Utopia

Utopia

Individuals who know me know I have always been a big Sci-fi geek, and enjoy most anything in the genre. Friends have often told me they wish we lived in the Star Trek universe. In that universe, everyone has a job, there is no homelessness, and everyone is provided for. They look forward to a future day when we gain the means to do that, and it is a valid desire.

I personally disagree. I am not waiting for the day we attain that goal, because in my opinion we can already reach it. America currently has the means–with education, science, and provisions–to get the homeless off the street. We make key decisions every day that keep us from realizing this world. Ask yourself, why do sports stars get paid obscenely high salaries, and where does the majority of that money go? The same goes for music, movies and other “entertainment” industries. How much funding and research goes into luxury drugs for erectile dysfunction, Botox, and other science that has no real positive effect on the community, but only provide a questionable enhancement to our own lives? This is a great deal of energy put into vanity venues, when it could do so much for education, jobs, and infrastructure, which has a direct, positive affect on the homeless.

Think about what you really need to make a change, what you can honestly afford, and make a donation to Macpack to help build this movement. We strive to live our lives in a sustainable way that works for us. Each individual has to find his or her own balance. No one is the same, but one thing we all have in common is that we live in a country where there is an excess being completely wasted. I don’t want to be a part of that problem, and I hope you don’t either.

Ryan L. Reddick
Technical Director
Macpack

Macpack Status Update

Hello community,

Macpack is still alive and strong. It is important to us that we keep you updated on what we are doing—we’re definitely not sitting idle. We are in the midst of filing our 501(c)(3) request. There was a small issue with keeping the name Macpack. but that seems to be settled. During this time we are staying quite busy and want to keep you abreast of our mission and your part in it.

First, you may have seen our new relationship with Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO). ECHO is responsible for providing the government with a count of the homeless in Austin. We have a unique opportunity to gather data on the homeless not only in Central Austin, but the outskirts as well. We will provide postage-paid post cards along with Macpacks that the homeless can fill in with their info and mail back to ECHO. This allows ECHO to obtain much more accurate data to determine where Austin needs to have facilities that assist the homeless community, and provide better access to their needs. This is a huge boon to the community and we are very proud to be a part of it.

Second, I want to touch on “Who is Macpack” once again. While Eryn and I started this, we are not the end, and not the body of the organization. You are the soul of this mission. Much like a company in which all of the employees hold stock, the success of Macpack is very much in your hands. Not just in your ability to give donations–when we build the funds to assemble a surplus of packs, we will be giving them out to as many people we can. If you see homeless on the street anywhere, this is your chance to ask them, “Do you need any essentials, and info on how to get assistance?” YOU will provide them with the packs we supply.

We will personally distribute Macpacks on an ongoing basis, but the more people involved, the greater the support we will be able to give, and in addition, gather more helpful statistics for ECHO. We definitely want to stay in touch with you. If you feel comfortable doing so, please provide us with the name of the individual you give the pack to, through a contact we will provide. This will help us in tracking the homeless in Austin, where they reside, and follow up to determine whether they were able to get the assistance they need, or what roadblocks they may have encountered.

Please remember that the main goal of Macpack is not to simply give handouts, but to provide education and information to help the homeless get off the street for good. I have done a great deal of travel all over the U.S. and Europe. I can confidently say that Austin is a unique city that has an existing grass roots community with a sense of pride, and is progressive enough to want to make things better, rather than just sticking with cultural norms. You are an integral part of this movement, and Macpacks most powerful asset.

Regards,

Ryan L. Reddick

Technical Director

Macpack