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Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:02 pm
by deejay
I forgot to mention--I'm on Facebook. Send me friend requests, but remember the only time I normally have wifi is when I'm away from the shelter--like at work.

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:22 pm
by deejay
Great news! My friend CJ finally got a new place! She plans to move in by Aug. 1st!
Hopefully I and a few friends can help her get her stuff out of my storage unit, then get the stuff I've been storing at my church for the last 10 years in, so I can have access to my stuff at long last! Hopefully I will be next to get a place--2020 Biblically means promises come to pass.

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:04 pm
by Shann
Oh that's wonderful she got an apartment. Is there any way you could room with her? Didn't you live with her in the past? I'll pray it all works out for everyone.

You never told us what your Facebook name is so we can friend you. It sounds like things are going good right now.
Hugs :grouphug :grouphug

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Posted: Sun Jul 19, 2020 11:11 am
by deejay
My Facebook name is Michele Fritchie. I'm a bit security obsessed. I don't normally get wifi reception at the shelter, unless a miracle occurs. Not too likely I can room with CJ and Diane--yes, we shared part of a house for 5 1/2 years--because Section 8 rules say you can have a roommate who's not on Section 8. And quite frankly, CJ can be a handful. She has mental health issues along with severe asthma. She tends to post some rather inappropriate things on FB, like photos of models whose hairstyles resemble--ahem--private parts. If I were to have a roomie, I'd prefer someone who's quiet.

This morning I got on the bus to go to church, and discovered my resident tag is missing. There have been a few times I've taken it off upon leaving the shelter, and forgot to put it back on when checking back in, and nothing happened. Might be in my bed. I'll check when I get home this afternoon. If I can't find it, they can make me a new one. But I can't help thinking it might be a sign I could be getting housed soon. I hope so.

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2020 7:00 pm
by deejay
My lost badge was buried in my purse.

Okay, my church is in the process of moving to a new building. My last day of work was last Friday, and with the help of our Spanish pastor and my supervisor, we got all my stuff out of the danger room at church, and put it in my storage. I went to church to take some pictures--the building will be demolished Nov. 15--and in its place will be an apartment complex, where we will have control of 25% of the apartments so we can rent them below market value. But a glitch has occurred--instead of our having our first service in the new building Nov. 1st, we have to do either Zoom calls or go to one of 5 home churches. We don't have the necessary permits to occupy yet. :( We will be renovating the building, a former furniture store, which will take about 6 months.

Please pray that all permits are gotten and we can worship in our new building soon.

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:36 pm
by deejay
Last week I went to our new building to go over the new duty list with my supervisor, and I thought she said the bathroom, which has a shower bath, was for my exclusive use. No, I'm allowed to bathe there, but otherwise have to share. So today was my first day of work in our new building. While cleaning, I discovered another shower bath in our pastor's office. The building was once a hotel on top, with a pharmacy on the ground floor--we have a photo of it in our Spanish pastor's office. There's a Mexican supermarket across the street, so I went there to buy lunch stuff.
One of my friends at the shelter, named Debbie, is upset that I seem to be able to go to church house meetings and she can't go to her synagogue. She told me yesterday morning she was going to talk to her caseworker, and have her talk to my caseworker. Basically, she's trying to rat me out. But I have been aboveboard with my caseworker, and she seems to be okay with my arrangement. Debbie is a Messianic Jew, and up til now, she's been a very nice person. When she was talking to me, calling me a liar and a bad Christian, I stayed calm, didn't raise my voice, and simply refuted her charges. Would you pray for her, please? She has let a spirit of jealousy come over her, and I don't want our friendship to end unless it absolutely has to. She's into current events, and we both agree that the government is in violation of the First Amendment by making us stay out of church. The Biden camp has just said that one of their first orders of business will be to remove God from America. I would say more, but I will obey the request from our mods not to get political.

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Posted: Tue Dec 08, 2020 4:39 pm
by Shann
Hey DeeJay, I see you've been able to get on more often than you have since pandemic started. I hope that means things are looking up for. Were you able to get the same job you had last year with the shoeboxes? I've also heard parts of California have needed to dial things back and there are shelter in place orders again. I hope you've been able to stay safe through all of this.

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Posted: Wed Dec 09, 2020 4:39 pm
by deejay
No, not doing Samaritan's Purse this year, because my friend Chris who picked me up from the train station and took me to where we picked up the shuttle is working a different shift this year and wouldn't be able to help me. Maybe next year.
Yes, a few guys here at the shelter got mifi hotspots at the local library, and generously share them with others. That helps. We watch each others' stuff so nothing gets stolen.
Should be getting my new apartment on New Year's, as I just submitted my pay stub copies for October and November, and finally got ahold of the housing coordinator for the phone interview. I asked a few questions about the apartment, and they said that all utilities except phone and TV are paid. I forgot to ask about internet, but after I got the copies I attached a note with that and a couple other questions.
We are still waiting for approval for occupancy at our new building, it's a process and nobody knows when we will be allowed to worship in it. So for now we have home groups.
Well, as for lockdowns, I've only seen places that are enforcing mask and social distancing, and my favorite fast food place has closed their dining room, but I can go in and order food and they have an outside dining area. But mostly people are getting fed up with the lockdown situation. Yesterday our phone alarms all went off, this is normally used for an AMBER Alert, but this time it was to announce the new lockdown restrictions. People are ready, willing and able to tell Gov. Newsom to stick it where the sun don't shine.
I got a bulletin from Hillsdale University, and they say lockdowns are not necessary. Masks, social distancing, and hand washing are all that's needed. In the old days, you only isolated those who were sick, not the healthy ones. I remember mom saying when one of her sisters got polio in her leg, there was a sign on their door saying "Infantile Paralysis, Quarantine." And that the quarantine was two weeks. This is all part of a plot to destroy America, bring the population to our knees, and keep us in fear. I remember in high school there was a political cartoon showing a mechanical monster, whose strings were being pulled by business owners, scaring a group of workers, who were clinging for dear life to a factory owner, who was encouraging those operating the monster to keep it up, that they have to keep the working men frightened. I can see a parallel to this situation with that. Covid has only a 1% death rate, and it mostly kills those 80+. I'm sure you've heard on the news that this one researcher in Florida was threatened at her home for not playing along and fudging the Covid numbers to make it seem worse than it actually is. Scary thought! We need to ask God for wisdom in how to fight back--we can't play doormat here. The church has done that for years, and look where it's gotten us.

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:25 pm
by Shann
Hey Deejay. I've been worried about you. It's been a bit since you were on last. I know the virus has been ravaging Southern California. You have been in my prayers. I figured the shelter and surrounding areas have been in lock down and that's what has made it hard for you to pop in often. Of course, I'm hoping you've been busy moving since I think you said you were to be in a new apartment by the new year. Anyway, I hope you're healthy, staying safe, and doing okay.

Re: Pacific Coast Rest-Stop

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 6:16 pm
by deejay
All of a sudden, I stopped getting topic notifications. Then I had trouble signing in. Mike gave me a new password, and just now I finally got in.

So far, I'm healthy, still testing negative, but Covid is making inroads in my church. I had to change my home group meeting place.

So, they say as soon as my paperwork is approved, they're shooting for a move-in date of the first week of February. But the shelter is closing soon, possibly as soon as the end of this month. Hopefully, instead of moving to the new facility, I'll be allowed to stay until I move to my apartment.

Now if you'll excuse me, I've got some catching up to do on here.