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FAKE CIVIL WAR: Boulder’s do-gooders all agree that More Homeless People = More Money


By Max R. Weller

It just tickles me no end that two of the biggest failures among local homelessness providers — Joy Eckstine-Redstone and George Epp, formerly running the defunct Carriage House homeless day shelter and chief enablers of convicted rapist Jim Budd, founder of the soon-to-be defunct Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow — would initiate public hostilities with Boulder Shelter for the Homeless and its executive director, Greg Harms. To be sure, BSH and the moron(s) in charge there deserve all the criticism that comes their way . . . It’s just that Ms. Eckstine-Redstone and Mr. Epp have no more credibility than Mr. Harms!

All three of ’em are CLUELESS.

Anyway, here’s the commentary in the Daily Camera: Telling secrets. Copied below in its entirety:

A homeless man panhandles on the Pearl Street Mall in February.

A homeless man panhandles on the Pearl Street Mall in February. (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)

Communities at their best are like families, but that’s also true for when a community is at its worst. Communities have secrets, just like families, and react in the same predictable ways. Some of us keep the secrets close, some of us are the scapegoats, and some of us stridently insist on the dysfunction being heard. Every tome on family therapy insists on a central theme: for a family (or community) to heal, that the secrets must first be acknowledged and then integrated.

What does this have to do with homelessness? There is an unspoken secret in our community. It is the lack of cooperation from the leadership at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. This lack of cooperation has stymied nonprofit leaders, government agencies and homeless rights group for many years. They have been approached with ideas for collaboration that were innovative, cost-saving and humane by: Bridge House, Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow (BOHO), Homeless Outreach Providing Encouragement (HOPE), the Community Foundation, and many others.

Now, there is a real change happening in how homeless services are designed and delivered in the city of Boulder. Courtesy of the Homeless Working Group (part of the city’s Housing and Human Service’s Department) and the Corporation for Supportive Housing (consultants hired by the city) a radical shift in services is happening. And, as many of these changes depend on the cooperation of the Boulder Shelter, homeless individuals are at risk in our community. Life-sustaining services have already been closed.

As of May 1, Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow ceased to provide emergency warming centers and Bridge House stopped providing day shelter. It is proposed by the Homeless Working Group that each of these services essentially be incorporated into the operations of the shelter in the fall of 2017. However, the shelter has not agreed.

And, since many of the recommendations of the working group incorporate mainstream best practices, you could argue that this is not a real problem. After all, the homeless services and homeless advocacy worlds do not disagree in principle with the ideas. It incorporates best practices like:

• Immediate assessment using validated tools that measure vulnerability;

• Short-term rental assistance to stabilize people in housing;

• Rapid re-housing that prevents long term destabilization and use of expensive services;

• Housing First services that prioritize housing for people that are mutually both the most vulnerable and the most expensive to serve.

Setting aside another questionable assumption — that Boulder as a community will agree to more low-income housing and that neighborhoods will accept such housing, this basic problem remains. The Boulder Shelter cites its management plan as the reason that they can’t provide year-round shelter or day shelter. They have been citing that management plan for years, as this certainly isn’t the first time they’ve been asked to consider these concepts. The management plan, by ordinance, must be re-evaluated every three years. It has not been changed since 2002.

Let’s examine exactly what the plan says about any needed modifications: “These hours of operation, and corresponding hours of ingress and egress of Shelter residents, may be modified by the recommendation of the Neighborhood-Shelter Action group.” Admittedly, the rest of the sentence reads “to accommodate school schedules” but it does state that it can be modified.

Additionally, the plan states, “Residents will be allowed to stay at the Shelter during the day when the weather is life threatening and other sources of day shelter are not available (such as Thanksgiving and Christmas days.)” Since there is now no other source of day shelter and many winter days in Boulder are life threatening, it appears that providing day shelter is a legitimate possibility.

This year is the next time the management plan will be re-evaluated. The city wants the shelter to provide additional services and has taken away other services in anticipation of cooperation from the shelter. But those agreements have not yet been made. We believe the shelter’s management plan needs to be modified. It is for the good of the entire community.

