The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia on December 14, 1975 · 6
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The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia · 6

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Sunday, December 14, 1975
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6-A Ch Cfr Atlanta gournal and CONSTlTtTION SUNDAY, DEC. 1 4, 1 975 risimas Brings Blues to Poor By RON TAYLOR "We've got one woman that's been on the street since last Wednesday," says social worker Mary Sanford, as she tries to weed through the desperate cases fresh in her memory, recalling a recent eviction situation. Where does the woman sleep? "She's been living under plastic, under the plastic draped over her furniture, on the street," Mrs. Sanford says. "She's got a bucket, like a cleaning can, and she has charcoal in it and some wood. That's how she keeps warm." Mrs. Sanford, a social services counselor with the Northwest-Perry Homes Neighborhood Center of Economic Opportunity Atlanta , Inc. (EOA), has been with EOA for 10 years. "It appears things are getting worse," she says. "And we really and truly are going to be able to do very little." While merchants predict record Christmas sales and politicians talk of an economic turnaround, those who work with metro Atlanta's poor people tend to agree Christmas 1975 may be worse for the disadvantaged than the early recession period of Christmas 1974. They continue to encounter families without jobs, without sufficient clothing, without money, without food, even without places to sleep. Meanwhile, those connected with charitable organizations say those who have something to give seem no more willing to part with it than they did last year, when recession dampened the gift-giving spirit. Gilbert Dulaney, administrator for Fulton County Family and Children Services, says private contributions to volunteer programs are off 75 per cent from prior years. Maj. Ernest W. Carey of the Salvation Army here says contributions have been off about 9 per cent compared to last year, al-. though donations tend to pick up during the two weeks immediately before Christmas, he adds. Numbers don't seem to tell the full story. Of 12 EOA centers in metro Atlanta, 10 actually showed decreases in intakes for November as compared to November 1974. Ocie Pouncie, director of EOA's East Central Neighborhood Center, one place ; where intakes have declined, attributes this to several factors, including the fact that people have resigned themselves to unemployment and that there is an absence of the "alarmist syndrome" of a year ago. But Pouncie, himself, is alarmed. "I think the problems are just as pronounced, maybe more so," he says. "I think we are skidding on thin ice, that the bottom is about to fall out." While economic indicators tend to counter any idea of a slide into a depression and even reflect a new enthusiasm for Christmas buying, social workers can rattle off long lists of economic horror stories that paint a gloomy picture for at least a segment of metro Atlanta's populace. "We are finding people living in shacks, with no plumbing and no water, and middle class families who rocked along until the ,, economic bottom fell out," says Mrs. Margaret Chadwick, social services counselor for the South Fulton Neighborhood EOA Center, She tells of one couple with eight children, living in a shack in a gully off busy Stewart Avenue in southwest Atlanta. Their electricity was turned off months ago, and she assumes the gas has been cut off, too. She hasn't been able to check because everytime she stops by, the only people visibly present are two children who run and hide. "The only reason they're not on the street," she says, "is that the house they're living in has been condemned." She also tells the story of a paint contractor who lost his job after he had to have a leg amputated. A son gave his parents $200 he had been saving to go to a safety patrol conference to help them pay bills. That family, at least, eventually got help. Paul Morgan, director of EOA's manpower program, says a young man who had been on parole for five months came into his office recently and said he had begged authorities to put him back in jail. He had not worked since he was pa-' roled and was afraid he might do something wrong, according to Morgan. While the job situation has improved somewhat, Morgan says, his office still gets 200 to 250 applicants a week. Most are unskilled and uneducated, and all the Christmas jobs have been filled, he adds. Albert Love, associate director of the Christian Council of Metropolitan Atlanta, cites the case of a family burned out in October, with the father and an 8-year-old son still in the hospital from burns suffered in the fire. The family has been unable to get welfare money, according to Love, and needs assistance to subsist. He also cites the case of an elderly couple who have custody of a 17-year-old boy now hospitalized and suffering permanent paralysis. "Both the couple and the boy are on Social Security, and the couple will be unable to provide Christmas for him," says Love. Rebecca Jarvis, volunteer resources coordinator for Fulton County Family and Children Services, tells of a mother recently deserted by her husband, left with three retarded children to care for. "One of our caseworkers said the house was completely barren of food," she says, "and the children were seen trying