We can cure physical diseases with medicine but the only cure for loneliness,despair and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of breadbut there are many more dying for a little love. Mother Teresa (1910 – 1997)
The Great Depression 1929 –1933The Great Depression startedin the U.S. in 1929, quicklyspread to every part of theworld. Most Americans losteverything as banks failed.This is a wonderfulphotograph of FlorenceOwens, better known as theMigrant Mother.This is one of the six famousphotographs taken byDorothea Lange.It was taken just outside a peapickers camp in Californiaduring the Great Depression.
Throw out the lifeline, throw out thelifeline, someone is sinking today. --Edward
There were many ways of breaking a heart. Stories were full of heart brokenby love, but what really broke a heart was taking away its dream – whateverthat dream might be. --Pearl Buck (1892 – 1973)
If you want others to behappy, practicecompassion.If you wantto be happy,practicecompassion.-Dalai Lamab. 1935
You gain strength, courage, and confidence byevery experience in which you really stop tolook fear in the face.You are able to say to yourself,“I lived through this horror I can take the nextthing that comes along.”…You just do the thing you think you cannotdo.--Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962)
It is in the shelter of each other that the people live. --Irish ProverbJune 10, 2010By Ryan WiddekindSALEM, Ore. -- Oregon Housing and Community Services once again reports that Oregonhomelessness is on the rise.Unemployment tops the list of reasons for the increase.And this year, children now make up 31% of the states homeless population.The number of homeless families with children increased 33% from the previous year.
So long as little children are allowed to suffer, There is no true love in this world. --Isadora Duncan (1878-1927)Image Source Page:http://thirdcreekbaptistchurch.org/homeless2008/pages/img_7620_jpg.htm
Salem, Oregon homeless family. Photo by Tim King Salem-News.comImage Source Page:http://www.shepherdsarms.org/
Be kind – everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. -–John Watson Oregon leads nation in homeless count By Steve Law The Portland Tribune
As in most major U.S. cities, thenumber of people experiencinghomelessness inPortland, Oregon is growing veryfast.
The soup kitchen inBerlin (Germany)provides pets of thehomeless andunemployed with afree meal. (Reuters:Pawel Kopczynski)
Jon Earl Blake, a homeless man from Oregon, hugs his dog Hannah at ahomeless shelter dubbed PetCo Place that accommodates the homelessand their pets, Monday, Aug. 4, 2008, in Hollywood section of LosAngeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
"Somewhere in America a state needs tobe able to demonstrate that we canweather this kind of challenge withoutlosing our sense of community, withoutlosing our commitment to one another, andemerge stronger and more united thanwhere we began.Lets make that our state. Lets make thatstate Oregon."Inauguration Day 2011Governor Kitzhaber(1/10/11)
Kaylee Motherdol, 12, left, and Adi Wolfenden, 11, fill handmade bowlswith soup as lunch is served to the needy at the Family Kitchen atBends Trinity Episcopal Church. Rob Kerr / TheBulletin, Bend, Oregon
Since its founding in 1991, Oak Groves Mobile Soup Kitchens participantshave made over a quarter of a million sandwiches! Every week of theyear, this dedicated group prepares meals for and serves them toapproximately two hundred homeless people.
When you carry out acts ofkindness you get awonderful feeling inside.It is as though somethinginside your body respondsand says, Yes, this is how Iought to feel.--Rabbi Harold Kushner