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Rainbow Village offers impoverished families tools for self-sufficiency

first_img Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA By Michelle HiskeyPosted Jun 20, 2013 June 26, 2013 at 10:58 am The Atlanta Diocesan Assembly of The Brotherhood of St Andrew has now partnered with Rainbow Village and spent our National Service Day on April 27, 2013 there transplanting bushes and plants and boarding up older unused apartments, in preparation for the new community center and apartments to begin this year. I can say without any hesitation that this place is the real deal – it is a model for all to follow to teach folks to fish, not just give them fishes. The people who work here are amazingly gifted and tireless. This is a place of the Holy Spirit’s making, there is no doubt in my mind. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Margaret Fletcher says: Comments are closed. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Youth Minister Lorton, VA Cassie Bullabaugh says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Tags Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Press Release Rector Knoxville, TN Deacon Nancey Yancey peeks out from the downstairs window of a playhouse at Rainbow Village, which serves homeless families with children in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Photo/Nan Ross[Pathways] The congestion in Gwinnett County, Georgia, is hard enough to manage by car. Steven Jackson’s family of six had it even worse the night they had to leave their motel on Jimmy Carter Boulevard.They were broke. They had no car. For Jackson, then a junior at Norcross High School, and his three younger siblings, this was the latest crisis faced with parents who battled various addictions. They had known days where they split up to find beds at various shelters, then reunited the next day to seek meals at soup kitchens.Where would the Jacksons go? How would they get there? Even more importantly, how could they live a more stable life, without so much drama?In transition, like more than 250 other families in the past 20 years, the Jacksons arrived at Rainbow Village – at first in Norcross then in Duluth – which became their vehicle to a new life. Started as an outreach ministry in 1991 by parishioners at Christ Episcopal Church in Norcross, Rainbow Village is a comprehensive program that provides fully furnished homes and support services for homeless families with children. They stay between one and two years as they start over.Rainbow Village required the Jacksons to sign a covenant to live in their community, to contribute up to 30 percent of their income for housing, to attend and complete courses in life skills such as budgeting, parenting, debt repayment and credit repair, to volunteer in the community and to develop a self-sufficiency plan.Most importantly, the Jacksons learned to trust their new patterns of stability, and their children saw what it took to live self-sufficiently. After the Jacksons left, like 85 percent of Rainbow Village graduates, they never were homeless again. Today the entire family is employed except for their father, who recently left a job working for Delta Air Lines as a chef.“Rainbow Village taught my family responsibility and accountability,” says Jackson, now 29 and the children and youth program coordinator there. “With my parents’ addictions, I took on a leadership role with finances and budgeting, to better them and us. I learned that change happens to all of us, but with a village you can pull it together.”The intense structure required by Rainbow Village attempts to meet the significant need of families and children in transition across Atlanta and its northern suburbs. In 2011, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development found that Georgia combined with four other states is home to half the country’s homeless.The team at Rainbow Village includes former residents who’ve since become staff members.Comparing all states since 2010, Georgia experienced the third-largest increase in homeless people. On a single night in Atlanta, Fulton and DeKalb Counties, more than 1,000 families were homeless. Nearly 8,000 more families were homeless across the state. One group, the National Center on Family Homelessness, ranked states on how well each cared for homeless families; Georgia came in next to last.Because so many families with young children are homeless, the average age of a homeless person in the United States, and in Atlanta, is 9. To help families transition permanently out of homelessness, parents must model better habits for their children. To create this vision at Rainbow House, a Christ Church parishioner named Nancy Yancey stepped in, having learned the hard way what positive change requires.In 1991, Yancey relished a sliver of time to herself each week while her young children were in school and day care. She eagerly gave that up, however, after meeting a needy family through Christ Church’s Christmas outreach. Born and raised in Norcross, she wanted to help her community.“It was a classic thing that churches do: take a basket of food to the family,” she recalls. “When I opened the door, I was appalled. I could see the ground through the floor. The elderly couple lived with their grandson, whose parents were drug addicts. After I dropped off the food and said a prayer and went home, I couldn’t bear it. I had to go back.”For the next six months, the more needs she saw in their lives, the more she helped. She arranged for all the public assistance for which they were qualified, a subsidized apartment, and donated furniture. She helped them gain custody of their grandson.A year later, when she returned, the family was “right back to their normal M.O.,” she recalls. “The son moved in and took all the money, did drugs and lost the apartment. I had taught them nothing about self-sufficiency, but only to be dependent on me. It was a huge learning curve.”Yancey could no longer set a trained eye on what she was sure someone needed. That had worked in her career as an interior designer for the home furnishings coordinator at a department store. When she agreed to lead Rainbow Village 20 years ago, her task was helping families envision a new life for themselves – not do it for them.The name for Rainbow Village hearkens to the biblical story of Noah, who suffered a traumatic transition when a tremendous flood wiped out his home and all the others as far as he could see. The rainbow serves as a reminder that God is constant throughout transitions, and that this particular village serves a rainbow of people as well.A new 12-unit apartment complex on Duluth Highway was dedicated debt-free in March as phase one of Rainbow Village. A capital campaign has raised $4.6 million of its target $9 million to build 30 apartments and two common spaces. Photo/Bill MonkThe original inspiration came from Ida Costell, who always took in her teenaged son’s friends who had been kicked out by their families. When Ida died, her son, Josh, gave $25,000 to Christ Church to form a ministry for homeless families in her honor.The church donated an additional $10,000 and labor to convert a condemned home into a duplex that began serving families in 1991, and Christ Church continued to furnish and maintain the homes. In 1993, Yancey became executive director and CEO; in 1995, Rainbow Village incorporated as a nonprofit.