Archive for January, 2014

 Hey Yall
It is cold out tonight and rapidly getting colder- This is your reminder to take care of your neighbors, 
pets, stray animals, etc. If you can build outdoor shelters for feral animals do, if you can bring any animals
inside, even better. 
The cold weather is a matter of life or death. Take is seriously and take care of your community. 

For folks who are homeless or trying to help a homeless person get shelter here is the relevant info:

The overflow shelter is located at the City’s Public Safety Building, 501 North 9th Street. The shelter entrance is the second entrance on the 9th Street side of the building closest to Leigh Street. The shelter opens at 7 p.m. and closes at 6 a.m. Shelter registration will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night it is open.
Residents in need of overnight shelter are asked to report to Commonwealth Catholic Charities Homeless Point of Entry by 5 p.m. for a comprehensive intake and referral to the appropriate shelter. Commonwealth Catholic Charities Homeless Point of Entry is located at 511 West Grace Street. A referral to the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will be provided to individuals who are not eligible for an existing shelter or if all available beds have been filled. Individuals seeking access to the Overflow Shelter must have a referral.

*** Per someone at the CCC Point Of Entry intake individuals are strongly encouraged to go through intake however they are allowed 3 times (lifetime) without going through intake. ***
The city’s Department of Social Services (DSS) provides emergency assistance with gas and electric disconnection notices for residents who qualify. Residents may also call the Fuel Line at (804) 646-7046.

The elderly or residents with disabilities should contact Senior Connections for assistance at (804) 343-3000, Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Homeless Point of Entry is the starting point for anyone who is homeless and in need of shelter, case management, and related services. This program helps individuals and families facing a housing crisis regain housing stability. Staff works directly with area emergency shelters and permanent housing providers to fill available spaces in greater Richmond.
Locations and Hours
511 W. Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23230
Phone: 804.648.4177
Hours: Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

If you are in need of books or in need of giving away books, please come check out the Wingnut Little Free Library at 2005 Barton Avenue.

image

Little Library in construction above. We made it out of scrap wood kicking around the house. Upcycle! If you want help building one for your neighborhood let us know.

Take a book and bring a different book back later!
No checking out! No need to return!

Just a community resource to facilitate getting books some folks no longer want to folks who want to read them.

If you have more books to give away than will fit in our little library, we have a spot inside the house to store back up.

Come down and check it out and get books! Reading rules and so does sharing!

image

image

We are building a front door and shingling the little free library’s roof soon too. Just got too eager to get it out there to all you lovely people.

Defenders Updates & Announcements – Jan. 2, 2014

Plan to be at the 2014 Virginia People’s Assembly – Saturday, Jan. 4, in Richmond!
Hear the Rev. William Barber, nationally recognized leader of the dymamic Moral Mondays movement, and the keynote speaker at the afternoon VPA rally. (For a Bill Moyers report on this new movement, see: “State of Conflict: North Carolina” at http://billmoyers.com/segment/preview-state-of-conflict-north-carolina
Be part of the first Community Conversation on the alternative plan for Shockoe Bottom – NO to a Stadium, YES to a Historic District! (Black Community Issues Workshop, 10:40 am)
Plan actions for 2014 in the struggle for Jobs, Peace & Justice!
For a full schedule, log onto http://www.vapeoplesassembly.org (The most detailed schedule will be posted by the end of Jan. 2)

No Stadium in Shockoe Bottom!
See the details of a new alternative Vision Plan for Shockoe Bottom – development and history without the offending ballpark. Maps, narrative and bullet points are posted on http://www.shockoebottom.blogspot.com
(more…)