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.
Please come visit us and have a tour!
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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.
Yesterday Cheryl Moore took us for a tour of the State Park and Reservoir in Pueblo West. Today Randy and I met for breakfast where Anne Courtright joined us for a final visit. It’s been so much fun having Randy (my husband) here with us for a week. Tomorrow he heads back home and I will continue my work here in Pueblo as we get closer to finishing Pueblo House. We’re excited to start working on the Stone House before too long.
Both houses may end up on the Historic registry. We have the Historic Society (from Denver) coming out Jan. 30th to do a structural walk through. It’s important the stone house be brought back to it’s full potential since it will be open to the public as a Music & Art house. (more…)
Another busy day at Pueblo House with all the chores we’re trying to get done before the cold spell comes mid week.
Baseboards being sanded, painted and brought in for reinstalling and then lots of electrical switches & plugs being put in. Joe had sanded one huge baseboard yesterday then brought out the rest of the baseboards that needed fixing so Stephen and I could get them done while he worked on trying to figure out the electrical before Rick came.We want to send a big thanks to Rick Stanton and Ken Shore for being so incredibly helpful as we worked out a few kinks tonight. Ken (on the phone with us from Denver and the original electrician who wired the PH) walked Rick through a series of steps to get the front entrance light working. (more…)
A flurry of activity @ Pueblo House after a hearty breakfast (BIG CHILL style) as everyone pitched in to make an awesome meal right down to the biscuits & gravy. Rick (from PCC) came by to do a little more on the electrical needs and helped label the panel box. Stephanie was touching up paint in the laundry room, then she projected (on vinyl) & cut out all the lettering for our new BIG sign which will be adorning the RV Friday as we head around town for some serious outreach…and education about TPP. She then hole punched all the lettering, so we could zip tie them on the deer fencing that Cheryl Moore so generously bought and delivered to us.
Stephen got a website up for the Veteran’s for Peace of Pueblo who really need some help recruiting new members. Joe got some handles put on the cabinets and started making a shelving unit for the media area. I started out doing accounting but ended up (more…)
At the Caledon retreat with Front Lines Int’l enjoying some awesome scenery. With the leaves turning color along with some very calming & quiet surroundings this is truly a remarkable place. Steve (the manager) of Hart House Farms has been very accommodating to two groups totaling 55-60 roughly. Even with a group of 40 philosopher students here for Thanksgiving weekend (you know that’s going to be great conversation at some point), it’s been relatively organized. The students prepared a meal fit for a king last night while we had the “occupy staple”…spaghetti and salad, all the while trying to share space in the kitchen. Surprisingly it went well and during the day we were told, that the students were going to be playing loud music and carrying on until the wee hours. (more…)