If you live in the Inland Empire, the San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership (SBCHP) needs your help. They’re getting ready for the biennial “Point-In-Time Count” of homeless persons living in San Bernardino County. The survey is aimed at helping SBCHP be more effective addressing homelessness in the county.
“Point-In-Time Count” will take place in January, 2011. The valley regions will happen on January 26, from 11:00 PM – 3:00 AM; and the desert/mountain regions, January 27, from 11:00 PM – 3:00 AM.
SBCHP needs one-thousand volunteers. I signed up yesterday. I’ll be encouraging my church to participate as well. You can find out more information at the SBCHP website, or call Michele Bletcher at the Office of Homeless Services (909) 421-4680. You can also download the 2011 PITC Flyer.
Adjectives fail to give meaning to the tragedy of Haiti. Anything good I’ve experienced this week has left me feeling sad. I feel overwhelmed watching the news. I can’t even begin to get my mind around the loss of life that has taken place in a nation that was already suffering. I know we’re being inundated with sad news, but the good news in all this is about lives that are being saved, people who are trying to make a difference in the face of this intimidating darkness. While any help I give seems so small, I want to do my part. Here’s a few organizations (and individuals) I am choosing to help:
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency has been working in Haiti for more than 30 years providing relief and development. They are trying to raise $1,000,000 in the next seven days. As a Seventh-day Adventist, I am proud my church is making this level of commitment (and I encourage us to do more, risk more, and sacrifice more).
I just learned that Loma Linda University alumnist, Scott Nelson, has been working for CURE International as a surgeon for 5 years in the the Dominican Republic. This week he chartered a plane and was able to get into Haiti, where he is currently operating with a small team. He was interviewed this morning on ABC News. Cure International also has a blog about the work they are doing in Haiti. Loma Linda University has also setup a special fund specifically to support the hospital and Scott, the hyperlink will also give you an update on what’s going on with his work.
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