(Eventually, in 1998, the work would lead to Yancey’s ordination as an Episcopal deacon. “She went from designing interiors of homes to interiors of souls,” the Rev. Joel Hudson, the founding rector of Christ Church and chair emeritus of Rainbow Village, likes to say.)Initiative, development, accountabilityEarly on, Buckhead Community Ministries would send people to Rainbow House, and church members served on the screening panel. Later, school social workers provided referrals of families whose hungry children wore the same clothes to school each day. To live at Rainbow House, a family agreed to three principles: initiative, development and accountability.The three tenets grounded Rainbow Village’s classes and counseling that address physical, emotional, financial and educational needs. Families acquire the tools to dig out of the quicksand that has sucked them down before: lack of affordable housing, employment and day care; cycles of poverty and domestic violence.Some families at Rainbow Village struggled to overcome their own resistance to change, too. Says Yancey, “The biggest challenge has been to choose families that are ready and willing to make significant life changes.”Transitions can be messy.“We were one of the only families to leave and be allowed to come back,” Jackson recalls. “When we came back, our dad couldn’t come with us because he was pulling us down.”Other families, including Bishop Keith Whitmore and his wife, Suzie Whitmore, have pitched in to help those at Rainbow Village. Between 800 and 1,000 volunteers a year help with, among other things, home maintenance and furnishings, special events, meals, administrative assistance, school supplies, tutoring and after-school activities.“What I loved most was that they were not just worried about helping my mom, they actually paid attention to the kids and helped us,” says Tyera Braud, whose family – a single mom with six children – lived and learned to thrive at Rainbow Village. “What a lot of people fail to realize is that it’s not just the parents that have a rough time, the kids do as well.”Lynnette Ward, a former resident who, like Jackson, now works at Rainbow Village, recalls arriving in 1997 without “a clue what I was getting myself into and not sure I could make it.” Before that, Ward had been in an abusive marriage for five years and moved from a battered women’s shelter in North Carolina to one in Georgia.Consistent loveHer life further unraveled, but as she moved through that valley she experienced the transformational power of consistent love.“Rainbow Village provided a place for myself and [my] children to heal. They provided assistance when my third child was born with major birth defects, by way of rides to the hospital and child care for my two young children at home. They stood by me when my second child was also diagnosed with major health issues,” Ward recalls.“They found an attorney who helped me get a divorce. They worked with me on my financial goals and provided access to a Stephen minister. Rainbow Village helped me find matching funds for a down payment on my first home. They also worked with me as I began understanding my own self-worth. … My children and I have had a stable home for over 10 years because of what I have learned through Rainbow Village. My children have grown up watching God’s love by the actions of others. I have been given the gift that many mothers have naturally. I have a loving and caring relationship with my son, and after what I had been through with my ex-husband, I was not sure I would be able to have with any male.”The gaining of trust, more than any other material belonging or tangible asset, impresses Franklin Rinker, a Christ Church member from Braselton who became a two-time Rainbow Village board member.“I heard Nancy preach a Sunday sermon at Christ Church about needing money, and by writing a check, I got involved,” he says. A retired hospital CEO who coped with the rise of indigent care, Rinker knows about shepherding the needy through transitions. Hisexperience with building new hospitals helped Rainbow Village expand into a new apartment complex where 12 families now live.The 12 apartments and Family Service Center are phase one of a three-phase campaign launched in 2010.“In the health world, we talk about continuum of care, from the time you get sick and need to be hospitalized to post-hospital care,” he says. “There are a lot of similarities with Rainbow Village. We find broken people on their paths and help educate them and send them out as regained citizens who have good things in life to look forward to, instead of being beaten down and taken advantage of.”“To be in a situation where you’ve been abused continuously and your children have been deprived, you don’t trust a whole lot,” he says. “But by the time families graduate from Rainbow Village, the parents and children give testimonials of what this has meant to them, and there’s not a dry eye in the house.”A model for othersToday, Rainbow Village’s operating budget is about $900,000. The capital campaign has raised $4.6 million of its target $9 million toward completing an entire village with a family service center, community center and 30 apartments. The goal is completion by 2015 and becoming a model for others to replicate to support families who need to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness.As former residents circle back to work at Rainbow House, their stories are powerful templates for current families in transition. Jackson says he recognizes the same fearful eyes and nervous disposition that belonged to him when he did not have a permanent home.“You might be smiling, but you’re scared it will all change tomorrow,” he says. “You don’t know if you can be comfortable, especially after so many transitions.”Amid foreclosures and unemployment, Rainbow Village’s largest segment remains single mothers and children. “However, in the past year we have served three single-parent fathers and their children as well as one two-parent family with eight children,” Yancey says. “This is largely due to unemployment for long periods of time.”Rainbow Village is most resonant in its recognition of suffering as a portal to a richer life in which one’s past experience can benefit others.“In looking at my life, I pray that it was to prepare me for something better,” Jackson says. “With what I have gained, I am very humbled, and I hope I will always have this feeling that I am still not too far away from being homeless. I want to stay humble and know that I can always give back, that I can reach back and reach others.”— Michelle Hiskey is a freelance writer in Decatur, Georgia, and a member of St. Bartholomew’s, Atlanta. This article first appeared in Pathways, quarterly journal of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Pittsburgh, PA martha knight says: June 26, 2013 at 11:13 am It is so wonderful to hear about this organization. It is clearly changing lives and showing us all how to live the gospel message to love one another. 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This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Jobs & Calls Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Press Release Service An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit a Job Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Martinsville, VA June 20, 2013 at 7:39 pm Fantastic story. Report more recovery stories such as these. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Collierville, TN Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Albany, NY Rainbow Village offers impoverished families tools for self-sufficiency Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Bath, NC Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Billy Harrison says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR last_img read more

