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Saturday, August 9, 2014

UPDATE ON THE 39TH AVENUE SITUATION

Hi Folks,
 
I hoped to have more definitive, and maybe even more positive, information before updating you, but that has not happened.  First of all, the trespass warning/eviction notices to the campers along the west side of 39th Avenue were instigated and delivered by employees of Taccachale.  The Alachua County Sheriff’s Department had nothing to do with it, nor did any other local law enforcement people.  The homeless campers were quite convinced that they had been served by deputies.  Perhaps Taccachale employees wear green uniforms.  I don’t think any of us realized that private citizens can carry out trespass warnings and evictions.  Live and learn.  Since this event an attempt has been made to convince Taccachale to reverse their position, but they are adamant. 
 
Also, another group of campers had to move their tents at the request of the administration of the Work Release Program that is located near Grace.  This was not carried out as a formal eviction process.  Rather, Jon Decarmine helped people relocate.  There is now a shortage of wooded areas for people to camp, and people cannot camp under the blazing sun with no shade and no privacy.  That would be hazardous to their health both physical and mental. 
 
So, our Brave New World has been NIMBYED.  The City of Gainesville is going to have to arrange to buy or lease some wooded areas where people can camp. 
 
I am so sorry not to have better news to share with you.
 
arupa
 
 

Friday, August 1, 2014

HOME VAN JOURNAL August 1, 2014

JULY WAS THE CRUELEST MONTH
 
This is going to be a tough newsletter to write, but enough time has passed that I must let our extended Home Van family know what’s been going on. 
July started out on a high note.  The residents of Tent City had been successfully moved, with the help of Occupy Gainesville, Home Van volunteers, and other groups and individuals in the community – a few to the Williston Road Community but many out to the woods near Grace Market Place.  The Home Van’s tent drive was going well and we were working with the people who had been living for so long in and around the Bo Diddley Plaza – telling them that now there was a safe harbor – a place where they could establish camp sites and be within an easy walk of water, food, and many other amenities.  The people who were already living near Grace Market Place were coming back with glowing reports -  of delicious food cooked by church women, an air conditioned room where they could get respite from the heat and watch a movie on a large-screen TV (some of them had not seen a movie in years), volunteer opportunities, church services in the chapel on Sunday.  Every Thursday we would find fewer people living on the pavement downtown.
 
We were completely confident in our belief that the woods around Grace, which are owned by the State, would be a safe haven for our homeless friends.  Since the beginning of the meetings to develop Grace Market Place, we had been told that these woods would be a place where homeless people could camp.  We were encouraged to help people move out there.  There was not the slightest hint of NIMBY protests throughout the process of developing Grace and moving people to the nearby woods.  The fact that the woods were owned by the state – well, hey – no local NIMBYS to fear.  Freeman and I were clapping each other on the back – we had stayed the course throughout long, tough years – and now our homeless friends were finally safe.
 
On the morning of Friday, July 25, my phone started ringing – hysterical phone calls from homeless people living in the woods to the west of Grace.  Sheriffs’ deputies had come around at 7 a.m., posted the area with NO TRESPASS signs, and walked from tent to tent telling people they had to leave within seven days or be arrested.  We drove out there.  Our friends were walking up and down the road looking numb and stunned, like accident victims, the walking wounded, unable to take in what had just happened.  We found out that this eviction took place at the request of Taccachale.
 
I have rewritten this newsletter in my head several times – the first five or six mental drafts being full of hysterical verbiage, some not appropriate for a family newsletter.  I don’t know what to make of the ruling forces within our government and community who did not MAKE SURE that this was going to be a safe haven.  What were they thinking?  Was it, “Have them move out there and hope nobody minds?” 
 
WHAT NOW?
 
