VETERANS IN ST LOUIS: REDUCING HOMELESSNESS, ADDICTION AND IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH CARE

Arbor Health and FWOP have a goal of reducing homelessness and improving the quality of life among veterans one individual at a time. FWOP partner Arbor Health has recently been able ...

Work by Jason Lee, resident artist

FWOP Affiliates and Chapters are Expanding Their Impact Across The World: Updates from the globe!

Nigeria Amanda Sunny, MPH,  Director, Exquisite Water, Inc. and Whitney Carr, Vice President of UNT FWOP Chapter and on the advisory board of Exquisite Water, Inc. recently returned from water testing in ...

Amanda Sunny, Director,  Exquisite Water, Inc

Local Food Production, Sustainability and Food Insecurity

Professor Isidor Wallimann, a member of FWOP Board, along with his team is promoting a movement to grow food locally in Basel, Switzerland. Can this movement solve famine and food ...

Donating Veggies Door-to-Door

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Help us create a future without poverty.

For the past 15 years, A Future Without Poverty (FWOP) has worked to build a network of individuals, institutions, community organizations, foundations, religious organizations, international non-government organizations, corporations and government agencies to join in its mission to reduce global poverty. These 15 years have provided us the opportunity to learn first-hand about the many activities that are being done to attempt to reduce global poverty.

All of these experiences have guided FWOP to the following conclusion:

There is a need to form a global coalition committed to promoting local solutions to reduce poverty that are economically and environmentally sustainable.

FWOP has found many examples of successful efforts to reduce poverty in communities around the world. In most cases the programs that have been successful are initiated by local entrepreneurs and assisted by outside resources that offer an investment in the program and work with local leadership to meet their dreams for a future without poverty.

The Coalition for A Future Without Poverty will encourage all levels of the global community to share ideas and work collectively to find locally based solutions that are economically and environmentally sustainable. FWOP will spend the next 12 months asking individuals, institutions, community organizations, foundations, religious organizations, international non-government organizations, corporations and government agencies to join the coalition to reduce global poverty.

FWOP will collect success stories from individuals in communities around the globe and share them through our website and other social media. This will help the global community to identify those common denominators that are identified by those who are reducing their life of poverty.

If you are involved with, or aware of, a program that we should review for inclusion in our global list of local success stories please send the following information to: tom@fwop.org

Contact person’s name:

Email:

Country:

Community:

Brief description of program:

 

From all us at FWOP, thank you.

Tom Benjamin

Executive Director of A Future Without Poverty, Inc.

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Posted by Miguel Juanez On January - 7 - 2016 0 Comment
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Arbor Health and FWOP have a goal of reducing homelessness and improving the quality of life among veterans one individual at a time. FWOP partner Arbor Health has recently been able to work with community programs and homeless outreaches to assist in the housing of veterans who are living on the streets.  Many of the veterans suffer from the effects of PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder) and have never been in for treatment and have no worked with the Veterans Administration for various reasons.   In the last month alone they were able to provide a stable housing for 5 new veterans who the month before were living on the streets.

Jonathan Hiltz is the current Administrator, also a combat Disabled veteran who served in Iraq in 2005-2006 and has been in treatment for PTSD.  He has been able to get off a number of medications by utilizing the processes and counseling that Arbor Health uses to help with his own issues, but also to be able to help veterans who suffer with the same things.

Currently, by improving care and finances for veterans, some 20 veterans have gone home to their families.   Recently one veteran has taken a job for $22 per hour as a pipe fitter.  He will move out soon to his own apartment.  He is now setting up a hydroponics program at Arbor Hill.

On November 1, 2014, Kendall Brune and his team took over Arbor Health and began to rebuild a program for veterans who need assisted living care.  Arbor Health was a troubled facility where few people left.  Currently, by improving care and finances for veterans, some 20 have gone home to their families or into their own personal housing.  One vet was on some 22 psychoactive drugs was able to go on one PRN or as need psychoactive drug.   Recently one veteran has taken a job for $22 per hour as a pipe fiters he was living on the streets of Saint louis prior to coming to Arbor.  He will move out soon to his own apartment.  They are now setting up hydroponics program at Arbor Health.  Some 38 now live in the facility because of a gracious donation from Wellsfargo grant and partnership with The Mission Continues.