Hispanic Influence on the Housing Market

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Hispanic Influence on the Housing Market Related Articles Share 1Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Market Studies, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Hispanic Influence on the Housing Market Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago 2019-07-15 Seth Welborn Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Hispanics are one of the fastest growing group of homeowners in the U.S., the Wall Street Journal reports. WSJ states that Hispanics are experiencing the largest homeownership gains of any ethnic group in the U.S., bouncing back from a 50-year low in 2015. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that HIspanic homeownership has increased by 3.3 percentage points since 2015, compared to the overall U.S. homeownership rate increase of 1.3 percentage points since the homeownership rate bottomed out in 2016.The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) states that Hispanics accounted for the majority of new U.S. homeowner gains over the past decade, making up nearly 63% of total gains.  “The housing market would look very different today if it weren’t for a tidal wave of Latino home buyers,” Gary Acosta, NAHREP’s co-founder and Chief Executive told WSJ.Despite the increases in homeownership, Hispanic homeowners are still at high risk of foreclosure, especially for those who took advantage of risky loans during the housing crisis. According to Zillow, homes in Hispanic neighborhoods were 2.5 times more likely to be foreclosed upon than homes in white communities between 2007 and 2015, after hispanics and blacks saw significant gains in homeownership as lenders targeted minority buyers with these risky loans, eventually leading to foreclosure. A study from Clever.com revealed the racial disparities among mortgage applicants. According to the study, African-Americans are twice as likely to be denied a mortgage when controlling for income, and African-Americans (105%) and Hispanics (78%) were more likely to use high-cost mortgages to purchase a home.Looking at borrowers by race, it indicated that “mortgage applicants are predominantly white.” Out of the sample of 1.7 million applicants analyzed by Clever.com, more than 1.4 million mortgage applicants were white, compared to 80,442 African Americans, 93,762 Asian Americans, 29,293 American Indians, and 15,645 Native Hawaiians or Pacific Islanders. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago July 15, 2019 1,645 Views About Author: Seth Welborn The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: A New Approach to Affordable Housing Next: HUD Announces Residential Reverse Mortgage Sale  Print This Post Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

