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Post by deejay » Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:02 pm

I forgot to mention--I'm on Facebook. Send me friend requests, but remember the only time I normally have wifi is when I'm away from the shelter--like at work.

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Post by deejay » Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:22 pm

Great news! My friend CJ finally got a new place! She plans to move in by Aug. 1st!
Hopefully I and a few friends can help her get her stuff out of my storage unit, then get the stuff I've been storing at my church for the last 10 years in, so I can have access to my stuff at long last! Hopefully I will be next to get a place--2020 Biblically means promises come to pass.

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Post by Shann » Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:04 pm

Oh that's wonderful she got an apartment. Is there any way you could room with her? Didn't you live with her in the past? I'll pray it all works out for everyone.

You never told us what your Facebook name is so we can friend you. It sounds like things are going good right now.
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Post by deejay » Sun Jul 19, 2020 11:11 am

My Facebook name is Michele Fritchie. I'm a bit security obsessed. I don't normally get wifi reception at the shelter, unless a miracle occurs. Not too likely I can room with CJ and Diane--yes, we shared part of a house for 5 1/2 years--because Section 8 rules say you can have a roommate who's not on Section 8. And quite frankly, CJ can be a handful. She has mental health issues along with severe asthma. She tends to post some rather inappropriate things on FB, like photos of models whose hairstyles resemble--ahem--private parts. If I were to have a roomie, I'd prefer someone who's quiet.

This morning I got on the bus to go to church, and discovered my resident tag is missing. There have been a few times I've taken it off upon leaving the shelter, and forgot to put it back on when checking back in, and nothing happened. Might be in my bed. I'll check when I get home this afternoon. If I can't find it, they can make me a new one. But I can't help thinking it might be a sign I could be getting housed soon. I hope so.

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Post by deejay » Fri Oct 30, 2020 7:00 pm

My lost badge was buried in my purse.

Okay, my church is in the process of moving to a new building. My last day of work was last Friday, and with the help of our Spanish pastor and my supervisor, we got all my stuff out of the danger room at church, and put it in my storage. I went to church to take some pictures--the building will be demolished Nov. 15--and in its place will be an apartment complex, where we will have control of 25% of the apartments so we can rent them below market value. But a glitch has occurred--instead of our having our first service in the new building Nov. 1st, we have to do either Zoom calls or go to one of 5 home churches. We don't have the necessary permits to occupy yet. :( We will be renovating the building, a former furniture store, which will take about 6 months.

Please pray that all permits are gotten and we can worship in our new building soon.

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Post by deejay » Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:36 pm

Last week I went to our new building to go over the new duty list with my supervisor, and I thought she said the bathroom, which has a shower bath, was for my exclusive use. No, I'm allowed to bathe there, but otherwise have to share. So today was my first day of work in our new building. While cleaning, I discovered another shower bath in our pastor's office. The building was once a hotel on top, with a pharmacy on the ground floor--we have a photo of it in our Spanish pastor's office. There's a Mexican supermarket across the street, so I went there to buy lunch stuff.
One of my friends at the shelter, named Debbie, is upset that I seem to be able to go to church house meetings and she can't go to her synagogue. She told me yesterday morning she was going to talk to her caseworker, and have her talk to my caseworker. Basically, she's trying to rat me out. But I have been aboveboard with my caseworker, and she seems to be okay with my arrangement. Debbie is a Messianic Jew, and up til now, she's been a very nice person. When she was talking to me, calling me a liar and a bad Christian, I stayed calm, didn't raise my voice, and simply refuted her charges. Would you pray for her, please? She has let a spirit of jealousy come over her, and I don't want our friendship to end unless it absolutely has to. She's into current events, and we both agree that the government is in violation of the First Amendment by making us stay out of church. The Biden camp has just said that one of their first orders of business will be to remove God from America. I would say more, but I will obey the request from our mods not to get political.

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Post by Shann » Tue Dec 08, 2020 4:39 pm

Hey DeeJay, I see you've been able to get on more often than you have since pandemic started. I hope that means things are looking up for. Were you able to get the same job you had last year with the shoeboxes? I've also heard parts of California have needed to dial things back and there are shelter in place orders again. I hope you've been able to stay safe through all of this.
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Post by deejay » Wed Dec 09, 2020 4:39 pm

No, not doing Samaritan's Purse this year, because my friend Chris who picked me up from the train station and took me to where we picked up the shuttle is working a different shift this year and wouldn't be able to help me. Maybe next year.
Yes, a few guys here at the shelter got mifi hotspots at the local library, and generously share them with others. That helps. We watch each others' stuff so nothing gets stolen.
Should be getting my new apartment on New Year's, as I just submitted my pay stub copies for October and November, and finally got ahold of the housing coordinator for the phone interview. I asked a few questions about the apartment, and they said that all utilities except phone and TV are paid. I forgot to ask about internet, but after I got the copies I attached a note with that and a couple other questions.
We are still waiting for approval for occupancy at our new building, it's a process and nobody knows when we will be allowed to worship in it. So for now we have home groups.
Well, as for lockdowns, I've only seen places that are enforcing mask and social distancing, and my favorite fast food place has closed their dining room, but I can go in and order food and they have an outside dining area. But mostly people are getting fed up with the lockdown situation. Yesterday our phone alarms all went off, this is normally used for an AMBER Alert, but this time it was to announce the new lockdown restrictions. People are ready, willing and able to tell Gov. Newsom to stick it where the sun don't shine.
I got a bulletin from Hillsdale University, and they say lockdowns are not necessary. Masks, social distancing, and hand washing are all that's needed. In the old days, you only isolated those who were sick, not the healthy ones. I remember mom saying when one of her sisters got polio in her leg, there was a sign on their door saying "Infantile Paralysis, Quarantine." And that the quarantine was two weeks. This is all part of a plot to destroy America, bring the population to our knees, and keep us in fear. I remember in high school there was a political cartoon showing a mechanical monster, whose strings were being pulled by business owners, scaring a group of workers, who were clinging for dear life to a factory owner, who was encouraging those operating the monster to keep it up, that they have to keep the working men frightened. I can see a parallel to this situation with that. Covid has only a 1% death rate, and it mostly kills those 80+. I'm sure you've heard on the news that this one researcher in Florida was threatened at her home for not playing along and fudging the Covid numbers to make it seem worse than it actually is. Scary thought! We need to ask God for wisdom in how to fight back--we can't play doormat here. The church has done that for years, and look where it's gotten us.

