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Building Communities Service

Rewriting Destiny's wants to spread our message of hope and compassion. We believe that a single action can make a difference in the community, and that collective action can greatly impact the world. Through advocacy and outreach activities, our team works tirelessly each day to contribute their part to the greater good.

Program Mission
The Community Building Program mission is to help provide & bring essential needs to the Southeastern Louisiana Communities. These services are available for marginalized groups, minority groups, disaster, poverty stricken youth, adults, and the homeless where we are bridging all gaps in the community.  

Service Mission
The Building Communities Service mission is to help bridge all gaps to end poverty by building affordable housing communities for all members in the community, especially the most alienated people. These services are available for marginalized groups, minority groups, disaster poverty stricken youth, adults, and the homeless.

Service Statement of Need
The need to protect humanity is crucial on every level but especially humanity for the human race is imperative. Ending poverty. The 1st step is eradicate poverty is within our grasp, the 4th leading death in the United States.  As stated by Reverend William Barber and Gregg Gonsalves below, we can rise to lead and “we the people” of the US can stand up to form a more perfect union, lifting this generation and the generations after it out of poverty, wiping away the deaths being poor causes in this nation. The extreme epidemic of created poverty that lends itself to the complex and multifactorial origins of homelessness is getting increasing worst.

HUD found more than 650,000 people live in shelters, tents or cars. Conservative Washington Times posted a story the housing market were 44% of flipped home purchases were purchased by private investors and corporations in 2023. Increase in population along with more demand, studies show if we continue at this rate of not building enough homes per century, the next generations will not have least than few homes and the homeless critics will become a true epidemic.

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The rationale behind Rewriting Destiny’s and our programs and services focus efforts on multifaceted programs that are as complex to resolve the root issue instead of band-aiding the issues . Our Building Communities Services from Rewriting Destiny’s Community Building Program addresses creating and making affordable housing and breaking the cycle of homelessness and ending poverty.

Poverty and homelessness is a social problem with complex and multi-factorial origins. Rewriting Destiny’s has created access to adequate resources, especially many components involved in the healthy exit of homelessness and long-term affordable housing placements as the social problem itself. We understand that fixing life issues is multi-dimensional and the reason we created the following other programs

Building Communities Services (Affordable Housing)

Intellectual Studies Program (Educational and Training Programs)

Network Services Program (Networking with other organizations & corporations to help find sustain and maintain employment placement and job training prep courses)

Self – Rebuilding Program

Building Communities Service amongst participates with social support, emotional support, financial support, instrumental support and life skills that also address how to navigate through social networking and how to maintain healthy social relations.

Documentary Program (Recording participant’s full process to show individual growth and life stories and success stories)

I thought it would be best to include 2 articles from individuals that explain with details and facts to support to origins of why this program is important and will be successful and stay true to the mission and protecting humanity.

Reverend William Barber and Gregg Gonsalves The fourth leading cause of death in the US? Cumulative poverty

A recent study shows that cumulative poverty over many years is the fourth leading cause of death in this country. Current poverty – just being poor right now – is seventh on that list, and it alone causes 10 times as many deaths as homicide, close to five times as many deaths as gun violence, and 2.5 times as many deaths as drug overdoses. Cumulative poverty that lingers year after year is associated with approximately 60% more deaths than current poverty, putting only heart disease, cancer and smoking-related deaths ahead in the number of Americans it kills

The relationship of poverty to disease and death is a well-established fact detailed in reports by the World Health Organization, the World Bank and our own government. But we as a people have become numb to the unnecessary deaths that are normalized by the ways we often think and talk about the economy in public life.

Sadly, the United States is the leader in poverty among the rich countries of the world. As of 2019, the US had the worst poverty rate overall (17.8%) and in children specifically (20.9%) among the other 25 wealthy countries that are part of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).


In addition, poverty affects us all. Seventy-five per cent of all Americans between 20 and 75 years of age will be among the “current” poor or near poverty for at least one year of their lives. Contrary to popular belief, rates of poverty are highest among communities of color, by sheer volume most people living in poverty are white.


Finally, poverty is a drag on our economy. Child poverty alone in the US presents an $800bn to $1.1tn price tag, based on reductions in adult productivity, criminal justice costs and the costs of healthcare for children from poor families.


But what if we could end poverty in America, the misery and suffering it generates – the 500 deaths a day it causes in this country? Matthew Desmond, a sociologist at Princeton University, estimates that we could lift everyone within our borders above the poverty line for less than 1% of our national GDP – $177bn. Ending poverty is within our grasp. It is something we can accomplish together. So what’s stopping us?


As the economists Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson said in their 2012 book Why Nations Fail, “those who have power make choices that create poverty. They get it wrong not by mistake or ignorance but on purpose.” The incentives for maintaining the status quo, for keeping many Americans poor, rest on the fact that some people find considerable financial benefit from presiding over the misery of others called social murder.

But this is not our destiny. We can be the generation that abolishes poverty, the country that goes from the bottom of the heap among its peers – whether it’s about poverty, or life expectancy – to the top of it. We can rise to lead and “we the people” of the US can stand up to form a more perfect union, lifting this generation and the generations after it out of poverty, wiping away the deaths being poor causes in this nation.


