Parenting

Memories –


I was thinking of when I was being honored at a Banquet and when I realized that my son was getting an award as well –  You know I was mushy and teary eyed!! About 5 years ago – I started doing street ministry but to the Homeless population  called The Coleman Cares Winter Project and I went out from October until April giving out clothes, coats, socks, hot beverages and food.
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This was done by MY OWN money as well as my son’s little piggy bank ( by his choice – which touched my heart as well ) Nonetheless, my son was also honored since he was in the trenches with me! This photo was taken when my NOW 11 year old son was about 6 years old.

The Lord’s work has its own kind of reward that does not always come / show up in the FORM of currency……God is good.

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Ministry

Take A Break and Ask Yourself……How Many Times?


How many times have we walked by someone who was homeless and never thought about them again?How many times have we looked at the homeless and shook our heads?How many times have we stuck our nose up at the homeless while we were dressed up?

How many times have we stated negative things about the homeless in mere conversation?

How many times have we swore to never give a homeless person another dime?

How many times have we felt that the homeless were not even considered human beings?

How many times have we said that we would try to help the homeless but never did?

How many times have we had our children and dared the homeless to even look our way?

How many times have we had money to give the homeless but just ” flat – out ” didnt want to give?

The questions can go on like a BAD CREDIT REPORT, so just ask yourself how many times are you going to try to convince yourself and others that you are a good person but do nothing?

One last question:

How many times are you going to claim to be a Follower of Jesus Christ ( proudly calling yourself a Christian, or a New Beleiver ) and do not follow his scripture references on helping the needy?

Here is a few versions of 1 SCRIPTURE THAT TRANSLATES IN SEVERAL DIFFERENT WAYS

NIV VERSION
Matthew 25:36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.

NASB VERSION
Matthew 25:38 ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?

KJV
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

AKJ VERSION
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we you an hungered, and fed you? or thirsty, and gave you drink?

ASV VERSION

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, and fed thee? or athirst, and gave thee drink?

I am not saying that YOU CAN SAVE THE WORLD from Homelessness!

However, I ask and so does God, what did you or what are you doing to just simply HELP?

Ministry

Time vs Money


I have really made it my mission to help people in any way that i can….  it is weird how although ive started my little community outreach program called Coleman Cares Winter Project.. i now feel compelled to do even more.

People do not understand the “value of volunteering”..not only does it bless the people that you are assisting but you are also blessing yourself…..

everyone now a days want to get paid for ANYTHING that they do that does not concern them! wow…. where in the world have the morals and ethics gone! its 2010 and people are less giving than they were 20 years ago! its all about the “me -me” syndrome..

and its just pulling the people’s mind sets towards a direction that it was never meant to go…. a good deed is more exspensive than a week’s worth of pay…. that is what i personally think…. but go figure… its me and i cant speak for everyone…

I never thought about asking for money from churches or people that i knew who were apart of non profit organizations to assist me in what ” i chose” to do via helping the homeless..

Yes, I only chose to do the months of October to April 1st because those are the most crucial times via the weather and the homeless out there on the streets….

it is spring time and being a single parent i have to keep my son as active, productive and constantly moving forward as possible…

he plays baseball, soccer, tae kwon do and off and on drums and piano… so where in the world would i find ANY extra time to go out onto the streets….. i really started feeling bad a few weeks ago when i seee the homeless still on the streets struggling and in misery and i know that i cant save the world…let alone the homeless in pittsburgh, pa but it bothers me…..

its only me and my son buying things that we think and also know by now of what they may need…so i shouldnt feel ‘too bad” right?? nope.. God still pulls on me to go the extra mile…

although he understands the time frame that i chose..and he understands that im putting family first.. which is my son but every now and then…. i guess it wouldnt hurt to make a pit stop at least once a month…..

why in the world am i pricking my own heart strings for anyway…  no one really offers to help in deed BUT THEY DO IN WORDS ONLY! GO FIGURE…… that’s life and that’s also people!

