Been a huge fan of the one in Marietta since it opened. Highly recommend.
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Most uninteresting story I've ever read a portion of.
Way to go Anita! It's hard work in this day and age to create an incubating ground for TB.
I certainly hope those diagnosed get the care they deserve and the spread is nipped in the bud.
Thanks for taking the time to respond in such detail BooC. I respect your right to have and express an opinion different from mine. However, our personal experiences with the Task Force appear to have diverged wildly at some point.
Yo BooC -
I am aware of the lawsuits you mention, and undoubtedly the Task Force will have its day in court, again. I'm not a lawyer either but I'd be willing to bet they get tossed on the heap of other frivolous lawsuits. Only time will tell of course. Not necessarily a question directed at you, but I wonder if the Task Force will abide by future court decisions that do not go their way. Is the law only applicable when it is ruled in the Task Force's favor, and a conspiracy of some sort in all other instances?
Not sure where you're getting the "elsewhere" bit from. I certainly have never even hinted at anything like that. I personally have no problem with a large homeless service provider in any neighborhood where there is need. I do, however, have a problem with large, poorly managed ones that falsely claim to benefit the persons residing there. If the Task Force has any sort of "concrete plan" to improve their services, why hasn't it been presented to any of its critics? What has happened the the sizeable sums of money they have already received for renovations in recent years? There is no concrete evidence of any improvements being made even when the Task Force was given the resources to do so. Why would anyone believe it would be any different going forward? The bottom line is that funders stop funding when they don't see any results.
The Task Force for the Homeless has lost its funding and support over the years because its administration is incompetent and the organization has been egregiously mismanaged. Period. There is no conspiracy.
Hundreds of other struggling non-profits that assist the homeless in Atlanta in varying capacities somehow manage to get by in these tough economic times. The bottom line is that the Task Force wants to be funded without any accountability. That is simply unacceptable to the vast majority of funding agencies and organizations. The Task Force has nobody to blame but themselves for their demise.
Hey, you gotta start somewhere. Perhaps some leaders will emerge out of the movement and the message will become more focused. We'll see where it goes. I'm not ready to judge the Occupy folks one way or the other just yet, unclear message or not.
The Beatys are paranoid, delusional, megalomaniacal people who have done far more harm than good to the folks who have stayed in their building over the years. As others have pointed out, they are enablers of destructive behavior and provide no services that are designed to help their residents move beyond their current situations. If they try to tell you otherwise, ask them to show some evidence of it. They can't. Cherry-picked testimonials don't count. It all boils down to the Beatys' need to try to assert themselves over the powers that be. The men living at Peachtree and Pine are just pawns in their personal struggle to try to justify the value of their existence by sticking it to The Man. For shame. It's pitiful to watch.
The tenants of Peachtree and Pine (yes, they are tenants because they pay a price to stay there) will not be evicted out of the shelter en masse on October 27th. Only the "staff" of the Task Force will be evicted on that day. This is a very good thing since they have proven many times over they are inept at running a shelter and do not have the best interests of their tenants at heart. The persons living at Peachtree and Pine will gradually be transitioned into other housing and treatment programs that they can actually benefit from. It will be a difficult transition but it's one that must take place. If the Beatys and their "staff" had any integrity at all they would help facilitate this process rather than attempt to sabotage it for their own selfish reasons.
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