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Will you rise with a listening ear and a compassionate heart and faith the follows through?

Will you rise with a listening ear and a compassionate heart and faith the follows through?

In these United States, there are some outliers that seek to breed a new division.  It like so many divisions of the past will be conquered and unity will prevail.  Short answers are not welcome.  Long listening is needed.

In the original war between the states, the United States divided over many issues. The biggest was the issue of individual and state rights versus federal oversight and decision making.  Along with that came the issue of slavery, a heinous institution that continues to plague our world and be accepted in the darker corners of the USA in human trafficking and domestic violence.  Those institutions don’t worry about race and color or even age.  They exhibit the willfulness of mankind to control the lives of those deemed weaker.

In the original war, we lost more men than in all other wars combined.

In the original war, we moved on to enslave and slaughter the Native American while attempting to free the African American.

In the original war, men like U. S. Grant kept slaves and fought for the Union and men like Robert E. Lee spoke against slavery and fought for his state of Virginia and the Confederacy.  It was a time, where honor and duty was to family, community and state and the divisions ran deep and deadly.  Brother killed brother.  Neighbors killed neighbors.   As a nation, we have come far and have far to go.  People will be people.

In the original war, we found peace as a nation through decades of unity.  World War I and II brought all together in a common fight.  After WWI, the Southern states began celebrating Memorial Day along with the Northern states.  It took a long time and a common pain to bring the nation to semblance of healing.  Civil rights remained uncivilly distributed and still pose issues causing us to work to decide what is a right and what is a privilege and what is a personal preference.  It is not easy work.  Our streets ran with blood during the civil rights marches and they run red again with anger and violence.

In the current war of ideas and preference, we move every day closer to destructive disunity.  National treasures such as the right to free speech are trampled. National treasures such as the belief that all mankind is created equal and worthy of due dignity and respect are trampled. Today, it is a few.  But a few can be built to many and many can destroy the union.  The union is a fragile commitment to civil discourse and respect of differences.  Multi-cultural means respect for differences not blind robotic similarity.   A man’s heart is a man’s heart and it will not be changed by imposition and anger.  It is changed in discourse and compassion.  Hate builds hate.  Compassion and contrition builds friends.

Compassion is what we have lost. In our search for meaningless meaning and trivial attributions we have abandoned our God and our commitments.  Marriage is meaningless.  Children are abandoned by their fathers at birth or shortly thereafter.  Our churches, our deepest social glue, are empty and entertaining.  Employee and employer have no real relationship but money and benefits.  We are like overused Velcro, ready to disconnect at the slightest pressure.

Compassion breeds commitment.  Compassion means we see and feel the hurt and pain of another and are moved to do something to relieve it.  Anger wants to relive it not relieve it.  Anger wants to point fingers and blame and shame.  Compassion wishes to hide the hurt and find a solution.  We have regulations that prevent speaking of medical and financial conditions, but no such honor of the issues and diseases of the heart.

Compassion breeds contrition. As a child, I was raised in a church that took a moment in every service to acknowledged that each of us is flawed and working it out.  As a community, we looked at each other and admitted our broken condition that we might look at each other in support of repair.  We knew we each were wrong.  We reminded each other and committed to grow a better life.

As I child my mother and father taught me respect for others regardless of their emotional, mental, financial or physical pains.  Hate is a pain bred of fear.  Fear is a pain bred of lack of love.  Love is a commitment to forgive and heal and sometimes overlook.  Love in action kills fear and disarms hate.

The only thing that will win this war of ideals will be acts of contrition, commitment, and compassion. 
There is a third party missing in the battle.  The voice of compassion can look at a rebellious flag, statue, or organization and speak peace.  Martin Luther King, Jr and those that followed him attempted to teach us that.  The voice of compassion can speak loudly a right direction in the face of strong opposition without violence without hate without anger.  William Wilberforce and the strugglers in England that brought about deep social change and ended slavery in the United Kingdom taught us that.  It is men and women of faith that have been our salvation in free nations over the history of mankind. It is not the men and women of war and hate that have prevailed in our free nations.

Should we follow the lines of hate and imposition versus compassion, we will become like others that give up freedom to be right and then have no rights.  Should the right hearted rise up and take the streets with compassion and faith, this moment too shall pass and be written in the history books as an uncivil unrest that was conquered by community.

Will you rise?  Is there an ounce of compassion to understand and listen in you?  Will you listen long and speak slowly?  Should enough join in this then the voices of dissension will go quietly and as a nation we will move another step forward in our quest for deeper unity.  It won’t be easy.  It never is.

Maybe we will become more disgusted with human trafficking and family violence and seek long lasting solutions. Maybe we develop strong patience to understand our nation of immigrants must merge and merge and merge again with growing ideas and assimilation of cultures.  That process never ends in a free nation.  We change.  We morph.

But to destroy our treasures of freedom of speech, religion, and assembly is frightening and unacceptable.  To destroy the dignity of mankind is frightening and unacceptable.  To destroy the free pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness is frightening and unacceptable. To fracture our families and accept and indenture any is frightening and unacceptable.  Our nation has freedoms. Will you rise with a listening ear and a compassionate heart and faith the follows through?

