The holidays mean something different to those who are hungry and/or homeless. Please lend them a helping hand.

 

 

 

As you prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and/or friends this year, please consider ways that you and your guests can help those in need. Make this holiday truly a time of giving and receiving thanks by participating in a local event to raise funds and awareness about homelessness in your community. Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (November 12-19, 2017) is co-sponsored nationally by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness. The event originated in 1975, and now takes place in nearly 700 communities across the country. Click here to find out how you can be a part of the solution to end hunger and homelessness in the US.

James Reams continues to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of his album, Rhyme & Season, to help a local charity, Circle the City, meet the medical needs of those who are homeless. Rhyme & Season is a concept album that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit. James selected and wrote songs for the album that raise awareness about those who are homeless.

Every day people are released from the hospital to recover in the privacy of their own homes. What happens to those who have no homes, have lost their apartment due to a lengthy hospital stay, or cannot return to their home because of the nature of their recovery (stairs, live alone, living conditions)? They end up on the streets, or sometimes back in the hospital from complications or, worse yet, dead.

Meet Terry, after his double amputee surgery in October, he was discharged from the hospital, bundled into a taxi, and dropped off outside the fence surrounding the county's homeless shelter. He remained there all night, slumped in a wheelchair, without any protection from the chilly night or for his bandaged stumps. In social worker circles, it's called the dump and run. And then there's Denise. When she lost her job, she lost her health insurance and her hope and ended up living on the streets. She was diagnosed with breast cancer while staying at a substance abuse treatment center but could not stay there while undergoing chemotherapy. Terry was eventually returned to the hospital; luckily Denise found a place to stay and recuperate at Circle the City in Phoenix. 

Circle the City is just one of several similar medical respite centers located in 28 states (click here for more information). These centers are dedicated to providing interim healthcare for the homeless, especially homeless veterans. Your tax-deductible donations will transform the lives of the most vulnerable members of our communities and allow you to share your compassion with those who so desperately need it. As you count your blessings next week, add being a blessing to your list. Give today. Volunteer today. Spread the news today.
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James Reams is a bluegrass veteran with 25 years making music in this industry. Check out his website and learn why James Reams & The Barnstormers are considered “one of America’s top bluegrass bands!”
     
For further information about James Reams & The Barnstormers visit their website at www.jamesreams.com or http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/JamesReams. Music videos are available on http://www.youtube.com/user/mrjamesreams.  #

 

 

Review from David Morris, award winning songwriter and journalist, Bluegrass Today: "James Reams has walked the walk of those who have been cast aside. Now, in Rhyme & Season, he talks the talk. Actually, he sings it…with conviction. There is an authentic, gritty feel to the music that can’t be faked. This fine record will become an important part of the dialog about those who are down and out, left behind and marginalized." Music videos from this album are available on James' YouTube Channel.

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