Judy House Ministry https://judyhouse.org Transitional Housing Services Wed, 08 Jul 2020 09:53:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 https://i2.wp.com/judyhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/cropped-hopeless.jpg?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Judy House Ministry https://judyhouse.org 32 32 117569346 Season Ending? https://judyhouse.org/season-ending/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=season-ending https://judyhouse.org/season-ending/#respond Tue, 07 Jul 2020 13:15:08 +0000 https://judyhouse.org/?p=3503   Are we sharpened or shaken by the year we hoped for? This was supposed to be the grand year that all of us anticipated.…

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Are we sharpened or shaken by the year we hoped for? This was supposed to be the grand year that all of us anticipated. But it hasn’t turned out so. In fact this is not what, was expected.

This season – it’s like embracing an elusive shadow. Aimlessly we deny this truth, and so we drive faster. Isn’t that always what we do when we’re lost – is drive faster?

This season may be new, whether due to a pandemic, experiencing loss, or the fear of imminent loss,  or the recent exiting of jail; but maybe, we can be practical in evaluating this experience

Ahead of this shadow could be what we call hope – although not sure what exactly, that looks like. Although I’m sure it sounds like this. A systematic belief we each carried prior to the current situation we’re facing seemed as if it would be different in our minds. We felt the friends and support systems would, or should be better; that the situation would only be temporary, until something better came along.

We thought we could handle it, besides we’d been through bad situations before. Reassurance soon fades into disappointment, and then hope becomes elusive when the expectations fade. I am right there with you.

How about some practical tips on Renewal, Restoration, and Growth:

  1. Let it die

This sounds counterintuitive, I know. Life comes out of death. Just as in the germination process, a seed must go dormant prior to regeneration. In fact Jesus described this process (John 12:24). If you’re going to bring the same thoughts, patterns, and behaviors that didn’t work previously to a new environment, you must let that stuff die. Because it definitely isn’t productive.

  1. Give it Time

Unless we put expectation into the context of hope, hope is never realized. It’s possible that our idea of hope is outside the context. (Note: If you and I are too over anxious to apply #1, then this really seems unproductive.)

Many centuries ago a prophet to Israel named Jeremiah cried out “ I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future,” (Jer. 29:11)

Unknown were the days ahead for this large number of people. To come into any unknown situation can be real scary. Because in every tight spot we want to know the end from the beginning.

Imagine if the Lord had stretched out a great canvas and told us or them, all that is ahead – including the deep experiences that are required and that really shape us, we would probably shrink back from fear.

  1. Grow it Up

Develop better communications, incur new habits, and create effective network of resource. Just like driving faster when we’re lost, so we refuse to give the time it’s due to improve our decision environment. We’re all in a new season. You and I need to utilize this time to grow our character, our integrity, our personal development.

Being assured, (or stability of solid hope) is not mind over matter, or a name-it-and-claim-it faith. But to put to death some previously established beliefs and false expectations that the Lord is too far and not concerned with poor little me. Feasibly, let’s stop whining and fretting so much and get busy like it’s off-season training. Renewal, Restoration, and Growth. We’ll both be much stronger and fit when next season begins. And it will. 

 

Sometimes when we are asking guidance we want it all one way, and this is usually the reason why we are so often misguided. We are biased in our preference. Just as it was in the days of a prophet named Gideon, we want the dew always in our fleece, and we are not so willing that it shall be dry.

Remember, it’s through that death one finds hope.  It’s through dying to ideals that are bent on selfishness, false hopes, and addictive/ destructive behaviors. If we do not put to death some former ways and thought, and really let what we considered our expected end to die inside our minds, then hope really does seem elusive – and worst of all unattainable.

How will we ever rest, if we’re so anxious that our thoughts are not consecutive? Please feel free to reach out and get some answers to your most troubling need. We may not know it all, but more than anything, we can listen and you can lean on us.

 

 

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Finding Unity Through Diversity https://judyhouse.org/finding-unity-through-diversity/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=finding-unity-through-diversity https://judyhouse.org/finding-unity-through-diversity/#respond Thu, 02 Jul 2020 12:07:30 +0000 https://judyhouse.org/?p=3499 To say that oneness is indivisible is what the Creator had in mind in the beginning. While all of our world views may not align…

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To say that oneness is indivisible is what the Creator had in mind in the beginning. While all of our world views may not align – this one truth is quite evident when embracing most ideals.

Whether you describe a school, university, or family, or a church these institutions clearly hold a regard for being inseperable in purpose.

In this current season of life we are finding many views, and in fact we’ve all sort of become experts at many areas we never thought much interest in before. And now we’d like for everyone to hear exactly how we see a solution for your life, as opposed to mine.

