“Earl” (named changed to protect his privacy) visited the soup kitchen on the day I volunteered to prep and serve food. Trays are counted to track the number of hungry folks who came through for a fresh, hot meal. Some come through the line for another serving or two, because they may not have another meal until the next day or longer, if they are just passing through town. Earl has been coming in routinely for a few months. He is friendly, full of conversation, and shares his smile and gratitude with everyone he meets. Earl reminded me that joy is found within, and that joy can be contagious when freely shared with others…no matter the current status of doing with or doing without. Joy can be shared within a few moments of going through a line.
Kentucky Housing Corporation's Executive Director, Edwin King, sits down with Jacob Tamme, who is a former American football tight end and advocate of homes for wounded U.S. veterans who will be a keynote speaker during our 2018 Kentucky Affordable Housing Conference—The Power of Housing is Now—on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 21 and 22, in Lexington, Kentucky. Together, Tamme and his wife Allison co-founded the Swings for Soldiers Classic in 2010. Each year, they are joined by friends, family, and many volunteers to help produce an amazing event that benefits a great organization - Homes for Our Troops. In eight years, they have raised over $800,000 for the charity.
For a special Independence Day post, Edwin King sat down with Heather French Henry of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA), and Ron Georgette of Operation Stand Down Kentucky (OSDKY), to talk about the issues that veterans face, especially concerning housings, and the services available to them.
In part two of two special Independence Day podcasts, Kentucky Housing Corporation's Executive Director, Edwin King, sits down with Ron Georgette, who currently is the founder of Operation Stand Down Kentucky (OSDKY), to talk about services available to veterans and what OSDKY offers those vulnerable veterans (i.e. those struggling with mental health, drugs and alcohol; and/or who are physically incapacitated). OSDKY is a professional Veteran fiduciary/representative payee program that focuses on paying a veteran's debts and monthly fixed expenses. A veteran can either be appointed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or voluntarily admit themselves into the program as a willing participant to get their lives back on track.
This time of year brings the meaning of the holidays into focus. It is the time to reflect, feel and show gratitude, and enjoy traditions of the season’s best. However, this joyous season is not always a happy time for others, and can be a matter of survival for those needing shelter, warmth, food, and other necessities.