Help Me Find My Family
Please share. This is Gregory Garland and his birthday is Saturday, October 6. He is nearing 70 years old and his last known address was in the Seattle, Washington area. Those blue eyes radiate his kindness and hope without telling the real story of how he wants to go home and be with his children. His children are located in Washington and Massachusetts and probably think he’s dead. Their names are Cheri Lee Garland, Stephanie Harrera (spelling ?), Gregory J. Garland and Sean I. Garland. If you know them, please contact Tammy Ingram or Blameless and Forever Free Ministries at firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook.
Gregory came to California for a hip replacement surgery. Once he was released, he wanted his alcohol. He is an alcoholic. One thing led to another and he was attacked and beat up with all his possessions taken except for his walker. This is how I met Gregory. He was incoherent on the side of the road and I pulled over. I had to stop traffic and summon paramedics. He went back to the hospital.
Upon release, he had no driver’s license, no wallet, no cell phone, nothing but his walker. I have run back into Gregory after looking for him for months and we need to find his family. He stays to himself, like many homeless, and has exhausted all resources and feels this is just how he will die.
Due to technology, can you remember your kids’ phone numbers? I can’t and have felt hopeless at times and quite ignorant when my cell wasn’t readily available. What most of you don’t know about the homeless is, a lot of resources are not available without a valid I.D. They cannot even receive necessary resources like temporary shelters because they don’t have a valid I.D. We cannot get Gregory a valid I.D. without a birth certificate.
Many homeless individuals suffer from this mandatory item; lack of I.D. It is horrendous and quite a lengthy time-consuming process and expensive to get the necessary items that are needed for emergency support. Plus, you need a valid mailing address to send this pertinent information to. If you’re homeless, you don’t have a valid mailing address.
We will be ordering Gregory’s birth certificate and finish completing the forms on Thursday, but it will take weeks to have it sent to Blameless’ mailing address. Then once we get it, we will have to go down to the DMV and order an I.D. card/driver’s license which will take a couple more weeks. You get the idea here. He is unable to receive his Social Security or any financial help. He is suffering from a significant skin disease/lesions throughout his body now and needs medical help.
Please, this man is near and dear to me. If we can find his family, I will do everything in my power to put him on a bus or an airplane to get him to his daughters in Washington, but I need to first find them and have hopes that they have his birth certificate or other documents to expedite travel.
Yes, this is a battle which keeps many homeless beloveds homeless. I used to sit back and judge and get all pissy because some hotels were allowing the homeless to come into the lobby area and charge their cell phones. I felt so violated and upset with the generous management of some hotels. Woe to me for being Princess Tammy judging and thinking heinously because now here I am running a nonprofit organization that is trying to make a difference in the lives of those who have been rejected and are homeless for a sundry of reasons.
Please help me help Gregory Garland whose birthday is Saturday, October 6, in finding his family so his gentle spirit can live long enough to get home and see his family. I’ve had to hunt him down. He is not asking for anything, but I AM! This will also remove one more homeless person off the streets. One person at a time, one day at a time. With God, all things are possible!
Until next time…