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Revival In America – Police officer, the community take action to help homeless woman with 8 kids

by on Jul.22, 2015, under 2015 Year, African-American Community, Endtimes, Financial, Hispanic Community, Leadership, Native American Community, Revival In America

Norfolk, Va. – 18-year-old Olivia Obeng is the oldest of 8 children. Her family was homeless after moving to Virginia from California. They came out to Hampton Roads under the impression they could stay with local family members.

They said the situation didn’t work out and the family was struggling to find shelter.

Obeng said they tried all the local shelters for six weeks. She said, “When we tried, we weren’t getting any replies.”

One night, they said they literally had no place to go.

June McCord said, “My children slept in the car and I slept on the ground and because of that, I got out there with a sign that said I was homeless.”

McCord’s 18-year-old daughter took action and wrote an email to NewsChannel 3.

“My mom, she was standing out there holding a sign. People are judging her. I was just looking at the kids while they were sitting in the car thirsty and hungry. It’s just sad so I’m just going to write and then hopefully someone will help and you did so.”

NewsChannel 3 took action and got on the phone contacting local homeless shelters.

We learned that because the family was out of state and so large it was making it extremely difficult for them to find a place to stay.

They were also living with other relatives for a period which technically makes them not homeless.

Then leaders with ForKids told NewsChannel 3 space opened up at an emergency shelter.

Usually in Norfolk you need to be living in the city for 90 days to get assistance, but shelter leaders said they bent the rules because this family was so desperate.

ForKids provided NewsChannel 3 with the following statement:

ForKids provides many services to homeless families in Hampton Roads including emergency shelter and a Regional Housing Crisis Hotline. Family homelessness is complex and resources are scarce.

Large families and families that come from out-of-state bring additional challenges. Shelters throughout the region remain full and in overflow status and most cities have residency requirements before shelter and services can be accessed.

The McCord family case has involved assistance from many individuals and organizations in our community over the last 30+ days and we are grateful for their compassion for these children.

Adjoining rooms became available last week at ForKids’ emergency shelter and, due to the specific needs of this family, the City of Norfolk waived their 90-day residency requirement for services and shelter.

The family entered the ForKids shelter on Friday.

Now McCord is looking for work while her oldest daughter watches the kids.

Before the family started staying in the shelter there was a cop who went out of his way to help them.

Norfolk Police Officer Wayne Ricci has seen a lot working the streets but an encounter with McCord and her 8 homeless kids was more than he could bear.

“Just kind of was at a loss. I needed to help her. It was getting late, it was a real hot that night. I told her to pack the kids up, we’re going to get a hotel,” said Officer Ricci.

Out of his own pocket, he paid for them to stay at a nearby hotel for two nights. He did not tell anyone what he did.

We tracked down Officer Ricci after the family told us what he had done.

But there was one person he needed to tell. His wife had been out of town for two weeks.

A hotel room for two nights was an extra expense that most husbands would need to explain.

Officer Ricci wasn’t in trouble with his wife and he wasn’t the only person who took action.

The WTKR Facebook page was flooded with comments.

Our viewers were asking how they could help, offering jobs, and one person even offered for the family to stay in a house. There was some negativity posted online, but the majority of the comments were sympathetic.

Phyllis Stith has started a back to school drive for the family collecting supplies and clothes.

“It could happen to any of us at any given point in time,” said Stith.

Total strangers took action and got results for this family in need.

If you are interested in helping the family, you can contact the ForKids Shelter at 757-622-6400. They will help collect donations being made for the children.

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Message to African Americans – Report Suggests American Children Left Behind in Economy Recovery

by on Jul.21, 2015, under African-American Community, Financial, Hispanic Community, Leadership, Native American Community, Revival In America

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A new report on child welfare that found more U.S. children living in poverty than before the Great Recession belies the fanfare of the nation’s economic turnaround.

Twenty-two percent of American children were living in poverty in 2013 compared with 18 percent in 2008, according to the latest Kids Count Data Book, with poverty rates nearly double among African-Americans and American Indians and problems most severe in South and Southwest.

The report, released Tuesday from the child advocacy group the Annie E. Casey Foundation, showed some signs of slight improvement, including high school graduation rates at an all-time high and a dipping percentage of uninsured children. But the bright spots weren’t enough to offset a picture that many children have been left behind amid the nation’s economic recovery.

Here are some things to know about the report:

DIFFERING CAUSES

The foundation’s studies cover 16 different measures, delving into economic well-being, health care, education and family and community issues.

The problems extend beyond — and in some cases drive — increasing poverty rates. More children were raised in single-parent homes in 2013 than in 2008, and fewer lived with parents with secure employment.

Foundation President Patrick McCarthy said that particularly troubling is an increase in the share of kids living in poor communities, regardless of their own families’ economic standing. The report says 1 in 7 children live in those areas, marked by poor schools and a lack of a safe place to play.

“They’re more likely to fall down the economic ladder, less likely to be employed and more likely to get in trouble,” McCarthy said.