Ministry

F.Y.I. To The Homeless….


 1. Don’t hang out with the homeless. It may sound mean, but if you want to get out of homelessness, you cannot hang out with the “lifers,” as those who have been homeless for more than five years are called. They have a hopelessness that is difficult to escape.2. Do something daily.
Homeless shelters still run under the outdated idea that people should be outside for 8 or more hours a day. They rise as early as 5 a.m. to hit the street. If that is the case, make sure you have something to do, such as going to school, job hunting, job training or anything else to engage the mind. This will help with the fear and feelings of hopelessness that you might be tempted to surrender to.
 It also helps you stay connected with the world.3. Get outside support. One of the hardest things about homelessness is the feeling that you are alone and may never get out of it. By having a support system outside the homeless shelter, you stand a better chance of making it out with your mental faculties in place. Outside support means someone you can be honest with.

4. Maintain your hygiene. One of the first signs that homelessness has gotten the better of you is when you stop bathing and stop wearing clean clothes. If you do this, people will treat you like you are homeless, and that is the last thing that you need.

5. Look for work. Freshen up your resume and volunteer until something comes through. The point is not to think someone owes you something.

6. Don’t tell others your business. Homeless people can become very jealous of those who are trying to get ahead. ( Not just homeless but almost ANYBODY ) However, you must remember that YOU are trying to get yourself out of a rut, a whole, a stuck place to move forward so stay focused!

7. Maintain your dignity. How you do it will largely depend on the values you hold. If you keep your values and don’t give in, you will walk through homelessness with your head held high.

Ministry

A Homeless Millionaire


V.D. Coleman

Michael Jackson Suffered From Homelessness…….

Michael Jackson suffered from Mental and Emotional Homelessness………When God started dealing with me via different avenues of homelessness, I thought about my own personal situations that I have been through in life. However, God is always into grasping at bigger pictures to REACH more for the cause of Christ!Therefore, that led me to The Secular World’s King of Pop, Michael Jackson. He was the poster child for more so emotional than mental homelessness. Most people think of anyone needing mental assistance or what we call mental health is also in a negative format. Mental issues does not always mean that a person is crazy but being untreated, meaning issues not being dealt with some seriousness sensitivty can TURN PEOPLE CRAZY!But, as the whole world has seen, found out and been forced to recognize the real pain that Michael Jackson has not only experienced but has carried all of these years that basically took him to his last days here on earth. Short lived and gone too soon are the words that still echo to this day. I am ” STILL ” saddened by his death in all honestly.

I think, emotionally.… It definitely took its toll. Definitely,It’s the human experience,of any death. You know, that’s what the heart does. Things are given to us, and things are taken away. And I think the heart becomes stronger, more capable. I look at him as the one of the few people I was able to listen to growing up as a child, he grew up with so many of us and that was my first album that my father bought me willingly! ( INSERT A SCREAM FACE HERE )

Yes, my father was soo tight on his wallet! Whew yes he was! Plus being raised in a strict Christian home had some perks and some real tear jerkers but overall I turned out ok – I guess!

My father was strict, realistic and tuff and my mother was wise, christian, churchy and naive. I am a mixture of both but had to learn how to be strong and not tuff because I am Lady. Then all of the other things balancing was hard.

Moving right along, I miss Michael Jackson the person. Although, I did not know him personally or have never had the awesome chance to see him perform in concert but being alone and having so many people who desire to be around you and know more about you than be supportive for the very person that you are – I KNEW HIM AND HOW HE FELT WITH THAT.

Mental and Emotional Situations in people’s lives are real and if not addressed will end up in pure zombie states that will ultimately lead to death’s door with no happy ending for anyone. The individual themselves and their loved ones.

Using Michael Jackson just seemed to be more realistic for people to understand the seriousness of a person’s emotions. Parents need to understand that although they too have hopes and dreams and do not desire to live a certain lifestyle, that the day that they chose to become parents..things changed.

