Honoring Our Veterans Lost at Pearl Harbor

On August 7, 1964, a young man is trapped in a situation of desperation. At 17 years of age and going on 18 it does not take much to make you insecure. There was a military draft in place and another war ongoing. It would only take time before your number rolled around and off you would go to where? Only God would know but the fear of the unknown tramatic.

It had been a routine day, as history records on the island of Oahu early in the morning on December 7, 1941. Our young man trapped in his situation had not even been born. But if anyone of you can imagine the fear of a pending doom you may imagine what you may have felt at 7:55 AM on that December day. The explosions must have rattled every foot of ground on the island. At 8:50 AM the second wave of air attack ensued. Shortly after 9:00 AM, the attack ended. The destruction of airplanes on the ground and the damage to the ships in the water were only overshadowed by the many men and women who ran to their duty stations to do their job and fend off any further assault and were killed. the damage to the ships in the water was only over shadowed by the many men and women who ran to their duty stations to do their job and fend off any further assault and were killed.

2300 military personal were killed. Why?

Relationships between countries and the politicians that manage them have always and continue to be the arrogant attitude that if we can’t agree “I can send a vast army against you and defeat you”. And the response, “just try it”. Well, what if you win? What if you send a vast army and win? Who will win? Ask the Mother and Father of the young man or woman who lost their life. Anyone who tells you to die with honor is better than to live with those you love here on earth is a lair.

That young man desperate as to what to do in 1964 joined up rather than to be drafted because there might be a chance to avert going to the front lines where many of the draftees were sent. There was a sense of duty and a love for the country that suggested putting on a uniform. But let us face it. Those who started the fight were not the ones who lost their life. Sadly not many of their loved ones did either. I would like to have time to research and learn how many of the leader’s closest family members were sent to the front lines. “Not Many”

As we remember those 2300 military personal at Peral Harbor that paid the ultimate price for some aAs we remember those 2300 military personal at Peral Harbor that paid the ultimate price for some arrogant politician, friend or foe, to puff up with pride there are 2300 who would have rather lived to be with to be with loved ones than to die that mornig.

As we move on into 2022 and as those arrogant politains convince you that the your future and your families future is only going to happen if you risk your life. Tell them to go to hell! Tell them to be right at the front line of the breach thenselves instead of safely behind in a sheilded bunker. Think of your neighbor who will bleed to death in front of you because somebody said all librals should die or all conservative need killing. Folks it is time for us to quit fighting so a select few can have all the toys. Quit allowing yourself to be used.

To those precious soles who lost their life due to some arrogant War Lord. I pray that War Lord burns in hell. But to view another human being as your enemy is asinine. It is those who are brain washing you to believe another human being is your enemy that should join them in Hell.

May those 2300 who lost their life at Pearl Harbor all “Rest in Peace”. May God Bless them with the gift of Heaven. May God give them an eternal and beautiful afterlife with loved ones but, I would bet you they would rather have been here on earth with them. Salute!

TRICK OR TREAT Y DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS

So while Halloween has been a fun day of dressing up as your favorite character that allowed you to go house to house collecting candy, as a child, a more serious and solemn celebration connects and continues into November . The Day of the Dead. (From History.com 10/18/2018) “The roots of the day of the dead celebrated in contemporary Mexico and among those of Mexican Heritage in the United States and around the world , go back some 3,000 years, to the rituals honoring the dead in pre-columbian Meso-America. The Aztecs and other Nahua people, living in what is now central Mexico held a cyclical view of the universe, and saw death as an integral, ever-present part of life.

Upon dying, a person was believed to travel to Chicunamictlán, the Land of the Dead. Only after getting through nine challenging levels, a journey of several years, could the person’s soul finally reach Mictlán, the final resting place. In the Nahua rituals honoring the dead, family members provided food, water and tools to aid the deceased in this difficult journey. This inspired the contemporary “Day of the Dead” practice in which people leave food or other offerings on their loved ones graves, or set them out on makeshift alters called ofrendas in their homes”.

There is much joy in having faith in unforeseen or unknown events such as these but the danger is that there are those who cannot or will not accept that the trek of the dead is so simple. That more sacrifice is required of the individual and the survivors left behind. That there is a need of giving up assets to the surrounding community and non-profit institutions. Then will you gain some sort of favor. I don’t want to influence anyone on what they should believe on “this” platform but I do know that there is joy in seeing defeated and unfortunate folks see light and happiness in their future. More so there is jubilation is following their recovery and they, in turn, paying it forward.

HPLA Charities aka Habitaciones Para Latinos Association has seen the wonder of success and survival of individual and families. We can take credit for making it happen. But like our country, state and county nothing is possible without us living soles. I have yet to have a dead person come out say life is really great in death and I can’t wait to go back. I know this sounds disrespectful but my point is that there are folks on the verge of death that need and should live longer because of the blessing they provide for those who love them. Through our history HPLA has documented many success stories but have many that have not been documented because problems were more important to solve than document. Code violations are a good example of undocumented success. Lawns mowed and brush cleared. Garages painted and resided. Hand rails outside and inside homes. Flooded basements vacuumed and dried free of mold. Fences rebuilt.

We look forward to a safe and fun fall season with lots of children laughing and having fun. Many adults adorned with Day of the Dead costumes & face paint. We look forward to the fight to do more for folks who, through no fault of their own, can receive the relief they deserve. While the resources for you and I may continue to increase remember there are those whose resources are dwindling and there will only continue survival with your charity.