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Post by Shann » Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:25 pm

Hey Deejay. I've been worried about you. It's been a bit since you were on last. I know the virus has been ravaging Southern California. You have been in my prayers. I figured the shelter and surrounding areas have been in lock down and that's what has made it hard for you to pop in often. Of course, I'm hoping you've been busy moving since I think you said you were to be in a new apartment by the new year. Anyway, I hope you're healthy, staying safe, and doing okay.
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Post by deejay » Mon Jan 18, 2021 6:16 pm

All of a sudden, I stopped getting topic notifications. Then I had trouble signing in. Mike gave me a new password, and just now I finally got in.

So far, I'm healthy, still testing negative, but Covid is making inroads in my church. I had to change my home group meeting place.

So, they say as soon as my paperwork is approved, they're shooting for a move-in date of the first week of February. But the shelter is closing soon, possibly as soon as the end of this month. Hopefully, instead of moving to the new facility, I'll be allowed to stay until I move to my apartment.

Now if you'll excuse me, I've got some catching up to do on here.

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Post by deejay » Thu Feb 04, 2021 4:04 pm

Last Thursday, Jan. 28, I realized it was going to rain all day Friday. Since I work Thursday and Friday, I decided to do all my work on Thursday so I wouldn't have to walk in the rain. Got back to the shelter after work, and got called to the front desk. My case manager was on the phone, saying at 2 p.m. the next day I would be moving into my new apartment!
Still in Santa Ana, it's a new building made just for us homeless people, very modern. I pay $328 a month rent, all utilities are paid, and Mercy House paid the $800 deposit. The only thing I have to pay for is TV and internet. A friend of mine that I worked with at Samaritan's Purse took me out and got me a bunch of stuff for my apartment. Still need a few things--like internet connection--and the apartment is furnished with a small sofa, microwave, electric range, refrigerator,a table and two chairs, and a queen size bed. It's a 528 square foot one bedroom.

SO NICE to be out of that drafty shelter! Privacy! Have a place to store and cook food! A bath tub that's easier to get in and out of than the one at work! I could go on and on, but I'll stop there, you get the idea.

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Post by deejay » Mon Mar 22, 2021 8:19 pm

My church family has been blessing me over and over. Last Wednesday, they helped me get my stuff out of storage, so I've been working on going through stuff, tossing some, donating some, and keeping the rest. They have helped me with getting housewares and I have been blessed with food, though I've bought some of both myself. I figure in another week everything will be all settled. I checked into adopting a cat through Petfinders, but the one I applied for has a buddy, and I'm only allowed one. Well, maybe He has a really special kitty for me--I just have to wait for him, maybe to be born, grow up to the point where he's adoptable--though I want an adult--or maybe even be rescued and rehabbed. I'll keep you posted.

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Post by deejay » Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:44 am

We had our Easter service in a building near our church. We can't have services in our new church building because of Covid restrictions--though we are down to orange tier--because if this was still a furniture store, we could put up to 600 people in, but since we're a church, we have to wait until our renovations are done. And I think what's holding up the renovations is the fact it's a historical building, so the city has to approve everything. However, we are planning on having our first Sunday of the month in the other building, the other Sundays we will meet at home churches.
Right now I have a ton of my stuff sitting in the front room of my apartment, because I needed help getting it out of my storage closet next to my apartment. I sorted through it all, found a few books missing, along with a few other items. I may go over to the storage unit, check if they're there, and get anything else I can donate out, like the ceiling fan and torchiere lamp.I contacted CJ about getting the rest of the stuff out--not much, just old beds that can be tossed--but she's notoriously slow to respond. The cavalry will be coming Monday to help me get my stuff back into my storage closet, then there's just picking up and delivering my donations to the church.My bookcases are stuffed with books!
The worst thing that has happened is the day I got my stuff out of storage, I was in the bathroom in my apartment, and I heard a knock on the door. As I went flying out of the bathroom, pulling up my pants, I didn't get the bathroom door open far enough, and my right arm hit it. Despite wearing a jacket, I got a major avulsion on my forearm. It was my apartment manager, expressing her concern about my ability to get all my stuff into my apartment. She has incredibly bad timing--practically every time she comes to my door, I'm in the bathroom! I have no idea how she manages that!
Last week the eye doctors came by, and I had my eyes checked out. My lenses of my glasses are terribly scratched up from wiping steam off the lens from wearing a mask, and it's been a year and a half since I'd seen an eye doctor. An examination of my eyes showed that the astigmatism in my left eye had worsened, and there is the beginnings of a cataract in that eye as well. My new glasses will arrive next month. It will be so good to be able to see clearly again!

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