|Does it seem like we just watched the ball drop in New York City and here we are working on the last month of the first quarter of 2021. Time is moving so fast for me right now. On March the 8th, 2021 HPLA Charities or officially Habitaciones Para Latinos Association will begin its 6th year in business and officially complete five full years of helping people who are hurting through no fault of their own. It is important to note that at the time this organization was but an idea of trying to do something good; money was not a road block. How the work would get done that needed to get done; would get done was not a road block. Today, five years later those potential roadblocks are still not roadblocks. Why is that? For me that is an easy answer. Love. Pride. Thankfulness. Being Human and Being Blessed is the answer. If there had never been one dollar donated to HPLA there would still be people who are hurting getting help. Yes, there would still be people who do wondrous things for other people still doing good works. |
For me I see the goodness of people everyday almost every minute of everyday. Not because its their job or because there is fear in your lives; it is simply for Love, Pride, Thankfulness, Being Human and recognizing how blessed we are.
The school bus stops at our corner everyday that the school is opened and the bus driver patiently waits while each passenger comes on or gets off the bus. Making sure the foot is on the brake and/or all other safety precautions and procedures are in place under this scenario. Ask anyone of those drivers why they are so cautious? In most every case it will be because they love those kids and could not bare to see anyone of them getting hurt. Oh there is always that out of the ordinary story of maliciousness. There are bad people, bad kids out there. It is hard to see kids who are shy and poor take advantage of an opportunity to swipe a trending toy but even kids who have everything will do wrong. It took getting caught one time stealing some fresh corn out of a field and being forced to show up at the local police department with my Mom to teach me that taking something that did not belong to me was not right. I was 11 years old. Thank God it only took just once for me. But watching a kid stealing a few ears of corn compared to seeing a someone losing blood from an injury or shivering from the cold is a very different trauma. Very few people will just walk away from that scene. And they don’t. There are those who run to the danger not away from it.
But to that point, the needs are great and the people who are hurting are not always in plain sight nor do they want to be known. We have homeless folks in Kansas who are just fine living on the street and doing what they can to survive. I can respect that until they find themselves in a situation they didn’t expect and are now hurting badly. They seem to always accept help then. Organizations are out there who want to be there and who sacrifice daily to do all they can. These organizations will be out there with or without your help but, I can tell you that when there is a busted pipes and the water cannot be turned on without repairing the pipe it is miraculous for someone to walk up and say here is money to buy whatever you need to fix that pipe. It is miraculous to do that more often than not because of the generosity of others. We received thousands of dollars in donations at HPLA. We pray one day it will be millions but for now every dollars we receive is used to do all we can do. We have folks who are waiting for someone to help them stop a leaky faucet. We have folks who are using cardboard to cover up a drafty window. We have a kitchen faucet that is loose on the sink and letting water run into the pantry below. We work as quickly as we can to get to the problem and take care of it. It takes time, money and fellow citizens to make it happen.
You can help by donating a small portion of your earnings. Will you help by giving a few hours of your time? Will you help by offering up prayers for the success of HPLA and the survival of those who are hurting until we get to them? Will you give an older person a reason to want to stay in their home and be a blessing to others.
There are donate buttons on this site and there are mailing addresses to send your financial support or you can call 913-269-4450 in Kansas City Metro area to volunteer. It is essential for all of us to try to come together for the sake of our sanity and our survival. I have seen “what goes around comes around” and I am sure you have also. Be blessed or be a blessing. I pray both will happen for you. Thank You from HPLA Charities
PROPERTY MANAGEMENT PROJECTS
The Park Street Condo, 75th & Anderson Condo & The Hillside Estate
Among our many talents and “jack of all trade” characteristics we have also developed a following which has displayed great faith in us. That being absentee landlords and folks who need their properties watched over on a temporary bases. Having owned property and having tried to manage it from a distance; to many things happen that cause alarm and end up being nothing. But, in the mean time throwing money at the incident is about the only solution for owners. Whether it be a leaky faucet due to an outdoor faucet not being turned off completely or a popped circuit breaker due to the curling iron, hairdryer and lighted make up mirror all plugged into one receptacle. It is easy to just call the landlord and have him/her deal with it. Of course holding up the rent in the mean time is a huge lever. To have a renter that not only can troubleshoot the issue but fix it also is seldom, if ever, seen.
