Thursday, October 11, 2012

Energy Audit Details

Together we will do powerful things!

Why is an Assessment Helpful?
An Assessment is a smart approach to improve the comfort of your home.  Home Energy Assessments help you raise your home's performance, lower energy bills, improve in-home air quality and increase your home's value.

What is included?
Energy Advisors will analyze your energy use and recommend low-cost energy-saving measures.  Advisors will assess the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems in your home, as well as check insulation levels, window seals and appliance efficiency.

What you will receive!
A comprehensive report detailing what can be done to start saving energy and make your home more comfortable will be provided immediately.  The following items* will be installed or provided: CFL bulbs, Low-flow faucet aerators, low-flow shower heads and a water heater insulation wrap for electric water heaters.
Weatherization services are also available for income-qualified homeowners.
*some limits apply.

Who may apply?
Individuals who pay utilities to one of the following energy providers (Duke Energy, IMPA, Indiana Michigan Power, IPL, NIPSCO, Vectren) may apply.  It doesn't matter if you are a homeowner or a renter.  If you live in a single-family home, duplex, triplex, quadplex or mobile home you qualify.  You do not have to live in Kokomo to receive an Energy Assessment.

How does this support Kokomo Urban Outreach?
For every home enrolled through KUO that completes the assessment, KUO will received $25.

Signing Up is Easy!
Simply follow this link and complete the online form.  You will then receive a phone call from Energizing Indiana to schedule your appointment.


Monday, September 10, 2012

Adult Bulling

Adult Bulling
  Most of the children we work with are bullied on a regular basis.  We offer them tools to help them to cope. While childhood bullying is very serious, adult bulling is an ongoing issue.   Adult bullying can happen in marriage, at work, in the community and even in church.  I hope this will give you some tools on how to cope  (like a bee the following information has been “picked up” from many sources and placed here).
Adult bullies are usually, narcissistic.  Narcissistic people  are self-centered with  a grandiose sense of self-importance.  They are preoccupied with success, power, brilliance and/or their beauty.  A narcissist  requires excessive admiration, lacks empathy and humility and are rarely gracious.  

The adult bully is invariably narcissistic and  tend to attack when their ego is threatened. Pushing their face into the truth doesn't seem to help, just makes them more aggressive.  As for compassion, there isn't much.  Everyone who does not agree with or is an obstacle to the bully, are exceptionally stupid, socially inept, or completely incompetent.

Leaders  who bully will often display the following characteristics:

·roles of staff are continuously changed to keep everyone guessing
·loyalty is demanded often with the words “do you trust me”
·jealously and envy of the bully is apparent to everyone except the bully
·invites you to informal meetings which turn out to be disciplinary hearings
·encourages you to feel guilty and to believe you are always the one at fault
·blames others for errors
·makes unreasonable demands
·criticizes the work ability of others
·threatens and insults others
·yells and screams
·steals credit for other’s work

Bullies target people:
·         Who are too good at their job (makes bully look bad)
·         Who are popular with people
·         Who are experts to whom people come to for advice, getting more attention than the bully
·         Who have integrity, morals and values

Tips to cope with Bullies:
·         Don’t feed the beast.  Stay calm.
·         Walk away from confrontations
·         If you can’t walk away Look at him/her calmly and squarely in the eye, and don’t interrupt as they vent on you. After they finish, pause and say, “I’m sorry, but my mind wandered (which you both know is clearly untrue) while you were talking. All I heard was that you’re upset about something and would like me to do something about it. Please tell me again exactly what’s troubling you because I don’t want to do the wrong thing, and I need your input on how to do it without it taking away from other things I’m supposed to be doing.”  Most bullies are better at venting than they are at solving and won’t be prepared for a fair and reasonable request. Instead, your bully will get the clear message that they cannot push you into rage or fear and force you to give in. They’ll probably look at you for a moment just to make sure that they can’t find another way to run you over, then will  go bully someone else.
Signs that you are working with a bully
·         They know what is best
·         They think they have nothing to learn
·         They believe they are more important than others
·         Everyone is a pawn in their game
·         Their excuses, excuse
·         Their rules, rule
·         They contradict themselves, change stories and then deny it.

·         They will keep asking you over and over “Do you trust me”  they want your full allegiance. A person who is genuine in what they say and do very rarely needs to ask you to trust them. find that the people I trust never have to ask it of me, and that I never have to ask it of them. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

*Who Needs the Charmin?

The children rushed up the stairs, as they were so excited to come to their first session of sidewalk Sunday school of the new year. The children all sit down on the floor, the rules of sidewalk Sunday school are reviewed. Rule number one: boys on one side and girls on the other. Rule number two: sit on your pockets. Rule number three: when an adult, counts to three everyone’s quiet. That night, about 30 kids came into the room. We sang some songs, told stories about Jesus, had a prayer time and played a game. A 10-year-old boy won the game. We went to the prize bucket that was at the front of the room to select a prize. When he got there, there were no prizes in the bucket. The bucket was empty. I had forgotten to put the prizes there. I told him that when everybody was gone we would go downstairs to the janitor’s closet where he could pick a prize. When we got down to the janitor’s closet, the boy looked up and saw toilet tissue all across the top shelf. He asked if he could have some toilet tissue instead, so I put tissue in a bag and gave it to him and then invited him to go ahead and pick out a prize. He said, “No, this is my prize. This is all my family needs.”

During the next week I went to visit this young man’s mother and asked what the deal was with the toilet tissue. I really didn’t know. She told me that she was on food stamps. With food stamps you can buy only food. You can’t buy soap, toilet tissue, shampoo, toothpaste, or anything else--- only food. I asked her what she did for toilet tissue. She explained when she gets to the end of the month it is difficult because she’s out of money. “What I do“ she said, “ is I send my son to school. I tell him never to steal, but when he goes to lunch, he should take two napkins. I tell him that every child deserves two napkins one to clean his face and his hands and the other goes into his pocket. When he comes home from school, I take the napkin out of his pocket and I rip it in thirds. I give a third to his brother, I give him a third and I keep a third. That’s how we get through.”

 When I left the house, I learned something about myself and about the way I grew up. We always had toilet tissue in our home; we never worried about that. I learned that day that too many people have to worry about little things in life. I’m so blessed! 

*Excerpted from, Life on the Porch,  all rights reserved  Jeff Newton, copy write, 2012  pages 38-39.