tv Documentary RT January 27, 2022 2:30pm-3:01pm EST
for the past couple of decades, the solution was always print more money now that the money printing is causing a real inflation and exacerbating all the problem. that solution is only going to make the problem worse. but of course, that's what they'll do. that's what the elite will do, that's what they plan to do. any inconvenience that falls them, they will answer what we need to print more money, print more money and the food will get in shorter supply again, workers will disappear and the situation get worse and worse because it doesn't have money printing never worked with paris or is changed all down through here. all initial winery over here. there wasn't any in here. this was all grown up. overgrown really high. those camps are up a little bit further. so your camps are always a little nicer than this,
but this is, this is evidence of absolute poverty, despair. people in our city and other cities all across america are living like this in survival mode and struggle with to give up already for it already. who is here, so i'm david brown and i am the co founder law, my wife linda of eden village, which is where we are right now. this is in springfield, missouri, and it is a tiny, really tiny home village that we have created to house chronically homeless, disabled people.
ah, this is a typical home. however, they're all the same. they're decorated or related or painted differently, but the floor plans, the same problems, are about 400 square feet. perfect size for an individual to live comfortably. you can see by looking around. it has all the appliances that you would have in your home. and it's decorated to feel homey, and we want to make sure that they are welcome and feel like they have their own home. i spent 3 years at different camps and places throughout this city. you used to sit on sooner, blocks just like this around a burn spot, puddled over a small fire trying not get caught all talking in discussing about how hungry you are. there was enough food out there that day and all the services and down are just so shocked with everybody and just overwhelmed just too many, too many of too many homeless now for them to be able to do anything with and not enough places to be able to put it back
in 2010, david and i moved downtown springfield and we begin noticing a lot of the homeless people on the streets. i've always had a passion, curiosity, basically of wondering why they're homeless, what's their story? what made them have to live on the street? and so a group of us that met in our loft, our from our church, met together one evening and said, you know, we have met for years and we talk about ourselves in our own problems. why don't we do something? and so with that in mind, we thought let's open a little place downtown and had the homeless people come in and we can get to know them and find out what's going on with them. so that's kind of how we started. and
it grew. we're at the original eton village that opened up in 2018. and right now there's 31 homes on the property. it's a little over 4 acres, with 31 homes and a community center. hey garrett. how's it going? go and how kind of wendy today so this is, this is gary's home. and gary was one of the 1st residents to move in to eat and village. and his home was sponsored by a local bank for gary went one step farther. the people at central bank decided to be a part of his home team. so basically, it's our belief that the cause of homelessness is the loss of family. so it's usually multilayered. there's usually, it's not just one reason that someone becomes homeless, but when a person, when things have happened in a person's life,
that leads them to the point where their family is no longer there for them. that's when they end up homeless. and so while we can't replace people's biological families by putting together these small groups, the small support groups, it is kind of a substitute for that type of community. people that say, i care about you, i care about what you've been through. i want to be there for you and i'm going to walk alongside you. so one of his biggest hopes and dreams is right here. it's called flash and so gary told his home team that he wanted to adopt a dog is the neighborhood dog. he's the mascot there one to was one of the dogs, right? somebody a guard not a guard dog is the really mean is you know, the 3 men on november the 3 years and i was on the street for like 18 months and i was out. do i was i known daniel shelton and, oh,
yeah. and now if they win and gum me when they did that one, the coldest winners we had here, they don't quite sure. probably froze to death for years later. here i am, you know, healthy in have been i mean it's 62. i guess it is the best ever had in my life. you can take any homeless person and throw them into an apartment or house. but unless you give them the right support system in the tools that they need to acclimate back into society, you're just setting them up for failure. and what is going on here and eat and village is. there's just an incredible support system. and all of us residents, we're homeless for a period of time. so we have a bond, even if you know, even if i don't stop at every neighbor's house every day, there's always that bond of share trauma. so we encourage each other, we lift each other up and it's them to be pretty amazing. what i mean is it totally
changed. we and i was wrong house in our harley dissing here. you know, what was it came to me there, man, this is like to me is way too bad. seed out there and we plan it in here. now i was on obits and methamphetamines. i was addicted for 30 or for 28 years and 9 months sober. coming up in december, so i pretty excited so we wanted to make eat and village a safe neighborhood, not to keep the residents from the outside world, but to keep some people that pray on, people with disabilities and with struggles from being able to come within the gates of the neighbourhood. and so when we're not here, the dr. gates are locked and the way that you access the neighborhood is with your left thumbprint. i have a big heart,
but that's also was landed. we were, i mean i've got to watch that. so it's hard for me to talk with, so it's a solar power teardrop campground. it's $10.00 a night to stay here. has a built in a restroom, showers laundry, things like that in the lot of the population that maybe was sleeping out in the woods or on the streets. they'll take a bus and stay here from 8 pm to 8 am. so anybody you come, anybody can come here as to how yeah, we do eat and village. do you know what eaten villages? no. so eaten village, we have 2 villages that we've built in springfield, tiny homes, that people that are homeless and may be have an income, $6700.00, amount disability. social security could live there permanently for $300.00 a month. utilities included. okay, my waiting list and january 2020. got over a 130 people and i can't build neighborhoods quick enough. and so we built this out