I don’t know.  There is a small wooded area to the south of Grace that is owned by the city.   This area is filled to capacity with as many camp sites as possible.  The pavilion within Grace is also full of people.  All other areas out there are owned by the state, and could be posted with eviction notices as well.  Some people are moving back downtown and a few have gone out to the freeway to hitchhike somewhere else.  Grace Market Place is a wonderful facility, with great potential.  If the city of Gainesville wants it to be a success – they need to find a place where homeless people can live while they avail themselves of the health care, job training and other services that are going to be available there.  Otherwise they will be, in the famous words of Robert Kennedy, “Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.”
 
In the meantime, we continue supporting Grace Market Place and wait for further developments.  There are people looking into what to do about the situation, and I will keep all of you in the loop.
 
DONATIONS
 
I am encouraging people who have large donations to bring them to Grace Market Place.  We are still accepting small donations of the things we particularly need, as noted in the footer below.  One of our greatest needs is for bottled water.  We are still taking care of the folks in the Williston Road Community as well as people who camp in isolated sites.  The url that takes people to our web site works on some computers and does not work on others.  I don’t know what to do about it, and I am sorry for the inconvenience. 
 
Hang in there – as the wonderul Annette of  Occupy says – PEACE AND CARROTS TO ALL!
 
arupa
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The Home Van needs tents, tarps, bottled water, Vienna sausages, creamy peanut butter, jelly, candles, white tube socks, batteries, and games. Call 352-372-4825 to arrange for drop off. Financial donations to the Home Van should be in the form of checks made out to Citizens for Social Justice, Inc., earmarked for the Home Van, and mailed to 307 SE 6th Street, Gainesville, FL 32601, or can be made online at http://homevan.blogspot.com/
 
THE HOMEVAN IS A PROJECT OF CITIZENS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, INC. (FDACSREGISTRATION #CH35643). A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE.REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

HOME VAN JOURNAL: SPECIAL EDITION

This month’s Home Van Journal has a guest writer:  Tony Robinson, who was, until recently, a resident of Tent City.  Tony is now living in the vicinity of Grace Market Place.
 
Captains and Kings and the Common Man
 
First of all, I give all praise to an all knowing, all powerful God.  Second, I would like to thank the Gainesville community and its civic leaders for their efforts, time and monetary commitments to a place for those like me who at this time are less fortunate and struggling to live life in these trying times.  I don’t know why we are all at this place and in these conditions.  I don’t believe that 20, 10, or 5 years ago any one of us sat around and planned to be homeless, addicted, or physically or mentally ill.  But I do know that it is a fact that we are all here.  I have experienced many trying times as a homeless person, but also many good times and experienced a freedom like no other time in my life.  I looked at pictures of the One Stop Center with all its tall fences and guard post.  My first impression was, no I am not going in there.  But I challenge myself and you to try to imagine and view the One Stop as exactly what it is named – the One Stop, and allow this place to be just that – one stop in our lives.  A place of help, hope and rest.  Let the One Stop be a place of growth, mentally, physically and spiritually where we are all given a chance to be the best we can be.  A place where we can go not for pity, but a place for the betterment of ourselves, our community, our state, nation and world.  A place where we can become strong enough to advocate for peace and for those less fortunate than ourselves.  A place not of labels, but a place for one human family.
                                                                                                -Tony Robinson
 
I want to thank all of you who came out and helped with moving people out of Tent City.  Many thanks also to Occupy Gainesville and Ellen Allen of the Good Neighbor Society, who helped people move, and to Elizabeth Howard who walked Tent City making sure that no animals were left behind.  Uncle Vinnie, a tent city resident, walked the woods near Grace Market Place scouting out campsites.  After people moved he combed the grounds of Tent City gathering up items of value, like tarps and cooking pans, to distribute to the new campsites near Grace.  GPD paved the way for our efforts by going tent-to-tent informing people of the eviction and passing out flyers about Grace Market Place.  The folks out at Grace Market Place, and all the community volunteers,  are working very hard to make this facility a gracious and welcoming place to all refugees of these difficult times.  This was a true community effort.  Anyone who experienced the terrible, traumatic eviction of Tent City a few years ago, appreciates how far we have come in getting to know one another – whether housed or houseless – and in learning to work together.
 