Michelle Halonen enjoys a warm day at a park in Minnesota with her daughters. She works full time at a gas station and still struggles to support them. Jim Mone / AP, file

Michelle Halonen enjoys a warm day at a park in Minnesota with her daughters. She works full time at a gas station and still struggles to support them. Jim Mone / AP, file

A MIX OF FIXES

McCarthy likened child poverty to a “particularly pernicious form of cancer,” and he prescribed a cocktail of economic policies and fixes to tackle it.

Tax credits and additional support such as food stamps could give low-income families a much-needed boost, and job training could provide help for struggling to get an economic foothold. Businesses should implement more family-friendly policies, and a massive infrastructure repair campaign could create countless jobs.

“None of them is a magic bullet. When you put them all together, you start to put the children on a path to success,” he said.

STRUGGLING IN THE SOUTH

States in the South and Southwest continued a steady run at the bottom of the Kids Count rankings for overall child well-being, with issues including economic standing and education.

According to the report, 1 in 3 children from Mississippi live in poverty. Twelve percent of teens from Mississippi and Louisiana were neither in school nor working. Fifteen percent of Nevada children didn’t have health insurance, compared with the nation-best 2 percent in Massachusetts.

MIDWEST ON TOP

Minnesota nabbed the report’s top ranking, taking a spot generally reserved for a Northeast state and rounding out the Midwest’s strong pattern of supporting children.

McCarthy said there’s not much to make of one state usurping another for a top spot. Instead, he focused on the broader regional patterns: New England and Midwestern states generally occupy the top 10 while the South and Southwest struggle in the bottom rankings.

“That’s where you see a difference in day-to-day lives,” he said

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A Vision for African Americans – Excerpt from the book Prepare For the Winds of Change By: Nita Johnson

by on Jul.13, 2015, under 2015 Year, African-American Community, General, Hispanic Community, Native American Community, Revival In America

~A Vision for African Americans~

As she gazed intently at the sight before her, she saw a black man in his late 20’s standing by a railway blowing a trumpet. The train looked typical to the 1930’s and was full of black passengers. The young trumpeter was wearing sun glasses and light weight clothes as though prepared for a warm summer’s day.

“Be not enslaved to the things in the yesteryear. Put on a new robe – walk in a new light. I go before you to prepare the way. Look not to the left or the right. Keep your eyes blinded to the things the world offers. Keep your eyes on the Giver of life and light, and all you need to be restored and satisfied will be yours. For I am coming soon for a holy people, a people set apart from the world. How do you expect to take part in the things I’ve prepared for you if you have one foot in the things of yesteryear, with the other foot in the world today?” Cried the Spirit of the Lord.

This was given to my dear friend, Bonnie Daughenbaugh, in a vision in the middle of the night.

A warning for African Americans: I saw two men raised up as what looked like Islamic leaders. They had signs and wonders operating through them, particularly in the area of healings; although these were not divine healings. They incited hatred against the white race and promised healing for the African American.

I was given the ability to see their hearts. Their true interest was the wealth of the black man. After healings would be manifested, they would take up offerings. Their followers would fill the bucket with their hard-earned income.

God through Jesus Christ is the only answer to all people everywhere. He will liberate those who are of a willing heart. But all alike must forget the ways of yesterday and move forward.

There is going to be an unprecedented move among both Native Americans (Indians) and African Americans by the Holy Spirit in evangelism and healing of these two nations. But to be a part of it, they must turn from their ways of yesterday and take on the restorative power of Jesus. Forgive and seek victory through love and the power of the Lord’s cross.

If something isn’t done quickly, there is going to be a major uprising from within the black community. I saw this in 1990. It was shortly thereafter fulfilled. However, it will be repeated if there are not dramatic changes. The power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in its purity and without segregation, is the only answer.

One might argue, as many have, “Since I didn’t cause the problems for these or any other race, I won’t take the emotional responsibility for their reversal,” To that sincere statement, I’d like to offer the following!

Imagine, if you will, that your great grandfather captured a young eaglet and put it into a cage. His desire was to have the magnificent beauty of this bird in his living room, not knowing that eagles, although one of the cleanest and most majestic birds in their natural environment, are one of the dirtiest in captivity.

Soon, after, your great grandfather passed away, leaving the eagle to your grandfather. Likewise, your grandfather passed away, leaving the mature eagle to your father.

Before long you marry, and your father decides he no longer wants this messy bird, so he gives it to you. A short time later, when walking through your living room, you pass by the eagle and for the first time, notice its condition. It looks as if it is dying of sadness. Deep in your heart you know its only hope is freedom.

You didn’t put the eagle into captivity, but the question now remains, “Will you enter into its pain, identify with its plight, and set it free?”

Will you? Can we not all see the various races of humanity, not the least of which are the Native- and African-Americans, which are in generational captivity, as we see this eagle to be? Seeing their captivity, will we enter into their pain, identify with them in their battle, and walk with them as a brother, working together until we see the chains of imprisonment bliterated? If we will, we can hope to help the wounded! ~

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