Pet Outreach

It’s estimated that up to 10% of the homeless population has at least one pet. The people that we serve tell us their animals provide comfort and companionship, and they often go without in order to care for the needs of their pets. Legacy Initiative’s Pet Outreach serves our community’s homeless population and their pets by providing pet food, supplies and pet medical assistance. Thank you.   Legacy Initiative Pet Outreach Continue reading Pet Outreach

Small Acts of Kindness: A Ripple in the Water by Tracy Mangum

I have to share something awesome. Tonight, I did a small homeless outreach with members of the Legacy Initiative. We were giving out water, trail mix, fruit, and crackers. One gentleman asked our Squad Leader Darren Lamb if he could have Darren’s bag that held all the trail mix after we were done handing everything out. Darren politely said he was really attached to the bag and we moved on. After we finished our route, Darren saw the gentleman and without hesitation he walked up to him and handed him the bag. He said “Sir, I just wanted you to … Continue reading Small Acts of Kindness: A Ripple in the Water by Tracy Mangum

Unconditional by Phoenix

I do what I do to ease an ache in my heart and mind. I do what I do to ease the ache in the hearts and minds of others. This means I write to ease what I feel, and to ease what others feel. It means I serve others to ease what I feel, to ease what others feel. Granted, there are other reasons that are equally as important for why I do what I do, but writing and serving are two extreme passions of mine that stem from a deep-rooted understanding of human need, ache, and feeling. Such … Continue reading Unconditional by Phoenix

Lives Enriched – an evening with John

  As the night progresses and I get comfortable in my warm bed I cannot help not recollect my conversation and evening with John. It was heart wretnching to drop him off. We wanted to drop him off near his camp. But he said No, he wants to check on his people before he goes back to his bed under the bridge. Where does so much humbleness and kindness come from? He has been on the streets for 7 years. While the goal of the “Dignity Restored Package” was to provide someone who is on the streets a hand up … Continue reading Lives Enriched – an evening with John

Recovery, Community: Refresh by Phoenix

Yesterday, April 2, 2016, I participated in another great homeless outreach with The Legacy Initiative, an amazing non-profit organization that has forever changed my life. But, is it really that simple? Yes, actually, it is that simple, but let me tell you the story to contextualize this. Last month’s outreach was a catastrophe: I mean, a complete and utter disaster. I wrote a piece about it, called The Kosmos, which incorporated a lot of philosophy, more philosophy than usual, as a way of distancing myself from the painful memories attached to that outreach. Suffice to say, it went terrible: The … Continue reading Recovery, Community: Refresh by Phoenix

Lockers of HOPE

[My heart feels heavy with joy and gratitude to finally see HOPE Lockers ready and available for use by the community. A journey that taught me so many things, got me close to people I would have never known, gave me friends who became my family, above all gave me an opportunity to grow. A experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life. A shout to everyone (Sponsors, Friends, Family, Volunteers) who supported us in making this happen. Salt Lake City and the Community here – “ROCKS”.] It was the summer of 2014, when my friend Leo Chan, … Continue reading Lockers of HOPE

Notes on The Red Team Patrol March 13th, 2016 by Phoenix A successful Red Team Patrol, as I describe in the video! I am reminded of why I do this work: Instilling compassion and looking out for others. At one point in the patrol we discussed the trash along the Jordan River, and how if only people took the initiative for the environment. We saw one man do just that! Life is also more than concepts: That is my self-critique. I need to remember that we are more than just ideas, life is more than an idea, such as when we look homelessness in the face or appreciate the grandeur … Continue reading Notes on The Red Team Patrol March 13th, 2016 by Phoenix

The Kosmos by Phoenix

“Kosmos” probably looks like a misspelling, but amazingly, it isn’t. “Cosmos” is differentiated from “Kosmos,” in that the cosmos is a definition and reference to all of the physical stuff in the universe, while “kosmos” represents everything in the universe, including the supernatural, spiritual, transcendental, and abstract. It is an ancient Greek distinction. This used to be what thinkers such as the Pre-Socratics thought about, as pointed out by the philosopher Ken Wilber, this approach of which slowly faded through time, as the concept of teleology was ripped out of Newtonian physics, and the world seemed to be more and … Continue reading The Kosmos by Phoenix

Childhood’s Hour by Phoenix

What we remember from childhood we remember forever—permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen. –Cynthia Ozick Childhood is the fiery furnace in which we are melted down to essentials and that essential shaped for good. –Katherine Anne Porter The childhood shows the man as morning shows the day. –John Milton, Paradise Regained From childhood’s hour I have not been. As others were, I have not seen. –Edgar Allan Poe Last night, I was part of The Red Team of The Legacy Initiative, where I had the opportunity to pass out supplies (such as food) to those affected by homelessness, and … Continue reading Childhood’s Hour by Phoenix