In response to Annette

Annette gives us a comment that I have decided to post right here:

What bothers me about reading the responses above is not people’s concern, that is understandable. The unknown can be frightening. Even the known can be frightening. I admire each of you for wanting the best for your lives and your families and being willing to fight for that. And I think it is very commendable to see how each of you is willing to dig deeper and challenge/test the City Council’s decisions, as that is your right and you are free to do so.

I am appalled at the way the potential clients in these residences are viewed and talked about by the individuals above. I hear fear, judgment, and discrimination in your words. I would not call you heartless, rather, misinformed.

I challenge not your statements or concerns, I challenge your attitudes and motivations. I hope that this project can be viewed objectively and for what it is, not what it appears to be through your tainted lenses (which we all have, to one degree or another).

She was very respectful.  This is why we’re giving her full view.

Here is our response:

We are not misinformed.  We have read what the Rescue Mission is about.  It is indeed a noble cause.

In a previous post, we gave you a link to the Rescue Mission success stories:

http://www.rescuemission.org/success/success.htm

We told you about three quarters of these stories reference drugs, alcohol, gangs, prison, or domestic violence. This includes a couple allusions to abuse not specifically stated, but easy to read between the lines. Also included are stories that have multiple children being born with no mention of the father (strangers hanging around the shelter?), someone “still struggling with inner demons”, and someone else dealing with anger issues. The most-listed stories involve drugs by far, more than double compared to the others (19 specific references).

Let’s take a look at one:

http://www.rescuemission.org/success/2002-2008/2008/2008-06_Scott/success.htm

We’ve found her myspace page:

http://www.myspace.com/94352403

Love her handle.  15**gNgStR BtCh** 03

We also like her top 39 friends.  Wouldn’t it be great having those guys hang out in our neighborhoods visiting their friend at Summerhouse?  Especially, Mr. Gumby LO*Cs.  Love those gang signs.

Just in case you believe this is mistaken identity, we found THIS PHOTO on her profile.

We don’t believe for a second that an organization that helps these types of people is suddenly going to change who they help just because they come to another city.  Do you?

Maybe our lenses are too tainted.

EDIT: no, I’m spartacus writes:

If you would like to know more about the “success story” folks, check out their public records on the Orange county supeior court website. Some may save since moved to a different county, but their are some that have some current, serious offences. Among the most alarming were, drug possession and theft, assult with a deadly weapon and battery, and DUI. Again, these are the advertized “success stories.”

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3 Responses to “In response to Annette”

  1. caught off guard Says:

    What does south side 13 refer to at that my space page? MS-13?
    Don’t they deal in Meth? We already have a Meth problem at the high schools here…ask any H.S. kid…it’s available in Temecula. This so called success story remains steeped in the gangster lifestyle…that much is evident…

  2. stopsummerhouse Says:

    13 is in reference to the letter M, the 13th letter in the alphabet.

    13 is used commonly in reference to marijuana. But it could mean other things.

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=13

  3. no, Im spartacus! Says:

    If you would like to know more about the “success story” folks, check out their public records on the Orange county supeior court website. Some may save since moved to a different county, but their are some that have some current, serious offences. Among the most alarming were, drug possession and theft, assult with a deadly weapon and battery, and DUI. Again, these are the advertized “success stories.”

    In addition to the 13 referance, check out this website:

    http://www.gangsorus.com/numbers.html

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