A Night With The King’s Jubilee

6:30 PM. We arrive late, so Cranford makes his Church stop first and returns home to clean the TKJ-mobile while he waits for us.

6:55 PM. Time to load up the food!

7:00 PM. On our way to Philadelphia

8:00 PM. We arrive to find a long line awaiting Cranford’s arrival with food. A few men approach the car saying “Hey, Cran! You need help?” and they help us unload.

Anthony is a long-time volunteer who helps serve food. At the end of the night, he encourages us to come back.

What is summer without watermelon…

Alison Sailer Bennett provides some mellow music.

Alex the Albanian.

The King’s Jubilee continues to thrive through your prayers, support and generous donations. Please donate today!

You Say You Want a Revolution

“Everybody wants a revolution, but nobody wants to do the dishes.”
This is a saying that expresses a common problem of idealists of all stripes. They want to see sweeping changes happen in society and in their community, but the fact of the matter is, effecting change comes down to a lot of hard work. It involves mostly mundane, very unglamorous tasks. At The King’s Jubilee, we didn’t wait for the revolution. We just started washing the dishes over 23 years ago.
Just now, we may be on the cusp of ending homelessness in Philadelphia. I have hope to see it accomplished before I die. But we need much more support.
TKJ has $150 in the checking account. My business is on the verge of bankruptcy. We are two months behind on our mortgage. I am willing to keep plugging away. But I cannot do it myself.

Vote for Homes! – press release from Project Home

It’s the busy season with the Vote for Homes! Coalition and we need you to get involved with efforts to register, educate, mobilize, and empower thousands of homeless and low-income voters. (To join the coalition, visit www.voteforhomes.org/about.)

Also, please scroll down for more information about two popular events: Philadelphia Housing Authority Information Session and the Homeless Advocacy Project Birth Certificate Clinic.

Register Voters with the Vote for Homes Coalition Before the October 9th Deadline!
Register here to learn how to register voters and about voting rights for people who are homeless, living with disabilities, or ex-offenders. The trainings are designed for people working or living in social service agencies and volunteers who want to help register voters in our communities. It includes a special focus on the new Voter ID law. (Even volunteers who have been trained before are encouraged to come again because of the new information.)

Voter Registration Trainings- Pick one!
• Tuesday, August 14, 2:30 – 4:30
• Friday, August 17, 1 – 3
• Wednesday, August 22, 2:30-4:30 or 5:30 – 7:30
• Thursday, September 6, 10 – 12
• Tuesday, September 11, 2:30-4:30 or 5:30 – 7:30
• Friday, September 14, 2:30 – 4:30
• Sunday, September 16, 2:30 – 4:30

Trainings are held at 1515 Fairmount Avenue in Philadelphia.  Flyer available at www.voteforhomes.org. Snacks provided.
Please RSVP online at http://bit.ly/VFHtraining2012 or contact email advocacy@projecthome.org.

Philadelphia Housing Authority Trainings
In response to questions from community allies like yourselves, the Philadelphia Housing Authority are hosting two additional trainings on its program, policies, and procedures.

When: Tuesday, 8/21/12, 10am-12pm or Thursday, 9/6/12, 10am-12pm
Where: PHA Warnock Facility at 2850 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19133

Topics will include Overview of PHA Programs, Eligibility, Waitlist and Tenant Selection, Tenant Policies, Procedures, and Services. All are welcome, but space is limited, so signup here ASAP to reserve your spot. www.bit.ly/PHAinfoFALLSUMMER

The Homeless Advocacy Project & PECO Birth Certificate Clinic
Birth certificates are often needed to receive medical assistance, housing and other public benefits, to obtain a Pennsylvania driver’s or non-driver’s license, for access to many public buildings, for general identification and for many other purposes. This is especially critical right now because of Pennsylvania’s new voter photo ID law.

When: Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Where: PECO EXELON 2301 Market Street, (Energy Hall A & B) Philadelphia, PA 19101
Who: Open (and free of charge) to homeless individuals and families and those at risk of  homelessness

Homeless individuals who attend this free clinic will meet with an advocate who will request birth certificates for them and their minor children free of charge. For all clinic dates and more information please visit: http://www.homelessadvocacyproject.org/legal-clinic-schedule.php

Remember – The Voter Registration Deadline is October 9th!
  Please contact Jennine Miller at 215-232-7272 if you need registration forms or assistance registering voters.  Information about trainings and resources are available at www.voteforhomes.org.

Sincerely,
Jennine Miller
On behalf of the Vote for Homes! Coalition

Myron Starinshak’s Funeral

Arrangements have been made for Myron’s funeral:

It will be at St. Philip Antiochian Orthodox Church, Souderton, PA.

