Ryan is King of the Town – a Look at Traverse City’s Faith Community Ending Homelessness.

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As Invisible People travels amplifying the voice of people experiencing homelessness to educate and inspire, there are so many other important stories of homeless people and service providers not being told. Part of the transition to a new Invisible People is I want to create more educational content. I am trying to figure out a way to bring you all along with me to experience those stories. Because it’s just me and I can only use the resources I have now, I am trying to use a vlog format. This video is the second episode that will be an ongoing behind the scenes look at my work and adventures! Here is a link to the first episode:

Creating more educational content and figuring out some way to bring you all along with me is the reason I started a Patreon page [ I have never been able to give 100% of my time to help Invisible People reach it’s potential in ending homelessness, but once we succeed in achieving a few goals my hope and prayer is that I will be able to do this full time! Who knows, maybe even hire production crews to help capture more stories and make better videos.

When I started the day with Ryan driving around Traverse City meeting homeless people, I did not know what to expect. I just hit the record button on the camera along the way. I also didn’t plan on making such a long video. There is so much information that came up about homelessness and housing homeless people I felt it was important to include.

The biggest highlight of the day and this video is how the faith-based community in Traverse City has stepped up to provide services to homeless people.

We visited a church that provides a morning meal and showers. Then we visited a church-run day center that is probably the nicest rural day center I have ever visited. They even provide a storage solution, which is so important to homeless people yet offering storage is rare in secular homeless services!

Ryan takes me to visit a homeless woman newly placed in housing! She was sleeping outside for 38 years! It’s a powerful segment. Antoinette shares candidly about after spending so much time homeless that now being indoors makes her uncomfortable. Her story highlights the importance housing and that we much never give up on people!

We then meet a group of homeless people in the local library. Ryan does an intake with a homeless woman who fell and broke her back. Whitey helps a homeless man with her phone take an employment test online to hopefully get a job. It’s a powerful digital inclusion story! Everything these days is online yet homeless people or people in poverty do not have access to the internet.

We end the day touring the new shelter being built by 24 area churches. The church used to host homeless people in a rotating shelter model. That’s where people experiencing homelessness have to travel between the churches. It is so amazing seeing churches collaborate to build a facility so now the churches will rotate and the homeless people will always go to one place!

Because of automation, we will soon see massive layoffs. Homeless service budgets will continue to shrink because there will be less funding! The only way we will end homelessness or even see a significant reduction is through the faith-based community working with each other and their community to provide real solutions to homeless people. My visit to Traverse City left me inspired that churches can and will work together to end homelessness.

If you work or volunteer in homeless services or a faith-based ministry, I hope you’ll watch this entire video and share it with your network. More people need to hear this message of dignity, love collaboration, housing, and providing real tangible solutions to people experiencing homelessness.

Special thanks to:

Ryan Hannon and Goodwill Northern Michigan’s Street Outreach

Central United Methodist Church Outreach

Jubilee House

Safe Harbor of Grand Traverse, Inc


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Online Town Hall

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President Obama hosts an Open for Questions town hall on the economy on March 26, 2009. At this first ever online town hall from the White House, the President answers questions about the economy submitted and voted on by the public through WhiteHouse.gov. Jared Bernstein, chief economist for Vice President Biden, facilitates.

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In this tiny Texas town, Democratic Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke draws a crowd

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In Fort Davis, Tex., population 1,201, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Tex.) campaigns for the U.S. Senate amongst a crowd wanting political change, starting with how people talk to each other. Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube:

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WATCH: Town Hall with President Obama in Elkhart, Indiana

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Questions for President Obama: A PBS NewsHour Special — PBS NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill will sit down for an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama on Wednesday, June 1 at , at 8/7c in Elkhart, Indiana. It will follow with a town hall, during which local residents will ask questions of the president.


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Chinese Camp Ghost Town!! Remnant Of Notable California Gold Rush Mining Town

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Chinese Camp is a census-designated place (CDP) in Tuolumne County, California, United States. The population was 126 at the 2010 census, down from 146 at the 2000 census. It lies in the grassy foothills of the Sierra Nevada near the southern end of California’s Gold Country.

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Rocky Springs Ghost Town On The Natchez Trace

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Rocky Springs Mississippi is a ghost town and historic site located in Claiborne County, Mississippi, between Old Port Gibson Road and the Natchez Trace Parkway (mile post 54.8). The old town site can be viewed by the public during daylight hours. Rocky Springs and the surrounding area is maintained by the National Park Service.

