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About Art4TheHomeless
Imagine... a movement inspired by the arts to open the eyes of Americans to the plight of their own people. Imagine, through art, music and poetry, we are shining a much needed light on our own crisis: HOMELESSNESS

Art4TheHomeless was once a blog called Colors of Ink with Blogcharm, which closed down. Nutang, became the new home of Colors of Ink and was renamed Art4TheHomeless, by a really good friend, Samantha Medd. She is now the Co-Founder of Art4TH.

Now Art4TH is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization that unites artists of all venues to promote homeless awareness in the US.

Art4TH does this through the Art4TH Webzine, a monthly online magazine that features a musician whose music plays throughout the website, a feature artist, and a feature writer while also featuring a homeless relief organization. All artists featured retain their copyrights and all of it is free. If you would like to be a featured artist, musician, or writer contact me at johnnacrider@att.net



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Tuesday. 9.29.09 8:58 pm
Art4TH now has a YouTube Channel! You can access it at http://www.youtube.com/art4thehomeless

Please feel free to add us as your friend on YouTube and subscribe to our videos.

Also, see the fresh new face of Art4TH @ http://www.art4thehomeless.org

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Medicaid was denied because I make too much money on a minimum wage salary....
Wednesday. 9.16.09 8:44 pm
You know how much hell my mother had been through this past year. Well, she applied for Medicaid coverage back in JANUARY. We didn't get the letter telling us that we had until JUNE 09 to send all of her medical bills until TODAY um I meant SEPTEMBER 16, 2009....Ugh, this government makes me so sick. Also, it has been determined that either her disability check at $1002 per month or my job which is now at minimum wage (considered a raise since it was $7 an hour) is too much money to qualify for Medicaid. Gee, thanks for telling us WE HAVE UNTIL JUNE TO SEND THE NEEDED BILLS in fucking SEPTEMBER. It's not like we are in fucking Europe..........

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I am so glad I am off today
Wednesday. 9.16.09 4:38 pm
My boss spoiled me this summer with the Friday's off...now it's back to the 5-6 day work week and today is my only off day. It's fine, I need the money. I get paid this Friday and that's going into the bank with the money from the fundraiser. I have been working on the Articles of Incorporation and learned something about GA State Law. I have to publish in the AJC Paper Art4TH becoming a legal corporation--the day before I file the Articles of Inc.~ which is cool because I could use the publicity about Art4TH. Not sure how much it will cost, but again, I get paid Friday. So..gotta publish it in the paper before Art4TH becomes a corporation which iwll be next week sometime--I hope :) I want to make sure EVERYTHING is in order before I file and I still have to reserve the name~ as soon as the money hits the bank. PayPal is kinda slow LOL

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Helping the homeless or helping the drug dealers??? Is Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless Closing down?
Tuesday. 9.15.09 3:33 pm
I live in the Savannah Suites~a hotel like apartment complex~and we are right next to the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless. We are also in the middle of a war zone. There have been shootings, fights, police raids, drugs being sold, and much more.

The residents of the nearby condos always complain about the shelter and each year around this time there is a rumor about the shelter closing down~but it never does. Just recently, the shelter has sued the City of Atlanta for cutting off their water.


Around 700 people get help from the shelter on any given night~the majority from what I see are the mentally ill who are too sick to reachout and get help and due to our laws, we can't force them to get help, and drug dealers who live on the streets and are constantly dealing drugs.



Each night, they provide a place for the homeless to stay off the streets. I have walked by there several times and the stench is not nice. It's germy and nasty but not because the shelter doesn't clean~I am sure they do~its because some of the homeless don't bathe. There are several gay prostitutes in the area and even though they are polite to my mother and I, they don't need to be in close proximity to the shelter. The shelter is getting bad rep around Atlanta b/c of all the drug activity, shootings, crime and prostitution.


There are more who are helped, though. My mother was helped. I was helped. I have seen new faces there~new meaning that I haven't seen them before. The Task Force has numerous resources where all you have to do is be willing to use them.


I have an idea, but not yet the money to make it happen. The idea is to work with city police and install state of the art surveilance around the block and our area. We need a system where someone is monitering the area 24/7 for drug activity, prostitution, etc., When we see on the moniter a crime being committed, the least punishement for them will be banishment from the shelter and the area. Of course the maximum would be jailtime.

