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PAGE l0 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC APRIL 22, l~ Chm, ch takes in homeless AIDS victims By Tracy Early New York (CNS) - A Catholic church here has taken a new step in ministry to the homeless by opening a transi- tional residence in its basement for homeless men with AIDS. Blessed Sacrament, a parish on the West Side of Manhattan, will provide a place for men in the early stages of the illness who have been in city shelters or living in the streets and subways, but who need special services. With the use of dividers, 12 individ- ual rooms have been created in the church basement. The men are ex- pected to stay there a maximum of two months before being placed in perma- nent housing, and their space then given to others with AIDS. Partnership for the Homeless, an interfaith agency that coordinates the work of 400 New York churches and synagogues in providing emergency shelter and feeding programs, spon- sored the new program at Blessed SacramenL "Blessed Sacrament Church repre- sents the first congregation-based sup- portive housing program for homeless people with AIDS in the nation," part- nership officials said. Ft. Robert O'Connor, pastor, and Mary Moore, parish councilpresident, said they originally expected the pro- posal to precipitate extensive debate among parishioners, but that the idea was quickly and unanimously supported. Fr. Kevin Sullivan, social development director for the Archdiocese of New York and a partnership board member, called the opening of the transitional residence at Blessed Sacrament a "tre- mendous step forward." However, he declined to endorse the call of other parmership officials for rapid replica- tion of the program in numerous other churches. "This is not a solution," Fr. Sullivan said. "The solution is permanent hous- ing." He said a program to set up transi- tional housing for people with AIDS in large numbers of churches would take energy away from efforts to get the government to fulfill its responsibility for providing permanent housing. Some government officials, Fr. Sulli- van said, tend to view shelters in church basements as a permanent answer to the homeless problem. If that attitude persists, he said, eventually the Church will say continued housing of the homeless in church basements is unac- ceptable, and will refuse to continue it. George Horton, director of the arch- diocesan office of the homeless and hungry, said he thought time should be allowed for observing how the pro- gram worked there before trying to replicate it in other churches. At Blessed Sacrament, the men will receive services from a number of agencies. Multitasking Systems of New York, an agency formed to advance employment of people with AIDS, will offer job training to those able to work. The agency's efforts are limited to men in the early stages of AIDS who do not require intensive medical care. Medi- cal services will be provided by the archdiocese's St. Clare's Hospital, which focuses on AIDS treatment. Fr. Sullivan said working with the hospital would assure archdiocesan principles would govern such matters as counseling on methods of prevent- ing the spread of AIDS. BE STRONG AND OF GOOD 2801 VANAUGH BLVD. LITTLE ROCK 663 - 4131 Free De/ivery .1.m.i,l.l.m,m.i.m Solutions: 1990 Taking # Energy: * Use public transportation; carpool;. bike; walk. * Invest in ample insulation, weath- erstripping and caulking. * Use electricity and hot water effi- ciendy. * In winter, turn down your thermo- stat a few degrees, especially at night and when house is empty; wear warmer clothes. In summer, if air conditioning, turn thermostat up a few degrees. * Close off and do not heat or cool unused rooms; use insulating shades and curtains on cold winter nights and hot summer days. disposal methods for toxic productS;t nonharmful substitutes. * Avoid purchasing clothes that ~[ quire dry cleaning, which uses t0~ i chlorinated solvents; dry clean #Jl! when necessary. * Ask your service station to use recovery equipment when re auto air conditioners. *" Test your home for radon, cially if on the east coast. ;l * Support legislative initiatives #! encourage industry to modifi turing processes to eliminate the duction of hazardous wastes, and,Ci duce, reuse, recycle what is prodUCP1 '!])l Food: Waste Reduction/Recycling : i -I Consider how production of your * Reduce consumption where!~l food affects the environment, possible. Buy products in bulk or ~ I Eat lower on the food chain - vege- the least amount of packaging. : !!~| tables, fruit and grains; decrease con- * Buy products that are recyC!~.~[ sumption of meat and animal products, repairable, refillable, reusable; @~l [ Read the labels on food; buy foods disposables. , '~'.I that have not been heavily processed; * Separate your recyclable gar,,l~..I learn which additives are harmful. (newspapers, glass, paper, Support laws that ban harm- num, and organicwaste ifYe[ ful pesticides and that require have a garden); only ~ '~t[ disclosure of pesticides, the landfill what your;, [ drugs and other chemi .... i., cals used in food pro- duction; support markets that of- fer contaminant- free food. * Avoid food from endangered environ- ments, like rainforests. Water:. * Install sink faucet aerators and water-efficient showerheads; these use two to five times less water with no no- ticeable decrease in performance. * Take showers, not baths, to cut water consumption. * Do not let water run when it's not actively in use while showering, shav- ing, brushing teeth or hand-washing clothes. * Use ultra low-flush or air-assisted toilets, saving 60-90 percent water; composting toilets use no water and recycle organic waste. * Buy phospate-free, biodegradable soaps and detergents; ask your super- market to carry them if it doesn't al- ready. Toxins and Pollutants: * Read labels; buy the least toxic products available; find out the best reuse. "'d" * Use curbside P~ql[ up for recyclab!~! [ "~ - available. : i;'t[ * If you d@ [ / have a recycl''~.',l ter, request yogi council to establish i[ find local groups thatY'[ use your recyclables. ~! | l P . tio. of Life and ment: ~il | * , ~$1J Don t buy endangered mils or products made from re# , ploited species (furs, ivory, reptile ~ 1 or tortoise shell). 0~i[ * AvoiO buying wood from the ~] cal rainforests unless you are su~5I propagated by sustainable tree farr~, "] methods, i#l * Buy products from compani 41 don't pollute or damage the t ment and don't test productS oO )] mals. ' t i Of] * Join, support, volunteer your1 to organizations working on caUSeS 1 are important to you. li#[ * Contact your elected represer#: - lb 0r ;: through letters, telegrams, ca ~dr] its, clearly communicating yotl~ T/ ! ceres. .,,,~)1 (From the Earth Day 1990 comnt~: ]