However, if we return to our metaphor of a dysfunctional family, we as a community are enabling the shelter. Much like the alcoholic in the family system, the city is attempting an “intervention” designed to bring the shelter into cooperation and collaboration with itself, and with other homeless service providers. Will it succeed? Let’s hope, as the lives and well-being of many homeless people hang in the balance.

Joy Redstone is director of the Student & Community Counseling Center at Naropa University. She is a former executive director of [Carriage] House. George Epp is a retired Boulder County sheriff [and board member of Carriage House].


Over four years ago, I posted this on my blog: Boulder, CO needs a homeless people’s day center open all week. I’ve also discussed so-called best practices for homeless shelters, specifically having shelter / services in ONE location instead of spread out all over town as we see here in Boulder. Boulder Shelter for the Homeless is it! No question about it, and if Greg Harms has to be fired for this to happen then so be it.

Having said this about a year-round day shelter, I remain absolutely opposed to “emergency” overnight shelters in the summertime. A little summer rain never hurt me, nor has it hurt anyone else I know who is homeless in Boulder, but I’ll grant you that a 100-Year Flood is a special circumstance which can be dealt with if and when it occurs again in our lifetimes (NOT likely).

The Primary Goal must be to reduce the numbers of transients using finite resources which should be prioritized for Boulder County’s own homeless men, women, and children. It would seem, however, that the yahoos running things want to KEEP the Alabama arsonists, Florida sex offenders, and other riffraff from all across the nation in our city year-round. NO, HELL NO!

(E-mailed to Boulder City Council)

Official word that BOHO is finished forever:

See their website here.

You know, one of BOHO’s employees this past winter was a Marijuana Traveler I know from Indiana who only arrived here last Fall, and his entire focus in life is smoking dope. He only took the BOHO job because they paid him $14 per hour (he claimed) and he could smoke weed at work (of that, I’m certain).

There continue to be rumors about embezzlement of BOHO funds among the homeless folks at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. I think it’s more likely that the churches were just fed up with drinking, drugging, fornicating, and vandalism at their facilities — and the various insurance carriers involved threatened to cancel their policies.

— MRW 

This predator came to Boulder, CO because the do-gooders welcome his kind


By Max R. Weller

Read the latest report in the Daily Camera about a rapist migrating to our city to find victims, Transient pleads guilty to sexual assault of Boulder jogger, faces more than 60 years in prison. Copied below in its entirety:

Jonathan Narucki, who pleaded guilty on Monday in connection with the sexual assault of a jogger along Boulder Creek last year, is seen in court in August.

Jonathan Narucki, who pleaded guilty on Monday in connection with the sexual assault of a jogger along Boulder Creek last year, is seen in court in August. (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer)

A transient who grabbed a jogger and sexually assaulted her along the Boulder Creek Path last year pleaded guilty in Boulder District Court this morning in a deal with prosecutors that calls for at least six decades in prison.

Jonathan Narucki, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree kidnapping and one count of sexual assault.

Prosecutors and Narucki’s attorney reached a deal that calls for a 20-year sentence on the kidnapping charge and a 40-year sentence on the sexual assault charge. The two sentences are to run consecutively.

However, the sexual assault conviction falls under Colorado’s indeterminate sentencing law, which means Narucki could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Narucki — a transient from Georgia who had been in Boulder for less than a month at the time of the crime — did not speak at the hearing except to answer questions from Chief District Judge Maria Berkenkotter.

As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped multiple other charges, including sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact, assault and felony menacing.

Boulder police arrested Narucki in June, a few weeks after they say he snatched a woman off of a trail near the 4700 block of Walnut Street, threatened her with a knife and then sexually assaulted her.

The woman told police that she screamed at first, but eventually complied with Narucki’s demands, because she was afraid he would hurt her. She was not able to identify Narucki, because she did not get a good look at him.

Police suspected Narucki had committed the assault — they stopped and spoke with him four times before his arrest, including on the night of the attack — but they were not able to arrest him until obtaining a DNA sample via a warrant, and linking him to the crime scene.

