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(Patch)   Homeless man arrested for camping. Not sure if its called "camping" at that point   (darien.patch.com) divider line 36
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2012-06-08 09:22:26 AM  
www.gamesprays.com
 
2012-06-08 09:22:48 AM  
Boom! Headshot!
 
2012-06-08 09:31:45 AM  
Well, he has somewhere to sleep now.
 
2012-06-08 10:28:44 AM  
Komm said that a woman saw him setting up camp near a hiking trail at about 12:30 p.m. and phoned police

Vote Republican!
 
2012-06-08 10:30:38 AM  
That's "urban outdoorsman" to you, subby.
 
2012-06-08 10:30:51 AM  
What a weird world we live in.
 
2012-06-08 10:33:02 AM  
His Houseworth is nothing.
 
2012-06-08 10:35:11 AM  
god only loves rich people. If you're destitute it's because god hates you. America's god is awesome. Why worship any thing else?
 
2012-06-08 10:37:48 AM  
Go be poor some place else?

/sad
//seriously, leave the old guy alone
///just looking for a quite, out of the way place where we won't be robbed or murdered
////if only the police could address crime somehow...
 
2012-06-08 10:40:16 AM  
Oly love? They think they got something special out there? Who the fark are those people and who do they think they are?
 
2012-06-08 10:41:29 AM  
Retraction of previous comment.

/lol
 
2012-06-08 10:45:46 AM  
His punishment is a cot to sleep on and hopefully a meal or two.
 
2012-06-08 10:46:09 AM  
IOW, for being alive, poor, smelly, unsightly and inconvenient. What "nice" townspeople.
 
2012-06-08 11:11:43 AM  

fnordest: His punishment is a cot to sleep on and hopefully a meal or two.


Plus 24 hour light/noise all night. Fighting off gang bangers. Dirty food, floors, communicable diseases, random strip searches, large groups forced naked into small cells for 'security' reasons. Dealing with psychotic guards.

Yeah, it's a real break from the hard streets.
 
2012-06-08 11:14:37 AM  
At least they arrested him... jail would be an upgrade at this point.

Only half of me is joking.
 
2012-06-08 11:17:39 AM  
It's a perfectly legitimate strategy.
 
2012-06-08 11:32:13 AM  
CSB:
I was doing the homeless thing for a while.
I asn't really poor or unemployed, I was just an American Picker. I was living in a campground, but there were tons of homeless there.
Get this. It was on Cape Cod.
So one day, I seee this flyer for a whale watch, and it's totally catered.
So I took a bunch of homeless people on a whale watch and ate a lot of food.
They ate a lot.
End CSB.
 
2012-06-08 11:40:44 AM  
Camping? In Darien Connecticut? Thats like a house under 250k.
I'll bet the Real Estate brokers are ringing his cell like crazy

I've heard "The Widow Stewart" cooks for prisoners.

Looks like he could use a meal or two anyway.
Should have ambled up the road a piece to Litchfield County. More free thinkers there. Hippies like Keith Richards and what-not . . .
 
2012-06-08 11:47:08 AM  
I thought it was called occupying.
 
2012-06-08 11:52:51 AM  
*clicks link*

Darien, CT? Oh, yeah....that explains it.
Super-rich people not wanting to have the evidence of the ever-increasing income inequality in their face.

A guy so poor that he has to live in the goddamn woods? ARREST HIM!
 
2012-06-08 11:53:27 AM  
My wife & I were talking about superstars who have megamansions all over the world and blow a milliion bucks on a car. We decided if we suddenly became super-rich, we'd build or buy simple apartment buildings in different areas and find homeless people who legitimately want to get out of their situation. Put them up for a few months, help them find employment, and buy cheap food for them to subsist on 'til they get on their feet. Maybe try to get donations to make it a thing that would be sustainable. Of course, if they were just a lazy ass who just didn't want to work, they'd have to go to make room for someone else.

But, we're permanently poor as church-mice, so it's moot.
 
