By Jim Goulet
My first love in childhood was nature. In my childhood my family moved around a lot. From age three to five, I lived in the projects in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. I had trouble fitting in with the other children, since I was shy and dreamy, so I turned to nature.
I would go into the woods behind the Project buildings and explore the rich landscapes of soft mosses and beautifully delicate little blue and white flowers. I would keep these adventures to myself, since others (even my family), would not understand the joy I felt in exploring this secret world of nature. I felt that these walks in the woods brought me such relief and were a refuge from my wounded childhood. Continue reading ‘My First Love’
By Amanda Luce
Many people say that the truth will set you free
That’s not always true so I am who I wanna be
I have pain and I have hurt but most of all is the fear
The fear itself is way too much not something I can bear
I sit alone with my fear and the pain
My tears fall down mingle with the rain
The pain it hurts it rips me apart
And breaks my heart part by part
My tears are there they fall real fast
They don’t go away throughout the day they last.
By Stan Kapelewski
An actor and television director who achieved his greatest success towards the end of his career, Colasanto was born January 19, 1924 in Providence, Rhode Island; he was one of seven children. He attended Providence’s Central High School but did not graduate because of World War II, as he joined the Navy.
After being discharged at the end of the war, Colasanto returned to Rhode Island to finished his high school education, then went on to Bryant College, earning money for tuition and board by working construction jobs. Then, after graduating from Bryant in 1949, he worked as an accountant for an oil company. Continue reading ‘Who Was Nicholas Colasanto?’
By Melanie Rae
Ruffles and pretty pink lace,
roses in a fiery vase of passion.
Antique porcelain faces,
melting beauty of perfection,
Perfection in graceless invention.
By Melissa Howard
On January 11 at the State House, there was a special legislative hearing by the Senate Housing and Municipal Government Committee, to hear about the needs and to talk about possible solutions to the emergency winter shelter crisis and the growing homeless problem.
The 2010 annual shelter homeless numbers show that in December, that 1408 people used the shelters, the highest in years. 51% of those people are first time users, 39% are families and 23% are children. Continue reading ‘Will Existing Homelessness Issues in RI be Solved?’
A Serialized Novel
By Francisco Colber
Section 2, Chapter 1
Eventual destination was somewhere on the edge of our own spiral galaxy, a socially hostile planet named Earth by the inhabitants, many thousands of light years from Zzol. But as we neared the starry edge we spotted what appeared to be a row of starships dead ahead.
They were traveling in the same direction that we were: we had caught up to them. The primitive shape of their hulls gave them away as Post-industrial. The shape was key to properly assessing their technology prowess—more advanced races usually traveled in spherical craft and could only be detected whenever they accelerated or decelerated from subspace. Continue reading ‘Into the Chrysalis’
By William Harter
Portland, Oregon had an Old Town/Chinatown area that was run down and neglected. It has a large concentration of mentally ill, addicts and poor folks.
Businesses were leaving and was becoming a homeless hangout. The city decided this is not what it wanted.
A $47 million Resource Access Center (RAC) complex is being built there to provide affordable housing, shelter, addiction and homeless services. It is part of a 10 year plan to end homelessness. They are building an eight story 106,000 sq. ft. building expected to open this year.
It is to be a showcase for the city. It will have a 90 bed men’s shelter, 130 rental apartments, barbershop, laundry, job and housing assistance areas. A “one stop center to get folks where we want them to be—self-sufficient,” city commissioner N. Fish said. It will have a municipal court so people accused of minor offenses can be tried there and given community service instead of jail time. Continue reading ‘Portland Is Doing It! Can We?’
By William Harter
Prince William of the United Kingdom paid a personal Christmas tribute to those who care for the homeless people worldwide. He said his “thoughts are with everyone who finds themselves without a roof over their head.”
Prince William, second in line to be Britain’s next king, spent the night in an alley in London last winter, a far different place than his usual chambers in the palace.
He and Seyi Obakin, chief executive of British homeless charity Centrepoint, spent the night near a bridge behind garbage cans on a chilly 24-degree night. Prince William has been a patron of the charity, which looks after the young homeless people of the United Kingdom since 2005. Continue reading ‘Britain’s Prince William Helps the Homeless: Cold London Alley is Bedroom for Night’
By Linda Paige
Life has so many twists and turns
No two days are alike
One day the sun is shining
The next day it is cloudy and rainy
One day your mood is up
The next day it may be down
All I know is people are hurting.
The tears fall fast and the tears fall hard
The leaves are falling, the birds are singing
All I know is people are hurting.
Some days there is so much to do
So many people to see
Oh my…Oh why…
All the people are hurting
In the midst of all the hustle and bustle
No matter what
Take the time to see that
Everywhere people are hurting
Hear their cry
As another day goes by
All I know is people are hurting
Everywhere people are hurting.
By Francisco Gonzalez
I am privileged to have been given a column to write — especially on topics of philosophy… and why philosophy? What does that have to do with Homelessness?
Philosophy is the reason homeless men and women keep on living despite their hardships. They have discovered some gem of meaning that gives them hope: this gem is akin to the Philosopher’s Stone, from which the name of my column is derived.
In the despair of their night, in the embarrassment of a filthy shelter, in the agony of placing children in foster homes, or the giving away of beloved pets, or losing friends to the death-grip of winter—they endure it all because of philosophy; they have learned to turn lead into gold. Continue reading ‘The Philosophers’ Stone’
By Tom Deighan
A homeless man named, Ted Williams, age 53, was discovered on the side of the road in Columbus, Ohio.
