Categorized | Local

Freezing Weather and No Shelter

 

PARC Group Offers Temporary Shelter for Those in Need

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

We don’t always subscribe to Humboldt County activist Verbena’s point of view or her more sometimes controversial methods for initiating change.

Sometimes we do agree, however.

This is one of those times.

Her heart is in the right place on this one– and we would like
to show her some love and bring this grassroots message to
the forefront of your awareness.

The following is her post from the Humboldt Herald:

 

EMERGENCY- Freezing Weather and People with No Shelter

 
fam1Cold weather, especially over an extended period of time, takes a heavy toll on the health and well-being of the most vulnerable members in our community.

Recently, a small household in Eureka, made its garage available as a safe sleeping space for people with no shelter.  The household and a group of friends (many PEOPLE PROJECT folks) organized the space in response to the dangerous weather and police conditions on the street.

It was actually quite simple.  Prior to opening the safe sleeping
space, we discussed how we thought it would work best.  One of the
things decided beforehand was that we would make the space available
for 11 nights (December 21-31), and we would be explicit about that time
frame so that people sleeping there could depend on a stable schedule.

fam2At this time, opening your home or some covered space is imperative.  We were so grateful for the garage, and all went well.

Being only a temporary situation, we are reaching out to you, asking you to open your garage, yard, or big room for whatever time you decide is possible.  We imagine a rotating emergency sleeping space.  We have found that when a community cooperates and shares in the protection of its most vulnerable members, the result is a vital sense of security experienced by all.

The people who recently shared their garage and those of us who supported
and helped coordinate that emergency shelter space are available to talk
with you about our experiences.  We are eager to assist you in many ways
if you are able to open up a sleeping space.

Ways we can assist you include:

  • loveCollecting floor padding, blankets, sleepware, and other necessary warm things (the garage just used had a cement floor);
  • Driving folks who need a ride to and from the space;
  • And being present in the sleeping space overnight.

The volunteer-run PARC (Peoples’ Action for Rights and Community) in Old Town, Eureka, fully supports the creation of temporary or permanent dignified community sleeping spaces.  PARC is available for any set-up you may provide, as a phone contact, a donation drop-off, and a dedicated resource for people offering or utilizing a safe shelter.

People can and do freeze to death in cold or wet or windy weather.  Here
we have all three at once.  And the police continue to harass people and
ruin their gear in the rain and cold.

love tatPlease call and/or email if you want to talk about opening a space up yourself.  It is freezing at night, and we can make a way through these hard times together.

Please Call PARC: (707) 442-7465

The following are the guidelines that were posted on the inside of the garage.  You may have some different ideas for your place.  We believe that emphasizing honor, dignity, and relationship makes for a truly “safe space.”

                     –WELCOME–

Truleshis is a hate-free space.  That means…
NO racism, sexism, homophobia, etc.
* please no physical or verbal violence
* smaller room is for women only
* bigger room is for all

To protect this safe sleeping space…
- no drinking alcohol or doing drugs (including pot) here
- use lights, not candles
- every night, come through front house door when you first arrive;
then use the front gate to go in/out.
- use bathroom in the house (walk in back door, then to right)
- quiet after 9pm, and during cigarette breaks

You are welcome to sleep here…
- every night through the night of Dec 31st.
- Please come in no earlier than 6 pm and no later than 10:30 pm
-mornings, out by 9 am please

Please do not leave your belongings here,
as no-one is here to protect them.

Please communicate theses guide-lines with newcomers.

If you need anything, please feel free to ask.

Thank you.

grace

 

 

 

 

 

(Images by the Humboldt Sentinel.  Posted by Skippy Massey)

2 Responses to “Freezing Weather and No Shelter”

  1. janelle says:

    Skippy,

    I had heard the Humboldt Sentinel left with Charles. Glad to see you still here.

    I don’t always agree with Verbena either, but I know her heart is always in the right place.

    • Skippy says:

      Thanks, Janelle.

      Verbena and others’ effort is on a grassroots community level, staffed by volunteers, and operating on a budget of zero. It’s morally the right thing to do at the most basic level. People taking care of people.

      Even if shelter is provided to only one individual, it’s one individual less sheltered from the freezing and wet weather outside. As we know, people without homes in our community have died from exposure. PARC is helping do something about that and going about it in the best they can given their resources.

