Asheville Panel Discussion Child and Family Homelessness 6/30/2014

Shane Hopkins

Shane Hopkins

Last night I participated as a panel member for the Council for Child and Family Homelessness.

There was a great turnout by the community and there was barely a seat in the house.

The discussion was enlightening and productive. Community Members asked specifically what it was they could do to help the increasing number of “Doubled Up” Families in the Asheville Area. Top suggestions to the community from Panel Members were:

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Moneymakerspy Author’s Story Revealed in Asheville Citizen Times Series

No Place to Call Home

I want to thank Erin, Casey, and the entire team at the Asheville Citizen Times for doing such an amazing job at telling my Family’s story. They showed respect, grace, and the highest level of professionalism in every aspect of dealing with this ever-so delicate subject matter.

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“Those Who Reside With Others” – It’s The New Homeless, and It’s Apparently An Epidemic.



For the hundreds of readers that have written to me with doubts concerning my truthfulness in some of the articles written here on, you will now have third party confirmation that everything I have written here on this website is absolutely true.

On Sunday June 22nd 2014 The Asheville Citizen Times will begin to run a series of articles in the print edition of the Citizen Times Newspaper, as well as a video series on the CT website regarding: me and my Family, homelessness, and it’s effect on families and children.

The series will also touch on issues with the “system” and how families face incomprehensible adversity when dislodged from their primary residence for any number of reasons.

Two reporters from the CT have followed me and my family around for the better part of 7 months, cameras rolling, 24/7, 4-5 days a week, just like a reality TV show but without the TV part and without the politics that are probably associated with “scripted” reality TV.

The goal was to document a family that was in the Grey Area of Homelessness, or “those who reside with others” which is what we have coined as the term to identify homeless families that live with other families or friends. These are the uncounted majority of the homeless population.

We may never have had the opportunity to address this enourmous issue had it not been for a very small change in the elementary school enrollment form that I filled out when we arrived in Buncombe County North Carolina last August. The “Form” I filled out asked a question I had never come across before regarding residency.

It asked specifically “Do you reside in a dwelling with others? i.e.; another family, friends etc. I checked the “Yes” box due to us staying with a friend until we were able to get on our feet.

We had been evicted from our home in St. Louis MO shortly after my wife passed away unexpectedly and I lost my Job as Technology Leader for one of the Worlds Largest Orthodontic Associations.

By the time we reached North Carolina, I was over any pride issues when it came to finding help and support through any means necessary and checked off that “box” on the Elementary School Enrollment Form which asked me if we as a family resided with others with others – because we did.

Little did I know that checking that box would trigger a chain of events that would change our lives forever. See, there used to be another box on the Elementary School Enrollment Form, with a different question which simply asked: “Are you homeless?”. In fact, changing that question on that form has not only changed the way we look at homelessness, but has shed light on 579 families who are homeless here in Buncombe County North Carolina.

That number is up from the previous number of 0 or ZERO documented homeless families when the question on the Form asked the question in the original format. Amazing what a wordsmith can do with a simple change to some seemingly irrelevant context.

Unfortunately, as you will learn from the upcoming stories in the Asheville Citizen Times, this is about the only good thing we can say about the entire “System” and ability to provide tools and resources to Families in need and in a time of crisis. This is with exception of course and does not include the incredible people who helped me and my family when the rest of the system failed.

Without writing a spoiler here, let’s just say that it was the community itself and those within it, that fixed “the problem” or what they saw as “something wrong that needed fixing”.

Without these extraordinary individuals who take responsibility for what is around them regardless if it is their mess, we would have no progress with deepening social issues that come with a bad economy and unforeseen tragedy.

So, thank you to Luke Heller, Stacey the Pastor at Trinity of Fairview Church, Erin and Casey from the paper, Nichole and her Dad Neil, all of these people went over and above to help me and my family, we would not be where we are today without any of them.

None of these people had to do anything to help anyone but saw it as there responsibility to do what they would want others to do should they find themselves in a similar situation. For this we are extremely grateful and again thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts.

Penny Stock Egghead – Super-sized Profits from Small-fry Stocks


Nathan Gold's Penny Stock Egghead

Nathan Gold’s Penny Stock Egghead

Many of you, like myself have been getting into Day Trading of OTC, Penny, or Micro-cap Stocks. In fact, you have reported in to us with earnings or profits in excess of $55,000 and that’s just from those of you who shared their success.

Today I want to speak to those who have not yet made the leap into purchasing a coaching program. You all know I am a big fan of coaching programs, and that being a part of one is the best way to make your first trade with confidence.

I have been working with my good friend Nathan Gold, a teen-aged math wizard turned self-made penny-stock-trading millionaire, to create a special program offer specifically for you and the rest of my readers here at

This is an 8 week, Risk Free Program, includes lifetime access, and focuses on making one smart trade per week, instead of being glued to your computer screen all week long.

If you have yet to make a trade, or have not yet grown your account to match your expectations, this program is for you. Instead of me telling you why you should consider Nathan’s Penny Stock Program just check it out for yourself. You at least owe it to yourself to see what others just like you and me are saying about Nathan’s program.

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11 Ultimate Tricks for 95% Chance at Online Success

9 Tricks Rich Entrepreneur

9 Tricks Rich Entrepreneur

One Incredible
Blog Post and…
11 Secret Tricks…

from a Rich Online Entrepreneur…
give you a 95% chance…
of Getting Rich Online

It’s True, YOU have a 95% chance
of striking it rich online…

and I will prove it to you here and now.

Making the first dollar online from your blog, Website, or offline business is the hardest bridge to cross in Internet Marketing, but once you break that barrier, it lifts a psychological “curse” so-to-speak and everything seems to make much more sense.

You get a great sense of justification and relief when you make that first sale and it is truly inspiring. You will feel so relieved to know that all of the doubts you had were unfounded, and others who doubted what you were doing and how you were spending your time, no longer have a leg to stand on.

Your belief in yourself, and all of your online efforts will finally be proven to the world the very moment that your gross sales meter clicks-over from zero to even just $1.

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Bold and Determined – Victor Pride Offers Modern-Day Men Injections of Man-acillin

Victor Pride's Bold & Determined

Victor Pride’s Bold & Determined

Maybe once a year I find an Entrepreneur who is exceptional.

Victor Pride, and his Quick-start Guide to Being a Man: Bold and Determined, lies within a saturated cross-niche industry of Men’s Lifestyle – Self Improvement – Health & Fitness.

This is a group of niche (niches?) that I was personally “wore-out” on, and frankly have been avoiding reading anything within it for some time: Pride overlaps appropriately so from self-improvement and fitness, into entrepreneurship and online business models.

Pride is a genuine body-builder, a writer, and the author of Body of a Spartan as well as a hand-full of other books. He is by my definition, exceptional, and his content will absolutely grab your attention, I guarantee it.

How Pride kept my attention was through fearless, bloody-raw, unique, valuable, and inspiring content. Did I mention it is sometimes scary too?

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