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Every year, as part of my job I go to different events and represent our TRiO organization (TRiO is a Federally funded program that helps low-income 1st generation college access higher education to break out of poverty).  On Monday, there was an event called Project Homeless Connect.  This time it was in Minneapolis Convention center and it was a huge event funded by many companies and corporations.  There were a lot of resources for the homeless and people who live in poverty.  There were a lot of volunteers from corporations, from government projects and programs, health care facilities, etc.

The event was very well organized and I was amazed that they got so many volunteers.  They managed to attach a volunteer to each visitor.  Those volunteers walked together, some helped push the strollers with kids behind the individual while the individual would talk to us at the tables and get information and resources they needed.

All visitors and volunteers were fed lunch and they made sure that everyone had water bottles to drink throughout the day.  I was working in the education and employment room; the other rooms provided information and resources about housing, welfare benefits, health care.  They had health and wellness room where they could meet with doctors, dentists, mental health professionals on the spot.  All of the professionals were volunteers for the day or for a few hours rotating with their co-workers.

There were a lot of mentally ill homeless people.  It was depressing to see so many of them in the same area.  I often work with some of these people in my office and when I work with them nothing bothers me but this was overwhelming. 

The most upsetting for me was observing the kids with their ill parents.  Generally, it was upsetting to see that there are people that could not be helped in improving their life or at least I couldn’t see their situations improve.  I guess I was more upset that I felt powerless listening to their stories when they stopped by our table.  Most of them are not good college material because of their cognition and developmental impairments.  Thinking of Maslow’s hierarchy model, these people don’t have their basic needs met, no safe shelter and food on regular basis. 

I thought that it was great that people who work in corporations had a chance to be involved in this event and see the poverty first hand.  Hopefully, appreciating their lives more and be more generous when it comes to charity requests and taxes.

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Every year, as part of my job I go to different events and represent our TRiO organization (TRiO is a Federally funded program that helps low-income 1st generation college access higher education to break out of poverty).  On Monday, there was an event called Project Homeless Connect.  This time it was in Minneapolis Convention center and it was a huge event funded by many companies and corporations.  There were a lot of resources for the homeless and people who live in poverty.  There were a lot of volunteers from corporations, from government projects and programs, health care facilities, etc.

The event was very well organized and I was amazed that they got so many volunteers.  They managed to attach a volunteer to each visitor.  Those volunteers walked together, some helped push the strollers with kids behind the individual while the individual would talk to us at the tables and get information and resources they needed.

All visitors and volunteers were fed lunch and they made sure that everyone had water bottles to drink throughout the day.  I was working in the education and employment room; the other rooms provided information and resources about housing, welfare benefits, health care.  They had health and wellness room where they could meet with doctors, dentists, mental health professionals on the spot.  All of the professionals were volunteers for the day or for a few hours rotating with their co-workers.

There were a lot of mentally ill homeless people.  It was depressing to see so many of them in the same area.  I often work with some of these people in my office and when I work with them nothing bothers me but this was overwhelming. 

The most upsetting for me was observing the kids with their ill parents.  Generally, it was upsetting to see that there are people that could not be helped in improving their life or at least I couldn’t see their situations improve.  I guess I was more upset that I felt powerless listening to their stories when they stopped by our table.  Most of them are not good college material because of their cognition and developmental impairments.  Thinking of Maslow’s hierarchy model, these people don’t have their basic needs met, no safe shelter and food on regular basis. 

I thought that it was great that people who work in corporations had a chance to be involved in this event and see the poverty first hand.  Hopefully, appreciating their lives more and be more generous when it comes to charity requests and taxes.

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Thursday, Day 5

Today, we had very emotional or emotionally sad day.  We started with the lecture by Ken Spiro about Anti-Semitism that was gloomy and disturbing.  There are so many lies and misconceptions about Jews in the world, it is very sad and makes me feel powerless.  Even Jews themselves believe in those lies and don’t want to find the truth.  That makes it even worse!

 After the lecture we went to the Yad Vashem -- Museum of Holocaust where I cried and cried and cried.  Last time I was in that museum I remembered crying very hard while visiting children’s memorial.  This time it was emotionally difficult throughout the whole museum.  Here is the picture of the exit from the museum:Read more... )
Read about Day 6 and 7 Shabbat
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Thursday, Day 5

Today, we had very emotional or emotionally sad day.  We started with the lecture by Ken Spiro about Anti-Semitism that was gloomy and disturbing.  There are so many lies and misconceptions about Jews in the world, it is very sad and makes me feel powerless.  Even Jews themselves believe in those lies and don’t want to find the truth.  That makes it even worse!

 After the lecture we went to the Yad Vashem -- Museum of Holocaust where I cried and cried and cried.  Last time I was in that museum I remembered crying very hard while visiting children’s memorial.  This time it was emotionally difficult throughout the whole museum.  Here is the picture of the exit from the museum:Read more... )
Read about Day 6 and 7 Shabbat
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Сегодня 10 лет с Американской трагедии случившейся 11 Сентября 2001 года, которая изменила нашу жизнь в Америке и многих других странах.  В этом году Мишка как никогда много расспрашивал о том что случилось. 

Разговоры о трагедии были везде.  Утром я его везла в синагогу и по радио говорили, потом в синагоге был сервис посвященный 9/11, по дороге домой он задавл море вопросов, потом попросил включить телевизор и с интересом смотрел и слушал PBS, потом ещё больше вопросов задавал и был давольно таки напуган тем что он узнал.  Он у нас вообще мальчик очень впечатлительный как и его мама.  Я сама при упоминании 9/11 утром, всё время плакать начинала, потом чем больше с Мишкой вела беседы, тем эмоционально легче становилось.