The best thing to do is to have a local property manager that can go and evaluate the circumstance immediately. There are many other benefit to having a local property manager and that includes a flat monthly tax deductible fee, preset periodic inspections, providing access to service folks, built in handyman services and of course security. The security for absentee homeowners and the peace of mind having reputable and insured agents like ours help keep the properties occupied and the equity growing due to the improved maintenance and inspections.
The average length of contracts are 3-5 years but we have properties that we have managed for more than twenty years. With the global economy asking top level mangers to go put out fires or develop new business in all parts of the world it is refreshing to know there is someone available to protect your permanent resident or your most valuable investments. Standard fees can vary but 10% of the average monthly rental fee is a good place card. (Actual repair services are billed separately but reduced labor cost can be negotiated within the agreement). We operate on the Kansas side of the Kansas City Metropolitan market but some crossover into Missouri is possible depending on the exact location of your property. We invite you to give us a call and talk to one of our agents on the type of coverage you may require or find most appropriate to your situation. Please call 913-499-1803 or write HPLAcharities@gmail.com. We also do text 913-269-4450 and or tweet @Bodoflo All profits go to HPLA Charities.
The American Dream may still be alive and well but, it is reserved for a select few. If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that not all of us can be our own boss. (Business is a very risky business and bankruptcy an alternative for failure).
The requirements “to be your own boss” have now been reserved for those who can create and or attain a variety of skills which no one individual can generally attain. It will thus require a team made up of several leaders none of which will have total control. I’ll explain what I mean by suggesting that the line in the sand between the “haves” and the “have not” has moved to such a place where it is almost invisible to the multitude trying to reach it. The idea of one person directing a business requires he/she be a demon feared by all. “A dictator”. The idea of reaching down to the working class for support is not an option so the divide widens.
The foundation by which good business acumen is based has been compromised by a new age of thinking such that the new concept will need to be argued, manipulated and approved by the majority going forward. Until then it will require a very sincere cooperation between team members from different demographics, different cultures, which must work together, trust each other and be faithful to one another. That is a tall order given the stress each one of us is facing and the distrust the world has created between races and individuals. Not to mention the unforeseen dangers impinging on us.
Sadly another problem is the “value” of our own abilities is now very short lived. Even working with a great team; technology, changing demographics/norms are accelerating at hyper speed creating a wider divide and much harder to keep up with. The “have nots” do not have the resources to compete and the value of their input will be unrecognized from their lowly perch. The resulting circumstances will be for those being left behind to do all they can to survive at any cost. Yes, any cost. As the weakest of the herd is left to be devoured so to will be the weakest link in the human chain. Those who can not keep up will succumb, especially, when no one is left to protect them. The age of retirement is getting smaller and smaller with no survival benefits a possibility.
The history of some global societies suggest that societies have tried to be respectful of the weakest links. In some cases drastic measures are taken to minimize the costs on the rest of the clan. No need to get descriptive because knowing that I reach a highly intelligent audience, I know, you can imagine the weakest links in our society and what we do with them. Grandpas at 95 on Medicaid with no known blood relatives is left sedated with no means to sustain his own worn body & will soon die of starvation.
Poverty is growing in the richest county in the world and impacting every culture. The number of those whose inability to compete and produce, forces them out of high paying jobs and that group is growing. The ability to acquire the basic resources to stay in the game is getting harder and more expensive. Imagine having to work from home and not having internet service. Imagine being asked to be available 24/7 for double your pay but, you have no phone or car. Imagine the team leader saying your knowledge and ability to fulfill the mission is suspect because you can’t get access to the market place or associate with the secret societies which control the industry. Those privileged characters all hang out at the “members only” gymnasium which your expense account doesn’t cover but theirs does.
The American herd itself is getting weak and therein lies the rub. The weakness of the herd is due to the elimination of the mature and the wise. The experience that sees the macro economy, the global economy and has the ability to control and influence the position of the herd is being excluded. The ability to work together as a team to defend and sustain the herd, the entire herd, from any harm or premature death may be lost to the new acumen. No way to be nurturing and caring for the least expendable until there comes the time where there is no sign of life. Now we can label them the weakest link and leave them behind.
The cattle herder on the range is asked to cut out the finest calf to be prepared for a celebratory feast. It is a costly sacrifice but justified. You and I are being asked to cut out the folks in our society that may be hurting through no fault of their own. To leave them to themselves or to their loved ones to care for until they can’t do it anymore and then we let them die. Is this the view of the new acumen? Is this the view of the new “American Dreamer”? Is this the view of all people of this earth?
