SAN DIEGO: Church center houses music program for homeless youth

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Photo/Jeffrey Sitcov[Diocese of San Diego] “I like all kinds of music,” said Kayla, a slight young woman with a panda bear hat and an air of sweetness and innocence. “There’s this song by Jason Aldean called ‘Don’t Give Up on Me’ that talks about love. I love that song! It makes me want to play guitar.”Kayla is one of 75 homeless youth who have walked through the gates of the Episcopal Church Center in Ocean Beach and received a free music lesson and a hot meal. Through a partnership with Photocharity, a nonprofit that raises awareness about homeless and disadvantaged youth, the center welcomes people ages 12 to 24 to learn an instrument and feel at home for a few hours every Sunday afternoon.This particular Sunday, a soft rain was falling, but the doors stood wide open as young people trickled in. Jeffrey Sitcov, founder and executive director of Photocharity, buzzed around the parish hall, welcoming people. He moved quickly, carrying a stack of T-shirts and six guitars. He talked to donors and checked kids in all at once. When he saw a familiar face, he gave a hug and said, “Welcome! Good to see ya, bro!” He looked each person full in the face, locked eyes and said, “Welcome!”Three volunteer teachers showed up and started tuning instruments. Warm sounds of acoustic guitar filled the parish hall as someone played an Eric Clapton-like riff.Kids sauntered in, some on skateboards. One, probably 8 years old, arrived with his mom, eager to learn the harmonica.“We just came in to see what’s up,” said another when Sitcov asked what brought him and his friends through the doors. Everyone is greeted with a handshake and a proper introduction; each person is met with dignity. A donor has brought home-made chocolate chip cookies, which no one turns down.Within 20 minutes the parish hall transformed into a lively music lab with different groups focusing on guitar, drums, piano, harmonica, bass and ukulele. The drummers sat outside, sheltered by the balcony overhang. Once lessons got underway, the guitar players headed for the sanctuary because the parish hall grew too noisy.A volunteer teacher sat with a young woman and asked, “Do you like the blues?”“I don’t know,” she replied. “What does it sound like?”He played a classic blues progression on the acoustic guitar. She wasn’t sure she liked it, so he played reggae. Her face lit up, and they set to work.When participants return for the third time, they receive a free musical instrument of their choice.Building trustThe Taking Music to the Streets program aims to improve the self-esteem of these young people, to show them that people care about them and to create trust, which eventually leads the kids into shelters and programs that help them break the cycle of homelessness.“We give them something good for the heart and soul and that helps them pay for their meals,” said Sitcov. “Then when they’re feeling good and they trust us, we help them get into programs that get them off the streets.”The program began March 10 at the church center.“Without this program, there is no way I would have an opportunity to learn how to play and get an instrument,” said Casey, one of the participants. “Thank you.”“I’ve wanted to get my own guitar for over six years,” said Amber, another participant. “I am excited about earning my guitar!”These homeless youth have heartbreaking stories. One was kicked out at age 14 because of her sexual orientation. Her mother was addicted to prescription pills and would badger her daughter for them. She wanted a better life for herself so she left home.Another young woman has been homeless since she was 12. She likes the music program because she feels respected. She looks forward to getting off the streets.In the program’s first 10 weeks, 75 youth attended classes. Twelve returned three times or more. Ninety-five percent of these youth are 18 to 24 years old and none have many marketable skills. In the city of San Diego, there are 25 beds and a one-year waiting list for homeless kids in this age bracket.Sitcov, the founder of Photocharity, expressed thanks to the Episcopal Church for allowing Photocharity to have classes for “the throwaway homeless youth that no one is helping.”“You are keeping hope alive for these young people. This is the beginning of breaking the cycle of youth homelessness,” said Sitcov.The partnership between Photocharity and the Episcopal Church Center began through an unlikely acquaintance. Susan Rackley attends church at the center, but not for the Episcopal liturgy. She is a member of The Oasis Christian Fellowship, a nondenominational church that meets in the parish hall. When she learned about Photocharity’s need for space to teach music to homeless kids, she reached out to the owner of the property, the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, who reviewed the proposal and said yes.“Homeless people know this place well,” Rackley said. “They have dinners here on Wednesday nights and receive food from the pantry on other days. This place has been so instrumental in the success of the music program. They’ve been open, flexible. You think of Episcopalians as a little uptight, but not this place!”History of serviceThe center in Ocean Beach has a long history of offering peace and sanctuary to all regardless of creed. It was founded in 1922 as Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, which it remained until 2006, when its rector led the congregation out of the Episcopal Church. After a legal dispute, the property was returned to the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego in 2011.Ministries to homeless people, which began more than 20 years ago, continued uninterrupted through the change of leadership thanks in large part to Nancy Holland, canon for mission enterprise and director of the Episcopal Church Center.“I’m so proud of Nancy and grateful for her leadership and presence,” said Diocese of San Diego Bishop James R. Mathes. “She has been a remarkable ambassador for the church in Ocean Beach, taking up residence on the city’s crime-prevention task force while bolstering existing programs at the center and making room for new ones. She has turned this church into a life center for the community, and she’s done it with patience, grace and a lot of quiet listening. We are gifted by her business acumen and her strategic thinking.”Opportunities to partner with others in the community is a key to success, said Holland. “It’s the only way we’re going to end homelessness in San Diego.” Currently there are more than 3,000 youth, ages 12 to 17, who are homeless in San Diego, she said.Photocharity’s Sitcov is a professional photographer who rubs shoulders with celebrities such as B.B. King, Elton John, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen. He procures their autographs on musical instruments and memorabilia, which he then sells or auctions. All proceeds support the mission and vision of Photocharity, which is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for charitable organizations that empower homeless and disadvantaged youth to make better choices.“Nancy’s a joy to work with!” exclaimed Sitcov. “She trusted Photocharity and our vision. The facility is great – we love it. It’s a perfect place to have classes.”Rackley saw Photocharity featured on a local television station. Her father had just died, and she was looking to make a memorial gift in his honor. She researched Photocharity and found that it was a worthy nonprofit that devoted a high percentage of each dollar to helping kids on the streets.“Jeffrey’s amazing,” said Rackley. “He’s got the energy of an Energizer bunny, and he’s a heck of a fundraiser. He’s not afraid to ask for autographs from celebrities to raise money for this program. He has a big heart and is always looking for ways to reach homeless kids.”Said Casey, “This program gives me more stability every week, I have somewhere good to go no matter what, where I can play instruments, hang out with nice people and have dinner. I’m very thankful. It is a blessing.”— Hannah Wilder is communications director for the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Comments are closed. 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Asda and meat brands to help customers donate thousands of meals to FareShare

