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Christine Schanes

Providing End-of-Life Care to Homeless People

Christine Schanes | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Christine Schanes

My letter is a tribute to all of the people and institutions involved in assuring that Karen Lee, an unsheltered homeless person, died free of pain and indoors.

Thank You for Helping Susan Hunt

Christine Schanes | Posted 11.13.2012 | Impact
Christine Schanes

Susan had been homeless for over 10 years. Susan's progress from homelessness was the combined result of her great personal determination and the compassionate efforts of many people and agencies.

Homelessness: The Children of Hawaii Sing

Christine Schanes | Posted 11.05.2012 | Impact
Christine Schanes

Would you appreciate the opportunity to be inspired? Do yourself a favor and watch this video, "Dream What Could Be Done," sung by children of Lanai ...

Homelessness and Hand-to-Hand Combat

Christine Schanes | Posted 08.07.2012 | Impact
Christine Schanes

Violence. We all know that some housed people fight with each other in physical, hand-to-hand combat. But why do some homeless people, living bereft...

The Dalai Lama Comes to San Diego

Christine Schanes | Posted 06.20.2012 | Good News
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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet visited San Diego this week. A calm mind, he said, is the remedy for the loss of hope and a destroyer of fear, distrust and hate.

Homelessness - A Test of True Compassion

Christine Schanes | Posted 06.16.2012 | Impact
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I believe that we are all, with the possible exception of a very few, born with compassion. Thus, for most of us, the quality of compassion is already within ourselves from birth -- we need only to find and awaken our compassion.

"We All Count"

Christine Schanes | Posted 03.31.2012 | Impact
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Last Friday morning, hundreds of volunteers left deployment centers throughout San Diego County to count homeless people, an annual enumeration of homeless people run by the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless.

Homelessness Myth #21: They're All Happy-Go-Lucky

Christine Schanes | Posted 01.17.2012 | Impact
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Some housed people believe that homeless people don't have a care in the world. They think that because many homeless people don't appear to work, th...

Homelessness Myth #20: They Make Millions

Christine Schanes | Posted 07.15.2011 | Impact
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The myth that homeless people make millions or thousands of dollars is a myth of gigantic proportions.

Why Do We Discriminate Against Homeless People?

Christine Schanes | Posted 07.11.2011 | Impact
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Fear of economic loss by having homeless people on the premises is a concern for any business. But, until everyone has a home, we will have homeless people among us. What is a business to do?

How Homeless People Feel About Having ID

Christine Schanes | Posted 06.03.2011 | Impact
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Homeless people need identification documentation for the same reasons that housed people need ID: to prove who they are, to become eligible for services and for their own self-esteem.

The Trifecta of Identification

Christine Schanes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
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Having possession of three forms of ID is often the threshold issue for a homeless person's to access many services.

Arson for the Humanitarian

Christine Schanes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
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At 5 a.m. on Friday morning, January 11, flames rising from Bianca Koch's red 1991 BMW convertible lit up the alley between Narragansett Avenue and Ni...

Homelessness Myth #19: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Christine Schanes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
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It's time to review our language concerning homeless people, our cultural influences on the topic of homelessness and our treatment of homeless people so that we can recognize our biases.

Homelessness Myth #18: The Police Will Solve It

Christine Schanes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
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Homeless is first and foremost a social service issue. Nevertheless, the myth exists that homelessness is primarily a police issue.

Homelessness Myth #17: They Flock for Services

Christine Schanes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
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In my opinion, the popular myth that homeless people "flock" to any particular city to take advantage of its services is cruel.

Homelessness Myth #16: Helping Infantilizes Homeless People

Christine Schanes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
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The concepts that are being confused in this myth are the concepts of "helping" another person versus "rescuing" another person. It is important to understand the practical implications of these concepts.

Homelessness Myth #13: 'Please Don't Feed Our Bums!'

Christine Schanes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
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I interviewed housed and unhoused members of the OB Community to get their reaction to the "Please Don't Feed Our Bums!" sticker. Representative samplings of their comments follow.

Breaking News: "Please Don't Feed Our Bums!"

Christine Schanes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
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On June 23, Frank Gromlie sought signatures on his petition requesting that a head shop in CA cease selling a sticker that Frank said was very close "to hate speech which is illegal."

Direct Service: How You Can Help Someone In Need

Christine Schanes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
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Do you ever wonder who could possibly help a homeless person? The answer is each of us can help. It's called direct service - helping someone in nee...

How To Serve A Homeless Person: Guide To Gift Bags

Christine Schanes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
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We can help a homeless person by serving him/her food, a blanket and/or necessary items. It's a pretty simple and wonderful thing to do.

Food For Thought: The Charitable Giving Of Food

Christine Schanes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
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The charitable giving of food is giving food to a person without charging that person any money for the food. It is true compassion and can be life s...

Homelessness By The Numbers

Christine Schanes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
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Raise your hand if you've ever seen a person who you thought was homeless. I can see that all hands are up! I'll be 61 years old this week ...

Battered Into Homelessness

Christine Schanes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Schanes

Experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault often forces women and children into homelessness.

A Sign of the Times: Homeless Veterans

Christine Schanes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Schanes

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates that 154,000 veterans are homeless each night, while over 300,000 veterans are homeless at some time during the course of a year.