The “gray tsunami” will take up tremendous resources going forward but, if we reduce the benefits of social security, medicare & medicaid the sacrifice of this group will be justified. Right? What do you think? How old are you? Will you be OK to be left to starve when you run out of resources?
I believe I need to use the resources available to me and perpetuate the welfare of those less fortunate, through no fault of their own, by ensuring their basic physiological needs are met and they die of natural causes. But is this a reasonable attitude?
The division of America is very much alive & well. There are plenty of reasons for people to be at odds. I am trying to find common ground where all of us can hang our hat. One issue that is haunting to me is the pictures of animals shivering in the cold, starving and sick, chained up with log chains where some can hardly pull themselves over far enough to reach a drink of water. But animals are not what I really see in those commercials. I see human beings in those same conditions. Poverty in this country is real. Human trafficking, drug addiction, mental illness, ignorance is real. Why would a homeless person want to remain homeless if it is not due to some lack of basic resources keeping them from it? Some real need.
I see small houses with large families needing insulation, cleaning and paint. I see toilets that run constantly and those that have never seen a toilet brush or a cleaning agent. I see roaches, spiders, ants, beetles, mice and bugs who fear nothing. Housing operated by slumlords or municipalities that still have asbestos or lead paint.
At HPLA Charities we are driven by our mission statement, which was amended for the benefit all of our community, to help low income homeowners with minor home repairs. We have had to do more. We have bought some groceries, we have paid some light bills and our main sponsor has provided tools to trace down serious wiring issues which could have easily started a fire. We have been honored and feel privileged to have specialist donate their expertise and their time. It helps us to do more, to help our clients, than we are normally capable of doing. We recently installed a storm door which will help so much with winter coming on quickly by a handyman who sacrificed his time to help us. He could easily be our client not our volunteer.
We are experiencing some unusual hardship due to the Corona19 virus. We are experiencing, even exposing, some division among Americans which were kept close to the vest until know. From where we stand; HPLA Charities does not and will not see colors or differences within our clients. We just see the worry and the pain. Your donations help us reduce even eliminate that pain. Yes you. You help us remove the log chains and provide food and warmth. You provide care and emotional support to our widows and elderly shut-ins. We make it a habit of checking in on those who have little or now family near them.
Minor home repair? Yes we do that but, caring demands so much more. We are trying hard. Your understanding, your willingness to contribute, your love of God and your love of country can be very evident through HPLA Charities. Please donate as you are able and know God will refill your storehouse. For it is for his glory and his recognition that we do what we do as well. Thank you.
www.habitacionesparalatinos.org visit our site to learn more and please let us know were you think we can do better. Sincerely, HPLA Charities
Hispanic Heritage Month is in full swing (Sept 15, to October 15, 2020) and some of the worst news that can be published has come to light. In the state of Georgia a doctor is accused of performing hysterectomies on Latino women without their knowledge or consent. Low income Latinos are also more susceptible to fall ill from the Covid19 pandemic virus. So if you are a conspiracy theorist what would be your first thoughts. My guess is that low income people of color are less educated and able to know a pandemic is occurring. Maybe they are much less approached by friends and family who will help them know what to do or how to prevent being contaminated. So where is the conspiracy theory? Reducing the population of low income families needing social resources to survive. Sad!
For HPLA Charities it is our mission to help shore up social programs and just as important educate those who may not know what they don’t know they don’t know, right? Did you get that? How much information and support is out there that you have no idea exists. You don’t know what you don’t know. But what ever the reason people of color are getting sick, together we can help them get the support they need. Our primary goal is to help low income homeowners stay in their homes. We have helped windows, retired military, social security recipients, single moms, etc., of all colors. The church is still there and we have seen excellent results from Catholic Charities and others but, there is more need than resources and we at HPLA Charities are trying to fill that gap.
It is through your support that we do what we do. Please know this. We do not use donation dollars to support our overhead expenses. Again we do not use donated dollars to pay for overhead expenses. All donated dollars are used to help our clients. All donated dollars go to benefit our clients. I keep repeating because it is hard to get folks to read a message like this thoroughly. I am sorry because I know you are not one of those people. But please consider donating to our charity. It is tax deductible and will help children, mothers, fathers, sister, brothers of all colors, cultures, denominations and social status. Your support is vital and as our government shrinks the first place that will get cut is the benefits for low income citizens. Please use our donate button above. Your contribution is protected by PayPal or you are welcome to call for an address to mail your donation, 913-269-4450.