Pictures we have in mind, such as the photo above may paint a bright moment or two depending how long one gazes at it. Yet the truth is, if we too would stare at what we could consider hope in such a manner as to become a reality then the actions of our belief would follow.

In serving customers and clients the bottom line is obvious. But when we think about serving others with different views, perspectives, or beliefs the diversity is legible. Is hope then just a runaway success that we hold in the recess of our mind, or is unity in diversity possible and how do actions begin to follow belief?

It’s one thing to think about helping others, it’s another to actually act. This blurring of boundaries is exactly what keeps us unified because there’s a chance we can then celebrate the moments when we ourselves are actually uncertain, and we’re not really experts, and guess what – others don’t need to know how they should act.

Putting aside doesn’t make it less likely, putting aside fosters hope that together we really are better.

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Every Story is Worthwhile https://judyhouse.org/every-story-is-worthwhile/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=every-story-is-worthwhile https://judyhouse.org/every-story-is-worthwhile/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:45:38 +0000 https://judyhouse.org/?p=2224 Rob, a typical suburban husband, father, salesman. Works hard each day at supplying fiscal security for his family. However, he’s disconnected because of alcohol. He…

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Rob, a typical suburban husband, father, salesman. Works hard each day at supplying fiscal security for his family. However, he’s disconnected because of alcohol. He fails to spend the quality time required with his family. Because of the driving pressures to succeed, he seeks relief in the form of addiction as with many of us trying to manage lifestyle.

Through fabricated domestic abuse charges, Rob now finds himself faced with the correctional world for which he knows nothing. Released and sober after completing classes inside, he’s aware his social and economic circle could provide the means and support to maintain his transition, but sitting around in a motel room will also lead him wanting to drink.

After hearing about the model of transition at Judy House he knows more than ever how much he needs others to help keep him accountable. His involvement of being transparent and learning to communicate added value to a working model. Rob was since graduated and moved to California to be with family where he has returned to sales, church attendance, and weekly accountability groups.

 

 

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In Relation to the Rest https://judyhouse.org/in-relation-to-the-rest/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=in-relation-to-the-rest https://judyhouse.org/in-relation-to-the-rest/#respond Wed, 06 Sep 2017 18:10:26 +0000 https://judyhouse.org/?p=2121 Imagination can shape the world around us, bridging a whole universe of systems that can work for us and then become a source of avenue…

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Imagination can shape the world around us, bridging a whole universe of systems that can work for us and then become a source of avenue and revenue.

However, putting imagination past the fence of our mind can take some real undoing.

Taking charge because you feel helpless requires plan and discipline. You are exactly where you are, because of you. So start playing the hand you hold.

Focus on the systems you can influence first. Never be moved or overwhelmed by the fleeting thoughts, but with discipline move slowly across the bridge, focused on the horizon of hope ahead; giving strength and assurance to others who may decide to follow.

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It’s a Matter of Time https://judyhouse.org/its-a-matter-of-time/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=its-a-matter-of-time https://judyhouse.org/its-a-matter-of-time/#respond Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:06:04 +0000 https://judyhouse.org/?p=2064 James much like all of us, find ourselves disconnected with what we thought life might bring us. The desire to have a bright future was…

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James much like all of us, find ourselves disconnected with what we thought life might bring us. The desire to have a bright future was sidelined by the peer pressures around us.

His road to sustainability began with a downward turn from being involved with Meth; a hard to shake narcotic which causes us to lose families, jobs, and opportunity. Nearly half his life used up by its power, James was confronted once again with jail. Places where the confines can make you consider consequence and deliberations.

Peer pressure can shape and mold us to feel empty, dark and hopeless.

The pursuit for addiction is survival; and until something promising comes along, we feel less trusting of ourselves and others. When we met with James and his daughter, his past seemed to mark him as an outcast. His trust broken from empty promise. All anyone can think of is when. Not if, but when.

Judy House took the risk/ reward gamble that if he was willing to put in the hard work it would take, he could model a leading example others in his struggle could relate to.

Since coming to Judy House he has exceeded perhaps his own expectations to connect back with his daughter and mother. To get a job that has real potential, a willingness to participate in Bible-studies and Church – his eyes are now open to the places God is giving him to discuss the difficult roads others are still traveling on.

Having identity is more than just a newly gotten card (yeah) it’s a picture of freedom and responsibility. We all want to be part of a whole, and because we don’t recognize the privilege of relationship we may not understand how important it is to get and maintain them.

The effort of getting a sturdy foundation is essential to a solid future. Bad decisions may chip away all that makes us up as persons, but it’s never the final display. James, like all of us, is still a work under construction.