first_img  375 total views,  1 views today Howard Lake | 9 February 2020 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Why meat? Asda and meat brands to help customers donate thousands of meals to FareShare AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 The buy one give one (BOGO) campaign follows a successful trial with Warburtons last year. The nationwide campaign is focused on meat because it is “always in high demand in the frontline charities FareShare supplies”. Tagged with: buy one give one corporate fundraising donated services Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive of FareShare, said: “Cooks and chefs at the charities we support often tell us how valuable meat is for the meals they make – not just for its nutritional value but also because of the savings charities make by not having to buy it in the shops.”Customers are still encouraged to donate other long-life store cupboard products at permanent food bank collection points in Asda’s stores. These donations will go to local foodbanks.Stephi Brett-Lee, Asda’s Senior Director for Community said; “Our customers are already incredibly generous in the amount they donate through our in-store food bank donation points, but we wanted to look at ways we can make the donation process easier and increase the volumes donated. By working together with Richmond Sausages, Rustlers Burgers, ABP and FareShare, we can get even more food to those in need in our communities.”The promotion is now running in-store and online and runs for six weeks in 405 stores.“Less risk of fuel poverty”St Francis Pop Up Shop, a community food shop in Chantry in Ipswich, is among the charities receiving Warburtons products through the original trial. Reverend Robert Hinsley, who oversees the project, said: “Chantry is one of the most deprived parts of Ipswich with high levels of poverty. Providing access to surplus food at a very low cost gives our customers the opportunity to choose food items and removes the stigma of using food banks.“Providing food such as Warburtons bread can make a real difference – it can mean a family or individual can have a meal where they would otherwise be unable to do so, and can put them less at risk of fuel poverty as they can afford to heat their home or wash their clothes. Advertisement Food redistribution charity FareShare is likely to receive over one million donated food products through a ‘You Buy One We Give One’ campaign by Asda in partnership with Richmond Sausages, Rustlers Burgers and ABP, one of Asda’s own label meat suppliers.When Asda customers purchase participating Richmond Sausages, the Rustlers All Day Breakfast Sausage Muffin and Asda’s Extra Special Italian Meatballs, another similar product will be donated on their behalf to Fareshare.FareShare will redistribute the food to charities and community groups including food banks, homeless shelters and school breakfast clubs. The charity works with 11,000 charities and community groups which turn the food into hot, nutritious meals for vulnerable people who might not otherwise eat.4.7 million people in the UK live in severely food insecure homes. This means that their food intake is greatly reduced and children regularly experience physical sensations of hunger. Buy one give one products in Asda’s Fight Hunger campaign with Fareshare  376 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2last_img read more

