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We here at the Just Us Riders crew keep busy paying it forward and helping those in need. The Neighbors Helping Neighbors program of our parent organization takes an active “boots on the ground” approach to helping build “Strong Local sustainable communities”.

In the Florida community of Bonifay, we engaged in helping to create a tiny house for a disabled man who had lost his home 2 years earlier in Hurricane Michell.  Leaving him without a home, and struggling to survive. We took a shed and added running water and electricity. Including an accessible shower, and toilet. When nature destroys peoples homes and way of existing. Be it from check to check living off the meager sums of SSI or SSDI it becomes a serious issue. These people don’t have massive sums of money, let alone high-class insurance. Often times they lack even basic insurance and protections that middle-class America takes for granted.  When a person lives from check to check lacking the basic resources to recover from a  disaster many in this country assume that the government (local, state, federal) will step in and save them.  As we have witnessed firsthand over and over again, the system is designed to frustrate and make those who are on the edge or in poverty give up.

Even the “caseworkers” that the government contracts with to ensure that these people get help often don’t know where to turn. Or what needs to be done to get these people the help they need.  As it is those actually willing to strap on their boots and get their hands dirty are few and far between.  The system is beyond broken. Having become the perfect government program where it is leadership top-heavy, spending the precious resources on “Administration costs” instead of actually helping people. When the “funds” being allocated to a disaster become entangled in the purest of bureaucracy, we have a problem. Often the government agencies will just keep denying help even though they admit that the persons applying qualify by the government’s own rules.  As Einstein once said the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result”.   And I’d venture to say our government is insane to the fullest extent of the defination.

Imagine for a minute being a person that is struggling to get by from day to day. having to watch each and every cent that is spent just to make it to the next month and keep the light bill paid and lights on. Then along comes a natural disaster.  wipes out the meager possessions you have destroys the home that you were living in. Be it a home that is by many peoples view substandard, to begin with.  Then all you get is the run around by those who are supposed to help you? so, you give up and slip even farther into sheer poverty.  Living like a third-world country in the United States Of America. And our government just turning a blind eye to their suffering.

 

This is why we at GTKYF Foundation Inc have the Advocacy Program and Neighbors Helping Neighbors to provide the help that we don’t have to play by the government’s crazy line. We do not take government funds, giving us the ability to be more decisive and fluid in our activities to help.

 

Just a heads up:
Where we are for the next couple of weeks we have very limited cell and internet service. If you reach out to me it might take some time to respond. Thank you.

If you want to help us address this kinda of communication issue in the future you can donate toowards us getting a better cell/ wifi booster. The cost is approximately $600.
Donate at www.donate.gtkyf.org

Thank you

What’s it mean for him to be the Vine and we are the branches?

In our world today many people are not connected to sure footing. A stong base that allows them to grow and flurrish in their endeavors. Many people today change their beliefs based on which way the wind blows.

But if they are a branch firmily attached the vine like say a kudzu. They are almost impenetrable. The strength of a kudzu vine is built on the sheer number of branches and its quest for growth.

If you look at say a morning glory vine it is not nearly as invincible as a kudzu. But then again it has not nearly as many strong branches and such a large foundation as in the kudzu. Yet, they have a purpose in the beauty they provide via their bright flowers. In some areas and to some people they are just as big a pest as the great kudzu of the southern united states. Though their branches are small their tenacity is great.

Or say the loly grape vine. Wild grapes produce some fruit. Their branches are often weildly and lack strength due to the lack of pruning. Yet, those grapes who are pruned and managed by their care taker grow large quanities of tasty, nutritional healthy grapes. Even when they are pruned the cuttings are not waste. They are often used to make wreaths and other artful, pleasing to the eye creations.

What kinda vine are you a branch for?
The strong kudzu whos many branches cover the earth?

The delightful morning glory, who is a sight to see but lack the strength to sustain?

Or the common every day grape. The domestic one that requires massive amounts of pruning to produce to its full potential?

Might we want to combine these vines and be a branch of the that strives to be a light and known by the fruits we bare? Becoming the “change we want to see in our society” aka “be the change”.

Thats food or vines for thought for today’s “Sermons from the Homestead”.

 

 

 

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New Years Day…

O what a way…

When we thing of 2020 and now 2021 what are our thoughts going into the new year?

Many folks set about to make news years resolutions… and most fail them in the first few weeks. Why is is that we feel the need to promise ourselves, or for that matter others something about ourselves? It seems to be the societal pressure other wise know as “keeping up with the Jones” mentality. This competition with our own circle and community leads to a list of stressors that I believe do not necessarily lead to a strong health local community.

What if we all worked together to build a strong community where instead of competing, we strive to help each other grow and excel together? We would grow a community where the strength is almost impenetrable. If as a group we encouraged each person to grow and become the best they could. Where their work was something they were passionate about?

Now lets consider not just applying it to our neighborhoods, but to our community as a whole? And even take it smaller to just the family unit? and larger to our country and our world? The end result would create a society that works to help and support each other.

 


After a year like 2020 where it is built on the ever not knowing thought process. A society like what we have described herein would serve to make a strong platform to grow together as a community.

 

Please help us spread the word about 4 Social .club as an alternative to Face Book, twitter, and even parlor. As we strive to provide ways to “be the change we want to see in our society”. Please share the app as well: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=club.four_social.foursocial

 

When do you not love a sleepless night?

Many of you, just like i experience PTSD or CPTSD. While that is not the only reason to have sleepless nights, if can cause them. With me it seems to run in a series… sometimes going a month with none. Then ill get a.week solid of them.

Waking up shaking and in a all out panic is beyond no fun. Then with your mind in a.state of high alert it is next to impossible to go back to sleep.

It sure would be nice to not have these kinda nights…

I hope you all are having a better night than me.

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