Set At Liberty – You Hold the Key

Moreover, the violent crime rate in the United States has been nearly cut in half since 1991, yet the prison population continues to climb. This unique and counterintuitive situation has many causes but one result: lots of people in prison.”   Responding to Mass Incarceration June 12, 2017

“A Wall Street Journal analysis shows that since the 1990s, sparsely populated counties have replaced large cities as America’s most troubled areas by key measures of socioeconomic well-being—a decline that’s accelerating.” Rural America is the New Inner City

These trends can be broken one community at a time with your support and local, compassionate provision of key education and coaching.

SOLUM cracks the puzzle. Thank you for contributing and being the solution.  For three and a half years your support allows us to work directly with the probationary population of Cooke County, Texas to develop reliable and consistent methods of stabilizing fractured families. Those methods are ready to be packaged and distributed across the U.S.A.

At the core of much of this angst is the abandonment of families by fathers.  41% of our children grow up without dad at home.  41% of the children being born today are being born into unmarried situations.  It is not hard to understand the first number will rise beyond belief due to the second number.  The result is a violent and uncivil situation.   There is a solution.  You are the solution giver.

Why does our solution together with you work?

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  • Resources are taken where resources are scarce.  Outside the metro zones there are few resources to help fractured families.  There is a huge vacuum of needed workers and counselors.  Families have to travel over an hour to find help.  We go where others leave.
  • Approaches are research and evidence based.  Proven approaches and materials are integrated.
  • High accountability is administered over an extended time frame developing consistency of personal practice for recipients.
  • Faith based hope and compassion are core to every interaction.  Prayer covers your work at SOLUM.  We care genuinely for each and every person and give dignity and excellence in service.

When you have a few minutes update yourself on how you have helped through SOLUM in 2016 at Results.  There are some incredible stories included so you can see the real impact of your support.

How do we put your dollars to work to make it happen for fractured families?

  1. 90 day intensive Life Skills workshops based on CBT and trauma principles. CBT is the consistent approach that assists with depression, anxiety, and addictions. Our grads report decreased anger, better life management, and complete their probations.
  2. 90 day intensive parenting workshops with a CBT and trauma base. Our grads build more stable homes.
  3. 120 day intensive Life Skills and relationship workshops in high schools and for pretrial diversion.
  4. Mental Health First Aid training for the community leaders.

Whom do you serve through SOLUM?  Every time we touch a family together with you, another generation gets a better chance forward.

  • Adult and teen probationers and parolees and their children.
  • Families of origination where children have been taken into state foster custody.
  • Pretrial diversion for light offenders.

Thank you for your love for others.

Contact me anytime.

 

Phil Larson, Director 405.388.8037  phil@shepherdok.com

 

Turn the tide

This current article like so many looks on the dark side.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/rural-america-is-the-new-inner-city-1495817008

 It is real, but so is the good will of people in counties like Cooke County, Texas, where SOLUM works on a fresh model of community transformation. It is real across America. And we have constant opportunity to do bigger bigs and greater greats to set a new standard for rural America outside the metro.

Thanks for being you and caring.
Phil ;-{) 4053888037

Radiant with Hope

Be Radiant with Hope: Family Facts and Encouragement

Romans 15:13J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS) 13 May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace in your faith, that by the power of the Holy Spirit, your whole life and outlook may be radiant with hope.

Radiant with hope is a great phrase. This world, this nation, and our states seem far from radiant with hope.  It can seem irradiant, dull, ghostly, dim, and dismal.  Yet, friend, we can be radiant with hope. We can see a better day, a better future, a better life for us and others.  It is a perspective and a perspicacious follow through of hope that guides us. We have seen better. We have overcome worse days in our personal life and will conquer more.

Some; however, have not see better days. Maybe they have not lived long enough or in enough variety to understand what can and cannot be conquered.  That leaves a destitute attitude based on factoids and fears.   Friend, we can give them something different only if we have it ourselves. Stir it up.  Shake off the dust.  Remember from whence you came.  Let the radiance of hope be stirred in you and through you to others.

May the Fatherphilheadanimation of all Comfort stir up a hope inside of you that pours radiantly over your friends, family, and coworkers in a manner that brings hope and joy to all.  Phil

Celebration of Life and Family: This Spring, we are celebrating life rachellesmalland family at SOLUM.  Our hope is radiant as we witness the power of evidence based approaches coupled with compassion and persistence in struggling individuals and families.

  1. Check our our 2016 Results and 2017 Plans Just click
  2.  Check out the celebration and join where you can. Just click

Family Facts: The rise of prescription drug addictions, death, and family destruction is interlinked with the rise of heroin. Together they are having a devastating effect. Alternative forms of healthcare and recovery are needed.

“A lot of times family members just think that there’s just a ‘say no’ type approach, that if you’re not gonna get high, end of story, it should be all better, let’s go back to life as we knew it. They fail to understand that sometimes…we quit being the family member that loved ones thought we were. We become somebody else.” Mike M.

