Posted in barriers for homeless, homeless songs, tagged barriers for the homeless, Causes of homelessness, center for respite care, Cincinnati, homeless shelter, homeless song, Homelessness, nonprofit, revolution, songs about homelessness, tracy chapman, welfare on August 22, 2008 |
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It’s Friday again – our song this week is Tracy Chapman’s “Talkin’ Bout a Revolution,” again from LaDonna. Millie, our nurse manager, wanted to share “Trying to Find My Place in the World,” but we couldn’t track it down on YouTube. If anyone knows the artist for that piece, leave us a comment and I’ll post the song next week.
Meanwhile, “Revolution” is a fair description of day-to-day life for many low-income and homeless men and women who spend many a long hour waiting in line to secure benefits. As a result of the recent economic downturn, cash-strapped agencies try to help a growing number of people with dwindling resources. This can result in longer wait times for those who need help the most.
For Respite clients who break the cycle of homelessness, being housed really is a revolution. And it takes a personal revolution to work through issues of mental illness, addiction, and abuse. That’s why we’re so proud of clients like Mike!
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Posted in homeless, homeless songs, Homelessness, nonprofit, working with the homeless, tagged addiction, barriers for the homeless, Bobby Womack, center for respite care, Cincinnati, Harry Hippy, homeless illness, homeless medical, homeless song, Homelessness, nonprofit, working with the homeless on August 15, 2008 |
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This is week two of my latest installment, songs that remind us of homelessness. ”Harry Hippy” is an old Bobby Womack song and is recommended by Kathy, our Housing Coordinator.
This is a totally different style than “Mr. Wendal” and has a different message as well. In our interpretation, Harry is a chronically homeless individual, one of the ones you can’t always reach. We have some clients like Harry – sometimes we can help them, and sometimes they choose a different path. Like Harry, they each sing their own song.
When someone choses an addiction or self-destructive habit over an outstretched hand, it raises so many questions; how did this person slip through the cracks? What could we have done differently? I think this song expresses some of that sense of loss and frustration.
Coming next week . . .
Read the story of Mike T., a former mechanic and drug addict who found his way out of homelessness via Respite Permanent Housing – he’s moving into his new place tomorrow! And although Mike isn’t a “Harry Hippy,” he used one of the same phrases that was used in the song when I interviewed him, “just floating around,” to describe homelessness. His is truly a homeless success story.
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