Я пыталась выслушать все его мысли и перед сном уверила что никаким террористам не нужна ни наша семья не наш городишка ни даже наш штат если они и захотят опять что-то такое сотворить.  Я его убедила что после 9/11 нас стали охранять на много лучше чем это делали до трагедии.  

Потом мы ещё немного побесились по рекомендации [livejournal.com profile] tehhi_karamir чтоб снять стресс и он уснул у себя в комнате без задних ног.

Мишелка тоже слушала о чем мы с Мишей целый день говорили и тоже несколько раз спрашивала почему самолёт влетел в небоскрёб.  Пришлось рассказывать о плохих дядек террористов. 

Мишка когда был такой как Мишелка, ему около 1.5 было, он по телевизору тоже увидел съемки как самолет врезается в один из близнецов.  Так вот, когда он впервые летел с нами на самолёте в Мексику то во один момент он меня спросил: "Мама, а когда наш сaмолёт в дом врежется?"  Ему было где-то 2.5.

Не дай Б-г такому когда-либо случиться опять!!! 

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Сегодня 10 лет с Американской трагедии случившейся 11 Сентября 2001 года, которая изменила нашу жизнь в Америке и многих других странах.  В этом году Мишка как никогда много расспрашивал о том что случилось. 

Разговоры о трагедии были везде.  Утром я его везла в синагогу и по радио говорили, потом в синагоге был сервис посвященный 9/11, по дороге домой он задавл море вопросов, потом попросил включить телевизор и с интересом смотрел и слушал PBS, потом ещё больше вопросов задавал и был давольно таки напуган тем что он узнал.  Он у нас вообще мальчик очень впечатлительный как и его мама.  Я сама при упоминании 9/11 утром, всё время плакать начинала, потом чем больше с Мишкой вела беседы, тем эмоционально легче становилось.

Я пыталась выслушать все его мысли и перед сном уверила что никаким террористам не нужна ни наша семья не наш городишка ни даже наш штат если они и захотят опять что-то такое сотворить.  Я его убедила что после 9/11 нас стали охранять на много лучше чем это делали до трагедии.  

Потом мы ещё немного побесились по рекомендации [livejournal.com profile] tehhi_karamir чтоб снять стресс и он уснул у себя в комнате без задних ног.

Мишелка тоже слушала о чем мы с Мишей целый день говорили и тоже несколько раз спрашивала почему самолёт влетел в небоскрёб.  Пришлось рассказывать о плохих дядек террористов. 

Мишка когда был такой как Мишелка, ему около 1.5 было, он по телевизору тоже увидел съемки как самолет врезается в один из близнецов.  Так вот, когда он впервые летел с нами на самолёте в Мексику то во один момент он меня спросил: "Мама, а когда наш сaмолёт в дом врежется?"  Ему было где-то 2.5.

Не дай Б-г такому когда-либо случиться опять!!! 

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I have not been writing about our political situation in our state and I wish, I didn’t have to follow politics but being a state and federal employee it is unavoidable.  Here is the article from MPR with more details about the situation:

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/31/layoff-notices/

 

Read more... )

 

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I have not been writing about our political situation in our state and I wish, I didn’t have to follow politics but being a state and federal employee it is unavoidable.  Here is the article from MPR with more details about the situation:

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/31/layoff-notices/

 

Read more... )

 

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May 9th 1945 USSR officially announced end of the World War II and its Victory.  Every year we celebrate this day because every family in the former USSR was impacted by this war in one way or the other; probably not only in USSR but in other countries too. 

My grandmother on my mom’s side she fought in this war and was wounded.  The huge scar or I would say a big gap in her calf on her leg always reminded me that she was fighting in the war.  As a child I was so proud of that!  The family from my dad’s side evacuated out of Kiev and their life was not easy.  My dad was only 1 year old when the war begun. 

This year, this holiday brings pain to the fresh wound.  One of our closest veterans, Boris’ grandfather had passed just a few months ago.  He went through the war from day one to Berlin in 1945 and in the middle of the war got stuck in Leningrad siege.  He lived to 95. It is painful to think that we can never visit him or call him on May 9th to say “happy victory day.” :(

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May 9th 1945 USSR officially announced end of the World War II and its Victory.  Every year we celebrate this day because every family in the former USSR was impacted by this war in one way or the other; probably not only in USSR but in other countries too. 

My grandmother on my mom’s side she fought in this war and was wounded.  The huge scar or I would say a big gap in her calf on her leg always reminded me that she was fighting in the war.  As a child I was so proud of that!  The family from my dad’s side evacuated out of Kiev and their life was not easy.  My dad was only 1 year old when the war begun. 

This year, this holiday brings pain to the fresh wound.  One of our closest veterans, Boris’ grandfather had passed just a few months ago.  He went through the war from day one to Berlin in 1945 and in the middle of the war got stuck in Leningrad siege.  He lived to 95. It is painful to think that we can never visit him or call him on May 9th to say “happy victory day.” :(

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This year like never before we remember Chernobyl nuclear explosion that happened on April 26, 1986.  First of all the memories were brought to us in March after the tragedy of the tsunami and earthquake in Japan that involved a similar nuclear reactor and second, today it is the 25 year anniversary or as one journalist wrote “quarter century mark”.

 

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This year like never before we remember Chernobyl nuclear explosion that happened on April 26, 1986.  First of all the memories were brought to us in March after the tragedy of the tsunami and earthquake in Japan that involved a similar nuclear reactor and second, today it is the 25 year anniversary or as one journalist wrote “quarter century mark”.

 

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