Our drive to gather tents and money to buy tents for those who have had to move is also being widely supported by the community.  So far, I have had a tent for everyone who has come here to ask for one.  I make sure that people know that these tents come from their friends in the housed community.  They ask me to tell you, “Thank you and God bless you.” 
 
love and peace to everyone,
 
arupa
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The Home Van needs tents, tarps, bottled water, insect repellant, Vienna sausages, creamy peanut butter, jelly, candles, white tube socks, batteries, and games. Call 352-372-4825 to arrange for drop off. Financial donations to the Home Van should be in the form of checks made out to Citizens for Social Justice, Inc., earmarked for the Home Van, and mailed to 307 SE 6th Street, Gainesville, FL 32601, or can be made online at http://homevan.blogspot.com/
 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

HOME VAN JOURNAL 6/29/14

TENT CITY EVICTION – HELP NEEDED
 
Homeless people who live along the bike trail, near the downtown RTS station, have until Tuesday, July 8 to move out.  The person who owns the land wishes to sell it.  He was holding off until Grace Market Place opens for actual shelter, but that date has been pushed to November 1 and he needs to get his land on the market now.  Other camping areas, including the Sweetwater Branch camp, remain undisturbed.  This particular portion of tent City has a fair number of people who are elderly or have other major challenges, so they are going to need help to get themselves and their possessions moved out.  We are encouraging them to move to wooded areas near the Grace Market Place, so they will have access to water, meals and other amenities.  According to the latest count, about half the people who were living in this area have moved out on their own, or with help from the good people of Occupy Gainesville, and between 20 and 30 camp sites remain occupied.
 
We have set SATURDAY, JULY 5 at 10 a.m. as moving time for those who remain in Tent City.  We are asking anyone who has a pickup truck or van to help.  People who may not have a large vehicle, but do have strong backs, are also invited to come and help.  Helpers should wear gardening gloves.   Generations of homeless people, some with severe addiction issues, have lived in this area, without access to water or to garbage pickup, so conditions are not good.  Tomorrow morning, I’m doing a walk-through of the area, with Bud our van driver.  We are going to take another count of who is there and who will need help.  People will be told to have their things packed up and ready to go for the 10 a.m. July 5 moving day.  For any further information, helpers can call me at 372-4825.
 
Freeman is going to make a little map of exactly where helpers should meet, and I will send that out ASAP.
 
 
PROGRESS REPORT ON THE IMPACT OF GRACE MARKET PLACE
 
IT’S WORKING!!!  Every Thursday we are finding fewer people at the Tent City stop and fewer people living in Bo Diddley Plaza!  I believe that almost half of those living in Bo Diddley have moved, and that is WONDERFUL news!!  No one wants to live on the sidewalk in the middle of a downtown area.  In talking to these folks, I have learned that most of them are afraid of living in the woods or are too old or too disabled to walk or bike back and forth from the woods to services.  They have been more or less trapped there, looked down upon by snoots and prey to drug dealers and other bad guys from the housed community.  On a recent visit Freeman and I made to Grace Market Place we found some folks who had been living on the plaza and are now volunteers at Grace Market Place.  The readers of this newsletter have played a major role in this transformation, by donating tents and money to buy tents.  Until we get everybody moved out there, we still need donations of tents or money to buy tents.  As of this moment, I have six tents in stock, and four of them are going out today to women who have been living in Bo Diddley.  I hear through the grapevine that some of you  have been donating tents directly to Grace Market Place, and that is fine also.
 