Recently the story below was written by a visitor to his facility after interviewing residents at Arbor Health.  Sam Plaster | sam.plaster@health.mo.gov | MC5 | 3418 Knipp Drive PO Box 570 | Jefferson City, MO 65102

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Posted by Miguel Juanez On December - 3 - 2015 0 Comment
Amanda Sunny, Director,  Exquisite Water, Inc

Nigeria

Amanda Sunny, MPH,  Director, Exquisite Water, Inc. and Whitney Carr, Vice President of UNT FWOP Chapter and on the advisory board of Exquisite Water, Inc. recently returned from water testing in three villages in the State of Anambra, Nigeria. Two water treatment systems were also tested Rorus and Cascade Designs. They are going back to more testing in dry season and begin to implement an intervention in one village.  They have a fundraiser on crowdrise for their organization. Link to fundraiser: www.crowdrise.com/exquisitewater

Mexico – GuadalajaraColegio Union Mexico, affiliate of FWOP

In October twenty-eight students from Colegio Union Mexico (K- 12)  in Guadalajara arrived in Denton for a week at Camp Compass. Program included field trips in museums in Dallas and Fort Worth, a tour of zero net energy lab house at UNT, afternoon on organic dyeing of fabric, and an afternoon on recycling, waste water treatment, and methane gas for electricity at Denton Water-Recycling-Solid Waste complexes. Rotary and FWOP members had great dinner with these working class middle and high school students one evening while they were in town. We believe the students at CUM may start a solar cooperative at their school.

To see the visit to Bettye Myers Middle school in Denton, click here: www.realmyersfc.wix.com/titans#!cum-visit/c1syt They visited class rooms and attended the soccer practice of a special program designed to reduce dropout rates from schools in Denton ISD. The program is entitled GOAL, it mixes soccer with mentoring and community service.

Ivory Coastivory Coast and UNT FWOP Teams

UNT FWOP and Ivory Coast FWOP hosted its first benefit dinner to support the establishment of two  solar lamp cooperatives in Ivory Coast in December.  One location is in the western mountain village and another will be in Abidjan, the Capital.

 

St Louis, MOAnthem USA Empowering the HomelessArbor Health Management

Anthem USA took over some six months ago Arbor Health for  veterans with mental  health and addiction challenges.  On Veteran’s Day they decided to look for homeless veterans and by weeks end two new veterans were moved into Arbor Health and take off the streets of St Louis.

Mexico – TepheuaTepehua's OB/GYN ClinicOB/Gyn Mobile Clinic

The Tepehua Centro in Chapala (operated by retirees and volunteers from barrio and region) is completing the OB/GYN clinic at the Centro soon  and they have a new van for their OB/GYN mobile clinic program that goes to other poor barrio near Chapala around Lake Chapala  area, southeast of Guadalajara. (www.tepehua.org)

Costa Rica

UNT FWOP and FWOP leadership met with the Co-Directors of Sustainable Tourism (Dr. Dan Spears and Eliecer Vargas)  and the newly formed FWOP Graduate Student Chapter officers. We discussed their goals in Texas and in Costa Rica. We also began to explore if we may hold the 2017 Summit at university in Cartago, Costa Rica (Solutions for Environment and Development – CATIE – www.catie.ac.cr). We will keep you posted.

Ugandan FWOP MembersUganda

The newly formed Uganda FWOP chapter recently passed out some 40 solar lamps to senior citizens in western Uganda. FWOP will work with this Uganda FWOP Chapter and CHC Foundation Limited to establish a solar cooperative in the coming months. Ishmaels Kabanukye, Chair of  Uganda FWOP Chapter is initially strongly focused  on poverty among elders in Uganda .   In the 16th of October,  he was elected as Chairman of Uganda Association of Gerontology and Geriatric Association. See photo above. This will provide a good foundation for FWOP to expand its impact in Uganda.

More details on our partnerships on the next round!