Children did not ask to be here and they are gifts that God created and is entrusting parents to do right by them. It is a hard pill to swallow that becoming a parent shifts EVERYTHING that you ever wanted to do as a single person. Not saying that your dreams have to die BUT they will be shifted. Michael Jackson influenced the world but God wants to SAVE THE WORLD and remind us all that HE is the one that died so that we all may have everlasting life.

Live right, do your part and you will not have to sit around worrying who did and did not make it to Heaven.

HOME – LESS – NESS

Home – who doesnt want one – that is a safe place – young and old you need one – a place of peace ( NO pain )

Less – the lack thereof, you do not have something- you want more of it – whatever your ” it is ” you want crave it – it is love, more compassion – being simply safe and knowing that there is more of where that came from.. but we are talking about the word LESS – so he had less and none of…

Ness – reminds me of scripture references in the bible when it uses the ending ” eth ” endureth meaning it is continual literally… but when you are hurt and going through it seems and you want it to stop by an means necessary

When you suffer from the pure basics of life which is really LOVE – who knows how your going to turn out. You start looking for love in all the wrong places and things. When you obtain things to temporarily feel a pinch of love like you are a drug addict looking for a fix, before you take ” the hit ” you already know that it will not last long enough to give you what you really want…. That is where all of the drugs and machings from hospital operating rooms came in at the home of Michael Jackson. He would rather stay sleep for long periods of time so he would not have to be reminded that he was not loved by the family that he was birthed into. More so the WHOLE WORLD knows that it stems from his earthy father Joe Jackson. This a perfect example of how the Father, the head, the overseer has the power to mold your life. He has always had a Heavenly Father whether he knew it or not. But the reality and the compassionate piece of the matter is that he wanted what any other child wanted – to be loved by their parents or loved ones. Sad stroy to swallow but he is 1 out of thousands who are experiencing this same type of hurt everyday, because of who he was may have parents pay more attention in how they treat their children ” perhaps “….

The General view of the ” word ” Homeless

Having no home or haven is a serious situation that can destroy any and everything in your life. It can cause you to want to STOP living.

Are your views some of these below?

someone unfortunate without housing; poor people who unfortunately do not have a home to live in; carries all thier possessions with her in shopping bags; people without possessions or wealth; without nationality or citizenship; “stateless persons” ; not settled or established; “an unsettled lifestyle”…

Well if so, please let me open your mind – your world up to another form of Homelessness…..

Mental and Emotional Homelessness or deprived of security. No one ever thinks to bring the mental and emotional aspects of it because most have “their own” portrait of what homelessness. It is alot more than walking by a person who is less fortunate who people call ” bums, winos or street walkers “… Before most of them have become homeless, their mental and emotions became ” homeless first “…

Let’s start with the Mental State of Homelessness if I may….

Mental– your mind basically deals with the very ” art of living ” of a certain and desired lifestyle. Regardless if it is blue collar, white collar etc. Your mind – my mind – our mind has already ” pictured ” how things should be.

When what you ” mentally ” had in place did not come into play this is where your ” emotions ” kick in and can disrupt everything. Depression can trigger a lot of things and your world as you once knew it can come tumbling down.

Emotional State – the very way that we respond to most things that have happened to us are unfortunately done on an emotional basis than a mental state. Please respect the word LOVE and what it is capable of doing in someone else’s life. Acting out of emotions destroy most relationships, career opportunities and even people’s very lives…. When people lose hope, they lose control of what is rationally accurate in this place that we called the world. Your emotions are half of your make up and it is literally attached to the mind, body, sould and spirit of a person. People who have been married for 50 years die when they lose their significant other due to emotional heartbreak. When patients are in the hospital, like a Children’s hospital perhaps, colors and shapes and things that make the human species ” SMILE ” are placed everywhere to lift up their moods \ spirits. Statics \ Scientists finally desire to investigate the emotional state of being of individuals when they are happy v.s. when they are sad. It is not rocket science, if you have ever been through anything majoy in your life, you do not need an International Scientist to tell you when you are at your happiest!