In Memory of RBG May you RIP
“School Days, School Days Dear Old Golden Rule Days”,
Reading and writing’ and rithmetic
Taught to the tune of the hickory stick.
And then the hickory stick was used to keep you in line or you may feel the sting of it. For those of you who can remember those days I know you will agree that there may have been some benefit to that teaching style. It is hard to remember all the changes that have come and gone which brought us to the teaching styles being suggested today. I am so proud of all the good traits America brings to the class room today. The patriotism, pride, honor and joy which is instilled in our children. The activities inside and outside the class room have developed some tremendous, intellect, athleticism, creativity and artistic talent. This pandemic we are currently entrenched in, has and will continue to cripple teaching styles and class room settings going forward. The good news for me is that it has provided an opportunity to bring all our greatest minds together on a global scale and compete for how best to move into the future. There is plenty of room to debate the use of the hickory stick for discipline or not but, in all cases it appears that reason and logic verses punishment and pain is much preferred. Safety has always been at the top of the priorities list and that should not change in our schools. However, in this instance, I believe that individual or student support outside the school yard is going to be need improvement. Safety is relative based on many factors and then comes the affordability of what that entails. The cost to the country as well as our population may become insurmountable. To that point it will be essential that priorities be established by the majority of the population as to what is truly important. Is human life worth saving at all costs? This is not a platform for debating the death penalty, abortion or animal cruelty but instead is an opportunity to think through the need to prioritize survival of our species. What this pandemic has done, in part, is to bring attention to our vulnerability as Americans. It started out attacking our weakest links. The elderly who were already slipping into eternity were impacted but, then its expanded and attacked even some of our strongest individuals. When it reached our children the concern & alarm reached its pinnacle. In many cases the elderly where ready to go and had no fear. But, to go alone without family close was heart wrenching. (Isolation) This happened. Next came folks with serious illnesses at all ages that were vulnerable and I can go on. Whether it was your tax bracket, status in the community, people in power or national leaders etc. The question becomes who do we protect, who gets the greatest support? The free market would suggest those who can pay their own way and afford the price tag gets the support. OK. Can we stop there? Should we stop there? Our gratefulness for being born in American and having all that we have suggest we can share. It suggests that those who cannot afford to pay to stay alive have help. It comes from social programs, non-profit institutions, generous corporations and generous fellow humans. The most gratifying is to give directly to local organizations that can show you exactly where your money is going and the generous volunteers who embellish your gifts and leverage your gifts to repair, replace and reconstruct damaged property for just the cost of materials. Yes, materials donated, bought at discount or even at cost. But no matter how it works out, there is always a need for money. Habitaciones Para Latinos will be closing out its 5th year in the second QTR of 2021. In that time thousands of hours and thousands of dollars have been donated to help low income home owners stay in their homes. We have lost some due to illness and old age. Some due to inadequate support. However, many are still with us and we continue to follow their progress today. The good news is some have become self sufficient and are giving back.
This week HPLA was able to help two new clients. Vietnam Veterans with the need of some minor repairs. Doors not closing and toilets wasting precious water which has become very extensive lately. One of our dear earlier clients had not had her air conditioner serviced for years and will be getting a good cleaning and filter change etc. this week. It is our volunteers labor and your tax deductible dollars that make this happen. A quick aside and gratitude to D&R Services, Inc. who has continued to provide a vehicle and tools to be able do what we do. New rear brakes were installed to insure safety last week. God Bless You!
Please continue to pray for us and for our country. Next month we will be starting a fundraiser as the account gets low and needs increase going into winter. You can help us now by finding our donate button or use our contact tab to get mailing information for sending monetary donations by mail. Please know you are making the difference in peoples lives. There is no compensation paid out for salaries or expenses to our staff so our clients receive the biggest benefit. Go do something good in your neighborhood and help us do the same. (Supporting Wyandotte County Ks and surrounding areas).
