Monday, January 28, 2013

Organize carpools for church

So Compassionate service is now organizing carpools or finding rides for the investigators.

 Idea #1 was to have the missionaries introduce investigators to members of the church that live in there area. This not only gives the members a chance to help do missionary service but gives the investigator someone to ask questions on a more personal level and see our way of living.

Idea #2 to call inactive members or single members who have vehicles to give rides whether they are attending church or not or have someone stand outside taking notes who has extra seats in there vehicles so they can be called upon. ( yes our bishop really thinks that will work) However there are those new drivers with a brand new license who like to drive because its fun and fascinating :D

Idea #3 was to have a sign up sheet of willing individuals to give rides but we figured it would do just as well or worse than meal calendars or compassionate requests.

Idea #4 If someone is wanting to attend church bad enough they will find a way.They will ask there friends family beg and plead or borrow if they want something bad enough. They will ask strangers or aquaintances or even hitchhike if its wanted bad enough. Give a lesson on how to ask others for rides through enternet, phone, texts, etc, people should feel likes its there responsibility to get to church not someone else's to get them there.
Idea #5 ride requests on ward board. Carpool app?
post your ride needs on craigslist.

Really Good tips :

Share with others the blessings they will receive if not by making new friends but the rewards in heaven for making sure someone was able to follow through with a commandment. They will be the good Samaritan. Let people know that it is not a full time commitment. They can try it once and never do it again. They do not have to provide rides both ways if they do not want to either. There is no reason why they have to pick up there rides at there homes they can have a meeting place and a time.

People who do not drive in carpools should try to find someway to show favor to the people providing the rides. Too many times I seen people take advantage of the ride giver. They take there time, they stop saying Thank you, they start demanding time changes and extra seats as if they were obligated them or the person was there own personal chauffeur. Since this is for the Sabbath, Money is not encouraged but it could be set aside in an envelope in a Thank you card in advance. Gifts are nice to receive and makes the person feel like you appreciate that they went out of there way for you. Rides should never be obligated expectation unless its your kids... even then they should be taught to be thankful.

well that covers what I am thinking and the links of great ideas I have found. Now its time to implement them  and get the RS president on board. :)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

preparing for a virtual move

I do not know if I am actually moving or not.... Heres whats happening. In my calling I am the housing specialist. I give advice on finding funding projects and housing options in our area. While planning someone elses care and praying about there needs and pondering there options and outcomes a wierd thought popped into my head and the feeling of the spirit came very strongly that all I was doing was preparing me to be strong for when I needed to do all this work for myself
I immediately texted my husband and asked him if he knew something about us moving. He thinks I am just crazy. I asked him to pray about it and he has refused. So in order to not ignore the spirit and still get along with my husband I plan to do a virtual move.

Yesterday I started in my daughters room. she was very helpful and she believes me that the spirit wants us to be prepared.  we went through her closet and got rid of clothes and her bookcase. I even boxed up a few books in some shoe boxes we had that will still fit on the bookcase.
Today I wish to through her toys. she stopped playing with toys almost a year ago and none were on her christmas list. I think she just keeps them for sentiment or just incase a friend comes over. I am thinking we will bag them all and put them back into the toy box and see if she really misses any of them. I need to do her laundry as well and make sure any clothes that are too big are boxed and stored and any too small are given away.

I took a picture of the things in the bathroom closet to get my husband to tell me of his stuff what he has used and what he hasnt. He has yet to respond and last time I cleaned it out he had old old perfumes and aftershaves he never wore and refused to get rid of because he might use it someday. He still has not used them five years later. I know he will lie if I bring it up so I will not. Many of the things his daughter threw out two years ago and I do not think he even noticed.
My husband has always had absolute refusal on any changes made unless they are his idea and many of those ideas still sit around in boxes waiting to happen.

It saddens me to think that he has not yet asked the spirit for himself if he is moving because maybe he is not. However it would be very relieving to get away from his piles of stuff he never uses and refuses to get rid of. Its even spilled over into my areas and he will not let me move them or get rid of them because he says I will want them again some day.