Narucki remains in custody at the Boulder County Jail and is due in court for sentencing on April 19.


This is the sort of sociopathic scumbag being welcomed with lots of Free Stuff and kind words by self-styled homeless advocates and the clowns running Boulder’s shelter / services industry. Remember who the do-gooders are:


Darren O’Connor of “Boulder Rights Watch”


Isabel McDevitt of Bridge House


Mike Homner of “Facing Homelessness Boulder”


Joy Eckstine Redstone, involved in many different ways with the issue of homelessness and always as an apologist / enabler for the worst-behaved transients


Joy with her protégé, Jim Budd — now serving time in Colorado DOC for raping a Carriage House volunteer

Of course, there are scores of other do-gooders who make it possible for the Jonathan Narucki-types of this world to commit crimes here . . . How about we ship all of ’em out along with the worst-behaved transients? Or better yet, require a valid photo ID with a Boulder County address and proof of at least one year’s residency for anyone seeking shelter / services from any Boulder, CO nonprofit.

Why are there so many mentally ill homeless on the streets, in shelters, and in nursing homes?

Three years ago, a friend of mine made me aware of this insightful commentary from the Wall Street Journal and I’ve reposted it here every so often — in part because it sets the record straight on which Irish-American president should carry most of the blame for the mess we see today.

Fifty Years of Failing America’s Mentally Ill

Feb. 4, 2013 7:04 p.m. ET

On Feb. 5, 1963, 50 years ago this week, President John F. Kennedy addressed Congress on “Mental Illness and Mental Retardation.” He proposed a new program under which the federal government would fund community mental-health centers, or CMHCs, to take the place of state mental hospitals. As Kennedy envisioned it, “reliance on the cold mercy of custodial isolations will be supplanted by the open warmth of community concern and capability.”

President Kennedy’s proposal was historic because the public care of mentally ill individuals had been exclusively a state responsibility for more than a century. The federal initiative encouraged the closing of state hospitals and aborted the development of state-funded outpatient clinics in process at that time.

Over the following 17 years, the feds funded 789 CMHCs with a total of $2.7 billion ($20.3 billion in today’s dollars). During those same years, the number of patients in state mental hospitals fell by three quarters—to 132,164 from 504,604—and those beds were closed down.


From the beginning, it was clear that CMHCs were not interested in taking care of the patients being discharged from the state hospitals. Instead, they focused on individuals with less severe problems sometimes called “the worried well.” Federal studies reported individuals discharged from state hospitals initially made up between 4% and 7% of the CMHCs patient load, and the longer the CMHC was in existence the lower this percentage became.

It has now become politically correct to claim that this federal program failed because not enough centers were funded and not enough money was spent. In fact, it failed because it did not provide care for the sickest patients released from the state hospitals. When President Ronald Reagan finally block-granted federal CMHC funds to the states in 1981, he was not killing the program. He was disposing of the corpse. (Emphasis is mine — MRW.)

Meantime, during the years CMHCs were funded, Medicaid and Medicare were created and modifications were made to the Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance programs. None of these programs was originally intended to become a major federal support for the mentally ill, but all now fill that role. The federal takeover of the mental-illness treatment system was complete.

Fifty years later, we can see the results of “the open warmth of community concern and capability.” Approximately half of the mentally ill individuals discharged from state mental hospitals, many of whom had family support, sought outpatient treatment and have done well. The other half, many of whom lack family support and suffer from the most severe illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, have done poorly.

According to multiple studies summarized by the Treatment Advocacy Center, these untreated mentally ill are responsible for 10% of all homicides (and a higher percentage of the mass killings), constitute 20% of jail and prison inmates and at least 30% of the homeless. Severely mentally ill individuals now inundate hospital emergency rooms and have colonized libraries, parks, train stations and other public spaces. The quality of the lives of these individuals mocks the lofty intentions of the founders of the CMHC program.

