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(Chicago Sun-Times)   Jaheim Benton, the Chicago little leaguer who scored the game-winning run in the U.S. championship game, is homeless   (suntimes.com) divider line 24
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2014-08-30 05:20:54 AM
FTFA: Jaheim's mom says it all started when her hours as a home care provider at Catholic Charities were cut after losing three clients. Her fiance, Jaheim's father, Frank Jackson, works as a part-time radiator technician. But she says the two can't support the family on the salaries from their part-time jobs.

Trying to support a family on a job dependent on a charity organization? Spouse working a part time gig to make ends meet and it's not working? Hope the kid keeps playing ball cause mom and dad sure ain't bringing home the bacon.
 
2014-08-30 06:10:55 AM

Cup Check: FTFA: Jaheim's mom says it all started when her hours as a home care provider at Catholic Charities were cut after losing three clients. Her fiance, Jaheim's father, Frank Jackson, works as a part-time radiator technician. But she says the two can't support the family on the salaries from their part-time jobs.

Trying to support a family on a job dependent on a charity organization? Spouse working a part time gig to make ends meet and it's not working? Hope the kid keeps playing ball cause mom and dad sure ain't bringing home the bacon.


That's what I was thinking, too. They're barely scraping by, at best.
 
2014-08-30 06:29:36 AM
So why aren't they on welfare like the rest of Chiraq?
 
2014-08-30 06:59:51 AM

FriarReb98: So why aren't they on welfare like the rest of Chiraq?


Look at what an idiot you are.
 
2014-08-30 07:10:19 AM
Its a shame this country has a succeed or sie motto. Human decency has no place in the US.
 
2014-08-30 07:22:38 AM

WhyteRaven74: FriarReb98: So why aren't they on welfare like the rest of Chiraq?

Look at what an idiot you are.


Many will come into this thread to express glee that this child has been slapped down by life.
 
2014-08-30 07:24:44 AM
The sad thing a about this is that after these people get their needs met by the Chicagoland people, Englewood will continue to be a war zone.
 
2014-08-30 07:49:17 AM
Wow, talk about reality slapping you in the face.  The kid just spent a week or so living in a nice hotel in a peaceful and quiet part of the world and got to play the sport he loved in front of thousands of cheering fans.  His games were all broadcast live on ESPN and his team captured the hearts and minds of sports fans everywhere.  Even pro athletes and celebrities were tweeting their support for them.  And, as if it couldn't get any better, they defied the odds and made it to the U.S. championship game where they won a see-saw thriller against the one team that embarrassed them earlier in the tournament.  They returned home to a heroes welcome - complete with a parade, speeches by sports celebrities, and intense news coverage.

And now... back to reality.  Homelessness in Englewood.

Jesus, that would be hard enough on any hardened adult; I cannot imagine what that must be like for a 12-year-old child.

/ and you thought coming back from your vacation sucked
 
2014-08-30 07:50:07 AM
Something tells me that with even a fraction of the publicity you get for dumping ice water on your head this could be remedied.
 
2014-08-30 08:53:34 AM

Cup Check: FTFA: Jaheim's mom says it all started when her hours as a home care provider at Catholic Charities were cut after losing three clients. Her fiance, Jaheim's father, Frank Jackson, works as a part-time radiator technician. But she says the two can't support the family on the salaries from their part-time jobs.

Trying to support a family on a job dependent on a charity organization? Spouse working a part time gig to make ends meet and it's not working? Hope the kid keeps playing ball cause mom and dad sure ain't bringing home the bacon.


Also FTFA:

Besides Jaheim, Devona Benton takes care of her 16-year-old son, a 30-year-old daughter and her three grandchildren.

Looks like that 30 year old daughter is the one not pulling her weight. That's an extra four people in that household needing care. They must be getting a ton of assistance to still have a roof over there head at this point.

Hope it works out for them.
 
2014-08-30 09:45:54 AM

SmackLT: Cup Check: FTFA: Jaheim's mom says it all started when her hours as a home care provider at Catholic Charities were cut after losing three clients. Her fiance, Jaheim's father, Frank Jackson, works as a part-time radiator technician. But she says the two can't support the family on the salaries from their part-time jobs.

