Homeless in USA

McHenry County volunteers count homeless in community

Annual survey helps service providers gain funding, assess needs

Illinois – Walking through a snowy Woodstock Square in Illinois on Wednesday night, three volunteers from service providers in McHenry County searched for homeless people.

“I can’t imagine having to be out here,” Nancy Erickson of Turning Point said. “… But some people have no choice.”

This was the 16th year the McHenry County Continuum of Care to End Homelessness participated in the National Street and Shelter Point-in-Time Count, according to a news release from Pioneer Center for Human Services.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires continuum of cares – which are made up of area agencies, organizations and businesses that meet to combat homelessness – to participate in the count.

Over a 24-hour period, volunteers count homeless individuals on the street and in shelters.

During the 2016 McHenry County survey, 195 homeless people were counted on the street and in shelters, and the number hovered near the low 200s in the six years before that, according to survey records.

Outcomes of the survey are used by HUD to help determine what programs and funding to give agencies across the nation, and by the McHenry County continuum and other local agencies to help with strategic planning and understanding the needs of the homeless.

“The end goal is to help people move out of homelessness,” said Sam Tenuto, co-CEO of Pioneer Center and an event organizer.

Tenuto and Erin Brumfield Grima, director of PADS and prevention services at Pioneer Center, said it’s a community effort to complete the count.

Wednesday night, about 15 volunteers from agencies including Thresholds, New Life Transitions, Home of the Sparrow, McHenry County Planning and Development Department and Turning Point of McHenry County met in Woodstock before dispersing for their assigned areas throughout the county.

Before the night of the survey, volunteers consult with agencies around the county and police and look to past survey results to determine what areas to search.

Volunteers Barb Wurster and Kristen Tenore, both of Home of the Sparrow, and Erickson set out about 7 p.m. to find homeless people in Woodstock. No one was found after checking the Square and the train station.

This was Tenore’s third year participating in the count.

“It’s important,” Tenore said about why she continues doing it. “[Service agencies] want to get the proper funding to keep helping these people, and if no one is out there to do this, then it’s not going to be done.”

In January, people living on the streets are hard to find, as most are in the shelters, Tenore said.

The women carried surveys to give to any homeless person they found, which asked questions including their age, race, gender, who they’re living with, where they slept last night, how long they’ve been homeless for and if they abuse drugs or alcohol.

This was the first year surveyors could use a mobile application to collect data, which was created by Alex Campbell of EMK Consulting LLC in crystal lake IL- Tenuto said. 

After searching in Woodstock and Crystal Lake until nearly 11 p.m., Tenore said they gave a survey to one homeless man who was out on the street.

It will take a few days to organize the data for this year’s survey, Brumfield Grima said. For her, it’s important that the homeless are accounted for and recognized in the community.

“There’s a certain amount of dignity and respect for recognizing what the people in our community are experiencing, and assessing that and then doing what we can to address those needs and challenges that people are experiencing,” Brumfield Grima said.

Tenuto said aside from collecting numbers, volunteers also are well positioned to tell the homeless what services are available for them.

Once a homeless person gets back on their feet, Tenuto said they’re eager to give back to the community.

“Those are the things that really make me smile – to see a person when they get stable with their housing and focused on their life,” Tenuto said. “They are part of the community, and they really do give back to the community.”

If you happen to read this far, I am on a research hunt of homelessness in “MY LIVING AREA.”  After watching YouTube video’s for the past few days, I realize there are so many homeless people.  They live in cars, Mobile homes that are drivable, or on the streets.

I, however, lost my job and have been on a hunt for what seems forever (TWO YEARS).

I do not do drugs, never have never will.  I am well educated, even owned a barber shop for years!  I was a single mother and raised her from 1.5 years old without much help.  I also worked more than one job to make ends meet.  I also took in a friend and rented a room.  I was raised Irish Catholic Jesuit.  In the end I am a NIV bible reading person, who always has the logo: “What would Jesus do.”

I have little possessions, they are in a storage unit.  My car is my sanctuary.  The hardest part is that with my three cats, I’d rather feed them than myself from the food pantry.

As luck would have it I have a new job approaching.  My goal is to get out of the two year homeless situation I am in currently.  I will write more and post these at a later date.  Today is 11/11/2017.


April 15, 2018 Chicago bipolar Weather

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I am not good with photo’s but see Chicago Illinois on 4/15/2018!  Oh My!

Now on to the biggest news: I have a friend who writes books….http://sherylsteines.com/

Sheryl writes for women, urban fantasy, and she is listed on Amazon.  Please check her out if you love to read.  http://sherylsteines.com/author-sheryl-steines/

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As a self-proclaimed television junkie and an avid reader, Sheryl Steines writes what she loves. From the character/relationship story from one of her writing inspirations (Judy Blume), to the fantastical world of magic and mayhem in another inspiration (J.K. Rowling), to the strong female character of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Sheryl uses the world of magic and mystery, mashed with a bit of detective work, to weave a story of women who face challenges, overcoming them with dignity and honesty, using her own challenges as inspiration.