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Hidden for Now https://judyhouse.org/hidden-for-now/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hidden-for-now https://judyhouse.org/hidden-for-now/#respond Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:35:47 +0000 https://judyhouse.org/?p=157 Due to budget constraints and lack of funding, many shelter environments are squeezing out a family at risk due to eligibility requirements Richard Schweid explains…

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Due to budget constraints and lack of funding, many shelter environments are squeezing out a family at risk due to eligibility requirements Richard Schweid explains in this article how challenging it’s become on families on the move toward support. The history behind us always should be used as a catalyst toward more promising hope.
Homeless in Gwinnett County are for the most part hidden and unseen. Families especially have no place to dwell. Staying in hotels, or in cars makes it very difficult to draw data or determine their travels. Homeless families with child in 1980 was merely 1%, but in 2014 it grew to nearly 38% (nationwide) a statistic telling us we’re a growing society in transition… but to where?
It’s difficult to collect meaningful data on a population that frequently moves, but what is collected exposes appalling conditions. Homeless children, for example have the same ills as those of impoverished children who are housed, but magnified. They have more chronic ills like asthma, ear infections, malnutrition, stammering, eczema. With few places to crawl and explore as babies, or to play as kids, or few chances to get truly settled in at school, they often have delayed development and behavioral problems. With extreme volatility in their daily lives, they are more frequently the witnesses to, or victims of, violence or sexual abuse.

The question is, and has always been, who among the poor deserves our help and how much of it should we provide?

Richard Schweid

In Colonial America, there were citizens viewed as hard workers who’d fallen on tough times, and there were the “idle poor” (a term President Reagan would rename as “welfare queen”). But for the most part, poverty was seen as “an economic problem with an economic solution.” To help their own families, impoverished children were temporarily sent out to other families to work in exchange for housing.
Tension between a no-fault and idle-poor view would weave its way throughout our history, as with President Johnson’s 1960s War on Poverty with assistance agencies like Head Start and Job Corps, and President Clinton’s 1990s welfare reform titled Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act.
Vivid portraits of the day-to-day struggles, are often overwhelmed by the narrative of statistics. This hidden segment suffers many health ills which only add tension to the already limited list of housing options. Using a wide lens on this considerable topic is admirable, but tightening the view, with a more determined set of data, may make some of the accounts of agencies and policies more memorable.
Thought easily places itself in the mind of those who can’t identify. For those who do, only survival remains. Needing to believe we all matter in terms of the issue, leads us into innovations that work. Partner with us to discover how a creative bend in thought can straighten out the difficult hurdle quickly approaching. Developing options for people toward affordable housing so they can be in the stream towards employment certainly can benefit the local community, which may save money in the form of less crime and fewer strains on schools and emergency services.

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Tiny Solutions https://judyhouse.org/tiny-solutions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tiny-solutions https://judyhouse.org/tiny-solutions/#respond Tue, 04 Oct 2016 12:49:43 +0000 https://judyhouse.org/?p=142 Ending homelessness means making sure that people are in a permanent, home-like environment where they have the opportunity to build long-term community connections. Communities that…

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Solutions differentiate possibilities.

Ending homelessness means making sure that people are in a permanent, home-like environment where they have the opportunity to build long-term community connections. Communities that are considering developing tiny homes as part of their systemic solution to homelessness must ensure that they are appropriate for achieving that goal.

Here are some guiding questions:

Will the tiny homes you are considering provide a home-like environment and meet housing quality standards?

When community stakeholders talk about tiny houses, they are often referring to very different things. Some are fully self-contained units that comply with local building codes and have all the amenities you’d expect in a rental unit, including a full kitchen and bath. Others have shared amenities and lack utilities or may not even be permanent structures, but rather built on trailers or wheels. Communities that are considering an investment in tiny homes should understand the local and federal housing quality standards that apply to temporary and/or permanent residences.

Do tiny homes provide a living environment that a potential resident would choose?

People exiting homelessness, like all people, need and deserve a variety of housing choices in order to select the one that meets their need for safety, stability, and community. As part of your planning process, determine if the accommodations meet their needs. Potential residents may decline housing if the tiny home community is perceived as a homelessness development that faces being ostracized and separated from the broader community. You must also consider what other housing resources you will have available for people who decide that a tiny home is not for them.

What role will tiny homes play within your systemic efforts to end homelessness?

An effective community response to homelessness must be built on a coordinated system of temporary and permanent housing opportunities, including emergency shelter, bridge housing, rapid re-housing, and supportive housing, among others. The role of tiny homes might not be suitable for permanent housing.

Are tiny home developments the best use of financial and land resources?