Vargas Llosa Says He Will Voice His Ideas Freely in Venezuela

first_imgBy Dialogo May 20, 2009 The Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa said that he will voice his ideas freely during his upcoming trip to Venezuela and that this need not frighten anyone, in response to an official warning from the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) that he could be exiled from the country if he tries to discredit the government of Hugo Chávez. In an interview with the Lima daily La Republica, the writer said: “I have my ideas and I express them freely wherever I am. Furthermore, I always express them with dignity, so of course I’m going to do so in Venezuela.” “I have been invited by Venezuela, by an institution that defends the same ideas I defend: democracy, freedom, peaceful coexistence, the rejection of all forms of violence in human relations and political activity. And I believe that these ideas are respected in any country, including Venezuela,” he added. When asked about the possibility of being exiled from his country, the writer said he hoped “that doesn’t happen. Venezuela has always been a very hospitable country and I hope it remains so. We are going to a meeting where he will discuss ideas. Nobody is coming with destabilization in mind. It will be an intellectual presentation, and that need not frighten anyone.” On Monday the PSUV warned that Vargas Llosa would be exiled if he tried to “discredit the government” of Chavez during next week’s visit to Caracas to participate in a symposium on freedom and democracy. “Mario Vargas Llosa comes with provocation in mind. The PSUV will support any government decision, such as exiling a person who comes here to discredit us,” David Medina, a PSUV member, told the press. “We want to warn these intellectuals who are about to come to the country. They come to provoke us, to create scandal, and to start a smear campaign over the issue of freedom of expression,” he added. Other participants in this symposium include Mexican historian Enrique Krauze, former Bolivian President Jorge Quiroga, Colombian writer Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza, and intellectual and former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda.last_img read more

F2 eyes third straight win, take on dangerous Cocolife

first_imgMALOLOS CITY—Surging F2 Logistics tries to stretch its early run when the Chooks To Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix rolls to Malolos Sports and Convention Center in this historic city.The Cargo Movers clash with Cocolife looking for their third straight win to keep in pace with unbeaten leader Foton (4-0), in a match that follows the doubleheader kickoff between Iriga City and Cignal.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Quiban gains share of Resorts World lead View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next F2 Logistics is coming off a morale-boosting win over Petron in four sets last Saturday in Bacolod City before dominating Sta. Lucia Realty in straight sets on Tuesday, sending notice that it is serious in dethroning two-time Grand Prix champion Foton.Head coach Ramil de Jesus, however, said they have to take it one step at a time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We have to be careful because all teams are also preparing,” said de Jesus, who added overcoming Cocolife would not be a walk in the park.Veterans Tina Salak and Michele Gumabao will lead Cocolife. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more

McGUINNESS SLAMS GAA OVER HANDLING OF ‘BITE-GATE’ AFFAIR

first_imgDonegal manager Jim McGuinness has broken his silence over allegations Paddy McBrearty was bitten by a Dublin player during last month’s league tie.McGuinness confirmed his player was bitten by Kevin O’Brien, who escaped a three match ban because McBrearty did not attend a disciplinary hearing.“Patrick is the victim in this,” said McGuinness. “We wanted him to go (to give evidence) but he is 19 years of age and did not want to go, that’s the bottom line.”Donegal were criticised by GAA President Liam O’Neill for not seeing the case through.However McGuinness believes the Central Hearings Committee should not have needed a personal hearing from McBrearty to charge O’Brien.“It wasn’t up to Patrick in my opinion to win the case for them,” he stated. “They had all the information.“Our doctor confirmed he was bit. The Dublin doctor confirmed he was bit. The hospital who took him in confirmed he was bit.“The player in question apologised to him after the game for what he had done.“We wanted him to go (to the hearing) but he felt he had said everything he had to say and put it in the report what had happened.“The President of the GAA is a schoolteacher and should know someone of that age is not fully developed and fully mature and doesn’t want to get into a court room situation.” McGUINNESS SLAMS GAA OVER HANDLING OF ‘BITE-GATE’ AFFAIR was last modified: May 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more