. this is like the future. yep. all right, thanks to have a neighbor going dollar family, there is nothing up on it. we hang out here especially on the away part of the summer time. is it cheapest that we stayed full there? fountains? fountain? no wider set in the shade we think will be all right. okay. so this plan 1st out, terry forest for wanted always for rod and shed. yeah, he slept here under the right end of the bridge. right up here. yeah, they got it. o been solved now,
but we've spent many nights on either side of this. whenever it rained especially is safer to be if there's 2 of you or if you're, you have a group of people, then there is a bigger inspire. so because it's dangerous out there and people will jump you and i feel like we got lucky really for the most part cuz we never really experienced anything like that. together. he had a little incident when he was by herself she, i was locked up in jail and he had an experience with somebody and it was because he was alone for nothing to say. people are just doing it for kids going through their college kids that would, that would go around and jumping to homeless people because they probably grew up as boys just say i grew up mainly
in foster care, growing up and eventually a south k foster care system i went home and my brother had overdosed and passed away. and so i didn't have a place to be. and so i ended pounds for the 1st time, 2017 june in june. and i was 6 months pregnant. i was walking across chestnut and mean when i was struck by a dodge ram 2500. i spent 5 months in the hospital after i lost my child. mm hm. okay. so what just happened was one of our campers was coming in to the camp, ground crossing traffic and just got hit by a car. he's over there, he's still breathing. is that the car that head him and where are they?
they're in the vehicle. are they okay? yeah, yeah. but just a couple of days ago before yesterday they're just not been. yeah, jeff got boonville. yeah, there was a hit run. so just to let you guys know, i have 1234566, campers laugh with our boy or somebody. i think it does thing. so this is 3, bob. 66, it's kind of a hybrid camp. ground shelter opportunity almost every night is that way. people taking advantage of being in a safe place where they have access to showers and bathrooms and laundry. we continue to get more trailers ordered in. and this property will convert 86065 trailers weapons portable. okay. yep. be careful. you know, when i was out on the streets, everybody called me obama. jenny,
because i tend to kind of mother hand everybody, but also i'm very protective. mom has got clause yes, but you know, is my problem. i'm the one sometimes i feel and my problem sometimes i do right now . oh, i don't drink all the time. well, i only work one night a week here, but i feel really good about what i'm doing. and i truly feel that i'm making a difference. whether it's just carrying or listening to somebody talk, remembering, you know, something that they told me about 3 weeks ago or some hardships that they've gone through. i think i really i have the advantage of having spent 5 years out on the streets. so i can relate to our homeless population much better than anybody else because i was one of them. and if i can get off the streets, i want each and every person here to know that they can to i can deal, you know, make something about a nest. okay. you know this how strong i hale,
i'm strong enough work and i'm a state it way. and now we're never changed. well, thank you for being strong for me. a when i was sure thing wrong when all proofs just don't hold any world. yes, to shape out disdain to come to the after kid and engagement equals the trail. when so many find themselves worlds apart, we choose to look for common ground. ah, is the earth still large enough to satisfy the ambitions of jeff bezos? you know, it's got its tentacles in so many aspects of the economy. there's nothing that
amazon isn't trying to get into the step by step. the amazon empire has extended its group on the world that walks like a duck and quacks like a dog gets a dog. so amazon looks like monopoly trades like a monopoly makes money like monopoly behaves like monopoly. amazon essentially controls the market play. it's not really a market, it's a private arena, a wild where a single company controls the distribution of all know daddy products and the infrastructure of our economy. is this the world according to amazon? i'm kelly. oh, sure. yeah. good to meet you. i was a yeah. tell me what, how you end up every 560 sits? well, i was the guitar player for norman jackson and the norman jackson band for 25 years . you know, i oh,
so at the height of your norman jackson ban, blues, festivals, concerts, all that kind of stuff and being a popular local band. i never would never it my wife and i came from a very good family from overland park, kansas. yeah. i, i have, there's absolutely no reason to a poor planning grow, you know, lack of, like i said, getting complacent. maybe a little bit too much ego and not being frugal and not not thinking about the future. what could happen with, but you're not the only person like to know how to deny one little place. right? one little unexpected thing. i read a statistic that i about 30 president of the united states population is a paycheck away from home. so that means over a quarter of the country is one paycheck away from not having a place to live. and the one thing i have learned there are
a lot of people that are homeless that are not trying to big away out what they're trying to do is find a better way to be homeless. sit back in and i, i spend my day on campus. i have some connections here with people to hook me up with students to teach privately i do to ring. i have just recently had a heart attack literally 5 days ago. and at my age, you know, i'm, i'm 63 years old at my age. it's hard, so anyway, this little spot here is where i 1st pitched my tent and it's a little one man bubble. yeah. and it was cammo so nobody can see it right now. yeah. yeah. this place has been so good and, and so i've felt so comfortable and secure here. this has been my dresser. and i haven't been here for a week and my backpack is right here. i love it. we're. i know that i'm just about
