I have been working as a Social Worker with these surivors and they are an awesome group. Go to facbook and like our page.
I have been working as a Social Worker with these surivors and they are an awesome group. Go to facbook and like our page.
Happy Birrrrthday to Youuuu,
Happy Birrrrthday to Youuuu,
Happy Birrrrthday Dear Jurline,
Happy Birrrrthday to Youuuu!
A few years back, not so long ago, heaven and earth erupted into a major celebration with the news of your impending adventure into this very time and space. You see, someone like Jurline Redeaux doesn’t come along all that often. In fact, there’s never been a single one like you, nor is there ever ANY possibility that another will come again. You’re an Angel among us. Someone, whose eyes see what no others will EVER see, whose ears hear what no others will EVER hear, and whose perspective and feelings will NEVER, ever be duplicated. Without YOU, the Universe, and ALL THAT IS, would be sadly less than it is.
You’re the kind of person, Jurline,
Jurline, you are so AWESOME! For your birthday, friends and angels from every corner of the Universe, including buddies you didn’t know you had, will be with you to wish you the HAPPIEST of days and an exciting new year in time and space. You won’t be alone!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Jurline!
PS – Jurline, this is going to be YOUR year!!
I have watched you mature so much in the last year. You are truly one amazing woman. I admire your compassion as well as your passion. I love that you always look a the positives versus the negative. I love your ability to give so much of youself to help make this world a better place. I love your generous spirit. I have watched you share your last to help someone else. I love your sense of social justice, girl you take care of business. I love your faith, your tenacious spirit, your courage, your ability to take a stand for what is right. I love that you love your family. I love that you care about your community and willing to make positive social changes against the odds. I love your energy, your creative and active mind. I still can’t believe you are sixty. I love your pretty brown eyes so big and expressive. I love your ability to sell yourself. You are so confident. You are so friendly and outgoing. I love your ability to communicate. Public speaking is your gift. I love that you value education. Working on a second Master’s Degree? I love your sense of committment. You are a good friend. I love your ability to encourage others. I love your honesty and your Pollyanna attitude. I love your faith in God! I love your relationship with your children especially your daughter. I love that they both love and respect you so much. I love your sense of humour. I love to see you dance. I love the girl in you. I love your positive spirit! I love your walk, your talk, your ability to command attention without hardly trying. I love that you are one intelligent woman with an inquisitive mind. I love your inner and outer beauty. I love the color of your skin, your hair, your body! You are truly a beautiful and vibrant woman. I love your passion for life and your passion to love. I love that when you are in love with someone you give them your all. I love your integrity. I love that you will fight for what is right, regardless of the consequences. I love that you are a great parent and a terrific grandparent. I love that you have so many good friends that love and support you. I love that you are fearless! Is there anything you will not try? I love your sense of adventure. I love that you love spending time being alone with you. I love that you are respected by your family, friends, and colleagues. I love that you do not hold onto the past, you press forward. I love that you are learning to cope with your illness and recovery is a possibility for you. I love you for working hard to leave a meaningful legacy to your children and grandchildren. A legacy of greatness. I love your loyalty. On the other hand, I love that you know how to walk away from a negative situation with dignity. Yes I love that you are a sexy and dignified woman. You are not afraid to embrace your sensuality. I love that you are well read, educated, fearless, true blue altruistic woman!!!!! I love you for acceptance of others, the underrepresented and underserved. I love your appreciation of nature. You are truly a special person. God’s gift to the world. Jurline, I am thankful that you are my best friend. I feel blessed when I am with you.
Yesterday, I was invited to attend a community outreach meeting to learn more about Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa’s’ Summer Night Lights, Gang Reduction and Youth Development Program. It was my first time visiting Los Angeles City Hall and I had no idea it was such a beautiful and historical building. I was in awe as I traveled through the corridors hardly able to contain my excitement. I felt like a school girl on my first field trip!!!! The City Hall is a beautiful building and our meeting was held on the 26th floor in the Mayor Bradley’s Conference Room. It was a small group of faith-based community partners and we spent time networking and enjoying the continental breakfast. I shared a table with a lovely woman from Venice California and we were chatting away. To my amazement, I looked up to the front of the room and Mayor Villaraigosa was standing at the podium. I did not see him come into the room. I had seen him many times on television however it was only my second time seeing him in person. I tried not to make a spectacle of myself as I snapped a picture of him with my camera phone.