Thank yous and blessings to everyone!
 
arupa
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The Home Van needs tents, tarps, bottled water, insect repellant, Vienna sausages, creamy peanut butter, jelly, candles, white tube socks, batteries, and games. Call 352-372-4825 to arrange for drop off. Financial donations to the Home Van should be in the form of checks made out to Citizens for Social Justice, Inc., earmarked for the Home Van, and mailed to 307 SE 6th Street, Gainesville, FL 32601, or can be made online at http://homevan.blogspot.com/
 
THE HOMEVAN IS A PROJECT OF CITIZENS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, INC. (FDACSREGISTRATION #CH35643). A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE.REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

HOME VAN JOURNAL 5/10/14

THE BIG PUSH FOR TENTS, TARPS AND CAMPING EQUIPMENT
 
Our major project right now is furnishing tents for people who want to move out to 39th Avenue, to the woods near Grace Market Place.  I’m usually pretty conservative about spending money on items other than food and water, especially in the summer, but this is our big chance to help people move away from lives of misery, sleeping on pavement, or in illegal campsites where they have uncertain access to water, no place to dispose of garbage, may be far from services, and are subject to eviction at any time.  When the City came up with 2000 one-year bus passes, that was the turning point.  Every day this week someone has come to me for a tent, and there is an air of optimism among our friends.  This is the first big break the unsheltered homeless people have received.  In bad weather people near the market place will have a place to go – not just in winter when the temperature goes below 45 degrees.  There is a horror in people sleeping outside when it’s 46 degrees and raining, or during violent thunder storms, or when hurricanes are on the way and they may be bashed by a tree falling on their tents.  This horror is ending for those who move!  As time goes by more services will be added and as more members of our community get involved with their homeless neighbors, more people will make their way out of homelessness altogether.  So this is everyone’s big chance to make a real difference.  If you can donate a tent, if you have some camping supplies you don’t need anymore, if you can donate some money for buying tents –please do this!  Although people moving from Tent City may already have tents, many of them are so old and ratty they can’t be moved without falling apart.  The whole community needs to come together and make this happen!
 
In the meantime, we are doing our summer water outreach, and will continue to do so as long as it’s needed.  The move to 39th Avenue is going to be in stages.  It will not be, as my hilarious husband says, “The Homeless Rapture.”  So we need water donations also.  And BUG SPRAY!  All campers, in town and out on 39th Avenue, are being tortured by clouds of mosquitos.  Every can of bug spray donated is an answer to prayer at this time of year.
 
THE FUTURE OF THE HOME VAN
 
The Home Van is not going out of business (some people heard that rumor).  We will continue to do what we can, as long as we are needed.  Freeman and I are Taoists and we will be following the Tao of this change, seeing where we are needed.   To the best of my knowledge, the Williston Road encampment is not being closed down.  The portion of Tent City that is along the bike path will be closed down on June 1, so far as I know, as the owner wants to sell the land.  We are hoping that the people there will move to 39th Avenue, and will do whatever we can to to support that.  Some of the folks from Occupy Gainesville are also very active in supporting this move.  They have been scouting out good campsites on 39th Avenue and furnishing transportation for people and their belongings. 
 
peace and love to everyone,
 
arupa
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The Home Van needs tents, tarps, bottled water, insect repellant, Vienna sausages, creamy peanut butter, jelly, candles, white tube socks, batteries, and games. Call 352-372-4825 to arrange for drop off. Financial donations to the Home Van should be in the form of checks made out to Citizens for Social Justice, Inc., earmarked for the Home Van, and mailed to 307 SE 6th Street, Gainesville, FL 32601, or can be made online at http://homevan.blogspot.com/
 
THE HOMEVAN IS A PROJECT OF CITIZENS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, INC. (FDACSREGISTRATION #CH35643). A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE.REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