Trying to support a family on a job dependent on a charity organization? Spouse working a part time gig to make ends meet and it's not working? Hope the kid keeps playing ball cause mom and dad sure ain't bringing home the bacon.

That's what I was thinking, too. They're barely scraping by, at best.


To clarify, Catholic Charities is her employer and is a rather large employer. The beneficiaries of the charitable organization are the clients who receive home care, not the CNAs (which she likely is) who provide it.
 
2014-08-30 10:57:39 AM
There was a follow up article. A local funeral home is paying their rent for a year to help then get back on their feet.
 
2014-08-30 11:03:19 AM
He won the MVP award too.

/Wish I could help them out
 
2014-08-30 11:59:27 AM
Clearly he is inelligble for the team ad they should forfeit all of their games and be promprly deported annd McCain is now President
 
2014-08-30 12:19:26 PM
maybe he should join a gang. then he can get a gun and protect his family
 
2014-08-30 12:36:29 PM
Good thing he only plays for the love of the game, and doesn't need any compensation from the multimillion dollar sports TV/sponsorship industry.
/if your games are televised on anything other than PBS or cable access, you should get paid
 
2014-08-30 01:07:07 PM

p the boiler: There was a follow up article. A local funeral home is paying their rent for a year to help then get back on their feet.


Good on those morticians! Maybe they sponsor a pony league team he can play for.

And sadly, *this* is what being poor usually looks like, folks working honest jobs that simply don't pay enough. They probably went without stuff that others think of as necessities just so this kid could have baseball cleats that fit.

Damn.
 
2014-08-30 03:50:30 PM
You're only as good as your last home run....if even then.  Haven't the Blackhawks twice now traded
a member of their Stanley Cup teams - right after the end of the season?  ("Here's your ring - now
get lost.")
 
2014-08-30 04:35:57 PM

mootmah: SmackLT: Cup Check: FTFA: Jaheim's mom says it all started when her hours as a home care provider at Catholic Charities were cut after losing three clients. Her fiance, Jaheim's father, Frank Jackson, works as a part-time radiator technician. But she says the two can't support the family on the salaries from their part-time jobs.

Trying to support a family on a job dependent on a charity organization? Spouse working a part time gig to make ends meet and it's not working? Hope the kid keeps playing ball cause mom and dad sure ain't bringing home the bacon.

That's what I was thinking, too. They're barely scraping by, at best.

To clarify, Catholic Charities is her employer and is a rather large employer. The beneficiaries of the charitable organization are the clients who receive home care, not the CNAs (which she likely is) who provide it.


Nah, it's just another outlet for the lazy to mooch off the hard-workers.

See, it goes like this:

1. You tell the lazy farker "Get a job!"
2. They get a fast food job, or a government job, or a job at a charity.
3. You tell the lazy farker "Get a real job!"
4. Your moral high ground gets higher, and the lazy get told. Serves 'em right for trying to mooch off my hard work!
 
2014-08-30 04:37:30 PM
They need to get to Kickstarter stat
 
2014-08-30 05:51:02 PM
a home care provider
"I'm just praying I get some more clients," she said.



Well that doesn't seem like a very nice thing to pray for.
 
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2014-08-30 06:20:50 PM

abhorrent1: a home care provider
"I'm just praying I get some more clients," she said.


Well that doesn't seem like a very nice thing to pray for.


My mom worked for Catholic Charities homecare for a while.  It is basically in-home help for elderly patients.  Some require 30 hours/week care, others can get as little as 9.  They aren't necessarily sick and enfeebled, they just sometimes need help with basic household chores (cooking, cleaning) and other basic homecare stuff.  They aren't nurses, they are told multiple times "do not touch their medication, you aren't trained for it".  Sorta like an elderly babysitter.
 
2014-08-30 07:01:43 PM
My tea-partier cousin: "Maybe if his parents were better workers, they wouldn't be mooching off our tax dollars."
 
2014-08-30 10:12:44 PM

MBrady: maybe he should join a gang. then he can get a gun and protect his family


You should be proud of a post like that. Really really proud.
 
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