We have published our 14th Advocacy Newsletter on our Member section of our newsletter for the year. You must login to the site to view the newsletter. It contains our petition on Change.org and other advocacy notes. It has a summary of what staff have been working on. There is a discussion of why to donate to NEOCH on #GivingTuesday with your valuable Charitable dollars. There is also a reminder of upcoming dates including the Woodchopper's Ball this weekend and the Homeless Memorial Day on December 21, 2013.
We have also added Homeless Grapevine Issue #58 which was distributed in December 2002 on the streets of Cleveland. This issue had a look at the Homeless Memorial Day in Cleveland. There was an editorial about a wish list for the new year, and a push to retool the shelters by passing a law to provide better oversight. There was a look at high school students taking an urban plunge, and a commentary from a formerly homeless person talking about homelessness.
We have also added Homeless Grapevine Issue #59 which was distributed in February 2003 on the streets of Cleveland. There is a story about the blanket drive, and a profile of Jack, a homeless guy. There are a couple of Commentaries from Pete Domanovic, who has since passed away. There is an article about a plan to end homelessness in Cleveland, and then two commentaries about problems with this plan. There is an editorial about shutting down the shelters.
We have added a profile of Jack Taylor, a formerly homeless person who became an expert on homelessness. He traveled around the United States and visited many shelters. He lived rough in Cleveland and rarely visited the shelters. This is part of our profiles section of our website to highlight the varied population who find themselves homeless and dispel some of the myths. Jack has always been an outspoken member of the homeless community.