There is just a couple of problems with that last one~the police let out the drug addicts who attack people and 911 doesn't even send the police out here anymore~at least they didn't when I called a couple of weeks ago. Also, the City of Atlanta (and this may be just my opinion but I am not the only that holds this) wants the shelter to close down because it is on Peachtree Street and doesn't want the homeless to be seen on the main street of Atlanta~it makes the City look bad


Personally, I think the shelter is performing a great service to the City of Atlanta and should be rewarded with the help, friendship, and support instead of being harassed, ignored, and discriminated against because of helping the homeless. We should work together instead of going to war with one another.


The people who run the shelter aren't perfect~but no one is. At least we have the option of going there for help if we ever need it. They help the drug dealers b/c they are people too and need the help~only we need to have proof that they are doing what I see some of them doing.


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Had a great day
Sunday. 9.13.09 11:00 pm
Went to work today. We have two new trainees: Bri and Heather, who are both very sweet young ladies. I worked with Bri tonight and have to hand it to her. She is very cool to work with and both she and Heather seem very interested in Art4TH. Heather wants to become a doctor for people who can't afford medical care which is great.

Tomorrow, I will zip down to the Atlanta chapter of the Nonprofits Foundations Organization and do some much needed research. I need bylaws for Art4TH and officers. I also need a CEO~who will be the paid person. I am thinking that I could fill that position for now and the Foundation presenter who presented that class said that it wouldn't be professional to be on the Board of Directors and the CEO/Founder at the same time but I can worry about that later on.

This is very overwhelming for me but I can take it head on. I believe in myself and the fact that this is my destiny, my heart, my passion and desire. I have the needed 3 voluntary board directors myself and Denise here in Atlanta and Yvette in NC which is not that far from here.

After researching tomorrow I have to work again :) I definitely need the money.

Any advice on this topic will be more than welcome!

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Art4TH September Issue is OUT
Friday. 9.11.09 8:06 pm
One click is all it takes to experience the Art4TH Zine and all of September's featured artists.~~

Art4TH News updates you about the Art4TH Fundraiser. We've raised $120 which will cover Johnna's filing the articles of incorporation and part of the $30 registration fee for the name "Art4TheHomeless" The donors~and all of them are getting incentives~are listed and so are the incentives they will be getting.~~

Saturday September 26, 2009, Pens For Peace Founders Tim and Dani will walk from San Fransisco to San Diego to raise $$ for homelessness, domestic and child abuse. Art4TH will be receiving 10% of those proceeds which will also go toward the $350 IRS Tax Exemption fee.~~

Kristofer Meško Bogdan is our feature visual artist~~

Richard Goldberg is our feature writer~~

Ratso's Place is our feature Zazzle Gallery

Kubera Cove is our feature Etsy Shoppe~~

We saved the best for last: Dylan Roberts is our feature musician with one of his newer songs: Lullabye.

Art4TH Zine is just one click away: http://www.art4thehomeless.org

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Art4TH Fundraiser totals
Friday. 9.11.09 12:15 pm
Had a GREAT wake up call! Someone donated $50 to the Art4TH Fundraiser putting the Paypal account balance at $91~waiting on $10 paypal check to clear which will put it at $101~received $8 from Doni which will put it at $108!!Paypal took out some fees from the previous donations so the total amount donated so far was around $120~no problem I can make up for it. I get paid next Friday and will put that check plus my tips made Monday and Tuesday~if I have enough~ in the bank and THEN I will have enought to file articles of incorporation with the GA Secretary of State!! PAYPAL will probably take out another fee on the $10 check so I want to be able to put some of my own money into it to make up for all the fees. I am so excited!!!!! The Art4TH Zine will be up later tonight and will have all the donors who donated either by check/money order or Paypal and the incentives they will receive!

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What does 9/26 mean to you?
Wednesday. 9.2.09 6:03 pm
I won't be able to participate in person, but will WALK IT OUT with Dani and Tim in spirit on September 26, 2009 on their walk for homelessness and abuse victims.

Add them on Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/walkitoutfundraisers?ref=nf

Their website is http://www.walkitoutfundraisers.com/

They Need SPONSORS and SUPPORT!


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