Pope Opens Laundromat for Homeless

In addition to finding food to eat and a place to sleep, the homeless experience great difficulty in washing and drying what they are wearing, often the only clothes they have. Pope Francis has opened a free laundromat for the poor of Rome. It will soon be expanded to include showers and a barbershop. Whirlpool has donated washing machines, dryers, and irons, while Proctor and Gamble is providing detergent. East High School in Utah has installed washing machines and dryers for their homeless students which number 80 out of the student body of 2000. The laundry room is also equipped with donated detergent as well as free clothes for the taking. Having clean, appropriate clothes to wear allows students to focus on their academics and greatly increases the chances they will not drop out before graduation. How about more cities, companies, and schools taking inspiration and instruction from these “blessed” models!

 

Marty

-The Good World News

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Man with Down’s Syndrome becomes weightlifting champion

  • Published in Sports

One Down’s Syndrome man has overcome the odds to become a champion weightlifter. Not just in special Olympics competitions - Jon Stoklosa regularly beats the best of his non-disabled opponents!

When he was 12-years-old Jon started lifting weights in the basement with his brothers. A year later he was benching 185 pounds. By age 16, he had improved to 225 pounds.  He won a gold medal at the Special Olympics World Games in 1999, but now he competes in power lifting competitions going up against athletes who aren’t disabled.  With his sturdy 5-foot-5 frame, he can bench-press more than 400 pounds, and can squat 440 pounds and dead-lift an identical amount.

Not only are his competitors impressed, but he's also a crowd favorite, often inciting wild applause.  He has picked up a “Most Inspirational” award, a unanimous choice by other competitors, many of whom gathered to watch the 31-year-old make his lifts.  He’s been known to sport a colorful mohawk on the day of a competition. He loves to pound his chest after a successful lift.  He yells.  He flexes his muscles.  Except for when he’s lifting – and his face wears a look of concentration – he’s nothing but smiles.

When asked why he continues to push himself in his sport, Jon replied simply: “It’s fun.”  Sitting at the kitchen table in his family’s Newark home, Jon comes across as a laid-back, almost shy guy. He answers questions with a word, preferring instead to look out the backyard window and let his parents, Hank and Liz, do the talking.

When he’s not working out, Jon stays active at his job bagging groceries at the local Acme grocery store.  Friends and family say Jon Stoklosa, who was born with Down syndrome, is an example of what is possible when people aren’t tethered by labels.

 

Marty,

- The Good World News

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World Access for the Blind helps thousands see with sound

Daniel Kish, 47, has been blind since he was 13 months old.  He noticed that when he made clicking noises with his tongue, it actually helped him navigate.  As he got better at it, he learned how to see by clicking and listening for the sound to reflect off nearby objects!

It's called "echolocation". or "bio sonar", and it is exactly what many animals, most notably bats and some dolphins,  use to view the world.  Kish says that with each click, he is able to see a flash three dimensional image of his surroundings.   He sees buildings, cars, plants, and many other objects.  Kish even rides a bike on the street using his echolocation!

He created an organization called "World Access for the Blind" where over 7,000 people in over 30 different countries have been taught how to see with echolocation!  Kish says that the results usually come pretty quickly!  His organization is making an amazing impact on many peoples lives.  The World Access for the Blind  website is filled with wonderful success stories.

Kish says it best, "Vision isn't in the eyes; it's in the mind".

 

 

And that's what's good,
Jon

 

References:

http://www.worldaccessfortheblind.org

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fbSn9LD_bg

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19524962

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