Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving Special


A special thanksgiving broadcast. Mike talks with three people who are houseless, they share what they are thankful for.

 

Knowing Me Ministries Podcast Episode 17
Thanksgiving Special
Podcast host: Michael Davis
Podcast recording, editing and production by Mary Anne Funk

 


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Monday, November 21, 2016

Podcast 16: Camp Amanda Part 2 of 2 part series


Knowing Me Ministries Podcast Episode 16
Camp Amanda: Part 2 of Part 2 series
Part 1: Evicting the houseless

This is part two of a two part podcast. Part two will be added on November 4, 2016

On location interview with an advocate who is working with our houseless neighbors, in SE Portland, Oregon to help them find a place they can call home.

On the day of this interview, the city scheduled a sweep of what is called, Camp Amanda, a houseless camp that was named after an advocate who has been working non stop, in the midst of her struggles, to help the people in this camp. 

Members of Camp Amanda have done everything they are suppose to be doing. They are a drug free, clean camp with a code of conduct. They are not in the way of anyone. However, community members who are against them being there have put pressure on the Mayor to move them. This is not an isolated situation. This is happening throughout different locations in and around Portland, Oregon. People being pushed from one location to another, never having the chance to settle. There are no alternatives for where people can go, there are no safe places where they wont be threatened with being swept again.

In this interview, Mike talks with Jamie, a housed community member who has come out to help camp Amanda protest their eviction.  

Knowing Me Ministries Podcast Episode 16
Camp Amanda: Part 2 of Part 2 series
Part 1: Evicting the houseless
Podcast host: Michael Davis
Podcast recording, editing and production by Mary Anne Funk

 


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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Podcast 15: Camp Amanda Part 1 of 2 part series


Knowing Me Ministries Podcast Episode 15
Camp Amanda: Part 1 of Part 2 series
Part 1: Evicting the houseless

This is part one of a two part podcast. Part two will be added on November 4, 2016

On location interview with an advocate who is working with our houseless neighbors, in SE Portland, Oregon to help them find a place they can call home.

On the day of this interview, the city scheduled a sweep of what is called, Camp Amanda, a houseless camp that was named after an advocate who has been working non stop, in the midst of her struggles, to help the people in this camp. 

Members of Camp Amanda have done everything they are suppose to be doing. They are a drug free, clean camp with a code of conduct. They are not in the way of anyone. However, community members who are against them being there have put pressure on the Mayor to move them. This is not an isolated situation. This is happening throughout different locations in and around Portland, Oregon. People being pushed from one location to another, never having the chance to settle. There are no alternatives for where people can go, there are no safe places where they wont be threatened with being swept again.

In this interview, Mike talks with Amanda about the sweeps, which means being evicted, the threat of sweeps and how it affects people. Mike asks the listener to imagine times in their lives when they were under a threat of something: a divorce, a threat of being laid off from a job, etc and asks them to think about how that made them feel under a constant threat. 

 

Knowing Me Ministries Podcast Episode 15
Camp Amanda: Part 1 of Part 2 series
Part 1: Evicting the houseless
Podcast host: Michael Davis
Podcast recording, editing and production by Mary Anne Funk

 


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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Podcast 14: Medical Needs


On today's podcast Michael Davis talks with Verna, a retired nurse who is volunteering her services with the homeless community. Michael and Verna discuss medical issues and needs pertaining to the homeless community. Verna talks about what other nurses and local neighbors can do to help the homeless community.


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Friday, October 7, 2016

Podcast 13: Addictions and Homelessness Part 2 of 2

"There have to be people who are willing to take a chance on another human being" Michael "Diver" Butler




Experience with homelessness and addictions.
Today's podcast is part 2 of a 2 part series about homelessness and addictions. In this episode Michael Davis sits with Michael Butler aka Diver, for a one on one conversation. Diver shares his story of being an addict and what lead him into becoming homeless and the struggles he faced that lead him to spiraling down. "I felt like that was it, I thought I would be a hopeless dope fiend the rest of my life"  
Diver talks about how he lost his family, his jobs, and his home and talks about how he had to be at a point in his life that he was ready to make a change in order end his addictions. It was then that his recovery began. You have to be ready for the solutions, compassion, people taking a chance and people who are willing to open their doors, Diver expresses. Helping addicts has to be a hands on process in overcoming barriers.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Podcast 12: Addictions and Homelessness Part 1 of 2


In today's podcast, Mike talks about a topic that often comes to mind first when it comes to homelessness, the area of addictions. Today's podcast is part 1 of a 2 part podcast episode.

In this episode, Mike discuss the addictions themselves. In part 2, airing on Friday, October 7th Mike will talk with a man who use to be homeless and in addictions and how he has overcome both.


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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Podcast 11: Parkrose Houseless Resource Fair


Event: Parkrose Houseless Resource Fair - Connecting houseless community members to resources

Location: Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church at 11229 NE Prescott St
Portland, OR 97220

On today's podcast, Mike interviews several people at the first annual Parkrose Houseless Resource Fair. During the on location podcast, Mike discusses the various resources that are available in Parkrose for our houseless community and what can be done to bring people together.

Interviewees in order of their interviews:

Nicole from Family Support and Connections: A resource and referral program. 
Officer Jason Jones
Trina: Trina has been homeless for 15 years.
Joshua Kingsley: Pastor at St Matthews Episcipal Church




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Friday, August 26, 2016

A special on location interview with Mingus Mapps at Historic Parkrose Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative in Portland, Oregon.

Parkrose Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative is a non-profit, volunteer lead organization charged with promoting economic development in the Parkrose neighborhood.



Mingus explains what Historic Parkrose is doing to bring the homeless community, the business association and the neighborhood association together for face to face dialogue. Bringing people together and having monthly meetings with the community has helped create a space in which the housed and unhoused community can work together to make things better.

This is part of one of a multi-part series. Additional interviews with others working with the Parkrose Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative will be recorded at a later date.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Chronic Homelessness: What does it mean and what is in the mind and the life of someone who is chronically homeless.

Chronic Homelessness: Today's podcast is about understanding what is meant by chronically homeless and understanding what is inside the mind and life of a chronically homeless person.
Michael provides insight into understanding that it is a long process and the understanding that you have to work at their pace and the time it takes them to integrate into housing after being outside for years. Not addressing what they want, the time they need and the small steps they need to integrate back into housing, can cause them anxiety. Michael discussing work slowly to help them transition comfortably.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Working With City Leaders To Create Solutions

In today's podcast, Michael talks about what certain cities are doing to help their homeless communities. He addresses both the good and bad ideas that cities are doing and offers advice on how you can encourage your city leaders to adopt some of the good ideas that other cities are doing to help homeless individuals and couples. One of the locations that Michael discuss is the Springwater Corridor Trail in Portland, Oregon. There is one particular stretch where there are 500 homeless people in tents on both sides of the trail. Last week, the Mayor said he is going to sweep the 500 people off of the trail. Michael talks about what the City is doing and how they are doing it, how service providers are working with the homeless community and the city for transitioning into temporary and permanent locations and how Advocates are helping the homeless community with their needs and concerns.