So someone offered to take Sal to a Mets game

SalPinnaHuggingSaraCapenSalomonsSal Pinna was homeless for 20 years, and then, through the efforts of advocates in Greater Hartford’s 100-day challenge to end chronic homelessness, he was housed in late April. I wrote about him for Sunday’s Courant and I’ve been reporting his story for WNPR for a few months now (the latest installment will air this morning during “Where We Live” sometime between 9 and 10 a.m.).

The story ran Sunday, but you could read it online on Friday, the day I and others spread it around on social media. People started contacting me first to congratulate me on housing Sal, though I did not house Sal. Other people did that, and you can read their names and affiliations here. I bow in their general direction because they all are big rolls of chocolate wrapped in awesomeness. And coconut.

So Friday, in between deflecting credit, I answered emails and texts from people who wanted to help Sal even more, including a nice man named Ken who wants to take Sal to see his beloved Mets. That is the coolest thing and Sal called him that night. Several other people offered televisions — one woman said it was because she was buying a “big-ass” television and didn’t need the smaller one. I thought that was pretty funny. And honest. Others offered furniture, a bed, an entertainment center, a couple of couches…

That’s all wonderful, but know this: Sal is housed and he has all the household goods he needs. He’s getting a job soon and he’s going to be self-sufficient, with some supports.

Today, Sara Capen Salomons of Journey Home (the 100-day challenge lead agency) (and that’s her hugging Sal the morning he found out he was being housed) is housing another man who has nothing. No. Thing. And she has to come up with household goods for that man who, unlike Sal, hasn’t had a reporter dogging him for six months. Yet this man is coming from circumstances every bit as hellish as Sal’s. So thank you for your kindnesses toward Sal, but he’s on his way. There are still some 70 other people who will soon be turning the key in their new apartments with nothing but the stuff they’ve carried in a backpack, sometimes for years. Please let’s remember them, too. Below is a list of things the newly-housed people need in their new apartments, and yes. The list involves pretty much everything, from razors to bath mats to pots and pans. It’s been a struggle figuring out where to store this stuff, and if you can deliver, all the better:

  • Furniture
    • Mattress
    • Box spring
    • Bed frame
    • Sofa
    • Small dining room table and chairs
    • Armchair
    • Dresser
    • Side table
    • Coffee table
    • Curtains and rods
  • Small electronics
    • Alarm clock
    • Radio
    • TV
    • DVD player
    • Toaster oven
    • Microwave
    • Coffee maker
  • Kitchen Supplies
    • Pots and pans
    • Baking sheet
    • Potholders
    • Manual can opener
    • Cutting board
    • Dish towels
    • Sponges
    • Garbage can & bags
    • Dish soap
    • Hand soap
  • Bathroom Supplies
    • Shower curtain
    • Shower curtain liner
    • Shower curtain rings
    • Trash can
    • Hand soap
    • Towels
    • Washcloths
    • Hand towels
  • Utensils
    • Cooking
    • Silverware
    • Knives
  • Paper Goods
    • Toilet Paper
    • Tissue
    • Paper towels
  • Cleaning supplies
    • Broom & dustpan
    • Vacuum
    • Multipurpose cleanser
    • Windex
    • Laundry detergent
    • Lysol deodorizing spray
  • Personal Care Items
    • Laundry basket
    • Soap
    • Shampoo
    • Deodorant
    • Shaving Cream
    • Razors
    • Toothpaste
    • Toothbrush
    • Floss

 

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