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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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8 new links up
Sunday. 6.24.07 12:05 pm
Ok yall I have 4 new links up under the Federal Homeless Programs section and 4 new links up for Alabama Homeless Links. They are links to the US Interagency Council on Homelessness, HUD, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation United States and the Department of Education: Education for Homeless Children.

Two of the Alabam links are lists of homeless shelters in the state and one of thoses links has a map. One link is to the Friendship Mission operating out of Montgomery, AL and the Downtown Rescue Mission operating out of Huntsville, AL. These last two shelter do accept paypal, so I encourage you to donate if you have the extra $$


I will be working on more links for the states as I want to have links for people in all 50 States. The more people who come here and find help, the better. I will get paid for them coming and that money will be going to homeless shelters across the US.

If you have any links you want to see, feel free to contact me. If you are not a member of Nutang, don't worry, I am working on a guestbook where you can leave a homeless link.

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New Shelter Links up for Arkansas and Arizona
Saturday. 6.30.07 10:55 am


Here are some new homeless shelters links for the States of Arizona and Arkansas. Arkansas does not have that many shelters up online so if anyone has a link that is not already posted, please leave a comment with the link and I will post it!

You can reach the links by looking on the right side of these posts.

I also foung this cool site about helping the homeless and it is based out of the UK. http://realbuzz.com and I like the theme: Hit the Streets to Help the Homeless. America needs to definetly do this.

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New Art4The Homeless Bumper Sticker
Sunday. 7.1.07 9:21 am
A bumper sticker for only $3.99 dedicated to helping the homeless. I am currently working on a new line of tee shirts with my art and will keep you up to date.


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Clothing Designs by Art4theHomeless
Sunday. 7.1.07 7:29 pm
All profits go to help out homeless shelters in America


create custom t-shirts at Zazzle

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New Homeless Links for California up
Friday. 7.6.07 12:13 am
Check to the right-hand side of this post and scroll down to see the list. Got a lot of new links up and a lot more coming but first I want to go ahead and add some in every state. If you have more links that I don't have, please feel free to leave me the links in the comment box!

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Longing
Saturday. 7.7.07 8:39 pm
Among the things I did today--the luckiest day of the century some people say because of 7/7/07--was take a train ride on the MARTA North Springs train. After we left the Lindbergh station, we were out of the tunnel and the mountains rose. And I remembered my longing to come home to Georgia, to find my family, my father, to finally be accepted by them as one of them. I forgot the bayou sunsets, jambalaya, jamborees and festivals of Mardi Gras that I was raised around. I remembered the mountains and the land called to my soul. I knew that I was where I belonged--in North Georgia; as far north as the MARTA system will take you.

My mother was born and raised in Gordon County, and my father in Cobb County. I was born in Cartersville, GA--Bartow County but I know nothing about them. Nothing about the family that I want to be a part of except this one fact--they want nothing to do with me and denied that they knew of me. My mother's cousins and other relatives except for one all denied they knew of my existance. My 3rd cousin Haley told me in so many words to never call her back on our second phone call. And my father says that I am not his daughter.

Our family abandoned us and a part of me hates them, especialy my father and his family who pretty much gave me the cold shoulder since he never mentioned my mother or me to them. They were more polite toward me than my own cousin but the hostility and coldness was there in their voice. I was not wanted. My birth was a mistake to them.

Because of that, I was homeless as a child, and a survivor of Hurricane Rita, and classified as a Katrina victim by the Job Corps system since my landlord kicked me out to benefit from Kevin Costner's movie The Guardian, which bought out two floors of his building. I was not the only one booted, I later heard. If it wasn't for those hurricanes, I would probably have kept my apartment since I paid my rent on time all the time.

I stayed with my best friend from high school for a month and then moved to Atlanta, where my mother already moved to before the hurricanes. And I remember coming into the mountains by bus and having this feeling of rightness; that I was where I belonged. I experienced that again today. This land calls to my soul, my blood, in a way no other place ever could. I may look Creole--hair and light skin color--may have a slight north Louisiana accent that is slowly fading into a north Georgia accent.

I want to do something. I want to prove to my family and my father that I am someone valuable, someone worthy of their love and acceptance, no matter who's child I am or the circumstance of my birth. I want my family to want me. I want my father to apologize for his cruelty in abandoning me. I want to be loved by them and I know that will never happen unless I come into money or fame and then their love will be false. Nothing can buy true love and acceptance. Nothing. I will never have the love of a father or a cousin or an aunt. I will never be comfortable in my own skin if I were to go and visit my family. I would never be welcomed with open arms as the long lost relative. I am Johnna Crider, bastard child of Johnnie Crider and that meant that I was supposed to have been aborted in my family's eyes.

So being in this land that spoke to my soul and made my blood run hot and my heart race with a mixture of hope, longing, and anticipation, was just a fresh reminder that I will never belong in the place I was born so what makes me hope and think that I will ever belong anywhere or be loved for who I really am?

The only thing that helps ease the pain is art. I pour my sadness, bitterness, hurt, pain, and anger into my writing and painting. But it only relieves it temporarily.

I am grateful to my mother who is the only family member I know that loves me--a love that cost her the love of her family and the love of her life--my dad.

I currently stay on Job Corps dorm and have completed the program and attend the advanced training. If it weren't for Job Corps, I would probably be on the streets.

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currently working on adding more homeless sites
Thursday. 7.19.07 11:31 am
I am currently working on more sites for homelessness including for some of the states that I haven't done yet. Colorado is next on my list.

I am trying to help my mother she has gotten into a shelter now so she is off the streets . I would like to add a module with links to homeless blogger's blogs to help them out as well.

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Colorado Homeless Shelters
Monday. 7.23.07 11:56 am
Got a few links up for those of you who are homeless in Colorado. Not many were available but I got two links to homeless directories--one a HUD Directory and the other is another directory with more shelter links and a map of the area for you to click on. Connecticut is next on my list.

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