Please use the donate button on our home page or cut and paste this link to get you there www.hplacharities.org/donate

Hispanic Heritage Month 9-15 to 10-15-2021

It is not surprising that the Hispanic, Latino, Latinx cultures are at the forefront of the news. This is Hispanic Heritage Month. The recognition of the culture has been long overdue and I salute President Ronald Reagan for signing it into law in 1988 & George H.W. Bush the first President to declare the 31 days beginning on September 15th as Hispanic Heritage Month.The term ‘WOKE’ has been tossed around in these stressful and divided times but by my definition, the alert to injustice in society, especially racism has been in play for decades if not centuries. I want to emphasize one particularly silent sleeper that was ‘WOKE’ in 1929. Three separate groups came together who had separately and publicly pointed out racism and discrimination of the Hispanics. Much, like the tale of slavery of our black brothers, so too was the life of Hispanic or more specific the Mexican culture. (La Matanza and the Hora de Sangre (“Hour of Blood”)) was a period of anti-Mexican violence in Texas, including lynchings and massacres, between 1910 and 1920. The three organizations that melded in one is today known as the League of United Latin American Citizens aka LULAC. www.lulac.org The organization has worked hard to do all it can to provide scholarships to Latino students but has also made every effort to mentor the future leaders of our counties, states, and country. Today’s Hispanic, Latino, Latinx students will be Governors, Representatives, Senators & US Presidents of tomorrow. We are proud to be Americans. The founding fathers of LULAC were all World War 1 Veterans and English was the declared language of the membership.This said, I am proud to announce that LULAC Council #11085 has been organized in Shawnee Mission, Ks. and officially recognized by the state & the national councils as an official arm of the organization. We are home-based in Shawnee Mission but our membership is from all parts of the KC Metro. No social media has been established yet but I know that an exceptional and savvy individual will step up to fill the vacancy and be a fellow officer. In closing, so much credit has to be given to our own veteran Rudy Padilla ‘President’ along with Maria Christina Herrera ‘Vice-President’.I will hold the office of Treasurer until a more experienced accountant can be found. I am honored to serve.Our council did participate in last weekend’s Fiesta Hispana 2021. Our gratitude goes out to our Charter Member Dr. Micheal Macias Jr. & wife Marci for providing a platform to initiate publicly our presence in Kansas City and the surrounding area. Please help us succeed as our first challenge will be to create a scholarship fund for qualified Latino students in our local schools. Fiesta Hispana helped us get started and we are so grateful for those that worked the booth but most importantly those who donated. Will you?

https://paypal.me/Lulac11085?locale.x=en_US

Celebrating Juneteenth a New National Holiday & July 4th Independence Day

Well, while I diligently tried to type out a great story about this historic last minute decision to create a National Holiday in our USA, my editor decided it didn’t like what I wrote and dumped all my hard work. So I will start again and add to it that we are coming up on our countries 245th anniversary. Another National Holiday. This one based on 1776 as being the official year of our nations birth. There has been few countries which have lasted this long and it appears the “Constitution” has held firm with a few amendments. If you find fault with these words please know the editor program took away my brilliant wordsmith ability 🙂

Seriously though, talk and actions have led me to believe some folks are not happy with where we are and are doing all they can to make corrections. My intention is not to discuss party or politics but simply to show the huge divide between the schools of thought which go into today’s management of democracy. Management of our Republic. Management of our lives. While the occupants of our great Nation differ in their thinking of what is best; I am shocked at several things. I will go from the sublime to the ridiculous in my example. From the far left to the far right there are significant differences some of which folks from the right are willing to kill folks on the left and vice-versa. From where I sit I look to a divine power and beg for GOD to please bring peace and tranquility to all people.

I believe in God almighty creator of heaven and earth. Unfortunately there are those who do not believe in creation but that we have all evolved over millions of years. To each his own but in all seriousness; have we not evolved to a point where-by life has greater value? I believe every life matters and more importantly each one of us should believe this truth too.

For those of you who patronize me and follow my stories you know they always turn to the folks, your neighbor and mine who are hurting through no fault of their own. As Chairman of HPLA Charities aka Habitaciones Para Latinos Association, I deal with folks daily who fall victim.

This week we received excessive rains that flooded a homes basement. Hundreds of dollars in belongings were lost and displaced the family for several days. Another had a roof leak due to a poorly design roof installation causing leaks into a kitchen. Gutters not properly cleared flooded a living room and showered an exterior entrance to a home making it very difficult to get in with groceries, kids and pets in tow. Loss of Freon on this holiday weekend left a family hot and suffering. No hand rails in a tub left an 84 year old screaming for help after trying to exist her bath and falling on top of her toilet. Show me animals left helpless and I’ll so you humans just as helpless.

As we stand proud of the all our freedoms please take time to seek out those who are less fortunate. So many are to proud to ask for help because someone told them everybody has to do for themselves. That is true to a point but it should not cost you pain or death. Call us please; we can help. We do it with donations and volunteers. Many times it requires contractors who won’t do it for free but, will maybe discount their normal fees. We are very grateful for them and encourage others to use them. But know we use your donations carefully and honestly, always to help those who are hurting through no fault of their own. http://www.hplacharities/donate We need you to help us help others. We do home repairs on all systems. God Bless the USA.

2021 Second Quarter

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
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Projects

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.

Cordially,

Robert Flores

2021 Time to Thin The Herd

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?

A time for healing all the pain and differances

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 Heratige Month 2020

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

Fall 2020- School Days, School Days

“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 most memorable times of school is the one you remember the best.