Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Jay's three wishes are my favorite of the series. Listen to the end...
Monday, November 16, 2009
There are lots of ways you can participate in World AIDS Day, but one great way is to take a photo of yourself showing how you're "Facing AIDS." Just download a Facing AIDS sign, write on it why you're participating, take a photo of you holding it, and submit it to the AIDS.gov Flickr pool. AIDS.gov will select a bunch of these photos and create a video "collage" that will be available on their site. Great campaign, and the photos already submitted are really touching and powerful. You can learn more by watching the video below, featuring AIDS.gov Director Miguel Gomez.
Voicemail Service Keeps Homeless Connected
TULSA, OK -- A local program is helping Tulsa's homeless connect with a better life. It's something many people take for granted, but it's offering messages of hope to hundreds.
When Christine ended up at the Day Center for the Homeless, she says she didn't just lose her home. She felt disconnected from her life.
"When you don't communicate with people - you can't communicate with people -it's like being blind and deaf at the same time. It's hard to find your way. And it's hard to get your needs met," said Christine.
Christine needed a phone - to get a job, to find a home, to get out. But she couldn't afford it, and the Day Center line wasn't always the best option.
"People don't want to call somewhere where they have to page you, where you may or may not be there. You may or may not hear your name being called," she said.
That's when she found out about community voicemail. It's a free service that gives folks a phone number with a personalized voice mail that they can check from anywhere.
"They could get a job or stay in touch with their doctors. Or put their name on a list for housing. Because you can't have those opportunities, if people can't reach you," said Lori Morton, Day Center program manager.
Morton says more than 900 people are checking their community voicemail every day, and the program's so successful, it's won a national award.
"As a result we've been able to capture over 660 successful outcomes - goals being met - as a result of having that connection," Morton said.
"Community voicemail is a blessing," Christine, a community voicemail user, said.
Christine says with community voice mail, she was out of the shelter in less than a month and into a home of her own.
"But it gives you hope, absolutely. And it gives you a way out of a place that seems like there's no way out," she said.
Organizers say the program cost about $80,000 dollars a year, and they get much of their funding from the Schusterman Foundation
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
- Arizona Community Voice Mail blog: The Arizona CVM program is hosted by Community Information & Referral in Phoenix, and the blog is maintained by Juan Mendez, the new CVM Manager there. Arizona CVM serves more than 1,500 clients each year.
- Twin Cities Community Voice Mail blog: The Twin Cities CVM program offers voice mail services statewide, and is the largest program in the country, providing voice mail boxes and broadcast messaging to nearly 5,000 clients.
- Vancouver (WA) Community Voice Mail blog: CVM Vancouver is hosted by the Council for the Homeless in Vancouver, Washington. CVM Vancouver serves more than 800 clients each year.