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.

The DOG DAYS of Summer 2020

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.

This years "Fast Pace" and the closing of 2020, 1Qtr

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.



Closing Out Another Decade

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.

Thanks Giving Means Giving Thanks

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

I was blind but now I see

I was inspired today by several things but two things in particular. I have been watching the movie “The Color Purple” and was able to take time and see it to the end today. Secondly I received an email from a dear friend with this terrific message produced by Cameron Burnett. Called “The Bench”. (I pray you can open it and watch it to its conclusion). I asked myself how would you describe what you see if you were not blind, if you were not a slave to anyone or anything. You see, I believe in God almighty creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. etc. (Please take time to read the Apostles Creed to its conclusion). But, I would like to set GOD aside long enough to recognize that although I draw strength in knowing God directs my life and leads me through his word and I am persuaded by the the presence of the Holy Spirit,who lives within my soul, that for me to sustain myself, I must physically put food and drink into my body. I am no longer a baby who is fed without any effort except to swallow. I must be physically strong and work to survive. But each of us has limitations. In these examples that I have pointed out, that being the movie and this clip, the stars in the presentations have limitations for which they have no control. There is pain and suffering within the individuals life; some assumed and never shown. But in spite of the challenges in the end what is portrayed is contentment and gratefulness. {What is evident is a peace beyond understanding}. I would like to take you to real world situations where having a place to lay down, a place to bath, a place to put your stuff is just not there. Imagine being blind and in that situation. Imagine being deprived of someone to help you find a park bench. Imagine having a smoke alarm beeping 24-7 because you have no one to call on to replace the battery. Imagine having no food because a twenty year old refrigerator quit working in the night and you have no way to save the contents. As great as this country is and continues to be; there are folks suffering gravely everyday. There are folks that don’t know what they don’t know because no one has reached out to help them. Someone to show them where the support is and how to make contact with that help. How would you describe that situation? More importantly what advise could you offer to help eliminate it? How can you help today? You tell me…You who know these situations and these individuals exist, please tell me.

There is an organization called HPLA (Habitaciones Para Latinos Association) that is trying to help by providing minor home repair and education to folks that don’t know, what they don’t know. This is our website. It is so small and so underfunded that the difference it makes is minimal at best. However, recently for several individuals, that little difference kept the power company from taking the family off a payment plan and forcing them to come up with hundreds of dollars immediately. It helped water run-off from coming into a basement and causing more damage and mold growth. It reset a garage door opener for safer access. It provided some used furniture to help furnish a place for one that was homeless. How big of a difference did these acts of charity impact those few people. I believe it was huge. Picture yourself handcuffed and unable to do for yourself due to no fault of your own and please if you can please contribute to HPLA but, also seek out and find folks who are needy and direct them to HPLA or other charities you know are there for them. Be the conduit to get them the help they don’t even know exists. End your day with contentment and gratefulness for what you do have and what you do. Blessings.

Climate Change August 2019

Climate change can be defined differently by each of you. But, what does it really mean? In the heat of politics it is the feud between clean energy, fossil fuel energy and green energy. (Those all can be hard to define). For you as an individual it may mean how the environment, you exist in, impacts your health. For many it is clean fresh untainted air that has the fragrance of nature in its most perfect form.

Looking through the lens of reality however, clean air is a luxury. For the low income individual it is a luxury to have a central air conditioning system and new filters. The fact is that pollution is in every breath of air that most of the US population takes in. As for living in the most pristine areas of the country the cost of living will take most folks out of contention. Living and working in a suitable location for months, year after year, will not exempt the general population from the negative effects of climate change.

For many years it has been predicted that the ice caps will melt and the level of the oceans will rise. We are seeing evidence of that with the recent flooding & with the shifting of the tectonic plates which are causing tsunami’s and earthquakes. We have seen recent earthquake activity in California and Alaska. Is it important that we not live in fear of these catastrophic occurrences which effect a very small part of the population? Yes, of course. But, let’s see what goes on in the life of the low income homeowner who is concerned with the increasing cost of basic physiological needs including food and water. We have had a tremendous influx of calls from folks who not only cannot keep up with their homes but the rising cost of all goods and services which are making them fearful of going bankrupt or being homeless.