2012-06-08 11:55:39 AM  

GibbyTheMole: My wife & I were talking about superstars who have megamansions all over the world and blow a milliion bucks on a car. We decided if we suddenly became super-rich, we'd build or buy simple apartment buildings in different areas and find homeless people who legitimately want to get out of their situation. Put them up for a few months, help them find employment, and buy cheap food for them to subsist on 'til they get on their feet. Maybe try to get donations to make it a thing that would be sustainable. Of course, if they were just a lazy ass who just didn't want to work, they'd have to go to make room for someone else.

But, we're permanently poor as church-mice, so it's moot.


The camps in the movie The Grapes of Wrath that were run by the people themselves actually still work today. The problem is they only work if people want them to. If they want to sit around and smoke crack all day or drink beer then the camps don't work so well.
 
2012-06-08 12:10:00 PM  
They have "camping" laws in Austin. I don't see it enforced often unless the person is "camping" at a public park. They clear out the denser wooded areas in the parks and greenbelts about twice a year. Apparently no one cares if you "camp" under a bridge on the interstate.
 
2012-06-08 12:15:10 PM  
What was spawning at this camping site??
 
2012-06-08 12:18:17 PM  
Sunday night a homeless girl called and begged for diapers, wipes and blankets. She had found another girl with a toddler and boyfriend that had become homeless that day. None of the women's shelters could take her. We had already distributed about 20 blankets that weekend, but found more in the back of a closet and headed out. One of the guys flagged us down, we picked up the couple and toddler and brought them to an encampment of safe people. The mom was crying and we did our best to reassure her that it was "just for the night" and "would be like camping." Called a social worker who went out the next day.

Our church goes out with social workers 1 night a week and as a church once or twice a month. The goal is to bring people back in to community so that they will start to trust and accept social services. We can reach some of the people that mistrust the workers. We also make it safer for the workers who were afraid to go into some areas alone. We do the 'pastoral', clothing, food and some of the medical, while the workers arrange housing, medical and other services.

Have pretty often had families or a couple of guys living in the kitchen of my little apartment.

We've had a break through with a group living in railway tunnels. We saved them from tunnel flooding after a railway worker had burned their previous above ground camp. Even before that, they were really beginning to trust us. They worry about our safety and direct us to new people that show up.

/'s been wonderful and heart breaking.
 
2012-06-08 12:33:57 PM  
That's what St. Ronald called it. "They just enjoy camping."
 
2012-06-08 01:02:41 PM  
Obligatory...

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Or this
 
2012-06-08 01:05:08 PM  

Felix_T_Cat: Sunday night a homeless girl called and begged for diapers, wipes and blankets. She had found another girl with a toddler and boyfriend that had become homeless that day. None of the women's shelters could take her. We had already distributed about 20 blankets that weekend, but found more in the back of a closet and headed out. One of the guys flagged us down, we picked up the couple and toddler and brought them to an encampment of safe people. The mom was crying and we did our best to reassure her that it was "just for the night" and "would be like camping." Called a social worker who went out the next day.

Our church goes out with social workers 1 night a week and as a church once or twice a month. The goal is to bring people back in to community so that they will start to trust and accept social services. We can reach some of the people that mistrust the workers. We also make it safer for the workers who were afraid to go into some areas alone. We do the 'pastoral', clothing, food and some of the medical, while the workers arrange housing, medical and other services.

Have pretty often had families or a couple of guys living in the kitchen of my little apartment.

We've had a break through with a group living in railway tunnels. We saved them from tunnel flooding after a railway worker had burned their previous above ground camp. Even before that, they were really beginning to trust us. They worry about our safety and direct us to new people that show up.

/'s been wonderful and heart breaking.



Wait a minute, your church doesn't spend all its time and money on its own members? Your church isn't focused on getting a bigger building or more $ (aka members)? Your church isn't about putting down outsiders to make insiders feel better about themselves?

You're doing this all wrong man!