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this 50-year federal experiment is its inordinate cost. In 2009, 4.7 million Americans received SSI or SSDI because of mental illnesses, not including mental retardation, a tenfold increase since 1977. The total cost was $46 billion. The total Medicaid and Medicare costs for mentally ill individuals in 2005 was more than $60 billion.

Altogether, the annual total public funds for the support and treatment of mentally ill individuals is now more than $140 billion. The equivalent expenditure in 1963 when Kennedy proposed the CMHC program was $1 billion, or about $10 billion in today’s dollars. Even allowing for the increase in U.S. population, what we are getting for this 14-fold increase in spending is a disgrace.

Including President Kennedy, five Democratic and five Republican presidents have presided over the 50-year federal experiment. Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush appointed presidential commissions to examine the failed programs, but nothing useful came from either. (Emphasis is mine.)

Nor is President Obama likely to do anything, since his lead agency, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, has essentially denied that a problem exists. Its contribution to the president’s response to the Dec. 14 Newtown tragedy focused only on school children and insurance coverage. And its current plan of action for 2011-14, a 41,000-word document, includes no mention of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or outpatient commitment, all essential elements in an effective plan for corrective action.

The evidence is overwhelming that this federal experiment has failed, as seen most recently in the mass shootings by mentally ill individuals in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., and Tucson, Ariz. It is time for the federal government to get out of this business and return the responsibility, and funds, to the states.

The federal government, perhaps through the Institute of Medicine, would be responsible only for evaluating and rating state programs, much as it now does for education. The ultimate responsibility would rest with state legislatures and governors. Then, for the first time in 50 years, somebody could be held accountable for what has become an ongoing disaster.

Dr. Torrey is founder of the Treatment Advocacy Center and author of “American Psychosis: How the Federal Government Destroyed the Mental Illness Treatment System,” forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

I’ve been aware all along of the shocking number of mentally ill homeless men and women to be found in Boulder, CO since I settled here in early 2008. YES, many of them have been prescribed appropriate psych meds at some point; NO, none of these folks I know about will remain compliant with those meds when left to make their own choices. Thus, they spiral down into a dysfunctional state of mind, and all too often these vulnerable homeless are victimized by transient predators.

Recently, as a resident of a local nursing home, I’ve learned firsthand about the homeless mentally ill who are in long-term care there. (Please note I’m NOT referring to elderly dementia patients.) I heard one man from the streets just the other day tell the physician on duty that he wanted to stop taking his prescribed Risperdal; as he put it, “I’m better now, and don’t need it any more.” Outside of an involuntary commitment to a secure psychiatric facility, he can NOT be forced to take any meds. I don’t think he’s a danger to others, but he’s clearly a danger to himself, and I wouldn’t be surprised to read in the Daily Camera one day soon that he’d been run over by a motor vehicle while crossing a busy street in a schizophrenic daze.

And consider what we have here for counseling, putting aside psychotropic meds for a moment:


Joy Eckstine Redstone and Jim Budd, from their days together at Carriage House / Bridge House circa 2009

I’d say that mentally ill homeless folks in Boulder are being poorly-served all around.


No accountability from Boulder Rights Watch


See this blog’s Boulder Rights Watch tag archive here. These posts tell the story of a Facebook group which consistently supports the small minority of the worst-behaved transients who drift into Boulder County, CO — to the detriment of most other homeless folks and the general public.

Worst of all, the admins and many members of this group are AFRAID of vigorous debate on the most pressing social issue of the day in our fair city: How to make life better for Boulder County’s own homeless men, women, and children. Darren O’Connor, Mike Homner, Joy Eckstine Redstone, et al want to do all of your thinking for you.

Their attitude is un-American, but so very typical of lunatic fringe groups both Left and Right.



Do-gooders welcome another violent transient to Boulder, CO


By Max R. Weller

See Police arrest suspect in May sexual assault at Boulder Creek in the Daily Camera. Copied below in its entirety:

Boulder police announced on Friday afternoon that they have arrested a man they allege sexually assaulted a woman who was jogging on the Boulder Creek Path last month.