The effects of climate change and the effects of raising cost to the average homeowner have little correlation simply because of the probability of which will come first. Life in the Midwest and specifically Kansas & Missouri where all of our charitable work is done currently has been impacted by flooding but, the thought of the sea raising and flooding us out is way beyond the realm of probabilities. The probability of an earthquake is also fairly farfetched since the New Madrid fault might impact neighboring states more so than Missouri. However the 1811-1812 event was significant and needs be remembered and monitored. These events, though significant, are insignificant for the clients we serve.

Climate change has a greater impact on what it is doing to impact the cost of living for those people we serve. The cost of water, gas, electricity, phone service and healthcare to start. Business is impacted by the same things but has the ability to trickle their costs down to the consumer or through reduced cost of operation. Good “Business Acumen” suggest both channels should be scrutinized always. But, for example, Mr. X and neighbor Mrs. B who are both retired and are still able to do for themselves with little need to purchase outside help. The ability to bring in more revenue is impossible. A 2% increase in social security income (COLA) does not overshadow the 10-20% increase in cost of living including basic physiological needs. Doing without is no longer an option and at an all-time high. The next choice is to eliminate maintenance of their living quarters and further to their healthcare. HPLA Charities is doing all it can to fill in the gaps. We do it with volunteer labor and your donations to buy supplies. No overhead is paid out of your donations. All your donation dollars go to benefit the low income homeowners we serve.

Picture yourself self being hit with a $1000.00 unexpected or planned sewer line clog. Picture yourself having a rainstorm breach your roof and bring gallons of water into your bedroom, kitchen or bath. Picture your self-having a grease fire and your insurance deductible requires you to pay $500.00. The fire department may send you a bill.

HPLA Charities will do the work we do for free, to those who qualify. But we cannot provide all the labor and all the materials. We need you to please help us with the cost of materials at the least. Please go to our donate tab in the ribbon above and give a large donation. That may be $5.00 to you. That might be $25.00 for another but, together it adds up to hundreds of dollars which allows us (HPLA) to help someone stay in their own home one more month or one more year. Your day is coming and I pray HPLA Charities will still be there for you. If you can only offer to help by adding your name to our volunteer list than we are grateful and will praise God for you. Just call Bob 913-269-4450

Be Blessed.


In lieu of opinions to the contrary I would wager that if you were born and bred in the USA you agree this is the greatest country in the world.

Our organization “Habitaciones Para Latinos Association” is not pulled by political bias but no doubt the folks we help and the individuals who volunteer are. There are differing views from the people we serve. I don’t believe any of the families we help feel like they are entitled to our help. In most cases they have tried several organizations which offer help for which they qualify and found the resources are just not there right now. These folks keep asking, all the while doing all they can for themselves. But, I pray that folks in need never stop asking for help. Do I feel they are entitled to help. Yes, yes I do. But why are these folks entitled. My catch all statement at HPLA is the people we help are “hurting through no fault of their own”. The list is very long of examples. Birth defected individuals, mentally challenged, disabled veterans, unexpected health issues, the aged, etc.

I was recently in the hospital to undergo some testing in hopes of finding what ails me. I left the hospital with two stints in my coronary artery and a third to be added very soon. The week before I went in for testing I was working and doing pretty well for my age. Then I found myself bedridden for 24 hours and told not to lift anything more than 5 pounds for days later. I had to walk very gingerly in that a misstep might cause me to fall & bleed out very quickly should my incision break open. I was even pushed around in a wheelchair for awhile. Without resources or loved ones to care for me I could have ended up at home alone without help.

