(as told by Rev. Andy Bales through Twitter updates during his night on the streets of Skid Row)
Getting ready to mark @HomelessDay by spending 2night on streets of LA’s Skid Row & I will be tweeting & twitpic-ing my experience.
Our temporary homes for the night, on San Pedro St., Skid Row, Los Angeles, California
@RickWarren Orphans & vulnerable children are NOT a cause.Caring for them is a biblical mandate we can’t ignore. To do nothing is sin.
2nd Step 2 #endhomelessness , Quit making excuses; Deuteronomy 15:4, There should be no poor in land, if you are obedient & keep open hand.
Friendly group from Teen Challenge & San Jacinto Assembly Church kindly offered us spaghetti at 11 PM! http://twitpic.com/2w9rnq
3rd Step to end homelessness, No One Should Ever Be evicted to the Streets http://youarethmission.org
Nice gentleman, Yannick, from Cameroon, stopped 2 chat. He lost tent & only has a sleeping on Towne St. http://twitpic.com/2w9xcz
4th Step to End Homelessness-Services to people experiencing homelessness should be regionalized. Regionalizing the solutions to homelessness. Every neighborhood, City, Region should provide services to their own neighbors!
This group of friendly folks knew Sugar Bear, & asked us to open their tough 2 open pickle jar. We succeeded!
2nd group from San Jacinto Assembly Church came by with offer of food & encouraging words. Amazing change http://twitpic.com/2w9zaa
Police cars & helicopter are searching for someone in big parking lot at corner. Feels like home!
@MichaelRochau Where do you live….Fort Apache, The Bronx? Lol!
I live in Pasadena by 4 liquor stores & bail bondsman. The helicopters lull me to sleep! :)
You wouldn’t believe the # of women, elderly & disabled people out on the streets, experiencing homelessness on LA’s Skid Row. Heartbreaking
Larry hasn’t stayed anywhere for two years. Sugar Bear & I got him a cot & he left his cart & went in URM 2 try again! http://twitpic.com/2wakmj
The fellow driving this white van, in his 60’s, Caucasian with a strong accent, asked us 4 a nickel rock of cocaine! http://twitpic.com/2waaf3
A big reason it’s calmer on LA’s Skid Row is LAPD Community Policing/Safer Cities. 6th Step 2 #endhomelessnes Best practices in policing!
7th step of HTTP://youarethemission.org is regionalizing solution by expanding Winter Shelters to year round! #endhomelessness
8th step- Provide Secure & permanent supportive housing 2 people devastated by long term homelessness http://twitpic.com/2wb3qw
9th Step to #endhomelessness Increase # of Life Transformation Programs similar to URM, LA Mission, & others!
10th and final Step 2 #endhomelessness Job training & a job, the best & lasting solution to Homelessness!
Honored 2 be waiting outside URM at 2 AM as mom w/ 3 little girls, ages 4,2, & infant arrived in cab, probably escaping abuse. Welcomed them
Children should never experience homelessness. It harms them physically, psychologically, educationally, shakes up trust in relationships.
Marking @endhomelessness World Homeless Day 10/10/10 by spending night on LA’s Skid Row &sharing experience & HTTP://youarethemission.org
Just gave my large diet coke to a kind thirsty man named Edward. He was curious about what we were up to and our HTTP://EDAR.org
I took a walk around the block and tried to take a picture of the rats, but they were too fast! I was not comforted when I saw two run into an EDAR much like the one I am staying in.
3 AM & I am finally worn out & maybe ready to sleep for a bit. Still worried about rats the size of cats here on Skid Row in LA.
RT @sonyakeith @abales The first time I was on skid row at night I watched a family of cats for 5 minutes until I realized they were rats
Relieved, my 1 night of homelessness has ended & I am safely home. Sad that isn’t the case for 75K Angelenos & Millions in US including kids
Have you considered how to mark World Homeless Day?
Overall, I was amazed at the difference 1 year and lots of hard work by many has made on the streets of Skid Row. I also think choosing the 9th rather than the 1st of the month was a good choice. Also, spending the night among friends made it so much safer and calmer than last year.
Still, after 1 hour and 20 minutes of sleep, even in calmer conditions, I know it would be a matter of only a few days and I would be desperately in trouble mentally, physically, spiritually and socially.