS

 

community involvement and being engaged as a citizen

 

 most people have no resources and support

 

connected to all forms of integrated health care

 

make appointments  peer mentoring

clinical intervention  crisis intervention  experience crises

 

Peer mentor  who has been without a permanent place to stay and rest

 

How do you screen to whom you are going to offer services  they automatically receive services?

 

Community Building

 

Denver’s Coordinated Human Services   VI-SPDAT  scored 1 to highest score of   20

 

10 or higher you are on a list for permanent supportive housing  now the start is 12

 

PUT IN POT COORDINATED ENTRY THEN MATCHES THE PERSON WITH UNITS

 

first right of refusal is offered to the CCH coordinated entry

 

made shifts to network with the rest of the system of integrated healthcare in the agency

 

60%  program participants  have 3 conditions or more indicators for trauma   

 

all of this has gone up  30%  since the disaster of the economy in 2008

 

take the most in need who have the greatest  issues  1:16  client ratio

 

more burn out than there has been for the last 6 years  since she began  this is a guess on her part

way more difficult task than the person was accustomed to or warranted or expected

 

serve most affected  is that if there is a person who was more ill to get support

 

that is what the significance of 10th and Grant is  people who have normal issues can still be housed  or Catholic Worker Houses 

 

Balanced  referral  in the past      –    based on what is going on with the person

 

we have the possibility to move the person to a permanent supportive housing team

 

only person coming to the housing are people who score over 12  acuity 

 

ancillary services

 

coordinated intake and assessment   –  what is the reason that these are distinctly finite different programs?

 

People desire to take care of their responsibilities as citizens

 

over  350 people have payee in the Coalition Properties

 

social security determines that a person needs a payee?  Cannot require a person to have a payee we will let you stay if we handle your finances.

 

Exited  not paying their bills  they live slovenly  or have issues with safety and personal care  like a person with a neurosis

 

fifteen years  they have no reason to have a payee and not paying rent  they could not take care of their lives

 

capacity    in 15 years       –     staff member to speak to their work is to head up residential councils.  Majority of the buildings need a newsletter  a lot more peer mentors  people safe guarding others  lower number of people we serve  grant money is not keeping up with leasing rates and they will be forced to cover more people

 

good economies are only good for some  –   and for those with difficulties there is a likelihood that fewer people will be serviced

 

Beacon Place 81 beds   veterans administration per diem rate  transitional for 2 years  find people housing they come with permanent housing vouchers  60%  VASH  vouchers   respite program  homeless chronically ill we can put you up  beds at Beacon Place run by a nurse.  Ruth Goebbels  House chronically mentally ill person on the street.  

 

must be able to pay their rent they need an income stream  16 beds in this  providing three meals daily    we arrange people to be self-sufficient  shelter community living they are all living communally and paired up and have shared living arrangements

 

Place is hopping

 

wants that bed  in a shared living arrangement   SLA

 

staying in shelter  worked with him a year

 

14 years  noises and dissonance  he stayed in the shelter  moved in Beacon with two other roommates

 

this is where you feel safe

 

found  a place for them  cannot bring in people  

 

Beacon  11 permanent BEDS at  Beacon House      all transitional up to  2 years  hard to be exited at Beacon Place  community comes together to support each other.  it is not a clean and sober environment.  or a limit where you a danger to you or others

 

no way to come in and some test  you when you come in Harm Reduction  rather than motivational living

 

no treatment  by case management  licensed as transitional living therefore there is no limit to staffing and support

 

nutrition and  care of people in holistic health

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

None to Carry On – Carry On – Carry On – Carry On – Carry On – Carry On

December 8, 2016
  • No One to Carry On Carry On
    No One to Remember What If We All Were Left Alone?
    Gimme Shelter – If I don’t find some shelter I’m going to fade away
    No One to Carry On Carry On No One to Remember What If We All Were Left Alone?
    “Ultimately It’s Up to You All”
    No more lying down at night frightened alarmed exhausted from feeling scared all the time burdened with the preemptive sense that you’re always in imminent danger
    always hanging on the end of the feeling of being omitted left out left behind carried in a wallet that is tattered and thrown in a moldy heap
     
    burdened by the lack of air panicked frozen left to stare into space as an orphan without a trace of who you are and where you’re from or what mattered most of all
     
    that someone knows where you come from someone anyone who can sit and hold you listen look in your eyes hold your hand and comfort you with their warmth and presence just by sitting and rocking you to sleep.
     