HOME VAN JOURNAL 4/8/14

THE NEW HOMELESS SERVICES CENTER ON 39TH AVENUE
 
I have postponed writing this newsletter until we could get some clarity on what is going to happen after the May 1 opening of Grace Market Place (also called the Empowerment Center) and what this is going to mean for the homeless people and the grassroots providers.  Yesterday the downtown meal providers met with Theresa Lowe and Jon DeCarmine, who will be running the Center,  and were given the big picture.  It is a fluid situation, with a lot of variables and some unknowns at this point.  I’m going to describe the upcoming plans as best I can.  Ultimately, the center will provide two meals a day for 200 or more people, restrooms, showers, washers and dryers, and emergency shelter (in barracks).    Other plans include (but are not limited to)  educational and job opportunities, case management, church services, health care, camping spaces,  and long-term supportive housing.  Right now, a good deal of work needs to go into getting buildings and facilities renovated, finding additional funding sources (grant writing, fund raising), and bringing in both volunteers and employees, as the center is seriously under-funded and understaffed  for all that it needs to do.  The city will be providing the center with 2000 one-year bus passes to give to the homeless people.
 
Grassroots providers, such as the Home Van, are invited to move our services out to the new center.    Most of us will not be moving out there immediately, because a lot of our folks are going to still be homeless in the downtown area.  We will be serving our food where the people are, as we must, and will also be educating them and informing them on the possibilities of the new center.  We can do this with a whole heart because I don’t think you could find two better people than Theresa and Jon to manage this project.  They know and understand the people they will be serving,  have vast experience in navigating the bureaucracy, and are hard, hard workers.
 
There is a certain urgency in this effort to talk to homeless people about the center and encourage them to give it a try, since a mass eviction of Tent City is going to happen in May.  One and possibly both of the people who own the Tent City land are planning to put their tracts up for sale.  Gainesville police officers are encouraging the displaced folks to move out to the wooded areas near the new center.  At this point, I’d like to thank the Gainesville Police Department, and especially Lieutenant Brian Helmerson and the men and women under his command, for all their help and kindness to the tent city residents and the folks who sleep downtown.  They are required to enforce the laws, some of which are not fair to homeless people, and that can create a hostile duality between homeless people and law enforcement.  These officers have, through patience and many acts of kindness, through taking responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of homeless people in every way they possibly can, over come this barrier.  They are out in the woods and downtown talking to people, educating them, giving them encouragement, seven days a week.  Without their assistance this whole process would be much more  difficult.
 
I am looking forward to the shelter aspect of this new center.  Every week we come across  people who are trapped in grim, unbearable circumstances – Molly, an elderly woman with severe arthritis who spent the winter living in an abandoned house; Jake, a man in late middle age who is biking back and forth from his tent to Shands to receive radiation and chemotherapy for his second bout of cancer;  Amy, a pregnant woman who has been sexually assaulted on the streets;  Milton, a young man in a wheelchair who is hooked up to various medical appliances.  Ye Gods and Little Fishes how long is this nightmare going to go on!  I almost live for the day we can find such a person and drive them up to the Grace Market Place for a hot meal, a shower, clean clothes, and a warm, dry bed to sleep in. 
 
The whole Gainesville community needs to get behind this new center, participating in all possible ways – volunteering, donating, organizing fund raisers, planting gardens, painting murals, cooking, working one-on-one with homeless folks, holding church services,  bringing in recreational opportunities – horseshoes, bingo, cards, books for the library – the possibilities are endless.  The Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry have a website people can access to get updates and contact information.
 
TENTS ‘n TARPS – BOOKS ‘n BUG SPRAY – SOAP ‘n SHAMPOO
 
That’s what we need.  Summer is on the way and bug spray is more important to quality of life than almost anything else.  Many people spend the long, light summer evenings reading.  In the heat of summer, the call for personal hygiene products gets pretty intense, and we are running low.
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I will be keeping this list updated on the progress and needs of Grace Market Place, as they arise. 
 