to get food from dumpsters." An elderly woman .with no relatives, she says, is about to lose her furniture, needs clothes and has practically no food. A young mother, 26, is bedridden and unable to care for her young son, in the first grade, who needs school clothes, she says. Louvenia Bell, social services counselor for the Gwinnett County EOA Neighborhood Center, says she talked last week with a young man who told her if he didn't get rent money immediately, he would be evicted the next day. He is 17, and his wife is pregnant. Mrs. Bell also learned that he has two other children by a previous marriage, when he was 15. "We are talking with folk who come in with no food and eviction notices in hand," says Pouncie. "And we get people who come into Atlanta expecting to find their jobs and answers to their economic problems. We have to find them a place to stay." Social workers say the people they are seeing need clothing, shoes, food, blankets and often housing, and an unusual number are seeking help for the first time, people who once had jobs, And some come with unhidden anger, having gone to agency after agency, only to be told no help was available. . "They say, 'I'm not going to let my children go hungry, if I have to steal ,"' relates Beatrice Logan, coordinator of social services for EOA, who adds , "It's been a bad year for people. Many are probably worse off than last year." Mary Sanford says the economic hard times bode ill for the elderly and disabled. "They're afraid td go to the stores," she says. "They know somebody will take what little they have." ' And she admits she is a little afraid herself. , "A man comes in here with tears in his eyes, you don't know when he's going to come back and say, 'Lay yours on the line,'" she Says. "It really hurts me that we can't do more," she says. "All I've got to give them is some cans of corn and some beans. We don't have anything like margarine for them to cook with. I'd appreciate some pprk 'n beans right now. You can feed little children pork 'n beans." Portman Calling Off Times Square Hotel Atlanta developer John Portman is all but dropping plans to build a $180-million hotel on New York City's : Times Square because of a lack of investor interest in the project, he said Saturday. ,i The proposed 54-story, 2,020-room luxury hotel, which had been hailed as a step toward new life for mid-town Manhattan, failed to attract investors because of New York's shakey financial situation, Portman said. "We're a victim of the times," Portman said. "The timing just wasn't right with the New York situation." New York has been on the verge of financial default for ; months and only major cuts in the city budget, a huge tax increase and plans for an emergency federal loan appear to have saved the city from going under this month. Portman said his plans now are to close the project out early next year. He added 'however, that New York Mayor Abraham Beame has requested a meeting to dis cuss the possibility of extending the project. "There may be a possibility that if the situation in New York changes, we will go ahead with the project as planned," Portman said. The nationally know architect-developer said he had already arranged purchase options on the site for the project on the west side of Broadway between 45th and 46th Streets. Construction plans had been completed and nearly all municipal permits needed to begin the project had been obtained, Portman added. However, of the $180 million needed to finance the project, Portman said he has been able to get only $40 million in equity mortgage funds committed. Portman, nearing completion of a 70-story hotel in Atlanta, called the Times Square hotel idea "a very sound project. I think it is one of the best projects we've i come up with." FILLER'S llll t OFFICE SltrtLY CI THE DOUBLEDAY COOKBOOK (ta$te Conteiprary Cooking) mfmm wWm 1 vC x ' 1 1,, ' ... . is Price Between THE DOUBIEDAY COOKBOOK covers is the most complete, up-to-date information about contemporary food and cooking available. It answers every cook's questions. It is tilted with the basics of cooking, has new and unusual recipe! and background information on the selection, preparation, and storage of food, wines, and spirits and assists with menu planning. It is the first comprehensive cookbook that provides calorie counts lor each of its over 4000 recipes, featuring budget-stretching and time-saving. Each special lealure is readily identified by o graphic symbol. Telephone and Mail Orders Promptly Filled. Please add 75c Mailing Charge plus Ga. Sales Tax. Call 875-3521 or Write Miller's: 1355 Spring St., N.W. i tMELER'S , TOCO Hill 2893 N.Druid Hills Rd. DECATUR 113Clairmont Ave. BUCKHEAD 250 E. Paces Ferry Rd. 3037 Peachtree Rd. SANDY SPRINGS 6311 Rotwell Rd., N.E. GREENBRIAR 2841 Greenbriar Pkwy NORTH DEKALB SHOPPING CENTER i ....... . : h " . ' ' ' - ..if iL - ; SPACELAB WOMEN The Associated Press HUNTSVILLE, Ala. Dr. Mary Johnston (left), material ing the first American women to travel in space. They are engineer, Carolyn Griner (center), material engineer, and training for Spacelab joint flights between NASA and the Ann Whitaker, physicist at the Marshall Space Flight Cen- European Space Agency, ter in Huntsville, Ala., undergo training in hopes of becom- i BUCKLE UP, FAT BOY Santa in Heap o' Woe Without- a Flight Plan By DREW VON BERGEN WASHINGTON (UPI) - If Santa Claus had to follow the same federal