HEALING CAN BRING ABOUT SOME AMAZING THINGS…………………

P.S. Like that song that he sings in the enclosed video….. ” Will You Still Care ” after all of my issues are exposed and it looks like I am not what you thought I was… Will You StIll Care….. It is VERY SAD to say that NO… the people that Michael Jackson had around him ” didnt care ” ….. he turned into a cash operating system and they learned to give him what he wanted in order for them to obtain what they wanted…. Now even the doctors, chefs, bodyguards and everyone else who was affiliated with him by means of employment has blood on their hands.. because THEY ALL KNEW…………………….

Please be kind to one another and Let’s Save A Life!

Ministry

http://www.colemancareswinterproject.com


You Dont Need A DEGREE To Be A Community Organizer, You Just Have to CARE!!!!

This particular blog is just to post my feelings \ reasons why Coleman Cares Winter Project exists….. The other page is for information for those who have visited the page and wanted information. You do not have to make yourself a page on this site, CONTINUE to just email me at colemancares@yahoo.com Everything that is done you know has been CONFIDENTIAL – By no means will I submit photos without YOUR PERMISSION and or share what was done for you. Photos and future stories are ONLY for advertising purposes showing what the Lord has done and is doing. Therefore, hoping that since people are visual, it would encourage them \ prompt them to assist C.C.W.P. ( Coleman Cares Winter Project ) or just start showing acts of kindness on their own.

P.S. I Love You All and Know That God IS REAL V.D. Coleman ************************************************************************************************** Just as medicine is a profession dedicated to restoring health to the human body, community organizing is dedicated to restoring democracy at the grassroots level, to re-energizing citizens as an active part of the community. Community organizers focus on bringing about concrete changes in peoples’ lives, fixing broken systems, and changing power relationships so that unengaged people despairing of their lack of power can become re-engaged. Community organizers work to unite local people around their common concerns.

 Sometimes the concerns involve dealing with crime and renewing citizens’ ability to live safely and securely in their own homes and neighborhoods. Sometimes the concerns involve insuring that the community’s children get to schools safely and have a quality education when they get there. Sometimes the concerns involve reducing unwanted and illegal trash dumping or eliminating toxic wastes from the community. Community organizers are trained listen to people, really listen. They start where people are, not where organizers think they ought to be.

Community organizers help people to meet, to articulate their concerns, voicing their hopes and fears.

This collective articulation forms the starting point for what the community will do. Community organizers model an attitude of discovery and encourage people to try things and to learn from failure until they get it right. Organizers do not take themselves too seriously and frequently inject humor into this process to relieve the inevitable stress, and they encourage people to look at things from different perspectives, finding common interests with people they might not have worked with before.

In this process, new possibilities emerge, and old divisions are overcome as people bridge racial, religious, economic, and political divides to build new realities that reflect all their interests. Go into any neighborhood, talk to the residents, and they will talk to you with pride about their community library, playground, garden, or block watch program.

This is the result of community organizing as is the spirit that people exhibit as they proudly invest in their neighborhoods. Community organizers look for resources within communities. As a result they are often ignored or forgotten by the market or the government. Actually, this is perhaps where the community organizer does his/her magic. Because community organizers spend their time engaging disengaged and marginalized people, they frequently identify/uncover/release resources that were previously unavailable or unidentified.

In this way community organizers bring new resources to bear on community problems and issues. Sometimes those are individual resources and talents. Sometimes they are resources of community organizations and institutions. Community organizers are the ones who prove to communities that they suffer under a myth of lack of resources.

Community organizers explode the myth by helping people to see and use the resources they have inside themselves and in their relationships.

PLEASE REMEMBER: YOU DONT NEED A DEGREE TO BE A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER, YOU JUST HAVE TO CARE