Letters of Love for Housing Blog
Leading the Homeless Home
My name is Betty Gloria “Che” I am the creator of Letters of Love DTES please view link below:
My objective is to share with the community my vision for systematic change in the DTES by presenting a simple plan for change where I am inviting you to see the construction of yet another tiny house with reclaimed materials. Proceeding Letters of Love for HousingI would like to produce, promote and quantify empowerment of first-class heart, intellect and mind working towards a common goal. I encountered homelessness for the first time on Christmas 2013. To give weight to my words please read step one of my story into homelessness:
My heart was changed and rather than returning to work in film (I am an award winning chef of Mexican cuisine and I catered to the film industry), in 2013 I left to pursue my dream of having a social enterprise to empower women at Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality. My dream was stolen by the landlord, hence I was left homeless in Kamloops, BC. In homelessness, I saw a potential with a recipe to bury homelessness once and for all. I am an entrepreneur; I employed the skills of the homeless community and built a mobile food truck from which I provided food for thought. I saw a solution for the homeless to provide a nutritional soup kitchen run by ourselves for ourselves. This insight lead me to remain homeless because I wanted to find a solution using my neurone economics I became a sniper which lead me to research the ins and outs of the the prefabrication of homelessness as we know it. Fast forward, we built a fleet of food trucks from the ground up. Please refer to this story:
I decided to work at finding out how best to produce a positive outcome here in the DTES. My idea is to invite artists from all over Greater Vancouver to present their version for change. This is a mobile artspace with a podcast studio and live-streaming. The studio is on a large truck (20×8 feet) artists will be invited to paint their own 3×6 rectangle with art depicting what change looks like to them, as well involving the preservation of our planet.
Hence, I have put together the podcasting room and a traveling stage. The stage is to exhibit the art work and letters that I will be collecting and posting. This will both raise awareness about the deforestation of the Ancestral Trees in the Amazon where I came from and raise money for replanting efforts. I remember being 5 years old my little legs dangling on the bumper on the jeeb we were travelling deeper into the Amazon. I remember not seeing the sun, only cathedrals of trees towering above us. All of a sudden a large part of the city blocks forest was cleared. The land scorched, that was my first experience since 50 years ago gone by. In the 80’s I came to Canada to see the Northern Forest suffering the same fate. Today, people are still destroying the Amazon and its ancestral trees. These are very important for the following reasons socially, culturally, and medicinally.
The Amazon and trees are the greatest contributors of oxygen production, which helps us all to breathe. There is an unlimited quantity of medicinal value in the Amazon, which our Indigenous Peoples have used, including the preservation and the production of Ayahuasca. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayahuascahttps a medicine my grandmother used to provide to the village, medicine that in the last decade has been growing in global popularity. Another aspect that we have not looked into is the carbon tax credits, where we could gain governments support from the globe. To quamtum impact my concept I have hybridized the science of neuromarketing by reconnecting with my roots the world renowned Freedom fighter Cholitas to present a fashion show here in DTES. The fashion show will be accompanied by a virtual wrestling match, a platform created to incite change.
To prove my claim I am presenting to you one small act. In 2018, I created a fashion show that generated over $100,000 in a single-night event since, excluding silent auction revenue.
I envisioned generational- trauma-informed art therapy in an attempt to alleviate past traumas of colonization. One outcome would be that the children of these generations would be able to spark conversation within their families, friends, and communities and feel that it is an inclusive space. . I am returning to the Amazon to observe the beauty and significance of the natural world heritage. Because I cannot take you all with me, I am taking a camera to live-stream the journey into the amazon and back. Hence I am starting to podcast letters of love for systematic change. Being a descendant of a Cholitas I have a place and status on the globe, links here, and here. Awareness brings action, action creates change.