     
    You often have the premonition that this last time will be the ultimate
     
    that you will no longer be dangling
     
    serving a term of endless nights days recovering from the fear of losing another part of you another piece of your heart another part of your spirit another lost memory of longing just to sit without anyone
     
    looking at you or seeing how much every movement, every sound, every stirring threatens your life makes you realize that you have no choice and you shake in fear you start up and wander aimlessly
     
    looking for a place that is frozen and that no one can hear you shriek or cry yourself to sleep
     
    for too far too many you’re no one and no one knows what you’re doing or why you cry yourself to sleep,
     
    they never hear the anguish in your voice the muffled steps the dragging of your feet, their sense is that you’ll die alone anyway no matter what and that you don’t deserve a thing, certainly not love or affection and certainly not a warm place to lie down and rest
    they look at you as though this is the last time they’ll ever have to endure your sound your breathing you’re cursed and most always you feel their word rings true you gave up grace and hope long
     
    long ago
     
    Ultimately it is up to us all to remember and recall that once that this young one was ready to answer every call.
     
    We all make a home and have a place in a family
     
    we all belong we all come from some place that we remember
     
    we must remember
     
    Gimme Shelter
     
    if I don’t find some shelter I’m going to fade away.
     
    We all live in the shelter of one another
     
    always one long lineage from the first we are one we’re grand
     
    if I don’t find some shelter I’m going to fade away

This hidden Smithsonian vault contains the oldest things in the solar system

December 8, 2016

What is striking is how immeasurably vulnerable insignificant and of little consequence in the striking juxtaposition of the earliest evidence of being that occurs here and in the environs of the galaxy. 

“We are poor players who strut and fret our way upon the stage and then are heard no more.  It is a tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury signifying nothing,”  Polonius the father of Ophelia, who often sputtered and churned out the most striking commentaries on every aspect of life. 

 

 

Everything in the lab gleams. There is no smell and no sound but the insectlike whir of the machine that pumps nitrogen gas into the dozen or so glass storage tanks lining the walls. The pressure of the gas inflates the white rubber gloves attached to the tanks and makes them reach, ghostlike, toward the center of the room.

The National Museum of Natural History’s support center in Suitland, Md., contains some of the rarest and most precious objects owned by the American people: 17,000 rocks. They represent the bulk of the nation’s Antarctic meteorite collection, an assortment that includes pieces of other planets, shrapnel from the collisions that shaped the solar system, rubble older than anything on Earth and crystals possibly older than the sun.

Retrieved from the bottom of the world and stored for decades in inert nitrogen gas, the collection offers clues to some of the biggest mysteries of existence.

“Each meteorite is a piece of the bigger puzzle about how our solar system formed,” said Cari Corrigan, the Smithsonian geologist who oversees the collection. “They can tell us where we came from.”

Shuffling around the lab in a white gown, hair net and blue cloth bootees (you can’t do anything but shuffle in bootees) Corrigan looks like a grim character in “The Andromeda Strain” — until she runs down the row of tanks and high-fives the rubber gloves sticking out of them.

She fits her hands in a pair of gloves, reaches inside a tank, pulls a tub off a shelf, passes it through the air lock, then yanks open the door. Sifting through the meteorites, each encased in its own protective plastic bag, Corrigan explains what they indicate about the origins of our world.

Cari Corrigan examines a meteorite in the NMNH clean room.© Gillian Brockell/The Washington Post Cari Corrigan examines a meteorite in the NMNH clean room.

The oldest rocks are chondrites — meteorites that clumped together in the swirl of dust and gas that surrounded the sun as the planets began to form. Some include pale flecks called “calcium aluminum inclusions” that are thought to be the most primitive substances in the solar system — some of their crystals may predate the sun.

At a venerable 4.5 billion years old, chondrites are as old as our planet and substantially older than anything else on it. Tectonic activity on Earth means that most material is churned back into the interior before it gets too old — the most ancient rock known to science was formed 4 billion years ago. These space rocks offer insight into the conditions that created our planet that can’t be found anywhere else on Earth.

Iron meteorites come from the heavy cores of asteroids or long-vanished planets. The smallest of these have the surprising heft of a paperweight; the larger ones feel like a cannon ball.

“People study these to figure out what’s going on at the center of the Earth,” Corrigan said. “We are never going to get samples from the core of the Earth,” — no human drilling operation has even gotten halfway through the crust to the mantle — but these are the next best thing.

Corrigan specializes in the rocks that result from collisions between asteroids, planets and other bits of space junk. The melt patterns on these meteorites hint at a period called the “Late Heavy Bombardment,” 3.9 billion years ago, when a mysterious gravitational disturbance swung through the solar system and sent rocky bodies slamming into each other with cataclysmic results.