It was obvious that this program was important to him. He talked about the success of the gang reduction program as well as extended an invitation to Faith Based Organizations to partner with LA County to help reduce gang violence. I was impressed with the program and look forward to volunteering this summer. As Executive Director of New Impression, my function is to attend meeting . When I received this invitation to the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development community outreach meeting, never in my wildest imagination did I expect to see the Mayor. He humbly apologized that he could not stay due to the fact that he was en route to a funeral. However he took the time to share a little about the program. Mayor Villaraigosa indicated that The Summer Night Lights program was launched in 2008 in eight recreation and parks facilities to offer fun-filled positive opportunities for young people living in the most crime ridden communities. In 2009, the program was expanded to include housing developments and a school throughout the City of Los Angeles. He emphasized that SNL is a violence reduction strategy which provides an extended programming between the hours of 7pm to midnight, 4 days a week throughout the summer months. I learned that the summer is when gang violence is at the highest resulting in many homicides. Consequently, the purpose of SNL is to create safe environments during the peak times for violence and in communities most affected by violence. This programming is for the entire community which includes those who are potential victims and potential perpetrators of violence.
After the Mayor left, we spent two hours learning more about the program. For example, that the youth are fed while at the parks and given opportunity for employment as well. We were a small group however the energy in the room was electrifying. I met some terrific people. New Impression will be volunteering to help work with the youth this summer. I truly needed this motivation as it is hard work, developing a grass-roots organization. However yesterday’s meeting reminded me that the work we do(community activist) is important. Many of us live in high crime areas and are aware of the dangers associated with gang violence. We are all affected by gang violence in one way or another. If the violence is not contained, it will and has spilled into other communities as well. I am excited and committed to doing my share to help promote the Mayor’s Summer Night Lights Program.
When was the last time you reached out to a youth? Or made a trip to a Boys or Girls Club? Thought about mentoring a youth? It is time to focus on our future before we end up in a Clock Work Orange Society. The youth is our future! If you don’t have the time. Consider donating to a local homeless shelter program or inner school program. Yes, I know first hand, it is better to give than to receive.
Adler Weiner Research LA has a focus group coming up regarding Diabetes. The interviews will be held Feb. 8th for 90 minutes in the evening, and if you qualify you will receive $100 in cash for 90 minutes..Just giving your opinions…
For this study we are looking for men and women who have a parent over the age of 50 they care for who has been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetics have either been diagnosed under the age of 22 and/or are insulin dependent…
If this is you and you are interested, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and answer all the following questions
1. Your first and last name
2. Your best daytime phone number
3. The age of your parent with diabetes
4. For injecting insulin, does your parent use a pump, syringe or pen?
a. If they use a pump, do they use a Medtronic/minimed/paradigm pump or another brand? Which one?
5. Has your parent ever used a continuous glucose monitor to monitor glucose level?
a. Yes or No
If you fit what we are looking for, we will give you a call
You may write me down in history
Just like moons and like suns,
Did you want to see me broken?
Does my haughtiness offend you?
You may shoot me with your words,
Does my sexiness upset you?