Ted Williams was on the Hudson Street ramp, off the northbound I 71 in Columbus, holding a sign, which read, “I have a god giving gift of voice. I’m an ex-radio announcer who has fallen on hard times. Please any thing will be gratefully appreciated. Thank you and god bless.”
A Columbus dispatch videographer, Doral Chenoweth III, was intrigued by this sign, he asked him to prove his talent on video. That was in October 2010 now in January it’s big news everywhere. It quickly became a sensational story. Continue reading ‘Golden Opportunity’
Held on January 26th was a memorial at the Beneficent Church to honor the 48 people who passed away during 2010.
It was a non-denominational service, with approximately 150 attending. For 10 years there has been a memorial service held for those who passed away, from various circumstances.
This year was extremely sad for the numbers were staggering. Each candle that was lit with a name had an additional candle lit for the ones that were unknown or forgotten and thus remembered. Continue reading ‘Homeless Memorial Service’
Interview by William Harter
John E. is a 31 year old man living in the McKinney Shelter, the homeless shelter in Newport.
What got you into a shelter? I used and sold crack cocaine and got busted. I got 4 years. My family did not take me back, so I ended up in the shelter the last 4 years.
Are you from Newport? No, I was born and raised in Philadelphia. I lived up and down the east coast all my life.
What are your likes and dislikes about shelter life? It is a place for homeless people that they can use. But it is still a shelter, not a home.
What would you like to see happen? I would like to see kids and women out of the shelters and have another place to live.
What are your dreams and goals? Get back to my past life when things were better before drugs and finish the better life I had started. Go back with my pastor.
By William Harter
Ernest (better known as Ernie) Marot ran the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen for 18 years. After “threatening’ to retire for over a year, he finally did a year ago in January after the committee finally found a replacement.
But he can not get “helping others” out of his system.
This Christmas he continued, as he had done the past 18 years, to supply Christmas gifts for needy families with children. There were a few volunteers to help him. This year there were 50-60 families. Many children were from broken homes.
Organizations, businesses and people can be sponsors. This year city hall workers, credit unions, the Registry of Motor Vehicles and some businesses were sponsors as well as individuals. Some gave $100. Continue reading ‘Ernie “Soup Kitchen” Marot is Still Helping People’
My name is Kim. I come from Vietnam to Rhode Island to get a higher education at Johnson & Wales University. Not for long after arriving Providence, I start seeing many homeless curl up in the corner of the street at night; I start hearing about robbery news and many other social issues problems within Providence.
My country, Vietnam, also has many similar problems. Inspire by thought that if I could involve and help Providence today, then one day I could do the same to my community back home. Continue reading ‘Meet the Staff: Kim’
By William K. Harter
Oh, fleeing fawn far in the field, have no fear of me—
I love to laugh, to lounge, to look, here in your locality.
I harbor no harm nor hurt, nor hesitate to leave it in harmony
I behold the birch, the bees, the buttercups, the babbling brook,
Enjoy exploring—even to linger, listen and have a look,
And be with bluebirds—free birds—not bound in a book.
I’ll spy on singing sparrows, see the hungry, hopping hare,
Will wallow in your wild woodland, and with you, the warm wind share,
Then I’ll leave your land alone—like I found it there.
By William Harter
Who and where are the homeless? What do they do? What is being done for them? What do they look like? These are some of the questions brought up recently at a workshop.
The West Warwick Senior Center at 145 Washington St. in West Warwick held an information seminar to inform the community about homelessness in R.I. on January 19th. There were four guest speakers. A question and answer period followed. The meeting lasted about two hours. About 35 people attended.
Kyle Macdonald gave us an update on the situation in R.I., including challenges and services to the homeless.
She is the Vice President of adult services at Crossroads, overseeing emergency and crisis intervention services, outreach, case management, emergency and program shelters and transitional and permanent housing.
She states R.I. is second only to Nevada having the highest percent of homeless in the state. Families are the second fastest growing homeless group in R.I. Poverty is first. Continue reading ‘Homless Challenges and Solutions Workshop’
Narragansett 1-28-11 Press Release
A masterpiece, a beautiful book, and keenly observed chronicle are just some of the words critics used to describe Thomas Cobb’s book entitled Crazy Heart. Cobb’s profound words helped actor Jeff Bridges win an academy award, and now the Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation is proud to announce acclaimed writer Thomas Cobb will be this year’s judge in their eighth annual writing contest.
“We are truly grateful to Thomas Cobb,” says KDMF Executive Director John DeCubellis. “For the second straight year this accomplished and renowned writer is willing to take time out of his busy schedule to support other aspiring writers, while at the same time raising awareness about the KDMF and its efforts. Continue reading ‘The KDMF 8th Annual Writing Contest, Topic: Bullying’
My name is Stan Kapelewski and I have been volunteering with Street Sights since its beginning in March of 2007. I am the Creative Writing Editor and really enjoy giving people a chance to express their feelings in poems that they write.
When I first started editing I was homeless and put myself through transitional housing, which finally lead me to a nice 2 bedroom apartment of my own. It is a joy to see the people that put in the poems opening up the paper and showing their published poems to all of their friends.
By Silent Lotus
Of your dreams
No longer bears fruits
Listen to the blossom of silence
Hear the vastness of the still ocean
Feel the peace of no leaves in the breeze
Touch the freedom of no illusions
And see that your signature
Reveals not a face or a name
As the climax lacks thunder
For divine light is gentle
And the silence