any other place and people are at squatting. and i hate she's at work because i, i, this is like my, my, i don't know, it's like my, my monastery. right. kind of in a sense, you know what i'm saying, but i know that this would probably be long gone. and this has got, you know, my personal stuff in it. i hygiene stuff, tooth brush and that kind of stuff. but also in here you'll see this is a, a bill set of b realty d v d. a good, a good friend of mine gave me, i don't know where she thought i was going to watch it out here. both eat and village and revive $66.00 are programs of gathering terray, which is the name are non profit. and so we have eaten village which builds neighborhoods and permanent housing for people that were homeless. and then we have revive 66 that meets people, right where they're out on the streets and provides
a safe night sleep. so our vision is 1st city where no one sleeps outside, so jeans at the campground tonight. and this'll be her last night being homeless. so she staying here tonight, so she'll be safe and will know where she's at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning. she's moving into her forever home at eton village to, you know, the good thing about eating village is, there's a lot of neighbors and people you can meet in front porches and, you know, there's a lot of community activities. so that's a, there's a good group of people over there, probably makes some really great friends. i with, if you ever need and i think i write down the street. that's what i think you are going to welcome welcome him. all right. oh,
i mean it. i mean i can tell you the indoor plumbing is a glorious thing and i don't ever want to go without it again. you know, there's so many different things that we take for granted, like walking in and flipping the light switch, or turning on the water faucet or setting the heat or the air conditioning. you know, there's so many things that as human beings, we really take for granted, unless you've lost everything numerous times and you truly treasure all these
wonderful things, like i love doing laundry. i mean, i spent 5 years where once in a while i could actually use a wash machine, but i hung up close lines across the creek bed and i would screw about my clothes, which was kind of hard in the winter time. you know, but sometimes you just have to do it. you have to decide, right? and now i don't have to think about surviving. now. i'm in a position where i can think about living. so to liberty, the village, you need to follow the 3 basic rules that you and i have to live by in america and nothing else. and so rule number one in america above all other things. if you want to live in a home permanently, everyone must pay something. the residence here pay $300.00 above utilities included, no deposit to live at, eaton village and then rural number 2 is you need to live in a crime and drug free community. some people can't quit use and after they get
a house and if you bring math on the property, or if you do math on the property that you will get evicted. and that's what happened with this individual had been warned. i think 2 or 3 times some people they can't, they can't get to where they're used to live in inside. so they literally lived inside, like they are outside. and the floor had like that much rhyme on the floor. so yeah, i mean it's literally black. and that's the 2nd time of it being emptied. so would you like to be a good place, like did a village or that was, that was an opportunity. i lived there for 9 months and i got myself kicked out or
so. but you're a great candidate said yeah, but you're but you do great here. yeah. right. i love change a little bit. yeah. bob. kinda learned from experience spell whether like it better than the shelf. why didn't this is like, oh good. you got freedom? yeah, freedoms out like being in jails, room 2 shelters like being in jail. not much different, being in jail. in the most common, probably out here on the streets, i would say would be deaf people and it average humans. you know, that has a normal life to has a house and stuff like that. mailers, a handful of people to handful of people in their lifetime. i've lost more. well then i can count from my hands and my feet. so yeah, we learn more people on because you become attached to people. i hear you get to know everybody was drawn. we lost a lot. we lost
a lot. we had we in the last 12 years we have lost over 100 people. just the 2 of us that we've known. so it, it's hard this, me i, we're going into our memorial guard is if they place a reflection. but what's unique about it is we have a column, barium here. there are 96 cubicles in this column, barium. and what we do is if any of our residents die and they get interred here, they're on the street. if they have no family, their ashes really just get buried in a proper cemetery are strewn somewhere. here they know they're going to be remembered physical look at some of them down here. we actually answer their name in the granite doors and it's got their name and their dates and there's room for
96 in here. we've lost about 10 so far. the other thing that we're doing is we are, we're, we have an agreement with the corner or city of springfield. the somebody dies in the street and has no family will enter them here also. so the homeless population be understand they will be remembered. and this project is so special to my wife and i that we have reserved to the cubicles for us. so when we die, we will be entered here forever and then which is what we wish and where we dream of doing it. surely that doesn't say so. you know for oh my gosh, this is awesome. this is an orange blues are so how are you prefer? they're like oh my ok.
ah, you hear a phenomenal so thank you for all you have done for everyone. you meet lawyer and jim, and you make 75 look hello, good. oh, a coupon. these people are now like our family were saying to our friends, we would live here if you would get to know a homeless person and hear their story. it makes a difference because they've all lost something. my mom passed away in a house fire whenever i was 14. i went into the house and i was looked all over and i couldn't find her nowhere. zahn come to find out. she was literally 2 feet where i was looking at. i just couldn't see because it was so for smoke in the house. but
whenever they pulled my mother from the house fire, they didn't tell me that they was doing now. so i got to see my mother after she was in the house fire man, her local, a lot, ally. and it kind of left a lot of scars and i'm not using that is the reason why i chose the path that i have, but they had a big hand in on me using drugs and doing the things i did trying to cover up the scars from the house fire ah ah, ah
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