regulations as everyone else, he would be filling out forms or hiring a lawyer now instead of preparing for his trip south on Christmas Eve. "The. list of possible law OPENS MONDAY Earl Heckscher 1 :R wtmm BM The Fairmont Colony Square Hotel Peachtree and Fourteenth Street 892-2121 Cocktails And Dinner. Dancing . To A Big Band Sound From 8:00 P.M. Monday-Saturday ' Entertainment Charge $1.50 violations by old Saint Nick is staggering," Rep. M.G. "Gene" Snyder, R-Ky., commented in a letter to constituents. ; "It may be necessary for him to retain a lawyer or re- j ceive executive clemency if : he is to make his traditional Christmas visit on time." Among the federal violations which would land S. Claus in a heap o' trouble, Snyder said, are: Flying across the heavens without certification by the Civil Aeronautics Board, and without filing a flight plan. Failure to equip his vehicle with seat belts, or to properly fit his reindeer with emission control devices. Unfairly competing with the U.S. Postal Service on mail deliveries. ' Violating the Sherman Antitrust Act, because it appears he is maintaining a strict monopoly in his field. . Breaking Labor Department regulations for mimi-mum wages for the elves in his toy shop, and possible Occupational Safety and Health Violations if they don't wear hard hats. In addition, Snyder said the Food and Drug Administration might award a grant to the National Science Foundation to determine if Rudolph was being fed an unauthorized drug to make his nose .light .up-., And, "not to be outdone, the Internal Revenue Service has instigated an audit to find out if over the years Santa has been declaring as taxable income the cookies and milk that are lift for him by the children of the nation," the congressman said. Snyder concluded by noting that Santa is "a master at cutting red tape". ft" 4 J CIV F.R.REID or v KOHEY'S OPTICIANS 475 PEACHTREE, N.E. Phone:876-3053 CONTRIBUTIONS Bennett's The Elegant Touch is Classic A beautiful value at regular price $10.50 Memory Makers for Over 50 Christmases $795 each !0 Your table will gleam with elegance when you appoint it with Kirk's beautiful silver-plated Classic goblets. Water tastes better and wine is delicious from these handsome goblets. Very limited quantity at marvelous sale price. Use your C&S, Master Charge, BankAmericarrj, -American Express or 0 Bennett's charge plan Now 4 Great Stores to Serve You Better : Suburban stores open evenings and Sunday afternoons until Christmas, Downtown at 207 f eachiree Suburban storesi lenox Square North DeKalb Greenbriar Certified Gomoto0'r Bennett's Want to Help? Phone First If you have food, clothing or money to share with less fortunate metro Atlanta residents, here are some numbers you can call: Murder Charge OTTAWA, Kan. (UPI) - A mentally retarded man has been charged with the murder of a female co-worker at a rehabilitation center for the mentally handicapped. First degeree murder charges were filed against Clarence J. McQuire, 32, of Ottawa, for the drowning of Joann Stewart, 24. Economic Opportunity Atlanta Inc. (collections will be headquartered at the West End EOA Center)-753-6101. The Salvation Army-524-5661 or 525-2765. The Christian Council of ' Metrepolitan Atlanta-892-9626 or 892-9627. Volunteer Services Unit, Fulton County Family and Children Servim-753-1119. Pjt'jjjffl!l-'u.uSj!iJ! yj 'iiusuiNU Urn. I'M Will 11 . ... JEWELERS in 1 -11. 1 1 ... - - - i i ...II T TMIT "-" ll ! II I I I I I I Hill III IIIIIIMII iii.ll OLYMPIC INTERNATIONAL KARATE STUDIOS 2403 Piedmont N.E., Buckheod- 266-2131 51S1 Buford Highway, DoravilM58-9844 3131 Cambelrton Rd., S.W. E. Point 344-8783 669 Rotwell Rd. N.E. Marietta, 424-8410 3022 Memorial Dr., Stont Mm.- 294-8040 6142 Rotwell Rd., Sandy Springs 232-7716 SEI OUR AD ON THE INSIDE BACK COVER Of THE ATLANTA YEUOW PAGES J Bennett's Memory Makers for Over 50 Christmases She Cooks JCikc Such oh Augd . ond her halo is almost straight, too. Let our mischievous little Christmas Angel charm your friends. Her pious look belies her playful spirit. A sterling gift idea with its own dainty .20" sterling rope chain. For yourself and all your angels, especially your Christmas angel. . Use your C&S, Mastercharge, BankAmericard, American Express or a Bennett's charge plan Now 4 Great locations to Serve You Suburban stores open evenings and Sunday afternoons HI Christmas Downtown store: 207 Peachtree St. Suburban stores; Lenox Square North DeKalb Greenbriar Crfifid GvmaJogfif .Bennett's . JEWELERS f Bennett's 'Memoryolersfor0ver xtJfcN ' 1ROLEX1 Zhc Oyster is Perfect On the Cand, On the Sea, Jn the Air Your timepiece is fine time in high fashion when you choose one of Rolex's famous Oyster models from Bennetts. All three illustrated models are 30 jewel Chronometers designed lo show you a good time. A. Steel ond 1 4K Gold Case and Bracelet ........ $775.00 B. Stainless Steel "Sea Dweller", guaranteed to 2,000 feet 550.00 C. 18K Gold, day date with elegant "Presidents Bracelet" featuring hidden clasp 3,300.00 Other Rolex models from $330 Uie your C&S, MotHrchorgt, BankAtmrkard. Amtrican ixpnn or a ttrmttl's choro plan Now 4 Great locations to Serve You Suburban stores open evenings and Sunday afternoons 'til Christmas. Downtown at: 207 Peachtree St. Suburban stores: lenox Square N. DeKalb Greenbriar Ort fi.d Gmot0itt A'imbi r Amine Qtm Sk ( Ar Bennett's JEWEtE'

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