Trackbacks/Pingbacks


Leave a Reply

HumSentinel on Twitter

RSS Progressive Review

  • Even prejudiced white cops can kill fewer blacks
    Hit & RunPolice officers keep claiming that they genuinely thought their unarmed victims had lethal weapons. Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, claims in his grand jury testimony that Brown put his right hand “under his shirt in his waistband” and then lunged at him—153 feet away. Yet Michael Brown did n […]
  • Nearly half of Americans see climate change a sign of 'end times'Eco
    EcoWatch While 62 percent of Americans say that they believe climate change is a factor driving recent natural disasters and extreme weather—probably a higher percentage than in Congress—49 percent also believe they are caused by “Biblical end times,” with an especially high number of white evangelicals holding that belief. That’s according to a new survey r […]
  • Jordon is no river of water
    Jordan TimesJordan has run out of all projects that can be implemented to generate additional water, a senior government official said on Saturday, stressing that water deprivation will remain a challenge that Jordanians will have to live with.Water Minister Hazem Nasser noted that Jordan this year became the world's second water-poorest country, where […]
  • Why the Ukraine crisis is the west's fault
    John J Mearsheimer, Foreign Affairs - […]
  • How to use your smartphone in a protest
    Popular Resistance […]
  • Study: Marijuana can help with PTSD
    Daily. Mail, UKCannabis could help prevent the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), scientists have claimed.The drug triggers changes in the area of the brain associated with traumatic memories, they found. The new study adds to a growing body of research showing marijuana can have a positive effect on PTSD. Scientists at the University of Haif […]
  • Problems we hadn't started worrying about yet
    Independent, UKA woman in Australia was swallowed by a watery sinkhole that opened up beneath her feet – as she was hanging out her washing. The 45-year-old was in her garden in Melbourne when the 3ft deep, 2ft wide chasm opened up, according to news.com.au.She had to swim and float in the deep water as she shouted for help for half an hour. One paramedic sa […]
  • New Jersey lawyers write new sex rules
    From proposed New Jersey legislation:    "Affirmative consent" means affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. It is the responsibility of each person involved in the sexual activity to ensure that the person has the affirmative consent of the other or others to engage in the sexual activity. Lack of protest or r […]
  • Pocket paradigms
    Politics used to be about remembrance. The best politicians were those who remembered and were remembered the most -- the most people, the littlest favors, the smallest slights, the best anecdotes tying one's politics to the common memory of the constituency. Politics was also about gratitude. Politicians were always thanking people, "without whom […]
  • Links: Immigration
    Immigration news   Great moments in immigration laws A solution to the immigration problem When did a Mexican cut your pension? The mythology of immigration A history of who's an American […]
  • Word
    Too long have the workers of the world waited for some Moses to lead them out of bondage. He has not come; he never will come. I would not lead you out if I could for if you could be led out, you could be led back again. -- Eugene V. Debs […]
  • Word: The law in America today
    Palu Craig Roberts, Counterpunch - Law is just one public institution, but it is a corner stone of society. When law goes, everything goes.Only about 4 percent of federal felony cases go to trial.  Almost all, 96 percent, are settled by negotiated plea bargains. Law & order conservatives condemn plea bargains for the wrong reason.  They think plea bargai […]
  • Money and ADHD
    Time = In a recent paper in the journal Social Science and Medicine, sociologists Peter Conrad and Meredith Bergey looked at the growth of ADHD in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Brazil and found that prescriptions for Ritalin-like drugs have risen sharply, particularly in the U.K. and Germany.Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, […]
  • Wall Street seeking to take over public pension funds
    Intercept - Coverage of the midterm elections has, understandably, focused on the shift in political power from Democrats toward Republicans. But behind the scenes, another major story has been playing out. Wall Street spent upwards of $300M to influence the election results. And a key part of its agenda has been a plan to move more and more of the $3 trilli […]
  • Pilgrims' folly
    From 50 years of our overstocked archives Sam Smith, 2002 - I have considered Pilgrims among the most overrated American historical figures ever since I wrote a college paper in Robert G. Albion's class on forty recorded voyages to New England before the Mayflower. And that didn't include all the ones made by those who didn't - or didn't […]