I think I will get rid of them any ways. I am sick of being scared to clean my house in order to not make my husband angry or stewed. Everyone says to meet him halfway and thats what I have been trying to do for 7 years now.

I did not publish this right away because I began to get real angry while typing the original post. I have had to remove a lot of venting and frustration but left some in to get the points across this is not going to be an easy process and to hopefully see how others have successfully handled similar situations.
[  ] Create binder/folder for moving records (estimates, receipts, inventory lists, etc.) your plans and journal ideas for your virtual move.

I have checklists for each room I have made from organization sites like F.L.Y. lady and many others I have researched to figure out what best meets my needs and works for me. I did stop doing doing it for awhile because when I answered the door to let in the cleaning fairy it was Mother nature instead and she threw me for a loop for quite awhile trying to give me her cleaning gift. I am hoping once my bodies detoxifies and my harmones are in check and I catch back up to a regular sleep pattern I can get back to virtual moving in my home. It is necessary since I have gone gluten free and can not eat half the things in my kitchen now.

I also plan to do any rearranging during this time to feel like I am getting a fresh start and to know what it would be like to move the stuff I have still and to see if its really necessary that it be kept.

Estimate how much it would cost to move all your stuff
Get a temporary storage unit if you need to move stuff out of your way
Rearrangment plans need to keep in mind outlets and all connections like cable, water, phone, etc.
How would you move vehicles, pets, plants and other items?
Hold a garage sale, donate, sale or trash unnecessary items.
Gather record into your record keeping binder or area. School, Medical, Bills, prescriptions, ID, Legal documents, Etc.
Aquire packing or storing materials that can double as organization tools
Make home repairs and commit to doing them as if you were moving
Return all items that do not belong to you. Movies, library books, borrowed items or items left behind by visitors.
Gather up items you have lent out or forgot somewhere and need to pick up.
Use up foods and rotate them checking expiration dates.
Tune up your vehicle
Pay off your bills
Have your family participate and make plans for them to join in you in the virtual move with plans of a housewarming party.
Clean as you go and purge and reorganize
keep essential tools hand, Hammers, nails, tape, tape measure, screw driver, hang up picture frames. use soda can tops to fix unhangable frames

Defrost freezer and clean fridge
clean and sanitize bedding, mattress and frames. purchase new allergin covers if needed
Have a friend do a walk through taking pictures of your home for you to look at later. It will look different to you.
Clean windows screens, walls light switches and doors..... check door keys and get new locks for doors and windows or new keys made if needed
Verify all applainces work. conditioning, heating, ducts are clean etc and are in good condition.
Have snacks, water bottles and supplies for helpers you invite for this project.
Check your insurances, read them and understand them.
Check your Driver license expiration
Take photo inventory of your items
toss old phone books and make new phone lists and adress books with current information for friends and family
do an after photo of move in.
Have a rewarding house warming party

Self Reliance in Anchorage, Alaska

(1) Education

  • (907) 742-3833 Service/Intake   Child In Transition/Homeless Project
  • (907) 742-4000 Main
  • (907) 742-4175 Fax
A. Get a school guidance counselor.
B. Ask about grants and scholarships. See if they have on the job training. Ask about there assistance programs.

(2) Health

They have a sliding scale fee. If you do not work you will need to go to the Social Security building and ask for a copy of your social security payment history. 
Providence also has a funding forgiveness for huge things in your life, However they do not tell you that you can only use it 1 time and it has be decided on in there board after you have filed for it and before it goes to collections.

 (3) employment, 

The best way to seek employement is to fill out a job application everywhere every single day with check in calls to the ones you would most like to work at. 
Tip: If you have a facebook or other public account on the internet... Clean it up from any negative comments or highly opinionated discussions, pictures, etc that if leaked in a job situation would ruin your carreer. As someone who has hired before we do do searches for you and check out who you are and it does not have to be your listed reference.