/I keed of course
//god bless u guys
 
2012-06-08 01:07:51 PM  
Denver just passed a law banning "camping" in public area, which basically makes being homeless a crime.
 
2012-06-08 01:08:45 PM  
Bless you, Felix_T_Cat
 
2012-06-08 01:21:58 PM  

GibbyTheMole: My wife & I were talking about superstars who have megamansions all over the world and blow a milliion bucks on a car. We decided if we suddenly became super-rich, we'd build or buy simple apartment buildings in different areas and find homeless people who legitimately want to get out of their situation. Put them up for a few months, help them find employment, and buy cheap food for them to subsist on 'til they get on their feet. Maybe try to get donations to make it a thing that would be sustainable. Of course, if they were just a lazy ass who just didn't want to work, they'd have to go to make room for someone else.

But, we're permanently poor as church-mice, so it's moot.


I have a friend (a nurse) who works for just such a project (though funded through the city) called Pathways to Home
 
2012-06-08 02:26:49 PM  

GibbyTheMole: My wife & I were talking about superstars who have megamansions all over the world and blow a milliion bucks on a car. We decided if we suddenly became super-rich, we'd build or buy simple apartment buildings in different areas and find homeless people who legitimately want to get out of their situation. Put them up for a few months, help them find employment, and buy cheap food for them to subsist on 'til they get on their feet. Maybe try to get donations to make it a thing that would be sustainable. Of course, if they were just a lazy ass who just didn't want to work, they'd have to go to make room for someone else.

But, we're permanently poor as church-mice, so it's moot.


Don't worry about money. Just set a date, tell your friends and see who shows up to help. Deodorant, toilet paper, toothpaste & tooth brush, bottle of water, a PBJ and a few other items will cost less than $5. Make a few 'kits' and hand out what you have. Old blankets, shoes, whatever. Go home when you run out of stuff. Gifts are very important when you're getting started. Don't have nothing to give. Offer what you have.

Start out by asking the other homeless agencies where the folks are. Or just stand on a street and walk up to folks. I usually say to someone I think is homeless (so as not to offend), "Hey, our church is looking for folks living outdoors. Have you seen any of those guys?" They will surprise you with their humor and 'regular-ness'. "Our church is giving away toiletries and sandwiches, would you like some?"

If anyone get's hostile, just make an excuse like 'sorry, we'll be back next week' and walk away. 19 out of 20 folks are cool.

1) Don't hit anybody (the others are watching you)
2) Don't bicker among yourselves. Pull each other aside to discuss problems
3) Don't give cash (though I have given a beer, rolling papers and condoms)
4) Say 'hello' as you get close to a camp, you don't want to surprise anyone
5) Don't touch or get close to their stuff. It's all they have in the world. You may be being watched even if you don't see anyone.

You are building trust over time. One visit probably won't get them to really open up. 2 visits might though. I know of a guy that's been outside 26 years. I know a real sweet guy that's been living under a bridge since 2003. He's just now ready to go into housing.

Making someone's life easier doesn't have to cost much. Help them have some dignity and comfort.
 
2012-06-08 05:59:47 PM  
Felix_T_Cat

Great ideas! I guess I never thought I had the resources to do much. I live in a small Iowa town where if there are homeless, they're pretty hard to spot. There are some larger cities within a 60 mile radius where they're more visible, so those would probably be an easier area to hit.

It's awesome what you're doing. People like you restore my faith in humankind a little.
 
2012-06-08 06:43:37 PM  
"I LIVE OUT HERE!"
"wow, he must pay a lot.."



/happy camper.
//come on, I'm the only one who thought of that?
 
2012-06-08 08:09:06 PM  
FIRST RULE OF CAMPING: Do not camp close enough to people that they can see where you are.

If you are close enough they can see you, you are close enough they can find you; that means the same do--gooder who wants to wake you out of a sound sleep to hand you a sandwich that you don't want or need might also be a violent
psychotic police officer gang banger who wants to split your head open.
 
2012-06-09 12:32:40 PM  
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