Jonathan Narucki, 26, is being held at Boulder County Jail on a suspicion of sexual assault, kidnapping, unlawful sexual contact by force, assault and menacing, according to a news release.

Police said they linked Narucki to the May 20 attack using DNA evidence.

A woman reported being sexually assaulted as she took a run near the 4700 block of Walnut Street between 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. She told police she was on the Boulder Creek Path when a man grabbed her from behind, threatened her with a knife and sexually assaulted her.

Police said Narucki told them that he had moved to Boulder from Georgia about a month ago and had been living as a transient. The woman told police that her attacker was dirty, unkempt and emitted a foul odor, which led her to believe he was a transient.

Boulder police increased patrols in the area following the attack.

Narucki does not appear to have any prior arrests in Colorado, according to online court records.

Anyone with additional information on the case is asked to call Detective Sarah Cantu at 303-441-4328.


Of course, it’s the entire homeless shelter/services industry in our city, not only Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, which attracts scumbags from all across America . . . These violent transients consume resources that could otherwise go to helping Boulder County’s own homeless people, including families with kids.

What is wrong with the do-gooders? Feeding, clothing, housing, counseling, and in general coddling a rapist from Georgia? I’ll call them out by name once more: Mike Homner (recently featured in a Daily Camera puff piece on the homeless), Darren O’Connor, Joy Eckstine Redstone (who is now a DC columnist), Isabel McDevitt (executive director of Bridge House), et al. They all have a hand in aiding those who prey on the innocent.


You know, I’m very happy about having the opportunity to move away from Boulder for good in the near future. This city, where I’ve lived since early 2008, is FUBAR in so many ways it will be a great relief for me to become a part of the Real World again!

Attention Homes pulls the old bait & switch


By Max R. Weller

Yesterday’s blog post was my April Fools’ Day prank. I wish I could say the same about Joy Eckstine Redstone’s column, which I read yesterday, but it’s apparently her real intent to guilt-trip Boulderites into another expansion of the local homeless shelter/services industry. Gee, that’s worked GREAT lately, hasn’t it? Stabbings, fatal shootings, rapes, and the entire range of less-serious offenses against public order committed by transients from Denver and elsewhere . . .

See Joy Redstone: Boulder’s case of Attention Deficit Disorder in the Daily Camera. Quoting from it below:

Attention Homes has been a provider of safety for transition-aged (homeless and runaway) youth for over 50 years. Now, as they attempt to offer a meaningful solution to homelessness by providing housing, they are facing an ugly case of NIMBYism. When emergency services are proposed for Boulder’s homeless residents, we hear repeatedly that they are “enabling” or a “band-aid.” Now that Attention Homes has proposed this data-driven solution, secret dialogues are happening among homeowners and developers in their neighborhood to fight their effort to provide housing.


Convicted rapist Jim Budd’s chief apologist and enabler wants you to think young adults ages 18-24 are kids . . . Attention Homes (to which I donated $100 in cash way back in 2010) used to focus on helping homeless boys and girls ages 12-17, but due to the huge cash cow which is nonprofit funding these days they’re pulling a Bait & Switch. They want you to focus on the minors who will NOT be a part of their proposed downtown Boulder housing project, so that you will blindly support their enabling of young adult men and women who are of legal age.

You’ll never convince me that projects like this aren’t going to serve the homeless who have no ties to Boulder, CO. The do-gooders can define Boulder County’s own homeless people any way they please: Those who have been here for a year, or a month, or only a week. Frankly, it’s a SCAM to rake in more millions of $$$ from both public and private sources.

There’s a certain desperation here on the part of Attention Homes, if they asked Ms. Redstone to go to bat for them. She is NOT well-regarded by the majority of folks who are paying attention to homelessness in our fair city:


Where will it end? Boulder is already overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of homeless men and women on the streets, and shifting focus away from kids ages 12-17 is just immoral; especially so in view of the FACT that young adults ages 18-24 are being served by Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow, Bridge House, and many others.

Bait & Switch — all for the sake of More Homeless People = More Money.