The abuse of and addiction to opioids is a serious and challenging public health problem. Deaths from drug overdose have risen steadily over the past two decades and have become the leading cause of injury death in the United States.1 Prescription drugs, especially opioid analgesics—a class of prescription drugs such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, and methadone used to treat both acute and chronic pain— have increasingly been implicated in drug overdose deaths over the last decade.2,3 From 1999 to 2013, the rate for drug poisoning deaths involving opioid analgesics nearly quadrupled.4 Deaths related to heroin have also increased sharply since 2010, with a 39 percent increase between 2012 and 2013.5 Given these alarming trends, it is time for a smart and sustainable response to prevent opioid abuse and overdose and treat people with opioid use disorder.   ASPE Health and Human Services Report

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Phil Larson, President ;-{) cell/text 405.388.8037

SOLUM Community Transformation Initiative

3404 N Grand Ave, Gainesville, Tx 76240   940.580.4887

 

It Can Be Done When You Help – Young Families In Need

Last week, we turned away two families in need.  Impoverished, struggling, kids in foster care.  These children face the bleak realities of a life in foster care that results in 85% incarcerated, 99% with less than a college education, and a repetitious cycle of destruction.  All these families need is a few months of coaching and parenting classes. We turned them away.  Our funds are insufficient.  The state allocates no monies to help them where they need it. The county allocates no money to help them where they need it. Each depends on the faith community and non-profits to fill the gap.  Our hearts are bigger than our bank account.  The stream at our doorstep never ends.

It can be done when you help.

Sure, there are other “parenting” classes.  But, what they need is a passionate provision of coaching and workshops that engage them and allow them to heal and step forward. They are sent to us because we see results.  We see turnarounds.  We see families reunited.

It can be done when you help.

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“In nearly 80% of low-income families with young children, parents do not have a postsecondary degree, which dramatically highlights the need to equip parents who have limited education with skills that can help them earn a family-supporting income. Additionally, the report emphasizes the need for federal and state agencies, along with businesses and community- and faith-based institutions, to work more closely together so that the whole family can succeed. ” Ann E. Casey Foundation  http://www.aecf.org/blog/nearly-half-of-americas-families-with-young-children-struggle-to-make-ends/

Would you sponsor a family?  To provide a loving and effective workshop for a family costs $450.00.  We already have raised the first $100 through local United Way support. We already have raised the second $100 through corporate donors.  We already have raised the third $100 through donated facilities.  Either you or the family pays that last $150.  When the family does not have it, they suffer.  The children suffer for a lifetime.

Really, I told the families to go ahead and register.  Something told me you would make up the difference.  So here is your opportunity. There are ways to help.  Fill out the form below and click Submit.  I will get back with you so you can give either secure online or by check.  (or just go direct now…)

A Story to Share: Jose and Maria

Lives change.  Lives are empowered.  Here is one family.

Give to Help Families Stabilize and Unify

Ask – Answer – Action

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Over the last several years, we’ve been able to be a word of encouragement to leaders.  Alongside, we offer information relevant to family building.  Our nation struggles with family building and suffers in relation to this struggle.   What came first, the struggle with family or the plethora of related social ills associated with the breakdown?  That is a question with few answers.  The question that makes a difference is, “What do we do with where we are to go where we want to be?”  Now that is a question worth ask, answer, and action.

 The link below is a quick read with some limited, but worthy notes of what can help when budgets are tight.  Focusing finances is task we all must achieve with effectiveness and efficiency.  At SOLUM CTI, we are launching a purposeful kids community education program targeting what works in the community closest to us.  We can’t do everything, but we can do one thing.

 I pray for you, friend, that you and those you work alongside find the one thing that can make a definable difference in your community.  Move it forward.  Move it closer to where it needs to be.  Ask – answer – action.  Sure, it is not that simple.  It takes work, coordination, communication, consternation, and consideration.  The community is worth it.

 Thank you for serving, friend.  May the The Father, from which every family get’s its name and commission, meet you in the hallways of decision.  May He pour wisdom into your soul and insight into your vision for your community. May He open 2017 as an Age of Adventure like no other year you have lived.

 Family Facts:

http://www.irp.wisc.edu/publications/fastfocus/pdfs/FF17-2013.pdf

Institute on the Research on Poverty  University of Wisconsin-Madison  Katherine Magnuson

excerpt from summary: Several early childhood interventions have also been shown to produce short-term and long-term benefits. Magnuson notes that the evidence supporting the effectiveness of high-quality, center-based early childhood education is strong, concluding that, in times of tight budgets when difficult funding decisions must be made, the research findings summarized in this brief imply that investing in policies and programs aimed at families with young children is a good use of restricted resources

 Phil Larson, President ;-{)
cell/text 405.388.8037  solumcommunity.net 
SOLUM Community Transformation Initiative
National Offices: 508 Tumbleweed Dr. Yukon, Oklahoma 73099

Branch Community Center: 3404 N Grand Ave, Gainesville, Tx 76240

 

 

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