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We are not a just society and when it comes to homelessness, somehow being the poorest of poor is an excuse for others to vent their vitriol about what they assume is a lifestyle by choice. That assumption often manifests itself in bad policies by city officials that make a bad situation even worse. Take …
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Been awhile since I posted but that’s because there’s always more to do than there are hours in a day! It’s that time of year again to go back to tending my micro urban farms to help those who cannot find enough help to make ends meet but before that, I’ve been doing what I’ve …
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The Journey that ended before he began: The death of a homeless child in the city of Kent (Be advised: the attached picture is graphic and may not be suitable for everyone to view)   The last time I wrote about Kent, I entitled the piece “Out of Touch While Others Run Out of Time” …
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Billy’s campaign

June 22nd, 2012 | Posted by Carey Fuller in Homelessness - (0 Comments)
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    Ever since I met Billy and his family, nothing has felt the same but for this family; their nightmare needs to come to an end. I sent my latest blog to the Huffington Post and I can only hope that they will publish it. In the meantime, there’s still a lot of work …
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Yesterday an acquaintance said to me “So what have you been up to lately?” I answered “Well so far, I’m trying to help a single mother of a 12-day old baby not sleep in her car tonight or any night since she was told this morning she had to leave a friend’s house asap because …
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A New Year, A New Beginning

January 1st, 2012 | Posted by Carey Fuller in Homelessness - (2 Comments)
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For many, the New Year brings new resolutions and new beginnings. For the homeless, it’s a time of anxiety. For one thing, many wonder if their health will hold out another year while others wonder how long it will take to find permanent housing, a living wage job or enough food to eat for their …
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Keeps crying down…a poem

December 18th, 2011 | Posted by Carey Fuller in Homelessness | Poetry - (1 Comments)
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    Asphalt brown, muddy slick Rain keeps crying down, crying down Desperate voice outside my window Talking ‘bout will he see tomorrow   She sees little girls destitute Sell their bodies to predators On the loose   Gotta do something, she says to herself Instead of being like everyone else Tired of watching pretenders …
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Gandolf

This is “Gandalf”, also known as “The Colonel” depending on which homeless community you happen to be in out here. I first saw “Gandalf” sitting alone on a park bench at Kent’s Water Park across from the Kent Regional Library this summer. The homeless youth out here dubbed him “Gandalf” because of the long flowing …
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Many homeless folks face criticisms from people who think their perspectives apply to the reality homeless people actually live in. I find this to be true everytime I get an email or comment from someone who accuses me of being selfish for not going to a shelter system I can’t even get into and believe …
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Ariella and Bryce

If you were on Twitter last night, you may have seen my tweets regarding my oldest daughter, Ariella. You see, this Saturday is her birthday but it is also her high school’s homecoming dance. While watching her peers pick out dresses and talk about going to the dance, my teen fell into a depression she …
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