Michael Stoops, Homeless Advocate
$775 of $5,555 goal
The NCH has helped to pass laws protecting the rights of the homeless and educates the public on the issues surrounding homelessness in the United States. In1985, the popular TV show 60 MINUTES, featured the platform for the entire hour and many movie stars also helped to bring the plight of the homeless to the public eye; Martin Sheen protrayed Mitch Synder in a movie. Mitch committed suicide in 1990 at CCNV, and thereafter Michael became the driving force for helping the homeless and in NCH.
On Sunday, 07 June, 2015, Michael suffered a stroke. The janitor of the church that houses the offices of NCH found him and called 911. Michael spent almost 7 weeks in the hospital and is now in a rehab - nursing home center in Silver Spring. MD., with hopes of learning to use his left arm and leg and to speak and eat. His progress will depend on keeping him engaged as much as possible.
I am a careprovider and formerly homeless woman, whom Michael's organization helped. I am familiar with Michael's immediate needs; having a SUPPORT SYSTEM is a must -Michael never married and has no children or family that can help.
A care companion, additional physical therapy and speech therapy will help him on the long road in front of him and that will hopefully restore to him a sense of purpose.
I work 3 jobs so that I can pay rent and support my dog and me. I have provided funds to a friend, a 10 year advacate for the homeless and that is homeless, Mr. Eric Sheptock, who almost everyday, has been checking in on Michael's well being; but now I am financially tapped out.
God helps those whom help themselves and so I am asking for help for Michael, whom has asked the public to help the homeless. "No amount is to small" to quote a formerly homeless man and a member of NCH's Speakers Bbureau, Mr. Steve Thomas.
Thank you and God bless you always and in all ways.
I received a text this week stating Michael has been blessed with a device that enables him to communicate.
I know little more than this and therefore and going to suspend any additional donations to this GFM account.
I hope that those wanting to give from their hearts to Michael, whom has given his heart to helping the homeless, will do so.
I know the Washington Legal Clinic and Julie Turner, a social worker in DC, have been assisting Michael with the transitions in his life and therefore suggest you contact them if you want to make a contribution on behalf of Michael.
Thank you, whom have given and I continue the well wishes for all.
Brenda and Ruby
Eric has informed me the speech therapist is working on getting Michael a communication board; an electronic device for people with speaking difficulties.
Eric has said Michael is eating 3 meals a day and has the ability to hold a glass and drink from it too. Progress!
Eric also said social workers are working on options to enable Michael to stay in the DC area, as Michael has expressed the desire not to relocate to Indiana, where his only sister lives.
I thank everyone for helping, and ask that during Homeless Awareness Month (November), everyone please share this link for the benefit of the man whom has committed his life to helping the homeless.
Any funds raised beyond the need of the immediate daily ones I wrote of in my 1st update, will be set up in an account for Michael's cost of living expenses.
God Bless US ALL.
Brenda and Ruby
I would like to provide you with Eric Sheptock's email address; email@example.com, as he has been the beacon for watching over Michael as Michael continues to recover.
I have provided the GFM account to Eric aslo so that he can have the necessary bus and rail fare to make the hour and a half ONE way trip to the facility Michael is at.
I am grateful to those that have contributed and welcome any assistance for the benefit of Michael.