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Cairns real estate: Market conditions causing ‘silent auction’ activity

first_img Most viewed homes this year Aussies unsure how to turn property dream to reality “Having multiple buyers for a single property is relatively unusual for Cairns and we should be taking properties to auction because of it. At the moment we’re getting offers off market so it’s like we’re doing silent auctions anyway, so why not go to auction for all the benefits.”Mr Murphy said auction campaigns were designed to expose the property to a maximum number of genuine buyers due to strict time frames where buyers would focus on the property itself, rather than the price during the lead-up to a competitive bidding war on auction day. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“With their defined time frame, auctions attract people who are serious about buying and selling. The seller has market-derived feedback, is the decision maker on price and has greater control over the selling process, in general. “A reserve price protects the seller; and there’s the certainty of unconditional sale.“The contract of sale is on your terms and the conditions of the sale are predetermined to suit your situation. An offer can be made before, at, or after the auction.“When an auctioneer announces, ‘the property is on the market’, all is laid bare and one price will win the property. Competitive bidding can certainly help achieve a maximum sale price.” RE/MAX auctioneer David Murphy said buyers’ motivations were beneficial to current sellers. “The buyers’ mentality in the current market is indicative that the fear of missing out on the property is greater than the desire to snag a bargain.” Ten FNQ family homes under $250k Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:53Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:53 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow online real estate auctions work01:54A CAIRNS real estate agent currently fielding interest from a “very active” buyers’ market is reminding sellers on how they can maximise the value of their sale. RE/MAX broker-owner Ray Murphy says auctions could offer bonus opportunities for the sale of a home due to the specific marketing process and the competitive nature of how homes sold when listed to go under the hammer. He said Cairns’ current market conditions made it an ideal time for prospective sellers to consider auctioning their home. “We’re finding we’ve got more buyers than properties listed and we’re regularly getting multiple offers on properties,” Mr Murphy said. RE/MAX Cairns broker-owner Ray Murphy and auction agent David Murphy MORE NEWSlast_img read more

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Liverpool wait on Man City slip-up to clinch long-awaited title

