The OTR team is in Pueblo CO where we’re donating our time to bring a music & art center to East Pueblo. The house was boarded up for 5 years and needs plenty of TLC. The company is now two entities OTR (the “V”) and OTR Foundation (the Properties). OTR is a 501c4 and OTRF a 501c3. This opens plenty of doors for grants and other opportunities that will help us get supplies and resources to finish the houses so that we can start our programs. We’re seeking volunteers and skilled laborers to help us get to the finish line. There are boarded up homes just waiting for new occupants. We can help anyone who wishes to take one over and restore. (more…)
Yesterday Joe & I met with Robert who is part owner of a beautiful historic church and towering icon consuming 5 lots. This was our second meeting so we could find out exactly what could take place as far as securing this fabulous historic church in order to bring more good to east Pueblo. We had a perfect visit in which a dream of providing health care to those in need surfaced and I thought about how much good we could do in 18,000 Sq Ft of space. So, I got on FB and talked with Sue from Eugene Oregon who was instrumental in starting “Occupy Medical” on the west coast. From the days of a tent in the encampment to a roaming bus converted to provide much need healthcare for those who don’t have access is just amazing. I realized last night that the OTR-Foundation will have to find a way to make this work! We HAVE to be the change we want to see, it’s the only way forward.
If anyone has access to medical providers, nurses, etc., not to mention anyone who could support us financially please reach out to see if they will help us. We will need a bus load of miracles to pull this off, but then it’s a church right? Don’t miracles happen there? (Janet)
Today was the March 1s Omnibus march against Harper nationwide. It was an awesome day as we marched in the streets of downtown Vancouver. Many protesters showed up to speak out against Stephen Harper ….with his secret deals, his reneging on treaties and his strong ties with big corp’s who need “favors”. Just like the US, Canada is struggling, with politicians being bought and sliding deals through without the “people’s” knowledge. But many groups are paying close attention and today they came together and it was awesome.
Most surprising was the low key police presence and their very decent attitude toward the marchers. Quite a pleasant surprise after the Denver march on Nov. 5th where the militia rolled out and protesters were harassed, face planted and arrested. Nothing of the kind here. The police blocked the intersections and actually had dialogue with the protesters. Lots of different ages, cultures and most of all…committed people who care about what’s happening to their land, their water and the air we breathe. There were many collecting signatures against Enbridge and Big OIL!!! (more…)
Ken Shore will be coming back (from Denver) on Sat. to finish the final electrical needs. Can’t wait to see him, as we always have a few laughs. After this weekend we’ll be in a position to have the final inspection redone. Then we’re off to restore the Stone House next, for evaluation (so far a quote for the water main break is going to cost $2280) and material gathering, costs. We now have a prospect of another house and that’s being considered for outstanding taxes approx. $2600.
Glen, one of our directors (who recently had a stroke) is doing well on the road to recovery. He’s getting physical therapy now and plans are that he’s going to be released on Feb. 7th if all goes well. He’s in Parkview Hospital in room 309 (B) where he has a phone. His sense of humor is still alive and well. Some days he’s a bit more tired than others but considering what he’s been through he’s doing great.
Joe is finalizing some trim on the kitchen walls and been getting lots of little things done around PH. I put all the files into our new filing cabinet, where we’re now organized. With files in one place it sure helps to be able to find things. Been extremely busy around the house….no shortage of things to do. (more…)
Thank you to Loretta Sword for covering our story and helping make our next journey a success. We’re in the process of taking an 100 year old house and turning it into a Music & Art Center for the kids, big and small!
It’s been 18 months of hard work, dedication, perseverance and stretching dollars. The original Li’l Red House is now 95% completed and ready to greet the kids and show them life can be about fun and creativity too. We’re always looking for volunteers, music, art, clerical and labor. Be part of a team who believes the programs schools are cutting are perhaps the most important. Thank you to everyone and every company who helped make this first house possible.
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The houses will not only have creative venues but will encourage healthy eating and cooking classes. Our garden will be used to help educated the neighbors and anyone who wishes to learn about food, enjoy fresh produce and educate kids on the benefit of eating healthy. We have chefs willing to teach once we’re ready.
While waiting for the electrical inspection on Wed. we made a frame for our sign and around the map. Pictures from various camps and events over the past two years were used, so you might see yourself! In the end, the final inspection for Pueblo House was not a success. Apparently every plug needs to be “tamper proof” and many more GFI’s are needed and there’s the breakers which need something because the smoke detector is on that circuit, and then there’s this and that and something over here and something over there. OMG….how did we, as kids, survive in the day I wonder? Looks like it’s going to take another $300 in order to get signed off on another inspection. The good news that Ken is coming back out, so we get to have another visit. In the meantime Joe is going to switch out and replace the plugs.
On Monday the League of Women Voters luncheon had guest speaker, Detention Chief Darlene Alcala, who discussed what jail personnel are doing about inmates who have mental health and substance abuse issues. It was quite educational. If at all possible we’d like to work with the juveniles where we can for community service and mentoring. We’re hoping the music and art house (which we’re working on next) will keep kids busy. (more…)