Sheryl has written two books in her Wizard Hall Chronicles series (The Day of First Sun and Black Market) and working on a new series, The Empaths (Gracie Madison Feels the World). Both series introduce the reader to young women battling demons of the supernatural kind and the personal kind, each fighting to find their way.

Sheryl Steines has been writing since she was seven years old, since she picked up her first Nancy Drew novel and hasn’t stopped. When she’s not reading or writing, she can be found tooling around in her convertible, supporting causes and raising her kids, dealing with extra ordinary challenges.

For more about Sheryl Steines, her books and her life check out http://www.Sherylsteines.com, @SherylSteines, FB Sheryl Steines Author, and Instagram at Wizardhall.

Thank you from Jackie Paulson Author

Working full time

College Full time for Human Resources Mgmt

Happy Sunday and may you be blessed.





WPC Out of this world! Jobs


Painting fire on truck?

Hair Stylist?

Space Traveler?

I have no idea how some people create the life they want.  I am 51 and no ideas as to what I want to be when I grow up.  That is out of this world!  For those that know me, I am in college full time to get my Master in HRM.  I have two other degrees.  But today, I left a job I did not like for many reasons that are Out of this World. Enjoy the photo’s mention if you stopped by or which photo you like above best?





Photo Weather in Winter


Photo Challenges

Whether you take photos with an iPhone or a full-frame DSLR, you’re welcome to participate in our photo challenges. A new theme is announced every Wednesday.



This week, show us the effect of time and the elements.

  1. Madame Zenista

January 10, 2018 at 12:04 pm

Krista- what a fantastic topic and a wonderful picture to go with it. I love love love visiting places and seeing monuments that have been there for ages and weathered the storms that change brings. The character that such places and things have is incredible. Without speaking, I feel I can exchange notes with it.
Here is my entry:

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  1. stenoodie

January 10, 2018 at 12:06 pm

Great theme this week! Thank you!

Here is my entry this week: http://stenoodie.com/2018/01/10/weekly-photo-challenge-weathered/

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  1. mostlymonochrome

January 10, 2018 at 12:07 pm


An example of what the wind and the sea can do.

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  1. Heyjude

January 10, 2018 at 12:09 pm

Love those old faded advertisements and the wonderful old buildings and I also love the fabulous fire escapes. A great capture Krista.

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  1. zaargham

January 10, 2018 at 12:11 pm

Haven’t taste OREO yet ?
Have some cookies and enjoy the writing.




  1. Tom

January 10, 2018 at 12:13 pm

Buy tickets at a fair in North Sulawesi / Indonesia:



  1. Sternococktail

January 10, 2018 at 12:14 pm

The Swedish word is “väderbiten” – ‘bit by weather’

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  1. marichulambino

January 10, 2018 at 12:35 pm




  1. Carol Carlisle

January 10, 2018 at 12:43 pm

Couldn’t resist sharing this old Christmas cat photo https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2018/01/10/weekly-photo-challenge-weathered/



  1. petrus

January 10, 2018 at 1:11 pm

Nice shot! I spent Christmas in the mountains this year




  1. worldasweknowitblog

January 10, 2018 at 1:20 pm

You are right, the building shows so much of history.



  1. Sandra

January 10, 2018 at 1:26 pm

A brilliant photo. So atmospheric.https://castelsarrasin.wordpress.com/2018/01/10/weathered-weekly-photo-challenge/



  1. Anita

January 10, 2018 at 1:31 pm

I really love your choice of image for this exciting theme! Thanks Krista!
Hope to get my interpretation ready by tomorrow. It’s late now here in Malta, but I have an idea.



  1. Dennis Wagoner

January 10, 2018 at 1:58 pm

Going up at Turkey Run State Park – https://wp.me/p3CFsE-4bn


January 10, 2018 at 2:01 pm

Nice theme, and I love the photo, Krista.


January 10, 2018 at 2:19 pm

I love pictures of art on old buildings. I love the history and like you often times wonder about sustainabilitea

January 10, 2018 at 2:37 pm

I love those ads on the walls. Good choice for the week, especially give the weather being experienced by much of the US.

  1. Oh, the Places We See

January 10, 2018 at 3:01 pm



January 10, 2018 at 3:04 pm

A lovely challenge again, Krista. Many of us will enjoy it very much – weathered. Who does not like that? https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2018/01/10/wpc-weathered/

A Void in the Shape of Him

January 10, 2018 at 3:35 pm


Zargham Butt

January 10, 2018 at 4:13 pm


January 10, 2018 at 5:34 pm