(4) family home production
This link below is the website I copied parts pasted the area in pink from. I really liked there advice and input and wanted to share it. However much was not posted here.
Homeless To Independence Inc. is an All-Volunteer, Faith-Based, 501©3 non-profit.
If you are actually homeless, or about to be homeless, OR NEED ASSISTANCE OF ANY KIND - simply dial “211″ from a land-line telephone – this will not work from a cell telephone – and tell them your situation and what you need and they will give you information specific for the location you are currently in. 
Don’t have a land-line telephone??? Go to your local police department, library, house of worship….and ask them to use their land-line telephone or possibly they call dial the land-line telephone for you.
When you have these items with you, it shows the prospective landlord you are serious about attaining stable
housing. You will not waste time to go back there if you are ready in the first place. Be prepared to have to fill
out the application there and then!
• Birth Certificate
• Social Security Card
• Valid Photo Drivers License or Valid Photo State ID Card
• Most Recently Dated Medicaid/Medicare Card
• A current Decision Letter from your local Board of Social Services Office Services or Social Security, Food-stamps, stating the amounts you are receiving.
• Should you be disabled, a copy of your most current Med-1 Form from your County Social Services Office or your Social Security Decision Letter stating your disability.
• Proof of any and all of the programs that you are attending.
• Hospital’s Charity Care Papers
Anchorage Senior Center Anchorage 907-258-7823
Food Bank of Alaska, Inc. Anchorage 907-272-3663
Mabel T. Caverly Senior Center Anchorage 907-276-1496
Salvation Army Older Alaskans Program Anchorage 907-349-0613
South Central Foundation Elder Lunch Program Anchorage 907-338-4226
Abused Womens Aid in Crisis AWAIC, 100 W. 13th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99523
Emergency Shelter Domestic Violence Victims Only
American Red Cross of Alaska, 235 E 8th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501
Emergency Shelter – Suite 200
Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission, 2823 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99507
Emergency Shelter Men Only
Anchorage Neighborhood Housing Services, 480 West Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99503
Emergency Shelter Family Day Only
Ascent Russian Orphan Aid Foundation, 10421 Thimble Berry Drive, Anchorage, AK 99515
Children & Youth
Beans Cafe, 1101 East 3rd Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99510
Emergency Shelter
Brother Francis Shelter, 1021 E. 3rd Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99523
Emergency Shelter
Clare House, 420 W. 54th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501
Pregnant women and women with children
Covenant House, 609 F Street, Anchorage, AK 99501
Teens only
Crossover House Homeless Project, 1000 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501
mentaly ill homeless people in Anchorage
Downtown Soup Kitchen, 430 East Fourth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501
Habitat for Humanity, 500 W. Intl. Airport Rd., Anchorage, AK 99518
(907) 272-0800
Emergency Shelter – Suite E
Intermission, 3745 Community Park Loop, Anchorage, AK 99501
Salvation Army McKinnel Shelter, 564 E. 15th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501
Two parent families and single men with children
South Central Counseling Center Crossover House, 610 E 5TH Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501
Emergency Shelter
Anchorage rescue, 2823 E. Tudor Rd, Anchorage, AK 99507
(907) 563-5603
Emergency Shelter
Oxford House – Anchorage, 3550 Cottonwood Street, Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 222-3848
Oxford House – Denali, 6414 Tolhurst Court, Anchorage, AK 99504
(907) 333-0807
Oxford House – Northern Lights, 538 South Klevin Street, Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 743-1993
Oxford House – Yukon, 2721 Juneau Street, Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 272-2298


Start with your own family and friends. Can any of them assist you?

(5) family finances:

Money Matters: Tips from the Federal Trade Commission

Child care:


(6) spiritual strength.

PRAY! read your scriptures and pray.

Many Churches and even organizations will have prayer with you. However I know for a fact The Latter Day Saint missionaries ( other wise known as Mormons  will help you with you a local church that has members to personally help you on to the road of self-reliance as they offer you a hand up.  1-888-537-6600
they will help you and provide you with copies of The Bible and other scriptures that testify of Jesus Christ.


