Helping Hands Group Blog


Most of us have seen or been confronted by a panhandler at some point in our lives, which has likely elicited a variety of emotions within each of us. Lately, the issue has been right in our faces as there is rarely a chance that we venture out in our […]

Panhandlers, What to do.


Homelessness is a condition that is as old as mankind. One article will do little to change the situation other than offering insight. People with untreated serious mental illness comprise approximately one-third of the total homeless population, and an even higher percentage among homeless women and among individuals who are […]

Understanding Homelessness


Recently we spent time in the lakebed brush in the four corners area of Lake Elsinore. The team was conducting interviews while passing out bottled water, gloves, and watch caps. The effort was aimed at helping the homeless in the area. Everyone should know going into the homeless camps is […]

Working with the Tree People



My writing style has always carried elements of sarcasm. As I grow closer to the Lord I try harder to temper that. That said, this story pushes me over the top. The current administration made a campaign promise to eliminate veteran homelessness by the end of 2015 and all homelessness […]

The Numbers Game


Yesterday I met Flask, a man in his late 50’s looking to be about 70. Flask was roused out of his sleep in his home about 8:30 in the morning. Flask’s home was made up of an old torn tent reinforced by cardboard,and branches from scrub brush. A piece of […]

More Tree People / Flask


No he is not a general and was not in the military. Walking into the Generals encampment you are met with a “No Trespassing” sign. The hostility and anger in the air could be cut with a saber. The General was not appreciative of our police escort or the officials […]

More Tree People / General Johnson



Walking into the encampment we were met with someone out of sight in a low voice sounding a “Whoop Whoop”, a warning sign that the sheriff was near. I noticed a half dressed man on the edge of the tree line scrambling out of the area. Shortly after three more […]

More Tree People / Neighbors


I met Nesta today. What a delightful man. Nesta lives in the trees along Mission Trail and tells me he is very sad about moving. “The Sheriff say, don’t care what yous do, yous just cant do it here.” Nesta like allthe other Tree People are being moved from the […]

More Tree People / Nesta


The first agency I volunteered to work for is a program called Summer Quest. Summer Quest is designed to help students that are in the sixth through twelfth grade experience a “positive summer experience.” What this actually means is that it provides students an opportunity to do fun and exciting […]

The Joy of Volunteering



Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead, anthropologist ———- The magnitude of our social problems will require that all citizens and institutions make a commitment to volunteering as a way of life […]

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