The environment is diminishing drastically, in some folks mind and there is evidence to substantiate some. But lets cut to the chase! What is really important to you. I am truly interested in your answer to that question and our “contact us” comments section should give you the opportunity to respond. For me to answer the question honestly I will need to stereotype my readers into categories. Wow, that’s a challenge I don’t think I want to take on. Each one of you are distinctly different. There is hundreds if not thousands of categories you would fit into but, none ever exact until it is “all about you”. A category called “me“. So where can we begin to start building even you. If you are able to read this, heck, even to have worked you way to this word suggests that you are amazing at the least. But, seriously how can we start with some bare bones basics. Why would we want to start to find the real you? I have a theory that there are some people in this world that either due to age, upbringing, education, etc. will never find their way to this bulletin or would never want to come here given the chance. But they can not be excluded in this question? What is really important to all of us? What is just one feature that makes each one of us who we are? No need to prioritize just yet but, instead just start a list. We can start with being a mammal. But easier yet we are human not animal. We are conceived by the joining of a sperm & an egg. Those of other humans not just any living organized. We split off readily by gender. Then the differences really get diverse. Colors of eyes, hair, skin then height, weight, age etc. But can we all agree that one very important and essential feature in all of us is “self preservation”. Our desire to exist! Our natural ability to want to breath and keep the heart and other vital organs functioning. If you don’t care about that. If you could care less if you existed please stop reading and call whomever you love the most and tell them.
“Whomever you love the most”, maybe we need to add whomever you love the most that you feel loves you too. (It is interesting to note that the more distant a fellow human is from us the less significant they become. The less a fellow human being has any impact or influence on us personally the less we care about their category and where they might fit in). So because we have become more consumed with the better welfare of ourselves and the humans who are closest to us, who love us, we can easily forget about humans who are on the brink of death. Our world has become a culture concerned only with items important to make us and those of our loved ones. The concept of supply and demand pulling us into hedonistic worm holes tempting us with life giving utility for us and those we love the most. It has blinded us to those who are not well. Those that have very little.
Most of us grew up very poor and struggled to get where we are today but, I can’t begin to imagine how the neighbor down the street whose children lived in a house with a dirt floor and stood around a potbelly stove to keep warm ever survived to their 20’s. But indeed they did. And they did it through hard work themselves and fantastic neighbors who offered clothes and food and even money. Even invited them into their homes to share a favorite show on an old black & white TV.
In these DOG DAYS of summer I am reminded that the luxury of an electric fan was a slice of heaven to some especially those in the old house with the dirt floor that was never connected to electricity. There are humans out there in this world today in 2020 that don’t have electricity. Others who had it and lost it due to hardship or a pandemic. Even those closest to them, who love them, are working hard to help but, need the help of neighbors to get them through the night. Twenty dollars in supplies and a few hours of volunteer help saved a family from losing water through a toilet that would have filled an normal size swimming pool in less than a week.
We are HPLA Charities. We are the volunteers that use your twenty dollar donation to insure all the grocery money for one poor family does not go to pay a water bill. We have recently replaced a pop valve on a hot water heater that was leaking hundreds of gallons of water a month. We have helped install window air conditioners and fans. We have run water lines and unclogged backed up kitchen sinks. We have shored up foundations that were rotting due to imporper installation of rain gutters. These people are widows, single parents, veterans and disabled folks who long paid their price to society and are just needing some neighbors to come give them a leg up. Will you please help?
Please prioritize your donations. The boat owners of the national charities can get by an extra day to fix a boat while HPLA Charities help humans stay alive another day. Please use our donate button for a secure channel to contribute or call us for an address where you can mail your tax deductible contribution. 913.269.4450 In all things know we are glad you live.
What is it that makes the time fly by? Going into the Spring Time Change blows away one hour for sure. Is time just a setting on a clock? “Spring Forward” and the loss of that hour is easily explained. But from a truly scientific or expert point of view, below, find one man’s reasoning. Feel free to follow him. For me age is indeed a factor.
“Persons in every age group wonder why time seems to move so much faster than it did in their pasts. It seems as if there is never enough time to get everything done and that the situation only gets worse. Many explanations have been offered for this, but few seem to hit the target as well as Phil Yaffe’s explanation. We hope you enjoy and find it provocative. Phil was a writer and journalist for over four decades and was able to write eloquently about his personal experience with accelerating time”. Look at/for that story.