Do you know someone that lives alone? Do you know someone that went in for a routine exam and ended up begging for resources to just get back home. We all have heard the stories if not experienced it ourselves. These are folks that are hurting through no fault of their own and this great country of ours not only provides resources to help folks but, has thousands of back up charities to cover when resources get lean. Unpaid volunteers who recognized there is more to do than resources to do it. Our volunteers give of their time and they contribute part of their assets but, resources do get lean for us too and that is when we call on you to help cover costs incurred which we don’t have funds for. Emergency situations which need to be taken care of now. HPLA is at a place where projects are on hold and the backlog increasing due to the fact we have used up all our resources and any backup support.

So I ask you to help by donating to our charity. Would you sacrifice giving to your local library one time and give to us so we can help fellow human beings, who are hurting through no fault of their own. Would you defer your donation to a cause that may not be impacted as badly as a needy fellow American.

Two Hundred and Forty Three Years as a free republic this Fourth of July. We are and will continue to be the greatest country in the world because we love who we are and what we, as a nation, do to help people that are hurting through no fault of their own. Please use the donate button on our banner to contribute now. Thank you & God Bless You.

March Hare & March Madness

“Have some more tea” said the March Hare, but, “I have not had any so how can I have more”.

Funny how improper messaging can get even the most graceful people in trouble. To try and petition you my friends and followers of HPLA I can’t help but worry that the proper messaging is not being lost. Either in the writing or in the reading. But to insure we don’t lose our theme please know that we blog to inform you of the challenges we face and the solutions we conger to over come the challenges. In all that we portray, via the written word, the bottom line is we are asking for your donations, Yes, we are asking you to take your charitable contributions and redirect them for a time or forever to our work.  You see, at Habitaciones Para Latinos Association we use volunteers to give of their leisure time to help people in need. Our mission is to help low income homeowners with minor home repairs. We have been given a set of tools to accomplish our mission. We are also blessed by the gifts of our staffs and other volunteers whose craftsmanship allows us to complete the work. But, in all cases there is never enough money to also provide the supplies and materials to complete all the tasks. For that gift we ask you to give us your contribution dollars. Yes you will be able to deduct the money you give us on your taxes but more importantly you will be giving a fellow American a chance to restore his/her dignity and get a leg up at a time when things look the most grim.

Without getting to graphic HPLA was confronted with a situation where a home, through no fault of the owner, was left inadvertently to two dogs and two cats. Due to a very serious illness of the homeowner the animals were left to fend for themselves for two to three days. After the owner/patient was recovered and treated the house still remained in the hands of the pets. It has been sometime since the animals have been contained without intervention and the cats are still on the loose. The end result is a major cleaning job of the home and some minor repairs which were long overdue.

It is very difficult to ask volunteers to come in and work in an environment such as this and even more so to do it without any resources. Heavy Duty trash bags are very expensive and equipment and supplies to scrub & shampoo walls & floors require special apparel. But big hearts and a few dollars turns a disastrous environment back into a home.  Clean disinfected and livable.

We are going to be facing the need to replace furniture and carpeting in this project. Some work will require specialty contractors. Handicap rails and chairlifts. But because of you and the help of other charities, this family will be able to once again live in a peaceful and healthy environment.

In another case this past week, we were able to find a homeless man a men’s shelter to take him in & out in the cold. He had been living in a van on the side of the road. He was starting the van just enough to keep from freezing. With the help of other charities and food and gas from HPLA he is on the mend and may have a home to rent by the first of March. We bought a battery for his van as well. He now faces renewing license tags and paying property tax on the van which he hopes he can earn enough money to do very soon. A young Son & Daughter have been cared for by good Samaritans. The prayer now is to bring them all back together and start anew.

Please find our donation tab on this web site or if it is more user friendly cut & paste http://www.habitacionesparalatinos.org/donate into your browser to support our work with your contribution dollars. We are always in need of volunteers. If you or a group of your associates would like to help us please contact us at 913-269-4450. Ask for Bob.

We ask that God would bless our work.  We are to often reminded that our hands and feet is Gods way of answering prayer. And that maybe true. Although we may never meet the definition of a perfect servant of God we believe he directs us to those in our area who need help. We continue forward with the gifts he gives us and the financial support he provides through you.

Get ready for March Madness and watch for the March Hare to share with your next cup of tea. Blessings