Friday, February 24, 2012
Last night was regrettable, but definitely repeatable, if the circumstances should call for it.
Sadie picked me up at 12am in Portland, Oregon, however we didn't leave the airport until about 1am. The drive to Milo was exhausting, it wasn't my finest hour, I unfortunately fell asleep for a considerable portion of the journey. Arriving at Milo around 5am, Sadie tried to guilt me into taking a shower, (Sadie thinks that airplanes are really dirty, and I do agree), but I was too tired to care. Her house was freezing and she has decided not to use the heat because it cost about $500 each month. It was so cold, I tucked my head into the covers, hoping my breath might warm me. When I got uncomfortable, I wanted to readjust but the covers were too cold, I eventually fell asleep in the original position. We slept for about an hour. Sadie had class at 7am and now we both have been up since then.
Friday, February 3, 2012
Last week, my co-worker and I were charged with the task of finding a guest that was homeless simply due to the economic recession. We reviewed a list of at least 130 men, we only found one.
Men buy Ramen Noodles and Mountain Dew with food stamps, they then sell it in the lobby; the proceeds then enable them to buy cigarettes and booze.
Guests are provided three meals a day. When they aren’t served seconds they protest.
Many men refuse to drink water from the drinking fountain (there is nothing wrong with the fountain) and demand to have bottled water instead.
Most clients have cell phones and many of them have laptops.
Men receive free basic healthcare and medications. When they are ready to bounce to their next destination, many of them carelessly abandon their meds.
It is not uncommon to see former guests that have housing vouchers and food stamps panhandling. All of their needs are met with the exception of their vices.