Rarest of all are meteorites from other, known bodies in our solar system, like the moon and Mars. “It’s like it’s own planetary mission every time we get one of those,” Corrigan said. “You can learn what the climate was like, the temperature, the history of the surface … all from one rock you can hold in your hand.”

TOP: Antarctic Search for Meteorites scientists recover meteorite samples from the Miller Range of the Transantarctic Mountains. ABOVE: The sterile ice fields of Antarctica are among the best places on Earth to search for meteorites.© NASA TOP: Antarctic Search for Meteorites scientists recover meteorite samples from the Miller Range of the Transantarctic Mountains. ABOVE: The sterile ice fields of Antarctica are among the best places on Earth to search for…

Though meteorites fall all over the planet — on cities, on deserts, on cars, on the hips of women asleep on their couches — Antarctica is far and away the best place to look for them. The flow of ice across the continent sweeps the rocks into piles. Meanwhile, the cold, dry conditions keep the rocks pristine.

“When the only things around you are white snow and blue ice, and then you see that black and brown rock, it’s exciting,” said Corrigan, who has spent two field seasons working on the frozen continent with the Antarctic Search for Meteorites (Ansmet). “You’re the first person ever to see a piece of another planet.”

Twenty years ago this August, NASA scientists announced a “startling discovery”: A Martian meteorite collected near the Antarctic coast held small structures that looked like the fossilized forms of tiny microbes. It also contained organic molecules that are almost always the result of biological processes.

The rock was named Allan Hills 84001 for the spot (Antarctica’s Allan Hills) and year (1984) in which it was found. Encased in a glass sphere that Corrigan stores in a hard-shell black briefcase, the small, dark rock is among the Ansmet’s most precious finds. It formed during the first few hundred thousand years of Mars’s history, was blasted off the surface during an impact 16 million years ago and fell to Earth at the end of the last ice age. It sat unnoticed in the meteorite collection for years, until scientists realized it came from Mars. Then geologist Dave McKay spotted the strange, wormlike structures buried in the rock.

“Today, Rock 84001 speaks to us across all those billions of years and millions of miles,” then-President Bill Clinton said at a news conference the day of NASA’s announcement. “It speaks of the possibility of life. If this discovery is confirmed, it will surely be one of the most stunning insights into our universe that science has ever uncovered.”

Allan Hills 84001© NASA Allan Hills 84001

Corrigan, then a graduate fellow at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, witnessed the tense excitement that gripped the space community. This was the kind of discovery that many scientists spend their lives dreaming about, sure to win a Nobel Prize and change the world. And, taken together, the lines of evidence defined by the researchers made a compelling case for life. But there was no unequivocal confirmation that living beings once dwelled in the rock. It ran up against the scientific truism that “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” Did NASA really have the extraordinary evidence required?

It didn’t.

One by one, each of the lines of evidence thought to point to life inside Allan Hills 84001 were refuted. The structures that looked like microfossils might have been introduced when the meteorite was treated in the lab or they could have been caused by chemical reactions with no life required. The organic compounds embedded in the rock could have come from the exhaust of the snowmobiles the original collectors were driving. Within a decade, scientists had more or less settled the issue: the odd forms inside the meteorite almost certainly are not Martians.

But they were left with a new question — one that many researchers had not previously considered: If a meteorite containing Martians did fall to Earth, would we even recognize them as such?

“You could argue that the whole field of astrobiology came out of this,” Corrigan said, gesturing toward the unlikely chunk of rock secured inside its glass case.

Partly in response to the Allan Hills debate, biologists and planetary scientists began working together to figure out how organisms could live on Mars and what they might look like. In 1999, NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor began mapping the planet and found suggestions of liquid water on its surface. It was followed by Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity, rovers whose mission was to seek out signs of habitability on the Red Planet. Closer to home, biologists began to find more and more organisms living in the darkest caves, the depths of the oceans, wisps of cloud and newly formed rocks still hot from the planet’s interior.

There may not have been organisms in Allan Hills 84001, but they were almost everywhere else on Earth.

“It opened up so many new questions and lines of study we didn’t even know existed then,” Corrigan said. “You can do a study and have it not necessarily be correct in the end … but you end up changing the face of science.”

In November, six of Corrigan’s colleagues headed to Antarctica for their 40th season of meteorite collecting. Bundled up against the wind and brutal cold, they’ll spend weeks out on the ice, scouring the blue and white landscape for tiny bits of black. They go back year after year, retrieving rock after rock, because there’s no knowing which one will be the next to change everything.

Or perhaps, like Allan Hills, that rock is already sitting in the Smithsonian’s collection, locked in a tank and preserved in nitrogen, waiting for someone to reach in and grab it.

