Help Us Release Manny From Jail. He's 75, Homeless, & A Disabled Vietnam Vet.
$5.00 – $5,000.00
Manny, homeless for 45 years, was trespassed (given a ticket) for using the restroom in public, on Government property. He missed his court date and was arrested. He’s currently in Manatee County Jail.
The local authorities are very lenient with Manny. Everyone likes him. I begged him to keep his sleeping spot clean and assured him the authorities told me they would not mess with him during the pandemic. He does not comply.
I’ll explain why below. But first, I have visited with him in jail a couple times. I could have immediately bailed him out but he asked me to do a fundraiser first to see if we can raise enough for him to have a place to sleep before he gets out of jail. He lost some weight, was cleaned up and at least eating, while being provided with a warm place to sleep. However, he’s not provided much anything else and understandably wants his freedom. Manny needs to be bailed out of jail and needs help for monthly housing and care-taking.
How is it possible a disabled Vietnam Veteran could be homeless over 45 years?
Here at GrowToGive Motivation – we’ve come a long way with Manny over the last two years, mainly by focusing on building friendship and trust. Manny, like many Veterans or homeless people, trust few people. A whole argument can be made for why but that’s another article.
After coming home from Vietnam, Manny is convinced the Gov’t took all of his vehicles, and all of his property (which is most of the property downtown!) This belief frustrates and angers Manny and therefore his natural behavior (based on his beliefs ) is non compliance. After all, if you thought the government stole all your transportation and offices and homes then you might also have an issue with authority. According to Manny they even stole his helicopter, the one he flew to the moon. His mental challenges are large obstacles for him to do the necessary things in order to stay off the streets.
Fortunately through building a relationship we’ve been able to get Manny more help. He now allows me to take him to shower and do laundry at Turning Points in Bradenton. He has started talking to the VA in St. Pete, and housing is being worked on with both VA and Salvation Army. While we’re hopeful, Manny needs help now! He needs;
- Bailed out of jail
- Temporary housing
- Temporary caretaker
If we raise $18,000 we think we can keep Manny off the streets up to 9 months to a year!
How you can help
We need three things…
- Pray for Manny
- Share – please share this with anyone who might want to help Manny.
- Donate! Even $5 will help.
Goal: Raise $18,000
$5.00 – $5,000.00
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