Step two: If you’re slightly confused by my starting with step two, it’s probably because you haven’t read the post that goes before this one. So go back one day in time and read that one first. I won’t say you’ll be glad you did, but at least you’ll be caught up to this ADHD mind. Well, not caught up, but at least stuck in the seat of the rollercoaster that is my thinker.
The second step of the Tempered Crap Glass dream is to help the homeless. How does Crap Glass help the homeless? Thanks for asking. I envision every municipality having a TCG collection site, where people could bring all of their discarded and useless materials and scraps found on the streets, in ditches etc. These things would be brought to the collection site where people would receive a credit instead of being charged for dumping.
Before I go any further I would like to note that changes would have to be made in the way most cities collect garbage, recycling and compost. You wouldn’t want people adding to the waste just to make a buck. (We’ll write about that idea later.)
I see it working kind of like this… The TGC site has a collection area, a homeless/forgotten person brings their crap and through some type of system (let’s say by weight) they get a credit. Each person would sign up for an account. Once our homeless/forgotten person who we’ll call Pat has signed up he/she can now begin collecting credits that can be used at the TCG site.
How things work:
- Pat signs up for an account.
- Pat then receives a cell phone (these would be old cell phones that are donated) the cell phones would have no plan, but could be used for 911 emergencies and could also be used to access the free wifi at the TGC and other places wifi is available. Pat would also be able to take a free course on how to use the phone.
- Pat would then download the TCG App. The App would allow Pat to keep track of his or her credits and also allow them to share and spend credits at the TCG. Everytime product is brought into the TCG, the app would be scanned by employees and credit would be given.
Every TGC site would be built with a number of amenities such as:
- Restaurants, Pat and his friends could use their credits to eat. These restaurants would be run by people who were formerly homeless. I believe that by sitting, eating and ordering in a restaurant is good for struggling people. Being served gives one a sense of value and respect. (Small steps)
- The TGC site would also have sleeping pods that Pat could rent using their credits. Rules and regulations would be put in place. One night per pod, this way pods could be cleaned and maintained on a daily basis. These pods would be cleaned and maintained by formerly homeless people too.
- With their credits people would also have access to lockers and showers.
- All TCGs would also have thrift stores onsite.
- Drug rehabilitation would also be available to those wanting and needing it.
As those using the facilities begin to accept that they have value and many things to offer society, they’re self worth will grow and by having access to work in the restaurant, the thrift and other departments they’ll begin to make a life for themselves.
The point of this brainstorm is not to fix the world’s problems, it’s to fix our problem with the world. Nothing can replace education. What we need to do is add to it, with love and charity. We can help others by valuing them and in doing so we give them a sense of self worth. That’s where it all starts. Solutions for almost every problem can be found if we just get together and brainstorm. The crazier the idea the better.
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