Tales From the Vault: Science museums are home to vast research collections, most of which the public never gets to see — until now. Once a month, Speaking of Science will go behind the scenes at our favorite museums to introduce readers to the fascinating objects and people we find there. Read past installments here.

 

Memorial For Those Who Died in 2016 Who Did Not Have a Safe Place to Rest December 21 at 5:30 pm City and County Building of Denver East Steps

December 7, 2016

 

HOMELESS PERSONS’ MEMORIAL VIGIL
Wednesday, December 21, 20165:30 p.m.
On the steps of the Denver City and County Building
1437 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80202
TOM LUEHRS
Executive Director, St. Francis Center
THE HONORABLE MICHAEL B. HANCOCK
Mayor, City and County of Denver
RANDLE LOEB

Board Member, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

BENNIE MILLINER
Executive Director, Denver’s Road Home 

TERRELL CURTIS 
Executive Director, The Delores Project 
REUNITED
Musical Accompaniment

Each year several hundred communities across the country gather for National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. Co-sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless, the National Consumer Advisory Board, and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, the day gives communities an opportunity to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness and to remember our homeless neighbors who have lost their lives in the midst of such challenging circumstances.

Candlelight Memorial Service for Those Who Died in 2016 Who Had No Safe Place to Rest

December 5, 2016

Candlelight Memorial Service for those who died who had no safe place to rest in 2016

Homeless Persons Memorial Vigil 2016
Speakers’ Program Notes – Draft
Date: December 21, 2016
Location: Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock Street
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Contacts: Annetta Crecelius (303) 312-9642, office; (317) 730-4950, cell
Cathy Alderman (303) 312-9638, office; (303) 319-9155, cell
Tentative Schedule
4:00 City crew sets-up staging area and sound – Annetta arrives.
4:30 Volunteers arrive.
4:45 Refreshments set up; Christmas lights/music are off.
4:45 All volunteers in place. Materials/candles etc set up.
4:45 Musical group arrives, sets up.
5:15-5:30 p.m. Speakers arrive.
5:15 p.m. Music begins.
5:30 p.m. (1) Tom Luehrs Speaks
 Welcome.
 Background and purpose of the Vigil.
 Tom Introduces Mayor Michael B. Hancock
5:35 p.m. (2) Mayor Hancock Speaks
5:40 p.m. (3) Musical group leads attendees in song
5:42 p.m. (4) Tom Returns to Podium, Introduces Randle Loeb
5:43 p.m. (7) Randle reads poem
5:45 p.m. (8) Tom returns to podium, announces start of name reading
ceremony.
Audience response following each name is “We will remember.”
(9) Tom Luehrs Reads
Reads 25 names
(10) Mayor Hancock Reads
Reads 25 names
(11) Randle Loeb Reads
Reads 25 names
DRAFT-Page 2 of 2
(12) Bennie Milliner Reads
Reads 25 names
(13) Terrell Curtis Reads
 Reads 25 names, plus late entries
 Asks for names from attendees
 Concludes the reading of the names
6:10 p.m. (14) Musical group leads attendees in song.
 Program concludes.
Annetta turns on lights/music.

Advocacy for Trauma Bonds of Human Trafficking – A Daily Quality of Life Human Rights Issue

December 4, 2016

Advocacy  for Trauma Bonds of Human Trafficking  – a Daily Quality of Life Human Rights Issue

“Yesterday at the facility where I have been in clinical supervision for 8 years, I had the opportunity to describe to one Division of Youth Corrections and two Excelsior Youth Center employees the need for better treatment of our incarcerated youth who may have experienced human trafficking describing my friend Monica’s incarcerated youth experience. As my voice cracked a little, knowing at almost the same time, she was being laid to rest, I could feel her hand on my back urging me to do the best that I can working so we reduce the harms to survivors.”

“My advice? Understand the difference between Stockholm Syndrome and Trauma Bonds. Trafficked individuals can experience both but in Trauma Bonds, there is an actual relationship between the survivor and the pimp or trafficker. I worry that while we consider it the most exploitive thing the survivor could ever experience, we are not honoring this bond and allowing for survivors to have their own expression of trauma. Victimizing victims is icky. They may not identify as victims or their expression of victimization might be different than what we seen victimizing (usually the sex.)”

“I also know that survivors are the most resilient people you will ever know and that was Monica. Her will to help her fellow people, her passion to educate I never knew she was such a fearless world traveller! Her love of all of us will forever life in our hearts in the Colorado sunshine, when we see a fuzzy dog, when we remember her smile and fierce advocacy for marginalized people.”

For my fellow advocates, our bill for immunity is being drafted. I hope you support it.

From and by Billie Jo McIntire