first_imgLiverpool will be crowned champions of England for the first time in 30 years on Thursday should Manchester City fail to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool’s second goal Jurgen Klopp’s men moved to the brink of a long-awaited Premier League title in the style that has made them worthy champions-elect by thrashing Crystal Palace 4-0 on their return to Anfield behind closed doors on Wednesday. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah, Fabinho and Sadio Mane scored the goals as the Reds opened up a 23-point lead at the top of the table. Should City keep the title race alive at Chelsea, a point will be good enough for Liverpool to win the league when the top two meet in Manchester on July 2. “Tonight was a big step, that’s clear,” said Klopp. “We’ve all still got to play seven games. If we play like this it’s really not nice to play against us.” City boss Pep Guardiola said on Wednesday his priority is Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final rather than prolonging Liverpool’s wait and he could rest players for a trip to Newcastle at the weekend.Advertisement Promoted ContentCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This10 Simple Product Ideas That Made Their Creators Millionaires7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemUnusual And Unique Beauty Of Indian Women Liverpool’s famous Kop end was draped in flags for Anfield’s return behind closed doors “Pep should play poker,” added Klopp. “They are brilliant, the football they play is unbelievable. “We are different and we have to be. There are different ways of playing football and I like them both.” Alexander-Arnold opened the floodgates for Liverpool on Wednesday when the right-back curled a sumptuous free-kick beyond the grasp of Wayne Hennessey to settle any nerves on 23 minutes. The England international admitted many of his teammates will be tuning into events in West London, but wants this Liverpool side to go on and rewrite the record books no matter when they clinch the title. City set the Premier League points record of 100 two seasons ago, but Klopp’s side could still reach 107 with seven games remaining. “A lot of us will watch it tomorrow but not get too excited,” said Alexander-Arnold. “We’ve still got to prepare for the game next week regardless. We’ve still got seven games left I think and we’re going to try and get all 21 points from those games.” Read Also: 15-year-old Romero makes La Liga historyThe front three of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Mane have been key to Liverpool’s rise over the past three years from struggling just to qualify for the Champions League to winning that competition last season and now running away with the English top-flight.All three combined beautifully for the fourth 20 minutes from time as Firmino fed Salah, whose pass picked out the run of Mane and the Senegalese slotted into the far corner.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Before kick-off “You’ll Never Walk Alone” boomed around a deserted Anfield, but without the usual accompanying chorus of nearly 55,000 fans.Instead, banners and flags were draped over The Kop on the night Liverpool could have clinched the title had they won the Merseyside derby on Sunday.“Imagine if this stadium would have been full today and all the people could have experienced it live,” said Klopp. “I don’t think the game could have been better because my boys played like everybody was in the stadium.”From the start, Liverpool looked far sharper than in that goalless draw at Everton in their first match for three months.“There was a lot more rhythm and fluency than Sunday,” said Alexander-Arnold. “Today we’ve come out, started fast and didn’t really put a foot wrong in the whole game. It will go down as one of our best performances of the season.”Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates his stunning free-kickSalah showed a clinical touch to net his 21st goal of the season from Fabinho’s ball over the top to make it 2-0 just before half-time.Liverpool’s long wait for a title has been extended by three months due to the unprecedented coronavirus shutdown.That wait could take just one more day, another week or slightly longer should City show their pride to win the battle of the top two next week.However, there remains no doubt the title drought is coming to an end and Wednesday’s dominant display underlined why they will be champions.Fabinho’s piledriver set the seal on a 23rd straight league win at Anfield as the Brazilian drilled home from fully 30 yards.last_img read more

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Welbeck pens new deal

first_imgDanny Welbeck has signed a new four-year contract at Manchester United which keeps him at the club until at least June 2016.The Longsight-born striker, 21, has made 64 appearances for United, scoring 17 goals since his debut against Middlesbrough in the League Cup in September 2008.Sir Alex Ferguson is delighted to have secured the striker’s services for another four years.“Danny has been with the club since he was eight years old and has made fantastic progress in the last couple of years – first out on loan and last year as a regular in the first team,” the manager told ManUtd.com. “He has become an important player at international level as well, as the maturity of his performances at the European Championships showed. This year is another important one for him. He has a bright future ahead of him.”Welbeck himself added: “Playing for United is all I’ve ever wanted to do – it’s the club I’ve supported all my life. I can’t wait for the challenge of the new season to play my part in helping the team compete for trophies. I’m learning all the time from the best manager in the game and I’m keen for that to continue alongside the world class players in the squad.”last_img read more

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