THE COMMUNITY VOICE:
Was a bimonthly publication which was by and for the Rio Grande Homeless Community . This newsletter was supported by The Salt Lake Marching and Chowder Club and edited by Gloria Red Bear.
Salt Lake Marching and Chowder Club
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We encourage the homeless to take responsibility as individuals and as a community. We would like to see a reduction in crime and to discourage unseemly behavior (sleeping, swearing, spitting, pan handling, etc.) near Pioneer Park and The Gateway/Rio Grande.
Many of these people are extremely vulnerable and can’t stand up for themselves. Some of them are children. The issues need to be contained and controlled so that the weak ones are protected from harm. We are not a service organization, but we can help people get in touch with the right people or organization.
We realize that "homelessness" is a complex problem, and we think that together we can make individual situations better by degrees. We work together with law enforcement and service organizations using existing resources available to people in need.
We need to have realistic plans based on individual problems. The unfortunate fact is that some members of the society do not want anything to change. Fear based behavior is common among this group since their issues are localized and visible
We want residents to take better care of themselves and each other. We want them to be able to take pride in their community as they reach out to one another. They need to have a voice in their community. We think we can help them get that voice.
We agree that negative internal and external perception (an example is the term "homeless") is the main problem. In order for people to do better, they need to feel better about themselves and their situation. They need hope in order to try.
The “top down” approach has been used to deal with the homeless problem in recent years. We at Salt Lake Marching and Chowder Club believe that throwing more resources and money at the problem is only exacerbating the situation. Our goal is to help the community heal from the bottom up.
There have been many different types of visitors from politicians and police officers to artists and students in attendance at club meetings. Most importantly, we have first-hand input from people in the homeless community