Although they have a smaller footprint than single-family homes, tiny homes may not use land as efficiently as multi-unit residential buildings. This is especially important in areas where land is costly. In order to get the most from scarce resources, it is important to closely examine the economics of tiny houses, particularly the square-footage costs and the total number of housing opportunities created, as compared to affordable multi-unit apartments or supportive housing developments.

How will the tiny homes be appropriately integrated into the community?

Any tiny house development, and particularly those offered to people experiencing chronic homelessness, should reflect home and community-based living standards laid out by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The development should be integrated in competitive settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community. It should optimize individual initiative, autonomy, and independence in making life choices, including but not limited to, daily activities, physical environment, and with whom to interact.

And finally, a community must have a clearly defined plan to decommission and dismantle a tiny home community if it is built with the intention of offering a time-limited response to a crisis. Otherwise, it may continue to divert resources from more permanent solutions.

 

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Underwater Mortgage https://judyhouse.org/underwater-mortgage/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=underwater-mortgage https://judyhouse.org/underwater-mortgage/#respond Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:29:00 +0000 https://judyhouse.org/?p=134     The Georgia Department of Community Affairs has announced a new Underwater Mortgage Program that can provide up to $50,000 to eligible applicants to…

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underwaterThe Georgia Department of Community Affairs has announced a new Underwater Mortgage Program that can provide up to $50,000 to eligible applicants to help pay down homes that have negative equity. As you know, there are still a substantial amount of homeowners in Gwinnett who have not fully recovered from the housing crisis and are currently underwater on their mortgage.

DCA has $110 million in funding for this program and the application process is only open from today through October 18, 2016. We wanted to pass this along in case any of the service providers through the Coalition have any clients who this could help.

Program Applications for this program can be found here:http://www.underwatergeorgia.org/

For more information there is an article in today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution:http://www.ajc.com/news/business/underwater-110-million-to-float-struggling-atlanta/nsgWS/

 

Thank you,

Matthew Elder

Deputy Director

Gwinnett County Community Development Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Civic Unrest https://judyhouse.org/civic-unrest/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=civic-unrest https://judyhouse.org/civic-unrest/#respond Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:06:33 +0000 https://judyhouse.org/?p=64 SEP 22 – (Washington, D.C.) – DEA has issued a public warning to the public and law enforcement nationwide about the health and safety risks of…

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SEP 22 – (Washington, D.C.) – DEA has issued a public warning to the public and law enforcement nationwide about the health and safety risks of carfentanil. Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid that is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl, which itself is 50 times more potent than heroin.  DEA, local law enforcement and first responders have recently seen the presence of carfentanil, which has been linked to a significant number of overdose deaths in various parts of the country. Improper handling of carfentanil, as well as fentanyl and other fentanyl-related compounds, has deadly consequences.

“Carfentanil is surfacing in more and more communities.” said DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. “We see it on the streets, often disguised as heroin.  It is crazy dangerous.  Synthetics such as fentanyl and carfentanil can kill you.  The lethal dose range for carfentanil in humans is unknown.  However, as noted, carfentanil is approximately 100 times more potent than fentanyl, which can be lethal at the 2-milligram range, depending on route of administration and other factors.

Carfentanil and other fentanyl-related compounds are a serious danger to public safety, first responder, medical, treatment, and laboratory personnel.  These substances can come in several forms, including powder, blotter paper, tablets, and spray – they can be absorbed through the skin or accidental inhalation of airborne powder.  If encountered, responding personnel should do the following based on the specific situation:

  • Exercise extreme caution
  • Be aware of any signs of exposure
  • Seek medical attention

On March 18, 2015, DEA issued a nationwide alert on fentanyl as a threat to health and public safety.

Fentanyl is a dangerous, powerful Schedule II narcotic responsible for an epidemic of overdose deaths within the United States. During the last two years, the distribution of clandestinely manufactured fentanyl has been linked to an unprecedented outbreak of thousands of overdoses and deaths. The overdoses are occurring at an alarming rate and are the basis for this officer safety alert. Fentanyl, up to 50 times more potent than heroin, is extremely dangerous to law enforcement and anyone else who may come into contact with it. As a result, it represents an unusual hazard for law enforcement.

Fentanyl, a synthetic opiate painkiller, is being mixed with heroin to increase its potency, but dealers and buyers may not know exactly what they are selling or ingesting. Many users underestimate the potency of fentanyl. The dosage of fentanyl is a microgram, one millionth of a gram – similar to just a few granules of table salt. Fentanyl can be lethal and is deadly at very low doses. Fentanyl and its related compounds come in several forms including powder, blotter paper, tablets, and spray.

More information about fentanyl, carfentanil and other dangerous synthetic opiates can be found at www.dea.gov.

 

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