-Miguel Juanez

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Posted by Miguel Juanez On October - 10 - 2015 0 Comment
Donating Veggies Door-to-Door

Professor Isidor Wallimann, a member of FWOP Board, along with his team is promoting a movement to grow food locally in Basel, Switzerland. Can this movement solve famine and food insecurity in our world?

According to the World Food Programme, a vast majority of the world’s hungry people live in developing countries, where 12.9 percent of the population is undernourished. As a result of data such as this, problem, most experts do not think so. However, movement leaders in Basel, Riple, OH and in Denton, TX see many positive outcomes of this focus on local production and have undertaken the task to show how it can be done. Over 5000 gardens are in Basel and managed by the city. Urban Agriculture Network –Basel, works with some 2000 gardens to promote a more collective approach in Basel.

Denton City Council under their Sustainability Denton Initiative recently received a grant for $77,000 from US Department of Agriculture to support and expand the Denton Community Market. There is also plan to expand the volunteered-operated garden at the Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center. In the first half of 2015, this garden donated more than 150 pounds of harvest to the community. In addition to plots that the city rents-out to residents, there are three major farms in Denton: Earthwise, Shiloh and Cardo.

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Posted by Miguel Juanez On August - 20 - 2015 0 Comment
ExquisiteWater, Inc.

Exquisite Logo

ExquisiteWater, Inc. is a charitable public health consulting company dedicated to providing clean water to rural and underprivileged communities around the world with plans to eventually eliminate adverse health effects caused by waterborne diseases. ExquisiteWater has officially started their first pilot in Nigeria. Their director, Amanda Sunny left for Nigeria on July 5th until the 14th to attend the very successful annual Anambra State Association World Medical Mission and Health Summit 2015. While she was there, she presented their mission for the communities in Anambra State, Nigeria to the 250+ attendees and spoke to the state’s Commissioner of Health.

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The medical mission consisted of a group of 50 volunteers (physicians, ophthalmologists, pharmacists, nurses, and general volunteers) who traveled to six rural villages in Anambra State, Nigeria (Agbaghana, Obosi, Ihembosi, Ozubelu, and Oba) with donated prescription eyeglasses and pharmaceutical care.

In each village, the team was able to serve at least 1,500 people with a six day total of at least 9,000 people seen; including some individuals whom have never seen a doctor before in their life.

In the midst of this preliminary trip with the medical mission and health summit presentation, they were able to learn how to manage the steps needed to secure operations within a village as well as the importance of good communication. Click article to read more. 

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Posted by Miguel Juanez On August - 4 - 2015 0 Comment
Helphen out!

We are extremely grateful and happy to welcome Helphen, India to our team of affiliates combating poverty and sharing the vision of a future without poverty.

Helphen India which was officially recognized as a Society under Societies Registration Act of 1860, India on 26 March, 2015 was actually incepted in January 2013 when a team of like-minded freshmen from Vellore Institute of Technology started contemplating the society of Vellore. Like most other semi-towns of Tamil Nadu, Vellore was home to poverty, unemployment, inadequate infrastructure and lack of education facilities.

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Posted by Miguel Juanez On July - 30 - 2015 0 Comment

Arbor Health, LLC., is an assisted living mental health facility that specializes in the mental health treatment of Veterans, with an emphasis on meaningful activities of daily living. This is a facility with very low reimbursement and had serious resident abuse problem before it was taken over by a partner of FWOP, Inc., and was very near to the Ferguson Community in St Louis where there was serious conflict and controversy.

Fie Zach is an intern at Arbor Health with a focus upon Art Therapy. He recently graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Master’s Degree in Art. His work focuses on sculpture, installations, video, sound and performance.

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THE IDEA

The administrator and most of the residents are Veterans. After experiencing a severe trauma or life-threatening event, many military veterans develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). All the resident veterans in Arbor Health had PTSD and depression because of the War. The Veterans with PTSD have lived through a traumatic event that caused them to fear for their lives, see horrible things, and feel helpless. Bad memories of the traumatic event affect the rest of their life.

Mr. Zach Fie decided to create an image at the front of entrance that focuses upon about the Battle of Iwo Jima.   This was a major battle in which the U.S. Marines landed on and eventually captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Imperial  Army during World War II.  This is an attempt to reflect and to give Veterans a peaceful lovely home to live.