Rocky Springs was established in the late 1700s as a popular watering place for travelers along the old Natchez Trace, near a natural spring and rock outcropping from which the budding community would take its name. In 1796, Mayburn Cooper settled in the area, and was recorded in the 1816 census as a land owner. In 1829, the Rocky Springs election precinct received 90 votes. A Methodist church was erected in 1837. The first private school, Rocky Springs Academy, opened in 1838. By 1860, the community of Rocky Springs had reached a maximum population of 2,616 inhabitants, plus approximately 2,000 slaves, all living in a 25-square-mile (65 km2) area. According to the NPS, at its height the town proper contained three merchants, four physicians, four teachers, three clergy and 13 artisans. Cotton farming was the main economic driver.

The community of Rocky Springs began to decline during the Civil War, at which time Union forces passed through the area during the advance on nearby Port Gibson. In 1878 the remaining inhabitants of Rocky Springs faced an outbreak of yellow fever. Later, valuable cotton crops were destroyed by an infestation of boll weevils, while at the same time farmers were struggling with severe erosion caused by many years of poor land management. In 1930, the last store closed, and the natural spring, from which the town took its name, dried up.

Today, the old town site of Rocky Springs can be viewed by the public during daylight hours. The Methodist church built in 1837 is the only remaining structure, and continues to hold regular Sunday services. Some remnants of the town can be viewed along a short loop trail, including a post office safe and a cistern. Placards placed along the trail by the NPS offer historical information about the town’s growth and decline. A small graveyard adjacent to the church is maintained, and is the grave site of some the original settlers.

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The Great Gildersleeve: Gildy Proposes to Adeline / Secret Engagement / Leila Is Back in Town

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Premiering on August 31, 1941, The Great Gildersleeve moved the title character from the McGees’ Wistful Vista to Summerfield, where Gildersleeve now oversaw his late brother-in-law’s estate and took on the rearing of his orphaned niece and nephew, Marjorie (originally played by Lurene Tuttle and followed by Louise Erickson and Mary Lee Robb) and Leroy Forester (Walter Tetley). The household also included a cook named Birdie. Curiously, while Gildersleeve had occasionally spoken of his (never-present) wife in some Fibber episodes, in his own series the character was a confirmed bachelor.

In a striking forerunner to such later television hits as Bachelor Father and Family Affair, both of which are centered on well-to-do uncles taking in their deceased siblings’ children, Gildersleeve was a bachelor raising two children while, at first, administering a girdle manufacturing company (“If you want a better corset, of course, it’s a Gildersleeve”) and then for the bulk of the show’s run, serving as Summerfield’s water commissioner, between time with the ladies and nights with the boys. The Great Gildersleeve may have been the first broadcast show to be centered on a single parent balancing child-rearing, work, and a social life, done with taste and genuine wit, often at the expense of Gildersleeve’s now slightly understated pomposity.

Many of the original episodes were co-written by John Whedon, father of Tom Whedon (who wrote The Golden Girls), and grandfather of Deadwood scripter Zack Whedon and Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog).

The key to the show was Peary, whose booming voice and facility with moans, groans, laughs, shudders and inflection was as close to body language and facial suggestion as a voice could get. Peary was so effective, and Gildersleeve became so familiar a character, that he was referenced and satirized periodically in other comedies and in a few cartoons.

partially abandoned ghost town: boston, ohio (aka helltown)

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there are a lot of stories and urban legends surrounding this place, but one aspect that is overlooked is some homes that apparently had a canal in their frontyard instead of a street.


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imagine a community made up of a major road that is crossed by three parallel side roads, with houses lining both sides of the three side roads.

but now imagine that the middle of the three side roads is not a road, but is instead a canal. it looks like that is what this place was. the canal is dead and the houses that lined it are gone but the remains of the canal still exist and the areas where the buildings were alongside it, is now unused and overgrown.

at 03:02 you are at the intersection of main and center streets, and you look down center street (which is really just a shared driveway for a couple of small houses), the remains of the canal is just behind the fence you can see at the end of the street. then i go back there on the bike path and explore the canal area.

some of the other stories told of this place include a haunted cemetery from a school bus disaster or something, satan worshipping rituals, a government conspiracy to coverup an outbreak of a disease, and epic vandalism, but I wasn’t able to find evidence of such things, except for the fact that they have signs posted saying their cemetery is under video surveillance.

Big heroin problem in small town Cumberland, Maryland

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The drugs come to Western Maryland from Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and DC. And the heroin is strong. The Cumberland area recently had a death from what’s called krokodil. It’s heroin mixed with gas and paint thinner that literally burns the flesh off the body.

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Detroit 2020 Town Hall: Remembering the events of Detroit 1967

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Carolyn Clifford, Dave LewAllen and Chuck Stokes host a special Detroit 2020 event as we remember the events of the Detroit 1967 riots. We speak with people who were part of the riots, who remember the riots and those who helped create the Free Press documentary ’12th and Clairmount’ as they relive those days of 1967.