Wednesday, August 15:
6-8 pm Viewing
7 pm Trisagion Prayers
Thursday, August 16:
10-11 am Viewing
11 am Funeral followed by mercy meal.

A graveside service will be held 2PM Friday, August 17 at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

May his memory be eternal!

 

Here is the link to his obituary in the local paper’s website.

Memory Eternal!

St. Myron of Crete
This icon of St. Myron of Crete was donated to St. Philip’s in honor of Myron Starinshak.

I just learned via Facebook that our dear friend, long time supporter and brother in Christ, Myron Starinshak, passed away this weekend. Before he had his strokes a few years ago, he served faithfully, riding shotgun in the TKJ-mobile with me, to serve on the streets of Philadelphia. For many years he was a true, steady bass in the choir. He helped me at a couple of icon festivals. He used to do dozens of odd jobs around church. As soon as we know funeral arrangements, I will post them.

He was faithful to the end. He will be missed. May his memory be eternal!

Flowers, Candles & Music

Daylilies are amazing. They put forth a beautiful bloom and it is gone in a day, only to be replaced the next day with another glorious bloom. Jesus told us to consider the lilies of the field in order to encourage us to have faith in God’s provision for us. This in turn is to encourage us to share what God blessed us with today with others, knowing that God will have new blessings for us tomorrow. This is why we sell daylilies as a fundraiser. They will remind you to thank God for his care for you. Let them remind you to pray for the poor and for The King’s Jubilee.

We sold hostas, because they are equally carefree and survive well in shade, for those who do not have any sunny spots in which to plant a daylily. We raised $424 in sales and donations in the daylily and hosta sale this year. The plants are from Teich & McColgan of Hilltown, PA. I encourage you to visit them during any of their open houses or to make an appointment. The Teich’s live there. They are wonderful people. Their estate is one of my favorite places to just be at peace, when things are all wrong. Last summer, when I was having migraines and strokes, I was a regular visitor, whether they were open or not.

Hilary’s PartyLite candle sale fundraiser raised $350 in sales and contributions. Thanks to Tabatha Simpson and Mary Jaxheimer who helped with this. The candles should arrive next week.

We are waiting for the final tally on the Royal Ruckus hip-hop MP3 download sale fundraiser. We didn’t raise as large of a ruckus as we had hoped, but  I think it helped us reach an audience we hadn’t reached before.

May God bless you all as you bless the poor in Jesus’ Name.

Another Flawless Performance

TKJ-mobile
TKJ-mobile
TKJ-mobile

I was not quite up to par on Thursday, recovering from some sort of bug, so I stayed home. I made a simple soup. It was turkey with green beans and yams. I packed the TKJ-mobile. Uncle John Haggerty picked it up at our place, picked up cups at Giant and continued to St. Philip’s. There, he, Brian Simpson, and Deacon Herman Acker loaded up the sandwiches that had been delivered there and continued to Philadelphia. They were joined in Philadelphia by some of the usual suspects from Holy Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Elkins Park, and from St. Stephen OCA Cathedral, and from Holy Ascension Antiochian Orthodox Church, Downingtown, PA. They set up the hand-washing station and the food along the benches. They got their gloves on, said a prayer and began to serve. The food was all served in an orderly fashion. Everybody was served. People conversed with one another. They cleaned up the area. The next day I asked John how everything went. He told me, “Flawless!”

In addition to the food to serve, some groceries to give away were in the TKJ-mobile (mostly tea bags). I also sent an Operation: Clean Start bucket along to give to Anthony, since he just moved off of the street. Praise God! He is renting a room in a house. He is not doing this through any social service or government agency. He is not receiving any government subsidy to do this. He is trying to make his way without becoming entangled in and dependent on the “social work industry.” He has his Microsoft certifications from the Community College of Philadelphia, having graduated at the top of his class. He does wiring work and some other part time jobs. He is looking for a job working with computers. He is also a bicycle mechanic. So if you have a steady job for Anthony, give me a call, and I’ll put you in touch. One of Anthony’s part time jobs is closed for the month of August so we are helping him out to make his rent. If you want to help with this, you may either mail a check or use the Donate button. He is a faithful volunteer with The King’s Jubilee and a peacemaker on the street.

In the hearing in federal court we learned that there are about 170 homeless people who live on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. We helped Anthony by replacing his bicycle when it was destroyed by a hit and run driver who also injured him. This helped keep him on track to move off of the street. At the same time we helped him keep his cell phone turned on, so he could keep his medical care on track and get back to work as soon as possible. We will continue to stand by Anthony and he will continue to stand by us. Won’t you also please stand by us as we work to not just serve food on the parkway, but to end homelessness in the City of Brotherly Love! Please make a monthly donation.

That’s 1 home, 169 to go.