A thread for those who have no support system or a place to go due to shunning.

by ohiocowboy 35 Replies latest jw friends

  • ohiocowboy

    Reading the recent thread about the young lady who just ended her life got me thinking that maybe there could be a thread that is easily accessible to anyone who may need help due to homelessness from losing their families and friends to shunning. Too often I hear stories about people who have lost everything, and have no where to go, and at the same time having no type of support system. Unfortunately there are some who are so lost that they feel that there are no options besides taking their own life.

    I think that a website that matches people in need to others who can help in some way would be a great idea. Kind of like a placement service, whether it be a place to temporarily stay, donations for food, help finding mental health specialists, etc.

    I think I will try to start a facebook page to see if anyone is interested and will post the link when I have it up. Any suggestions on how to do this would be appreciated as I am not an expert when it comes to the computer.

    If anyone is reading this thread, and you have no where to go, or no one to turn to, let me know so that my Partner and I or others on the board can try to help you in any way we can. We would not be judgemental. We are not rich by any means, but we have a private extra furnished bedroom for an adult with an attached den that we never use, so you would have a free place to stay until you get on your feet. The only thing we would ask for is help with the occasional housecleaning if you are so motivated-lol. We are in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. If for some reason we can't accomodate your exact needs or if you are a minor, we will try to help direct you to governmental services who can.

    Please do not feel hopeless. Try to reach out to others before you decide to do something as drastic and permanent as ending your life. Even if we personally may not know you here, there are a lot of people who really do care and want to try to help you, people who have been through some of the same bad things that the Watchtower has wrought upon us.

    My thoughts go out to all of those who are in emotional pain from losing their families and support systems. Do not give up. Things can and WILL get better, even though it may not seem so at the time.

    Any others who would be open to being PM'd by someone in dire straights, please feel free to post here, so that the person(s) who may need help know that they can turn to you too, even if it is to just to listen.

    Peace to you all!!!

  • troubled mind
    troubled mind

    You have a good heart Ohiocowboy .

  • jay88

    There is nothing quite like real help.

  • Fernando

    How practical, kind and considerate of you and your partner ohiocowboy!

    I do hope and pray you are able to save a life, and are hugely blessed for this generous and selfless spirit.

    I do also pray that others may be inspired to do the same or collaborate/support.

    Our family's resources are limited at this time. However we are able to offer significant emotional and spiritual support face-to-face on the Gold Coast of Australia (Queensland). Alternatively via Skype.

    No judgement here either - just encouragement and hope for a better future.

    Greetings and blessings


  • binadub

    What a great and compassionate concept, ohiocowboy.

    There is a Website dedicated to the blood issue (AJWRB), and one dedicated to child molestation/abuse (Silent Lambs).

    I would like to see a site dedicated to the shunning issue; long overdue. It is wholly unscriptural and has been my dominent issue against the Watchtower religion.


  • ohiocowboy

    Thanks for the positive input! I'm just trying to do what everyone else here has in their heart to do and has done!

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  • Fernando

    Makes me think of an ex JW website I once came across that said something like: "get re-fellowshipped immediately".

    As binadub says maybe we could have a site titled "Shunned Lambs" or similar.

  • Broken Promises
    Broken Promises


    You and your partner are wonderful people for offering assistance. I hope that if there's someone who genuinely needs help in the Texas area, they will contact you.

    I live in Australia, so if there's any Aussies reading this who'd like someone to chat to/be friends with, PM me.

    Love you CJ

  • clarity

    Ohiocowboy ... have I told you that I love you!


    Seriously ... as long as I have known read you ... your caring personality

    comes through every time!

    As jay88 said ... there is nothing quite like REAL help!

    Using the pm system, sounds like a great idea.


    My efforts in this regard are done quietly for now ...

    There must be so much experience and expertise among our members here, regarding

    this kind of organizing .... for instance the old ROOMING protocol.

    Rooms are volunteered. Address of Rooms get put on a list??

    List gets put on a .... main website? People know about this website because ...... we advertise it.



    What I am suggesting is that we may not have to entirely reinvent the wheel!


    Thank you Ohio & partner for your encouraging message and genuine offer

    of help........ that alone will work wonders


    What a terrible thing that a "religion" will psychologically & spiritually beat it's members

    to death!!!!!


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