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Mental illness, Addiction and Homelessness.
12/29/2008 10:36:56 AM
These issues have been neglected and ignored by society for the past several decades. It is inevetable that our cities are rotting away because of our inaction. We cry foul for what we see in our downtown core, but no one is willing to do anything about it.
Right now, the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness is at a standstill. Through my own work, I have experienced a similar struggle obtaining support and participation from service providers, governing bodies and the public.

We are in the midst of a social crisis and no one is willing to do anything about it. It seems that former mayor Alan Lowe and the Honourable Ted Hughes are the only two people in Greater Victoria has balls.

This is a shameful and regrettable mistake we are making. Once we get settled into our comfortable easy chairs, it would take a crowbar to pry us out. Whatever happens outside your four walls have little to no concern to you. This ignorance and neglect is the same as what we practiced for the past several decades. It is inevitable that the social structure of this city will tumble down around us and we only have ourselves to blame.

We complain and cry foul for what is happening downtown, yet we sit on our hands and do nothing about it. This is just idle chatter with no value. If you backed up your words with action, perhaps someone will listen. All that has happened in the last year was bellyaching.

People use the excuse, ĎWhat can one person do?í If you add 40,000 more, you can move mountains. One person has a lot of power if they get off their butt and act. There are action committees, charity involvement and letter writing campaigns. There are literally hundreds of things that you can do to make a positive impact against homelessness.

You can host presentations or speaking engagements, raise funds for charity or establish an awareness campaign. People tend not to act if they donít know anything about the situation. It is our responsibility to learn. Again, it is a test of will that makes all the difference in the world.

My work involves providing awareness about mental illness, addiction and homelessness. I have committed myself to a five year project to produce a book series providing this information. All 1st year profits for each book in the series will be donated to a charity so that they can continue their fight against homelessness.

There has been the formation of an action committee designed to promote and raise funds for our charity of choice. A five year awareness campaign including presentations, fundraising events and media interaction is just some of the things we are doing.

The fire always starts with a spark. One solid idea can perpetuate into a movement capable of almost anything you choose. It is a lame excuse that one person is powerless of doing anything. Great things in our history have happened because of one personís idea. We lack the motivation and passion just to get out of our chair; it may be too much to expect Greater Victoria to look past their hand.

The city needs us more than ever before, yet we donít care what happens to it. We expect things to be given to us on a silver platter, heaven forbid if we have to exert ourselves.


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More Blogs by Patrick Joesph Schnerch
• Book Rights for Sale - Wednesday, October 27, 2010
• Book Review / The Peaceful Warrior - Wednesday, September 22, 2010
• Book review / City of Gardens: The Other Side of the Fence - Tuesday, September 21, 2010
• Now you know - Sunday, September 19, 2010
• Facts that contribute to social degeneration - Monday, September 06, 2010
• Not enough - Monday, September 06, 2010
• Book Network - Saturday, September 04, 2010
• The Other Side of the Fence - Tuesday, December 22, 2009
• City of Gardens: Book review - Thursday, November 19, 2009
• City of Gardens: Victoria's Dirty Little Secret - Wednesday, November 18, 2009
• Link Exchange - Wednesday, November 04, 2009
• The Invisible Society / Edit - Sunday, October 25, 2009
• The Invisible Society / Excerpt - Tuesday, October 06, 2009
• The Invisible Society / October 19, 2009 - Monday, September 28, 2009
• New book / AWSOME!!! - Sunday, September 13, 2009
• Life is Good! - Tuesday, September 01, 2009
• Forum and Chat - Monday, August 24, 2009
• I Double Dog Gone Dare You to Read This! - Friday, August 21, 2009
• The Motive Behind West Coast Literary Productions - Wednesday, July 22, 2009
• Bipolar Babe / Inspiration - Monday, July 20, 2009
• Andrea Paquette / Bipolar Babe - Saturday, July 11, 2009
• The Invisible Society Interviews - Saturday, July 11, 2009
• Bipolar Babe - Saturday, July 04, 2009
• Marketing "The City of Gardens Collection" - Saturday, June 27, 2009
• Field Work / Research / Victoria, BC - Wednesday, June 24, 2009
• The City of Gardens Collection is Making its Mark - Friday, June 12, 2009
• Business is business... - Thursday, June 11, 2009
• Mental illness / Addiction/ Homelessness/ Victoria BC - Tuesday, June 02, 2009
• Book Series Going Political - Monday, June 01, 2009
• Book Research / The Invisible Society - Friday, May 29, 2009
• Book Research - Friday, May 22, 2009
• Mental illness, addiction and homelessness (Victoria, BC) - Friday, May 15, 2009
• Social Deterioration - Monday, May 11, 2009
• Show Time - Thursday, April 30, 2009
• The Forgotton, Lost and Neglected - Wednesday, April 22, 2009
• Faith In Action - Tuesday, April 21, 2009
• 2009 - 2014 - Sunday, April 19, 2009
• Marketing City of Gardens - Thursday, April 16, 2009
• Freedom Fighters Inc. - Monday, April 06, 2009
• Let There be Light / City of Gardens - Saturday, April 04, 2009
• Allbooks Review City of Gardens - Saturday, April 04, 2009
• Human Nature - Thursday, March 26, 2009
• The City of Gardens Collection / Publicity Campaign - Monday, March 23, 2009
• Breaking the Silence - Saturday, March 21, 2009
• The Invisible Society - Victoria, BC - Monday, March 16, 2009
• City of Gardens: The Invisible Society - Wednesday, March 11, 2009
• Book Review / Melissa Levine - Saturday, March 07, 2009
• Phase II / Publicity Campain - Friday, March 06, 2009
• Book Relase Up-date - Monday, March 02, 2009
• I Believe in Love! - Thursday, February 26, 2009
• Special Request for Book From Mayor's Office - Thursday, February 26, 2009
• Book Release / VHES Fundraiser - Wednesday, February 25, 2009
• The Key to Success! - Tuesday, February 17, 2009
• City of Gardens Sparking Interest From the Media - Monday, February 16, 2009
• Victoria Human Exchange Society (VHES) - Wednesday, February 11, 2009
• Schnerch / March 1st, 2009 - Friday, February 06, 2009
• City of Gardens on the Fast Track - Saturday, January 31, 2009
• City of Gardens is Generating a Lot of Interest in Greater Victoria. - Tuesday, January 27, 2009
• All or Nothing! - Thursday, January 15, 2009
• City of Gardens / VHES / The Facts - Sunday, January 11, 2009
• January / February 500 Book Drive - Friday, January 02, 2009
•  Mental illness, Addiction and Homelessness. - Monday, December 29, 2008  
• Communtity Support / Local and Beyond - Tuesday, December 23, 2008
• B-POTSC 2009-2014 - Thursday, December 18, 2008
• Welcome Readers and Authors - Wednesday, December 17, 2008
• Book Series Designed for Charity - Tuesday, December 16, 2008


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