Out of the huts of history’s shame
I hate to admit that I have thought of giving up on life many times. It seems like a direct dichotomy with my earlier posts which I talk of my faith in God and why I am still alive. I am not ashamed of my human weakness, after all Jesus was human and according to scripture he did not want to die. Therefore, unlike many Christians, I am truthful in regards to my human weakness. Christmas Eve, 2010, I felt like taking all of my xanax and going to asleep. I suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is a complex emotional disorder. The difficulty is in my case, I seem high functioning, in reality I don’t feel that I function well at all. My problems started when I accepted an early retirement to avoid further discrimination. The years of discrimination and humiliation at the hands of my former employers has taken a tremendous toil of my psyche, emotional, and mental health. Overall, with the help of my therapist, family support, and my faith I have being making good progress. Those of us that suffer from this disease really are unable to fully recover. We relive the trauma over and over again. We are susceptible to flashback and triggers associated with the original trauma which in my case causes me to experience feelings of despair, depression, and hopelessness. My former supervisors seem determined to punish me for seeking compensation for my injury. I filed a lawsuit and my attorney and I accepted a modest settlement. In retribution they are making my recovery a living hell. For example, as a retiree I am able to work for LA County on a part-time basis. I have applied three times and been turned down each time. This last time was particularly cruel because I received an inquiry from Personnel asking if I wished to return to work on a part-time basis. Of course, I replied that I was in fact interested in working on a part-time basis. Furthermore, I really needed the money as the money awarded from my lawsuit had run out. I anxiously waited to complete the process and made many calls to Personnel. Finally, after months of calling and emailing, the human resource assistant informed me that I was not selected to return to work. The irony of it all was that she was unable to give me a reason why I was not selected. I received this news on December 2, 2010 and I cried like a baby. Needless to say, all the negative feelings resurfaced. I felt sad and truly hurt that one agency has wrecked so much havoc in my life. Early retirement, cut my salary in half. I retired with the realization that I would have to return to work. I truly felt that I would have no problems finding a job with my educational and professional background. In reality, I am over qualified and still I am unemployed. Additionally, I figured that I could work half time as a retiree as well. This last slap in the face was a rude wake up call. The Department was still punishing me. I was now feeling anxious, depressed, worried, hopeless, pitiful all negatives. I could only see the negatives, losing my house, already losing my mind. It’s funny when you lose you sanity you lose a great deal of “so-called friends”. So Christmas Eve, I found myself contemplating ending it all. I made a video of myself. I looked so sad and dejected. Typing this post is causing me to feel sad and weepy. I truly did not want to go on. If it had not been for my two grandchildren, Nelson and Naomi, I could have just ended it all. I felt shame that my daughter is carrying the financial burden for our family. I worried about her health as I realized she was worrying about me. I just felt so hopeless and alone. Christmas Day, we opened our presents. I confessed that I almost took all my pills to end it all. My daughter is such a trooper, she looked at me and said, “We need you”. Okay, tears are falling now!!!!! I am glad that she loves me through my madness. I am glad that I am still here. I pray that no matter what happens the though of ending it all will never surface again. I struggle with my illness . The good news is after my relapse(from life), I made a pledge to stay clean. The good news is 2011 is for another opportunity to try to get it right. After all, I am only human.
I am no Mother Teresa, however I honestly feel that I am still alive because God has a special plan for my life. I will be celebrating my 60th birthday next month. I have been through so many changes and so many adverse circumstances that I should really be dead. I should have been strung out on drugs, a whore , prostitute, and homeless bum. My faith in God has sustained me. I survived against all odds. I know without a shadow of a doubt that there is a God. My life is a living testimony of God’s grace and mercy. This is a personal post and I really do not care whether people believe it or not. I have prayed and asked God to forgive me and he did. My life is a journey and a testimony of faith. Divine intervention is something that you have to experience for yourself. I am sure many of you have read about people experiencing “near death” or being brought back from the “brink of death”. Many of which had never really believed in God however became born again Christians. I have always had a spiritual and deep relationship with God. The mere fact that my mother choose to have me is a miracle. I am thankful that she did. I was her love child, born out of an affair. The one time in her life that she did something wrong that turned out right. She fell in love with my biological father and they created me. So I feel that it is my life’s destiny is to bless others. God has special plans for my life. I am an exceptional person. I have experienced exceptional highs and exceptional lows. This is my personal testimony. I am here simply because of my unyielding faith in God. He is my rock, my prince of peace, my heavenly father. I did not know my biological father and had a strained relationship with my stepfather. It gives me great comfort to realize that my heavenly father loves me and he is keeping me alive for his purpose. It has taken me 6o years to realize this truth. I pray for twenty more to years to of his love and mercy. Consequently, I have dedicated the rest of my life to doing his will not mine.
I love this Album No More Drama by Mary J. Blige. I am writing this letter to tell you that the drama is killing me. I want to be with you however please please lets work on getting rid of the Drama. Mary explains it better than I ever could. I played this CD over and over again. Some of the songs, made me cry it hurt so much. Listen to Mary she is talking about me, you, and our life. Let’s do this over again, this time minus the drama. Your crazy mixed up lover. It seems I can’t live with you and I can’t live without you. At this point, I am willing to live with you minus the Drama! Let’s do this!!!!!!!