[Hpn] teaching

Lucinda Houston lucy@efn.org
Tue, 26 Sep 2000 13:18:17 -0700

Yes, and I know the truth that for a lot of the mentally ill, it is all this
hurt, and pain, and isolation which drove them into the state they're in,
and that if we could manage to reverse things, there is every possibility
that they will heal!  (Not to mention that it could be prevented in others
in the future).
-----Original Message-----
From: john macpherson <nyceguy50@yahoo.com>
To: Lucinda Houston <lucy@efn.org>
Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2000 12:33 PM
Subject: Re: [Hpn] teaching

>Isolationist are often very sick people as it leads to
>several mental disorders, into halucenations and
>suicide. Therefor I guess your interpretation might be
>--- Lucinda Houston <lucy@efn.org> wrote:
>> One time I read in the bible "beware of the
>> desolation of..." something or other.  But I looked
>> it up trying to find a meaning, and it simply
>> interpreted out to me "beware of leaving people (or
>> a human, or others) alone".  It seems as if it were
>> the greatest of sins, to do.
>>     -----Original Message-----
>>     From: homey <homey@ids.net>
>>     Date: Friday, September 22, 2000 1:13 PM
>>     Subject: [Hpn] teaching
>>     Hi all,
>>     I have been very busy, but i wanted to respond
>> to the teaching aspect of winos.
>>     My camping expeditions started last year after
>> our local shelters maxed out and could no longer
>> provide shelter to the homeless (very similar to
>> unclesams ).  It was not my idea to teach skills to
>> folks though I did find individuals who were reduced
>> to life on the edge.  We just got together and
>> established some guidelines we all lived under.  In
>> this way we all new what would be expected of each
>> other.  Of course we had the occassional drunk and
>> addict that got out of control.  It was tough going
>> on those occasions, since many of us preferred to
>> handle it inhouse, which we did by a number of
>> methods.  Mostly just telling folks listen we love
>> you, but if you high or drunk your not welcome here,
>> but the underlying policy was if a drunk or druge
>> induced person showed up when the weather was cold,
>> we would provide them with a blanket/sleeping bag
>> and warm clothes, put them in the drunk tent.  There
>> they remained for the night, unless they required
>> medical attention or got unrully, in those cases we
>> had agreed to call an amubulance since the person
>> could technically freeze to death outside.
>>     Most of the time we had no problems.  Only twice
>> did we use the designated drunk tank (tent).
>>     It sounds wierd but we just accepted people for
>> who they were and level they were at.   I guess more
>> or less the volunteers and organizers like myself
>> provided examples for others to follow.  Some
>> followed, helping out emmensely while others did
>> there own thing.  Others followed out of peer
>> pressure, "thinking good god that woman can not
>> possibly fold 40 blankets and lysol them by
>> herself".  There was one person in particular street
>> name, Maddog who really got to motivating people to
>> help out and get moving.
>>     There was one person in particular who was so
>> mentally ill he would not sleep with us but slept on
>> the front stoop of the building next to us.  After
>> two weeks he finally came over and had dinner with
>> us one evening.  I considered this a minor miracle.
>> This person had not had any human contact for some
>> time.  He actually took a liking to our nativity
>> scene (which was voted in by those living there),
>> straightening the plastic statues and picking up the
>> garbage.
>>     I think it was a great experience for people who
>> were basically alone to share strenght, their
>> stories and meals.
>>     Catalina
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