What now? The Failure of this type of “independent living.”

May 23, 2014 Friday before Memorial Day Weekend
Revised 5-30-14 Traditional Memorial Day

To Whom It May Concern
Halley Irene Crumb, CEO
Retraining The Village Independent Living
c/o 2399 Menalto Boulevard
East Palo Alto, California 94303

Dear Souls:

In reality, I believe it would be best for me to find another alternative living arrangement. The RTV house on Menalto will serve the interests and needs of many other homeless-based adults better than myself.

The thought of missing out by participating in the Memorial Day backyard BBQ is too good to refuse. I ask that I be gracious in vacating the RTV Menalto home on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. My belongings can go into my Safe Keep Storage locker located on Middlefield Road near Costco on Friday.

I would like to consult my County Case Manager, Gina Mazzera, MSW, before deciding where to temporarily live. Gina has not been informed either from Project We Hope, nor Retraining The Village, about my move into the Village’s Menalto house; and I believe Gina should have been contacted or met with days ago. Gina’s office is on the 3rd floor of the City of East Palo Alto and County of San Mateo building at 2315 University Avenue; Gina’s office phone number is (650) 363-4030.

In my opinion, the following are the “Deal Breakers”:

1. Dailey (daily) living situation in EPA
2. Unable to adjust sleeping cycle (sleeping hours shorter and shorter)
3. Unable to have any pet, nor a service-assistance dog
4. Unable to eat 4-6 times a day; as needed following gastric bypass surgery.
5. No, no, no, morning hot showers; NO more than one shower per day.
6. Not permitted in kitchen/ no cooking privileges
7. Too much snoring from the TV room.
8. Not compensated for living in Room 2 with allergens and other hazards and asked/demanded to take responsibility and “set THE tone”
9. No laundry or means to wear clean clothing

Lesser Causes for seeking another living arrangement:

1. Location, location, location…

2. No parking for the “Santa Maria”

3. Strange concept not working for self and some other of the five residents.

4. Too much Transactional Analysis as a child; Staff not acting adult; Parental Style does not explain reasons or rationale.
5. No transportation offered and complaining when given ride from surgery as required by hospital and requested in-writing a week in-advance.
6. Alleged fire safety violations blamed on particular resident.
7. Noisy neighbors and dangerous dogs
8. Management is in-flexible with their “rules”

9. No storage available

10. Added costs for clubs, incidentals, lunches, sunshine, utilities, etc.

11. No laundry facilities (as of day 6 of occupancy)

12. Poorly-trained staff

13. No emergency-contingency plan written or posted; silly exit signs up. No tags on fire extinguishers.

14. No means of transportation

15. CEO’s interpretation of “independent living” significantly different than mine.

Once I recover from my newly acquired illnesses and travels, I would like to do what I can to facilitate your RTV associates’ success.

Thank you so much for your understanding and assistance, particularly during the past week. May God bless all three enterprises (Retraining The Village, County of San Mateo Behavioral Health, and Project We Hope).

Yours sincerely,
David

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“Deal Breakers”

‘Building a Village’ in Northern California

 

  1. Dailey Living Situation in EPA

 

  1. Unable to adjust sleeping cycle (sleeping hours shorter and shorter)

 

  1. Unable to have a service-assistant dog

 

  1. Unable to eat 4-6 times a day

 

  1. No, no, no, morning hot showers

 

  1. Not permitted kitchen/cooking privileges

 

  1. Too much snoring

 

  1. Too much Transactional Analysis as a child; Staff not acting adult; Parental Style does not explain reasons or rationale.

 

  1. No transportation offered and complaining when given ride from surgery as required by hospital and requested in-writing a week in-advance.

 

  1. Alleged fire safety violations blamed on particular resident.

 

  1. Not compensated for living in Room 2 with allergens and other hazards and asked/demanded to take responsibility and “set THE tone”

 

  1. No laundry or means to wear clean clothing

 

  1. Noisy neighbors and dangerous dogs

 

Lesser Causes for seeking another living arrangement:

Location, location, location…

No parking for the :Santa Maria”

Strange concept not working for self and others

Management is in-flexible with “rules”

No storage available

Added costs for clubs, incidentals, lunches. Sunshine, utilities, etc.

No laundry facilities

Poorly-trained staff

No emergency-contingency plan

No means of transportation

Her interpretation of “independent living” significantly different than mine!

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copyright MMXIV

– Max’s Scout Services & Communications of 
The Americas, LLC –

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