In an other publication Eleanor Imster gives us her view in a Human World publication of March 24, 2019. “Spring already?” Why time seems to fly as we age. https://earthsky.org/human-world/why-time-time-perception-changes-brain
Currently the World is in the mist of a Pandemic
Time is moving a little slower for everyone as we watch for love ones to arrive from foreign countries. As we watch the new cases of Corona virus grow and the death count increase. Time slows down as we watch and try to care for the most vulnerable. For the elderly with underlying conditions the virus is taxing their immune system and are already at great risk. This virus carries with it a respiratory ailment and includes a serious cough & high fever. Another down side is that a carrier can infect many before symptoms show up on them. So avoid crowds, disinfect, improve personal hygiene and hand washing. The virus, itself, has an outer layer that can be dissolved with soap and water but, inanimate surfaces can best be treated with sanitizing or disinfecting solutions. These products are in short supply but thank God, in America, increasing production can usually happen quite rapidly. Strangely, there is a run on toilet paper as well. It maybe that folks feel that sickness will cause issues which will require more bathroom visits but, it does not appear to be the case with the Corona virus.
Providing safety and security is one thing that can be done to help these folks and looking for and finding these folks, to know they exist, is where to start. The greatest gift all of us can give is assuring someone is looking over and providing support for any elderly person. Even with only phone contact we can ask a person if there is someone they can call on in case of emergency.
So what constitutes and elderly person.? That varies but, if you think they appear to be elderly than they probably are. In all cases however, I doubt that anyone would consider you and idiot in asking any person if they have someone to help them in case of an emergency. Coming together in time of need has never been a problem especially when people are made aware of the issue. It is one thing to be unable to afford a new car and something else when you can’t afford to pay the gas bill in the midst of winter. The latter will generally get more attention and more support. So with a little time on your hands waiting to wander out and mingle once again with your friends and family won’t you take a little time to look at the slide show on our home page. http://www.habitacionesparalatinos.org See how we have helped people in need in the past. look at the examples of the things we try and do everyday to make a difference for someone in need. Our clients are not always elderly not always on their last leg but always worthy of some help. We do what we do without pay. We use donations to and gifts of supplies and materials to help. We insure your donations go to help those in need. Help directly if you can. Make that phone call to a neighbor. If you are physically able go shovel your neighbors walk and stairs. Or, as spring arrives insure the smoke detectors are working and there are no leaks from the roof. That is what we do at HPLA Charities. We can do more with your financial support. Please give via our donate button or call to donate other assets that we can use to save our elderly and others in need.
HELPING PEOPLE WHO ARE HURTING THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN HPLA CHARITIES
GOD BLESS YOU
I remember fondly a teacher asking how old will you be when this century ends and a new one begins. As 1999 turned into the year 2000 the big concern was Y2K and not so much how old I was. Now we are at the end of 2019 and I wonder how old will you be when we arrive at the year 2100. I pray you are alive and well enough to remember this question. More importantly, that you ask yourself, what did I do to contribute to the better welfare of humanity. I pray it is not just you and the animal world left. I pray you are not having to move around in a life preserving outer garment due to climate change. Eighty years does not seem that far away until you consider, as I have to, that I am already nearing 75 years old. Perhaps living to be 155 will not be unusual by then but more importantly I pray that life will be happy and exciting for everyone too.
Today, as I look back on 2000 to 2010 and 2010 to 2020, I feel really privileged. I have seen and heard of so many fellow human beings who I have known, many younger than me who did not survive these past two decades. Some were my dearest friends, relatives, acquaintances and friends of friends who I never met. People who contributed so much and had more to give but were not given the chance due to disasters. I have lost two people extremely close to me which hurts my heart to even think about. Two people much younger than me who had so much to give to this world. Two people whom I would have traded places with in a heart beat. But, there is no use in going into detail because for those of you who will take the time to read this post, I will bet you, could also offer stories of your losses who would deserve just as much sympathy as me or anyone else. I think of our fallen military men and women, our first responders and those who back them up and take their place when they fall only to fall themselves. Husbands, Wives, Sisters, Brothers & relatives of our fellow human beings.
There is no culture, religion, color or creed associated with those losses just a sad reminder of what life brings to us. Unfortunately there are many human beings in this world that look at other of our fellow human beings as expendable, sub-human, unworthy to share our world and a drag on this herd we call fellow inhabitants. As I ponder about what the next year or the next decade is going to bring I am set aback at the thought I will become the drag. That my cost of existence to the rest of the herd will become a significant burden such that I will become expendable. What will you do in this new year, in this new decade to help others to stay worthy and not a burden to the herd. What will you do to make sure you don’t get sick or lose your ability to earn your own way? And what will you do if you become a victim of some unknown cause before you are fully vested & not be a drag on the herd. I can think of one way to try and help yourself and that is to pray to whatever higher power you believe exists, that disaster not beget you. Otherwise the probability is very high that something at sometime will impact you.
