Monday, January 09, 2006

Comments on Northwestern Story

I appreciate Alex Hummel's work on the Father Carr story Sunday. He has laid a good foundation for future stories. Here are a few gut comments on a few items...

'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'...

When Fr. Carr goes to the movies, everybody goes. He's not going to leave anybody back at the shelter where they might raise hell or smoke a cigarette. Anyone who saw this entourage saw the sum total: Fr Carr, one or two helpers and 100% of the clients. This means even the theatre employees know the count.

Note that my contention right along is that the big news story is: No One Stays There! If Green Bay is housing 90 at their main shelter, it would make sense that Oshkosh would be housing 40 to 50 (using population figures as a gauge).

My moles tell me that Carr's shelter for men housed:
  • December 20 -4
  • December 27 -5 or 6
  • January 8 -10 or 12

On shelter client curfews...

Carr not only prefers day shift but looks for excuses to boot out anyone working 2nd or third shift. If he follows what was said in the Northwestern he will have a stressful time the next few months learning to deal with odd work hours. Time will tell. We all know that the last person hired for any job gets the worst hours. My neighbor just started a new job: reported midnite Sunday for the first day of work.

Not only does Fr Carr want day shift jobs, he considers signing up for Temp Services as not even a real job. He expects clients to get real jobs...40hr day shift jobs. Maybe someone could ease him into understanding the reality of 2006. The Temp Services provide jobs that can be rolled into those real jobs after a while.

The fact that he had 10 or 12 clients the night of January 8 is encouraging. The Northwestern article was probably influencing Fr. Carr before it even came out.

As long as it's cold out, this story ain't going away.


Anonymous said...

when I read Fr. Carr was going to "provide" the real numbers I knew what he meant, that he only says it, but when asked it's "between me and god" well between you and God your lack of info has been harming people.
Who would Jesus starve????

Lisaben said...

Hang in there, Buddy! I think the "renaming" of your blog is one of the funniest things that's happened in an otherwise kind-of crappy week. Thanks for the laugh and keep on snipin'!

AngelAiken AKA Thee U.M.O.G said...

me too

jody said...

Hi Gary,

I'd like to say I understand this issue fully, but I do not. I'll work to get more understanding. It does seem that you are an absolutely key person in exposing and solving a serious problem.

I hope you are completly un- disturbed by whatever criticisms you receive on your reporting methods (gosh, are you "unprofessional" too?) or whatever the complaints are.

WAY not the issue.

Unfortunately our society is such that a person who shouts "Hey! This guy is bleeding to death over here!" will be criticized for the way he tlaks or dresses - the message itself being completely ignored.

"Don't listen to HIM, he wasn't wearing a tie."

Please stay vigilant and strong. And PLEASE keep right on talking.

OshkoshLifer said...

Hi Gary: keep up the good work. Please print the names, address, phoine numbers and email address of Mr.Carr's board members. Many of us want to call them and get their side of the story.

Maybe, Alex will interview them now that he is back on the job.

By the way, the tax report that you published, was that the tax report
of the Place To Be or was it Mr. Carr's taxes? I'd like to see both.

Oshkosh Lifer

Anonymous said...

to the last poster: I am 10000%shocked!
-welcome, keep posting!-

OshkoshLifer said...

Thanks for the support.

There is something new in oshkosh:

1-At the library today, there were 7 of us that are or were homeless working the computers. It is amazing to see my friends feel like they are finally being listened to. Oshkosh must have the best library in the whole state.The staff has great patience teaching us the basics about the computer and helping us create a blog or responding to a blog comment.

2-The other big change is over at Salvation Army -we feel valued and safe. The surveys we are all filling out might really lead to change. We must keep telling our friends to come by and fill these out.

New topic:
1-Are the Oshkosh police really following up on written complaints they have received in the last few weeks. Will they follow up on our complaints as much as a complaint that comes from folks that live on Washington Ave or Algoma Ave.

2-What about the D.A.? Is he doing everything possible to get himself elected as judge so that he doesn't have to be the one to file charges against Mr.Carr. If he really was a man of courage and conviction, he would announce that he is seriously looking into multiple claims thata people in the community are making. I think this issue should be the deciding factor for voting for him or not.
Please, Mr Lennon stand up and help this community. The people that have been brave enough to stand up, sign there names to these complaints, are really the unsong heroes. We all must give support to these brave members of our community.

There are three of us in this active group of bloggers that actually were born and raised in Oshkosh. For most of us, we have been hard working tax paying members of this community. Our families brought us up to be good citizens, to contribute and volunteer to help others and to attend a church.

In the last few years, each of us have been victimized in one way or another in this community. In two cases, we had long term good jobs in companies in Oshkosh and then they went down and so did we. We have found it better to get services for our wives and kids by getting divorced. For sure, atleast in our homeless shelters in Oshkosh, this has been the way to protect our families. One of our families has actually been living in the town motel because Mr Carr won't open his beds to them.

I'm asking all the wonderful people of Oshkosh who give money to Mr Carr, to simply sit down with him and ask him a few questions about occupancy, about his control issues, and then his refusal to work with community agencies that could help the homeless with many of our complicated issues. You know the very same people are paying taxes and give donations to these other services and agencies around town. Guess what, Mr Carr never refers homeless people to these agencies.

We now have the names of four people who give big sums of money to Mr Carr each year. Each of these people have gone to Mr Carr and asked him some very tough questions --he has refused to answer, refused their requests to be accountable and all four have stopped giving money to Mr Carr.

We are not trying to hurt Mr Carr. We are only trying to help him be accountable and truthful to the citizens of Oshkosh. He has built some wonderful facilities and deserves alot of credit. However, times have changed for all of us and Mr Carr is no longer meeting any needs of the Oshkosh homeless. His facitilies are too good, too big to be serving only 2-10 people per nite.

He might run a good clinic and he might be a good partner in this situation. I really don't know but I hear good things.

Mr Carr isn't the only one that needs to step up to the plate. Each week , we hope to give you actual detail of where some agencies and some of our leaders are dropping the ball. From the Chamber to the Housing Authority to the City Community Development Office on Housing, to the police and the D.A., to the Oshkosh Public Schools to the Oskosh Foundation and to the University, to landlords and to all those churches that collect and send money to Mr Carr, we all play a role. We must take a good look at ourselves and then take a good look at others in the community. We need to ask the tough questions. We have the resources in this town, we have the good people in this town and all we need is to force people to work together. Nothing can stop us! That is nothing can stop us, unless we really need the poor to exist! Do you need the poor to exist and be further victimized so that you can feel better than some one? I think we are better than that -let's make history. The time is now!

We need your help, we need your actual life experiences, we need your leads and information. There are alot of pieces to this puzzle.

The truth of the matter, the vast majority of the citizens in this town are kind, proud, very respectful, and even generous people. From the bottom of my heart, I believe if all of us ask everyone the questions that need to be asked and answered, this town would rock!
Yes, business might want to come to Oshkosh because of the way we take care of own!

Have a good evening and tomorrow, think about the work of another Martin, Martin Luther King. He gave us permission to stand up, to work together and gave us our power back to be bnetter citizens and better communities, helping each other to be healthy, and supportive of each other. WE must stand up together and demand change!

We have something going that this town has never seen before. Let's help each other.

Gary said...

Be at the New Moon Cafe at 3pm today Jan.16 to celebrate the MLK Holiday. If you can't afford it, come anyway. Someone may buy you a java. Thank you so very much for the comment. Peace.