The Holiday season has started; Black Friday has come and gone. Many are looking forward the Christmas and on to the New Year. The Homeless do not have a lot to look for in the upcoming year. There will be no leftovers, no board games or late night family talk over desert.
In December 2017 HUD Part I 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) “Homelessness increased for the first time in seven years.” • 9% increase unsheltered homelessness • Increases in the numbers of unsheltered individuals in the 50 largest cities accounted for nearly all of the national increase.
In the report there were 4,140 homeless people counted in the two counties on one night in January 2018, up from 3,789 counted last year. If you take a walk in Downtown Dallas CBD, you will see a homeless person. They may be White, Black, Hispanic, Man, Woman Children and Families. As the 2017 AHAR reflects, homelessness does not discriminate.
For many of us this has been a challenging year, but being Homeless is about a challenging day just to be alive.
Of the homeless there were 662 children counted in the census this year. A vast majority of those kids live in emergency shelters or transitional housing with their families. However, there were 64 youths living in an emergency shelter without a relative. Nearly 41,000 unaccompanied homeless youth were counted nationwide in 2017, according to HUD’s report. Nearly 90 percent of those youth were between the ages of 18 and 24.
I was at Dallas City hall this week and as I left, there was a man standing next to my car. I spoke to him and ask “What Up”? He says, “Do you have any change, he was trying to get something to eat”? At that moment, filled with skepticism, I explained to him I only had two dollars in change and apologized. He said, “I appreciate whatever you can give”. I ask him his name. My name is Joseph. He seemed genuine so I offered to get him burger at the McDonalds down the street. He said he could not leave; he was waiting on a friend to bring him some money for tomorrow when he went to the Library. He said he would go there to read and any assistance he could get. As we continued to talk and he seemed like a nice person, I ask him was he homeless and why? He said he was and he lost his retirement from the city of Dallas and once that happened, he lost his apartment. After I ask, it was clear he did not to talk about his reason for being homeless, but rather talk about what homeless needed. He said they needed blankets, socks, underwear, caps, clothes and anything to keep warm because winter is coming. I told that if I could ever help him I would. Again I offered him a burger and he accepted. I bought him a meal gave him my card, left him at the McDonald’s.
As I left, I hoped I had helped him. I told him if I could ever help, I would. I may never see Joseph again, but knowing what I now know about the Homelessness in Dallas, if I can help, I will.
If you cannot donate, just buy someone a meal , have a conversation and a smile.
Motivation and Fulfillment
As 2018 Kicks off and we move into a new year, Cashmere pope dropped by for a visit. As always we had great conversation. We discussed her #cashgoes30for30 Tour and Life lessons learned. She gave insight to the value Networking and Toxic people in your life. Check out Podcast and her new Website Memoirs of Cash.
Who is Cashmere Pope?
Cashmere Pope is the Founder of MemoirsOfCash.
As a writer, speaker, and influencer, I enjoy writing about personal development, creativity, productivity, travel and life experiences that shape our day to day lives.Born and raised in the beautiful state of California, from Oakland to the Monterey Peninsula. I am currently living in Dallas, TX.My travels encompass many different countries, as well as numerous cities across the states. Each place allowed me to develop various forms of soul searching and practical life lessons.
When I am not writing or sharing, I am out in the world taking risks, reading (both fiction and nonfiction), practicing yoga, training for my next race, planning for what’s next (or being spontaneous by not planning at all), and learning new natural beauty regimens.
My strength comes from GOD. Prayer is Powerful. Self Care is a must. Yoga saves lives. Mindfulness is the secret to longevity of the brain and body.
My ultimate life goal is to feel happier than what I look. I am passionate about encouraging others around me to discover their maximum potential and live their best, most fulfilling lives.
Everything’s coming up Roses. The thought of many women who worked hard to celebrate achievement and excellence. Expecting to be rewarded accordingly for her diligence and beauty of being a woman.
Once to the Roses of Success flourishes, she lands the new role, the position she wanted or “The look of success” she created. There’s something about the pleasure of a woman receiving a dozen of roses gifted for accomplishment and success.
What about the roses given with expectation with devious intentions, or some sick sexual request? What happens when the Roses die?
After the roses die she finds herself being pursued by the one she least expected…The one who rewarded her. They appreciated and needed her just as she did the same . The ultimate reward is now determined with a rose of deceit and misconduct. What does she do?
She could just ignore them and wait until they realize you’re not going to give in. Okay, that’s not an option (note: what not to do).
