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Free Laundry Request
« on: September 21, 2020, 06:38:02 pm »
Today, this Sunday, September 13th, 2020 I received a phone call in the 9:00 hour, a mother of 3 children ages 10, 8 and 5.  She was asking for resources for Free Laundry.  I have subsequently found out that she was staying in a Hotel "shelter" with assistance from ZACAH.

I was still waking up when I received the call.  I didn't tell her that all the information about resources listings were on the website that she had searched and landed on when she searched for "Free Laundry."  The CSR Minneapolis Clothing resource listings are fairly exhaustive.  Although, the COVID-19 pandemic has since changed everything, and all services to the community across the board, with few exceptions.

So, I got her information and said I would get back to her.  I spent all morning until 12 noon contacting people that I thought might have information about any kind of Free Laundry service or other people that would be good for her to contact.

Worthy of note is that fact that, in her exhaustive efforts to find help, she did call United Way.  Their response to her circumstances was not based on a developed connection with her, and gave her advice about her eldest daughter and situation that she found unacceptable.  Subsequently, her call to United Way was worthless!  United Way receives $80 million every year, with one year being $84 million.

Also, worthy of note is the fact that she did not even mention seeing the Hennepin County "WayPoint" link.  For three years, Hennepin County has dedicated 3 full time staff to this "Project" to "help" the "Homeless."  That is upward of a million dollars, or more.  This money is all wasted!  A few months ago I received an email from Minneapolis DID (downtown improvement district), asking for help from me after I had talked to a DID staff member out on the streets, downtown Minneapolis.