Fei Zach believes art is a reflection of human creative skill and imagination.  Picasso once said: “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” He believes that art making itself is  therapeutic, it transcends words and triggers different parts of the brain and subconscious.  When he realized that art was such a powerful tool for helping people,  he decided to enter the healthcare field as an informal therapist  and use his art skills for the benefit of people.

CURRENT WORK DESCRIPTION

The four soldiers are painted with Acrylic and one is soldier holding an American flag. There are 5 US military badges (US Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard) and 6 main war country maps (German, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan) around the soldiers. For various countries, the newspaper clippings reported the events of each battlefield stories are integrated into the mural as well as the honor military ribbons which are made of wood.

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PATIENT REPORT

A specific resident he worked with had a serious PTSD and depression conditions. An angry man and full of an attitude problem, a big smoker, always walking around and talking to himself. People think he is a really talented guy.  He likes to draw a lot and is really interested in painting.   Unfortunately, the veteran never had chance to go school. After Fei Zach talked to him, he has shown a lot of his sketches and explain and the stories behind his drawings.

The veteran told Fie Zach that he always can hear some sort of “noise talk” which makes him angry and gives him a headache.

RESIDENTS REACTION

When Fie Zachstart  was working  on the mural most residents just passed by and looked at it as weird. They had no idea what we were doing, but when the image gradually showed through a lot of veterans and residents came over ask us about the work and some then began to also share their own military experience Zach.

CONCLUSION

Zach believes that art is an amazing gift from God to human beings,  and Art Therapy is about the process of “art making” rather than the project itself. Art therapy is such a power tool and healing modality intended to bring together physical, emotional and spiritual care by facilitating creative ways for patients to respond to their experiences. In addition Arbor Health is slowly adding a wide range of activities to improve the social and psychological environment in the facility, e.g., gardening, fishing, pool table, dart board, ceramics,  foosball,  ping pong, and  music.

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Posted by Miguel Juanez On May - 21 - 2015 0 Comment
Team RGTF

A Future Without Poverty, Inc (FWOP) is proud to announce that Ripley’s Gourmet Tortillas will soon begin making all natural tortillas, chips, spices, and salsas in the historic river town of Ripley, Ohio.  The highly anticipated community-focused business venture aims to show how FWOP’s 4 E’s model of community renewal (Enterprise, Education, Environment, and Empowerment) can be adapted anywhere to create jobs, promote education, improve the environment, and most importantly—empower the local community of Ripley.  To receive updates on the progress of this and other FWOP projects from around the globe, sign up for a free FWOP membership. Simply enter your email and click subscribe.

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Posted by Miguel Juanez On May - 4 - 2015 0 Comment
WIll be establishing student chapters at their respective schools.

Emily Medina, President of the University of North Texas (UNT) chapter of A Future Without Poverty (FWOP), and Stan Ingman, Vice President of the FWOP Board, attended a conference titled, “Education and Culture: Cross-Border Challenges and Opportunities” this past May 1st.  This conference is one of many initiatives made possible by an MOU signed back in 2001 between the university and Secretary of Education of Jalisco, Mexico.

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Posted by Miguel Juanez On May - 1 - 2015 0 Comment
Education is a key out of poverty and a key part of our 4 E's model

Some thirty thousand retirees have settled on the north side of Lake Chapala, south of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.  They come from Europe, Canada, USA and it is claimed that their economic impact on the area is more important than all the agricultural production from Mexico City to Guadalajara.  As they attempt to design a meaningful retirement, many become community development activists in the surrounding municipalities of Lake Chapala, Ajijic and Jocotepec.  The Ajijic Rotary Club and related organizations come together to raise funds.  The Tepehua Centro, which is a barrio north of Chapala, is the focus of some significant development efforts.  A small team from the Denton Rotary club visited them in October and in April to assess what might be the next steps to support the effort in the Tepehua Centro.  Rotary Clubs in Denton, Arlington and Flower Mound provided $5000 for pharmacy supplies in April 2015.  Future Without Poverty (FWOP) students at the University of North Texas( UNT) chapter provided $500 to repair one house in the barrio in 2014.  

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