Shelters will have bus tokens for job interviews
9 Star will help with bus passes for education and job purposes
Cabs have a minimum payment of $5 once they turn on there meter

  • (907) 742-3833 Service/Intake   Child In Transition/Homeless Project
  • (907) 742-4000 Main
  • (907) 742-4175 Fax


All 3 phone companies have the life line phone assistance program for 1 line. If you need an extra line every now and then a prepaid plan is $25 a month after the purchase of the phone.

Do not forget to update the post office with your change of adresses or get your self a P.O. Box during your transitions to recieve all your mail at one place

If you are in a Shelter or looking for more permanent housing here are my suggestions:

1. Keep a back pack  and a Folder with you at all times to carry all valuables and needed paperwork with you. All Id’s, Certificates, Cards, Documents and Electronics. paper and pens too.
2. Ask about transportation right away. tokens, passes, cab fair, gas cards, or rides with friends.
3. Library has Free computers and Internet... Get a library card to have access.
4. Before looking for a job do these things to prepare:

A. Fill out paperwork for a physical and Dental at the Anchorage Neighborhood Health clinic this is a good for a year once its done so if an accident occurs you just need to make an appt. Find out all the medical assistant things you can use there. prescription and Dental.
B. Fill out paperwork for public Assistance.
C. Apply for Alaska Housing Financing and Assistance
5. Write a Resume. Network it. promote it. pass it around. Tell people what you do. Spam it on the E-net ...well sort of Spam it.
6. Get a savings account....Save. Save. Save.
7. Get stuff you need for your job. Food Permits, license renewals,References.
7. No matter where you are on the housing list call once a week. make a day and call it on that day every single week. People drop out or miss their chance from impatience or forgetting to renew or check and are removed from the list all the time.
8. Do the same thing as with housing for any jobs you applied to... call once a week and leave a message!
9. Ask for Help. Ask for a discount. Explain your situation maybe they have a discretionary fund.
10. Use Food Banks when you can. You can share this food and use it to help others.
11. Let people Help you! Its not a hand out its a hand up and you will pay it forward someday.
12. Pray and read your Scriptures, be compatible with the spirit.         
American Red Cross of Alaska
235 E 8th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone Number: 907-646-5400

Anchorage Family Emergency Services Office
1712 A Street
Phone: (907) 277-2593
After hours emergency contact:
(907) 279-1609
Monday-Tuesday; Thursday - Friday
8:30-11:00 am and 1:00-3:00 pm
Closed every Wednesday
Brother Francis Shelter
1021 E. 3rd Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99523
Phone Number: 907-277-1731
clothing and resources
Beans Cafe
1101 East 3rd Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99510
Phone Number: 907-274-9595
Downtown Soup Kitchen
430 East Fourth Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone Number: 907-277-4302
Anchorage Neighborhood Housing Services
480 West Tudor Road
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone Number: 907-677-8490
United Ways of Alaska
400 Gambell Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 269-6599 - Phone
(907) 269-6450 - Fax
MOA Woman and Infants and children(WIC) Program Clinic Locations & Hours:   
Downtown Anchorage/L Street
Health & Human Services Bld.
825 L Street, Suite 209
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Phone: (907) 343-4668
Mon-Tues  8:15am - 4:15pm
Wed: 12:30pm - 4:15pm
Thurs-Fri 8:15am - 4:15pm
Closed daily from 11:45am - 12:30pm for lunch
Anchorage Library- computers and Internet Access
Z. J. Loussac Public Library
3600 Denali Street
Anchorage, AK 99503
(907) 343-2975
Normal Hours:
Mon - Thur 10am - 9pm
Fri and Sat 10am - 6pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm

Food Bank of Alaska
2121 Spar Ave

I will try to expand this as I learn of new things and hear new tips and tricks or learn of any changes.