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Polo Chavez
Polo Chavez,  second from right, from Comite Pro Uno, said when we
face a "crisis" we always respond the same: with war. "War against
gangs, war against ignorance, war against terrorism, war against illegal
immigrants, war against lack of food, war against water security, war
 into infinity." Ethel Long-Scott, to his left said, "We represent the best in
America and need unity toward a greater vision. We need to kick the
politicians who support poverty enabling structures out.We need a
different vision from the agenda of the rich and elite."
Photo/Mike Rhodes
Activists and leaders met at the Chowchilla Senior Center for a day of powerful panel discussions at the third annual California Central Valley Journey for Justice on June, 29. 2008. The theme was "Addressing the Crime of Poverty", especially apt considering the Central Valley as a region has the second highest poverty rate in the United States. Only the state of Mississippi rates higher. On this page are comments from some of the participants.












Gloria Hernandez
Gloria Hernandez, from Comite No Nos Vamos, talked of her admiration
of Cynthia Green for fighting for her rights as a homeless resident.
"We have to build a coalition, empowered by education.
Photo/Mike Rhodes
Debbie Reyes
Debbie Reyes speaks in front of the women's prison. The journey
caravanned out to the Women's prison -- the largest concentration of
imprisoned women in the world.
Photo/Mike Rhodes




























By Lenette Evans

The Emergency Shelter Services, Inc., is a shelter for women, children and families. They also help them find permanent housing, jobs and encourage them in anyway they can to live a better life then one on the streets.

But many of the people at the shelter have a hard time making ends meet with some of the simple essentials that are needed which are clothes, shoes, food, and especially personal care items like laundry soap, shampoo, body soap, hand lotion, diapers, toys and games and things for kids, etc.

A few times a year the Shelter and their Director, Alysia Babcock, and the staff hold the National Project Homeless Connect at the Mercy Center off Pipestone Rd./Empire Ave., in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The upcoming event will be held August 13th, 2008 at: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Project Homeless Connect consists of: Assessment of each individual/family, one-stop shop location to access numerous community resources/services, customer oriented approach, involvement of the entire community, focused on partnerships and collaborative efforts, and outreach.

This event is for the homeless and the poor and those in need and is also meant to educate people in and around our surrounding communities, especially churches, leaders, ministers, healthcare professionals and others who are wanting to make a godly difference in people’s lives. Volunteers are greatly needed at this event to greet and to guide participants through the process. There are many different organizations that are involved as well as churches and it would be really wonderful to get more people and our communities involved in this dynamic event.

I encourage everyone to make a point to come. You will be glad you did knowing you are helping a great cause for the homeless.

If anyone would like to participate or has any questions, please call the shelter at: 269-925-1131.The Emergency Shelter Services, Inc., is a shelter for women, children and families. They also help them find permanent housing, jobs and encourage them in anyway they can to live a better life then one on the streets.

But many of the people at the shelter have a hard time making ends meet with some of the simple essentials that are needed which are clothes, shoes, food, and especially personal care items like laundry soap, shampoo, body soap, hand lotion, diapers, toys and games and things for kids, etc.

A few times a year the Shelter and their Director, Alysia Babcock, and the staff hold the National Project Homeless Connect at the Mercy Center off Pipestone Rd./Empire Ave., in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The upcoming event will be held August 13th, 2008 at: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Project Homeless Connect consists of: Assessment of each individual/family, one-stop shop location to access numerous community resources/services, customer oriented approach, involvement of the entire community, focused on partnerships and collaborative efforts, and outreach.

This event is for the homeless and the poor and those in need and is also meant to educate people in and around our surrounding communities, especially churches, leaders, ministers, healthcare professionals and others who are wanting to make a godly difference in people’s lives. Volunteers are greatly needed at this event to greet and to guide participants through the process. There are many different organizations that are involved as well as churches and it would be really wonderful to get more people and our communities involved in this dynamic event.

I encourage everyone to make a point to come. You will be glad you did knowing you are helping a great cause for the homeless.

If anyone would like to participate or has any questions, please call the shelter at: 269-925-1131.


Lenette Evans



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