Ms Crooked Halo

{August 14, 2012}   God works wonders in one week

I have a friend who has been struggling from homelessness for over two years.

Not the kind of homeliness that you are probably picturing…

Dirty with a shopping cart sleeping under a bridge.

No, this is the kind of homeliness that practically goes unnoticed in society.

One of a hard working mother who just cannot seem to save up enough to pay a deposit so she moves her and her kids from friend’s to friend’s house.

But on this faithful Sunday, our Pastor calls a prophecy.

He says that he doesn’t know who he is talking to but the person who has been struggling for two years and still has been faithful to God, that person’s season of hardship is over.

On that very Monday, she gets notice from her social worker that they can pay her first month’s rent and deposit.

That very day she calls landlords and finds one just down the street from me who is aware of and takes that type of payment.

By the evening, we have viewed the apartment and she has completed the application.

By that Tuesday evening, he has confirmed her income and approved her for the apartment.

By that Wednesday, social services has written a promissary note and she has keys!!!

For the first time in Years!!

But is God done?


On Thursday, the water is on.

But there is a problem of an overdue electric bill.

And do you think that a $600 power bill can stop my God.


Because God put it on the heart of just one of the dozen of customer service workers at to turn on her power if she can pay just $200 of that bill.

And here’s the kicker…the power was on even before she made the payment.

Yep, on Thursday night, she and her three daughters spent their very first night in the comfort and security of their own home!!

On Saturday, with the help of an Explorer, Expedition, and a pickup truck, her furniture was moved in her new home and out of storage.

A new home in one week.

From one Sunday to the next, you went from homeless to being a tenant in good standing.

You can’t tell me there is no God and that my God ain’t good!!!


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{September 26, 2010}   Social Services Suck
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“Welfare Mom”

Its a dreaded term synomimous with dredge on society.

Because the “Welfare Moms” that make the news are always the do nothing, want nothing, entitled yet neglect my children mothers.

And, you’d be surprised to learn just how hard it is to break the welfare curse even if you want too.

Let’s first give homage to those excellent social workers who are overworked and underpaid.

My hats off to you for balancing the stress you feel coming from the bean counters above you and the struggling families in desperate need.

So, why is just so difficult for a family to break the welfare curse.

Because the program is designed for you to fail.

Now, true, it is better than it was years ago but, let’s face it, it still sucks!

Let’s take this example.

So, you’ve just lost your job (or the hubby turns out to be a S.O.B. in disguise).

You’ve been applying for a job over a month now and you’ve not gotten so much as a nibble.

Because in this economy, it is even difficult to get a job with the temporary agencies because their are so many applicants. :-(

All of your savings are gone.

And you’ve still got children to feed, clothe, and shelther.

What to do?

Swallow your pride and head to your local welfare office.

After sitting in the office for well over 4 hours, you are told that your application will be processed in 30 – 45 days.


Your case is not en emergency.

You’ve had some money within the last 7 days, haven’t you.

Uh…what are your children going to eat between now and then.

You’re handed a list of churches that hand out food and are sent on your way to humble yourself some more.

And you’ll have to go to multiple churches because they attempt is to at least provide you with one meal, not feed your family for an entire week.

You also find out about the fellowship meals so your family goes there to get a hot dinner.

Pretty good if your kids are in school, not so hot if it is summer time.

Meanwhile, even a job did call you, you don’t even have bus fare or gas funds to get there.

After another month of feeling like a complete loser, you finally get the paper that proves you are indeed a drain on society.

But, hey, at least your kids can eat!

But wait….how much do they give you to take care of 3 kids.

A whopping $386.

No, that’s not a misprint.

The amount that they give in food stamps ($650+) is quite respectable but what bills do they think you can pay with $386?!?!


Light Bill?


Well, now you qualify for one of those free phone services that you see advertised everywhere so you call one of them so you can ditch the house and cell phone bill.

But, wait…

Its taking 1 – 2 months to even receive the phone because of the amount of folks requesting one.

Great. Just great.

Can’t win for losing.

You stave the bills off as best you can will keeping a few dollars in your pocket for transportation because, guess what!

Because you are now on “the check”, you have to go to the mandatory welfare class from 9 am – 3 pm.

And you have to arrange for your own child care or bring the kiddos with you because your child gets off the school bus well before you’ll be able to make it back home after the meeting.

When you get to the meeting, you mistakenly believe that they will assess your case to better assist you with your needs and get you off of welfare as quick as possible.

Nope, the meetings are one size fits all.

They talk about drug use.

You don’t smoke, drink, or do drugs.

They talk about how to dress.

As a matter of point, you’re dressed as if you were going to an interview right now.

Nice blouse. Nice slacks. Discreet jewelry. No perfume.

They talk about resumes.

Your resume is nicer than the ones they are using as an example.

At this point, you know that you could be teaching this class instead of taking it.



And recognizing that this will be your life for the next couple of weeks.

And we haven’t even scratched the surface of the frustration involved for the nonhustlers on “the system”.

How about getting a job in June, right before school lets out, but not getting approved for child care until September.

How about requesting bus fare or gas allowance and being told that there are no funds available but you’re still required to look for a job.

How about the fact that government can find a flea on a dog with the resources that they have but they can’t find the absentee parent so they can pay child support because that parent crossed state lines.

If you think that being on welfare is truly getting something for nothing, then you’ve never been nor never known the true walk of a “welfare mom”.

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