There are plenty of scenarios similar to this. Some different and more devious. The rewards change from success to love. It could be finance or even just peace. When the roses die, Just remember you are not alone. Here are some things you can do if you find yourself being sexually harassed or assaulted.
If someone is constantly harassing or giving you attention you don’t want, immediately let them know you are not interested. State what they’re doing is in violation to not only your personal desire, but also against the law.
Report it. If the person continue to harass you, write it down. Each time it happened, what was said, when, and who.
Go to your HR and report the incident. In reporting the Incident you should have documentation to support your allegations. You need to document everything that happens and then document the conversation with HR.
If you are physically threatened or touched, call law enforcement or security.
After you’ve let the person know you’re not having it, reported to HR and it continues, go to EEOC. Often HR may not needed action to stop the harassment. Regardless, don’t give up. You are not alone. Talk to a close friend or even a co-worker.
The silence of Sexual Harassment has been around a long time. It will take a long time for this to change. Don’t give up, you are not alone.
Sexual Harassment Resources:
Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Donald Trump, and the list goes on, America knows the face of the a power, controlling male dominating culture sex abuse. The forward backlash to Sexual Harassment in America has again rose to The Fight. This time people are listening.
Victims of Hollywood and Congress are sharing, their stories of abuse and harassment across all media platforms. In depth coverage, speaking out against the silence of abuse and control of the victims voice. Unfortunately, many of the victims are heard because the perpetrators are men of Power, favored by the elite and wealthy.
When Tarana Burke started the “#MeToo” campaign back in 2007 for survivors to support one another. It is now the perfect mantra to say it happened, is still happening and you’re not alone. Regardless to how much money you have, your race, or where you live. You’re not alone. Your men have your back.
The government and many companies have recently taken swift action to hold some perpetrators accountable. In the meantime, social climate of acceptance of this behavior is being rejected. The “sex cult” accusations and calls for cancellations of R. Kelly concerts, #muterkelly are definite signs of resistance. Men involved in sex with girls and teenagers should no longer be applauded in our community, workplace and definitely not the concert . If your business, of any kind, thrives on the abuse, disrespect and domination of teenagers and women…resistance awaits and possibly jail.
The message is pretty clear. You may get away with sexual harassment for a moment, a day, maybe even years. Just know that more and more victims are finding away to speak up, to stand against those who have power. If you have the power to do what the president said he did, move on a woman like a bitch, grab’em by the pussy…you should resist.
Of course all men are not abusers or pedophiles, or feel they have power and control when it comes to women. There are plenty of men who love, honor and respect all women. Its shown on our jobs, in our homes and overall in our society. These men bring hope and change to the attitudes and behavior of the next generation of men. Here are some things I think we can do to help in the fight against Sexual Harassment:
As men we can:
Speak out against sexual assault and domestic Violence.
Have those difficult conversations about Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence.
Appreciate the Value of women at home and at work.
Believe Women are equal and deserve the same equity of life and respect and honor as men.
Instill respect for women in our Sons teaching and manhood.
When women or men are sexually assaulted, the abuser must pay for their actions. Society most play role in changing the attitude and views of the victims and the victimizer. There is no excuse or I’m sorry that change the rules of accountability.
EEOC Harassment Statistics
According to the EEOC, $52.3 million dollars in damages were received from claims in sexual harassment in 2011. The following statistics break down the results of harassment claims filed.
- Total Claims Filed: 11,364
- Percentage of Charges Filed By Males: 16.3%
- Settlements Made: 1,367 / 10.9%
- Withdrawals with Benefits: 1,150 / 9.1%
- Administrative Closures: 2,635 / 21%
- No Reasonable Cause: 6,658 / 53%
- Reasonable Cause: 761 / 6.1%
- Successful Conciliations: 288 / 2.3%
- Unsuccessful Conciliations: 473 / 3.8%
- Merit Resolutions: 3,278 / 26.1%
- What Consent Looks Like – The laws vary by state and situation, but you don’t have to be a legal expert to understand how consent plays out in real life.
- How to Respond if Someone Is Pressuring You – If someone is pressuring you to engage in sexual activity, it is important to remember that being in this situation is not your fault. Here are some strategies to try.
- Safety Planning – Brainstorming ways to stay safe may help reduce the risk of future harm.
- Safety Tips for Traveling – Whether you travel often or you’re getting ready for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, it’s important to think about safety as part of your travel preparations.
- Alcohol Safety – There are steps you can take to increase your safety in situations where drinking may be involved. Like any safety tips, they are not foolproof, but they may help you feel more secure in social situations.
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