But this means holding up a mirror to who we are as a country. Those who gain from keeping people in the chains of poverty, condemning them to early death, must be confronted with a movement that names poverty in the richest nation on Earth as a public health crisis, an economic dead weight, a moral abomination and a stain on the republic. When the poor and low-wealth people of this nation link arms to make the moral case for an economy that works for everyone, we have the power to change the conversation about what is possible in Washington and in our statehouses. The US claims to be a beacon of democracy abroad and a nation committed to justice and general welfare at home.


About the Authors

The Rev Dr. William J Barber II is founding director of the Yale Center for Public Theology and Public Policy and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

Gregg Gonsalves is an associate professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health


Lenni Marcus, Cameron Johnson, and Danna Ramirez, “The Complex Link Between Homelessness and Mental Health”

For many Americans, the prospect of losing their homes and falling into uncertain housing situations became excruciatingly prescient during the economic downturn caused by the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. A 2019 study suggested that even at that time, 40 percent of Americans were already one missed paycheck away from poverty.

Many homeless people share similar experiences, but a substantial subgroup of the homeless population struggle with severe mental illness as well. Yet the resilience of this group is often understated. Some just need help accessing resources, including mental health services, to reach a stable housing and financial situation. To understand how to better provide resources to break the cycle of homelessness, it is important to understand the many factors that may contribute to their impoverished state.

Homelessness and Mental Health
The idea that mental illness alone causes homelessness is naive and inaccurate, for two major reasons. First, the overwhelming majority of those living with mental illness are not homeless (and studies have failed to demonstrate a causal relationship between the two).

These types of distortions can have dangerous implications, wrongly focusing the attention on the individual rather than on the institutions that perpetuate housing insecurity. As a result, the illusory division between the “mentally ill homeless” and the “non-mentally ill homeless” casts the former as more deserving of intervention and services and the latter as seemingly “unworthy” or “undeserving” of support.

Though there is no causal relationship between mental illness and homelessness, those who suffer from housing insecurity are struggling significantly, both psychologically and emotionally. The constellation of economics, subsistence living, family breakdown, psychological deprivation, and impoverished self-esteem all contribute to the downward cycle of poverty.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in 2010, 26.2 percent of all sheltered persons who were homeless had a severe mental illness, and 34.7 percent of all sheltered adults who were homeless had chronic substance use issues. Of those who experience chronic/long-term homelessness, approximately 30 percent have mental health conditions and 50 percent have co-occurring substance use problems. Also, they typically endure traumatic experiences that could potentially lead to mental health struggles, and certain environmental factors may increase the likelihood that they encounter future traumas.

Over 92 percent of mothers who are homeless have experienced severe physical and/or sexual abuse during their lifetime, and about two-thirds of homeless mothers have histories of domestic violence. Mothers who are homeless have three times the rate of PTSD and twice the rate of drug and alcohol dependence of their low-income housed counterparts. Left untreated, these stressors can further damage their mental health, potentially triggering maladaptive coping and putting them at risk for future traumatic events.

Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness    
Homelessness is a social problem with complex and multifactorial origins. It underlies economic, social, and biographical risk factors such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, community and family breakdown, childhood adversity, neglect, and lack of social support, to name a few. These factors contribute to the onset, duration, frequency, and type of homelessness amongst individuals of all ages.

Access to adequate resources, are many components involved in the healthy exit of homelessness, with two of the most important being housing and social support. Meaningful and sustainable employment is fundamental to creating and maintaining housing stability. At the same time, individuals experiencing homelessness face many barriers to finding and maintaining employment. Most organizations that provide brief employment interventions assist individuals with only their most immediate employment needs (e.g., resume preparing); frequently these have little or no beneficial effects.

More intensive interventions that include an educational and/or training component are effective for those who participate regularly. Connecting people experiencing homelessness with job training and placement programs provides them with the necessary tools for long-term stability and success.

Access to housing and effective employment programs alone do not address other issues, such as loneliness, social exclusion, or any psychological problems that might have emerged. Promoting social connections as part of the transition out of homelessness plays a major role in improving outcomes.

Social support is a multidimensional concept that is measured by the size of a social network, received social support, and perceived social support. Received and perceived social support can each consist of different components: emotional support (the expression of positive affect and empathetic understanding), financial support (the provision of financial advice or aid), and instrumental support (tangible, material, or behavioral assistance). Therefore, programs providing training in job and life skills should also address how to navigate through social networking and how to maintain healthy social relations. Breaking the cycle of homelessness requires institutions and policymakers to focus their efforts on multifaceted programs that are as complex as the social problem itself.

About the Authors
Lenni Marcus is a former social worker at the Compass program for young adults at The Menninger Clinic.
Cameron Johnson is a research assistant at The Menninger Clinic. Cameron collects and manages treatment outcomes survey data, which Menninger uses to help track the symptoms of patients.
Danna Ramirez is the Clinical Research Informatics Engineer at The Menninger Clinic. Her research interests include the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders, especially personality disorders and mood disorders


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