HPLA Charities, as we have become better known as in these past few months, works to accumulate resources to help members of the herd who have fallen victim to disaster through no fault of their own. Yes we call on the families and the community to be the first in line but, when life lines fail, a system has been put in play and supported by the entire herd. We are called charities. Disasters come in many forms to individuals as well as to very large groups of fellow human beings. Disasters happen all over the world but, what ever your ill there is a charity who dedicates themselves to help you. Charities rely on your financial support to be ready to help you or your loved one when necessary. Please give locally for the benefit of our herd first.
For Habitaciones Para Latinos Association aka HPLA Charities we concentrate on minor home repair. We have done some very major projects and rebuilt structural integrates in some of our clients properties but, we are limited by our volunteers skills and the resources to complete most tasks. We are grateful and do receive the support of professional individuals and corporations that could easily give away all their net worth to help. We acknowledge that they are doing all they can and still maintain a viable income for the principles. But, to that point we are careful to report projects that are beyond our capability to larger federally funded or grant funded organizations who might be able to squeeze another project into their very tight project list. Habitat for Humanity and Christmas in October leave hundreds of qualified clients behind for us due to lack of resources. (I blame overpaid staff to some organizations as we have no paid staff but, I can’t be to critical since I don’t walk in their shoes). HPLA is forced to hire contractors and pay them under certain circumstances but we pay no salaries. (Projects requiring licensed craftsman is one example of having to pay for labor). There are other examples but the largest majority of our work is done with volunteers and donations go to provide building supplies only. Tool usage is provided by our biggest support contractor D&R Services, Inc. which is a small handyman service but has most everything we need to complete minor home repair projects. Secondly, most of all the profits generated by D&R Services, Inc. goes to our charity.
So while our mission is to help those who are hurting through no fault of their own, by providing minor home repair, please know that we have picked up some replacement car parts, paid some electric bills, bought groceries and meals, landscaped some yards, did community clean up and much more with our volunteers and donation dollars. We work hard to do all we can do and be great stewards for our donors. I pray you will consider on going support for our mission.
Please use our donate button on our home page & give via our Pal-Pal process or write us a check and mail it to:
HPLA Charities, 6354 Stevenson St. Shawnee, Kansas 66218
God Bless you in 2020 and beyond.
Winter in the Mid-West
Logically to suggest Kansas is in the Midwest would suggest the west starts in Ohio or West Virginia if coming from New York City.
There was a time when that was indeed where the West began. Today, however, the beginning of the west may well be much further to the west than originally marked.
I like the term Central US for Kansas and to that point the most central point in the US is located about two miles northwest of Lebanon, Kansas.
Where am I going with all this? I want to talk about the weather and how the central US can be considered the real deep freeze of the country. If you watch the weather maps and cold temperature forecasts as Canadian air works it way south down past the Dakotas, Nebraska and into Kansas you may well agree.
Whom ever decided Chicago should be dubbed the Windy City has not been to Kansas either. The Wind Farms stretch for miles and miles across Kansas. So add wind with cold air and wind chill temperatures in Kansas can get deadly very quickly.
So for charities like ours who do minor home repair we are called on to help with utility cost but more importantly with winterizing and insulating our clients homes. In the past few weeks we have helped stop water from coming into some homes but are also working to insulate and winterize to prevent broken pipes and reduce the loss of expensively generated heat. We have been working on electrical and plumbing issues as well. Please know the demands are great and as cost increase for low income Americans so does the demand for charities like ours. I am excited to see more large corporations getting involved in these issues low income home owners are facing but, bottom line the emergency calls come to us local charities daily as relief has to come immediately not just in October or after a long vetting process. To that point we continue to rely on your generosity and support to supply our many volunteers with the necessary supplies and materials to do our work. Rolled Insulation, chalk, expandable foam & lumber for replacement of rotted siding all need screws, staples and lots of labor to place. We are a small charity that relies on individual donations with no support from any super-pak or government trickle down. The well runs dry by the time funds reach our clients. But as we look forward to starting our fifth year please know we are making a difference and we are doing well because of you. Your donations are not used to pay for labor, staff or vehicles. Thank you from all of us at HPLA Charities