Blessings on all of you!
 
arupa
 
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The Home Van needs tents, tarps, bottled water, insect repellant, Vienna sausages, creamy peanut butter, jelly, candles, white tube socks, batteries, and games. Call 352-372-4825 to arrange for drop off. Financial donations to the Home Van should be in the form of checks made out to Citizens for Social Justice, Inc., earmarked for the Home Van, and mailed to 307 SE 6th Street, Gainesville, FL 32601, or can be made online at http://homevan.blogspot.com/
 
THE HOMEVAN IS A PROJECT OF CITIZENS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, INC. (FDACSREGISTRATION #CH35643). A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE.REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
 
 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

HOME VAN JOURNAL 1/26/14


THE CHRISTMAS PARTY
 
First, I want to thank all the people, the many churches and groups and individuals, who came to our Christmas party.  Everyone got Christmas stockings and baked goods and oranges and fudge.  I also want to apologize for the level of confusion and crowding.  Clearly, we have outgrown the little parking lot and adjoining areas.  There was supposed to be a church youth choir there singing carols.  I fear they might have gotten discouraged and packed it in.  I would like to think that next year there will be a wonderful Christmas party at the new homeless center – inside with light, warmth, a Christmas tree, food on tables.  It has always bothered me that the homeless people are so incredibly grateful for these stockings, and look forward to them so much.  By mid-November people are asking me, “Are we going to get Christmas stockings this year?”  No one should be so happy for so little, in our society overflowing with comfort and endless stuff.  But they are.  In part because it means to them that there are people out in the housed community who care about them.
 
TENTS/TARPS/MYLARS
 
This winter we have had more tent donations than ever before in our 12 years of collecting tents.  I can’t tell you how grateful I am!  When some shivering, desperate person comes to my door wanting a tent – I have one!  For the first time ever, this terrible month, I haven’t had to tell anyone that I don’t have a tent to give them!  Your kindness, your willingness to spend some real money in these hard times – I don’t know what to say except God Bless You!!  That’s what the homeless people almost always say when they receive a tent.  I also need tarps, since they add a lot of rain-proofing to the tents.  And MYLARS!  More mylars.  Usually the mylars I get in December last me the whole winter with a few leftover for next winter’s start up, but this year we’re running through them fast.
 
JANUARY HORRORS
 
A warm up, followed by a hard rain soaking everyone’s blankets and clothing , an immediate plunge down into the twenties and thirties – this cycle over and over again – it doesn’t get any worse than that.   Every year one of our local TV stations does a ‘feel good story’ about homeless people going into cold night shelter.  THIS IS NOT THE STORY – the story is the many hundreds of people who aren’t in cold night shelter.  The amount of cold night shelter available is only sufficient for a small fraction of our more than 2000 homeless citizens.  Many hundreds of people are outside when the temperature goes into the twenties. 
 
Pat goes downtown on cold nights to make sure everyone has an emergency blanket to wrap up in beneath their other blankets.   Lately he has also been bringing food to the folks who sleep on the pavement downtown.  By nine o’clock they are ravenously hungry.   It takes a lot of calories to survive outside in winter.  One night he couldn’t make it so Freeman and I went downtown.    It was a night in the twenties and six people were sleeping on the sidewalk around the plaza.  They were under piles of everything they owned and did not even look like people anymore.  A casual passerby would have thought there were  piles of garbage and black plastic on the sidewalk waiting for a morning pickup.  Underneath each of these piles was a human being.  A bit of face would peep out, and I would hear a voice saying, “Thank you, God bless you.”
 
Pope Francis is calling on the entire human family – Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, atheists – everyone – to come together and take care of poor people.  He is calling for a new era of love and sharing and compassion.   This is what we need.  Each of us can make this happen, working from wherever we are stationed in life.  We are the only ones who can make this happen. 
 
Love and blessings to everyone,
 
arupa
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The Home Van needs tents, tarps, bottled water, Vienna sausages, creamy peanut butter, jelly, candles, white tube socks, batteries, and games. Call 352-372-4825 to arrange for drop off. Financial donations to the Home Van should be in the form of checks made out to Citizens for Social Justice, Inc., earmarked for the Home Van, and mailed to 307 SE 6th Street, Gainesville, FL 32601, or can be made online at http://homevan.blogspot.com/
 
THE HOMEVAN IS A PROJECT OF CITIZENS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, INC. (FDACSREGISTRATION #CH35643). A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE.REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.