General Bebo T. Hope

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     AS GENERAL OF GOD’S ARMY, (SELF-APPOINTED, WITH SEVEN STARS MIND YOU) FOR THE PAST 2 1/2 YEARS IT IS A BIG RESPONSIBILITY. IN 2009 OCTOBER HELPED START THE ‘HOBO UNIVERCITY’ A HOMELESS SHELTER UNDER THE STARS. A TENT CITY, IN DOWNTOWN ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI. I , ALONG WITH SEVERAL OTHER INDIVIDUALS SET THE FLAGSHIP ON THE SHORES OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT THE HEAD OF THE KATY TRAIL ON RAILROAD PROPERTY, AFTER ASKING FOR PERMISSION TO DO SUCH A THANG.

     WHEW, TALK ABOUT OPENING A CAN OF HOO HA. THE FIRST MONTH I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO USE MY SKILLS AS A CHEF N COOK, AND ONE SUNDAY AFTER PROCURING THE NECESSARY INGREDIENTS, COMMENCED TO HAVING A FISH FRY. OVER FIFTY HOMELESS MEN AND A FEW LADIES CAME TO THE ALL YOU CAN EAT ‘GENERAL BEBO T HOPE’S FISH FRY ‘  ON THE BANKS OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. AFTER CHURCH (WHICH WAS HELD EVERY SUNDAY MORNING IN THE UPSTAIRS MEETING ROOM OF THE NEARBY BIKER BAR) I BEGAN THE  PREPARATION AND COOKING OF THE FISH FRY. EARLIER IN THE WEEK A GENTLEMAN NICKNAMED ‘THE CRAZY PREACHER’ DONATED THE USE OF HIS PROPANE COOKER AND LARGE COOKING POT FOR THE EVENT.

        NOW, IN THE FINE CITY OF ST. LOUIS YOU CAN FIND PLENTY OF HOMELESS SHELTERS, BUT THE PROBLEM IS GETTING INTO THEM. AND ALL THE RED TAPE AND TROUBLES ONCE YOU ARE THERE. SEVERAL OF THEM HAVE A WAITING LIST, AND SOME HAVE A LIMIT LIKE TWO WEEKS IN THE SHELTER AND THIRTY DAYS AWAY… IMAGINE, JUST GETTING A JOB, NO PAYCHECK, YET BUT NO WHERE TO SLEEP AND CLEAN UP FOR THE NEXT DAYS WORK?/??? AS YOUR TIME IN THE SHELTER IS UP AND NO REST FOR THE WEARY… YOU CAN NOT IMAGINE BECOMING HOMELESS AND THEN COMING TO ST LOUIS FOR HELP. GOD REST YOUR SOUL. DON’T COME HERE. THEY DON’T WANT YOU, UNLESS YOU MIGHT QUALIFY FOR DISABILITY(WHICH I DID) STAY PLUMB AWAY.

     SO, THE OPENING OF THE TENT CITY WAS, AND I SAY WAS, AS IT NO LONGER EXISTS YET THE PROBLEMS OF THE HOMELESS DO!!! WAS NEEDED AND SURVIVED FOR OVER TWO YEARS. SEVERAL THOUSAND FOLKS CAME THRU THE ‘SHELTER WITHOUT WALLS’ AND I AND A FEW GOOD PEOPLE AND CHURCHES MADE IT ALL COME TO LIFE. A TENT CITY HAVING MORE HOSPITALITY THAN A SHELTER IN THE CITY OF ST LOUIS! SHAME ON THE CITY’S ELDERS AND ITS LEADERS. THRU WHAT EVER CAUSED IT TO CLOSE THE MAYOR HAD IT GRAISED n PLOWED INTO THE RIVER. THE MEMORIES OF WHAT REALLY HAPPENED WILL LIVE ON IN THE LIVES THAT WERE CHANGED. I KNOW MY LIFE HAS, AS I HAVE STARTED A WEBSITE AND A DRIVE TO CHANGE THE WAY WE LOOK AT THE HOMELESS. IMAGINE ONE OF YOUR FAMILY, OR FRIENDS BEING HOMELESS. WOULD YOU WANT TO HELP THEM. IF YOUR WILLINGTO SAY YES TO THAT QUESTION PLEASE COME TO MY WEBSITE AND HELP US ERADICATE HOMELESSNESS IN AMERICA SOON. GOD BLESS YOU ALL THAT HAVE READ THIS TODAY.

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SINCERELY YOURS IN HIS SERVICE,

GENERAL BEBO T. HOPE

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