There are so many changes that need to be made in this city, region, nation, and country. When it comes to living, we have so many obstacles that we desire to remove. We see pain and wish to heal it. We see scars and wish to aid. It is our nature see the problems. My desire is to be the solution. The vision is to be the change I wish to see.
As a people, it is time that we make a mark through the various avenues that we have within our reach. Through the multiple initiatives, I connect with productive partners in the community to activate solutions this society needs.
As an activist, I make it my mission to create food for the hungry, voices for the mute and therapy for the lost. Be sure to take a look at what these archives have created and how we plan to continue in these times.
MAP Keepers Day. A day that recognizes the boots that were strapped up and tread across the map to protect and serve. There are so many veterans in need. It is time that we do what needs to be done to help our military serviceman.
Veterans are always undermined of their service to the community. According to a count in January 2011, there were 67,495 homeless Veterans. As a movement, we stand for those whom are in need of someone to finally fight for them. We have to stand up for those who travel for our right to breathe.
MAP Keepers Day is on Nov 7th. I was born from two combat soldiers who fought in Desert Storm/ Desert Shield. So veterans have a special place in my heart. As I grew up, all I knew was what I experienced with my family after war. Both of my parents were in the army. My late father was an infantry man and my mother was a supply sergeant.
I grew up with my both parents dealing with untreated PTSD. There were spikes of anger and internal dealing that were unresolved and unaddressed. I had a great childhood but I wish there were options that could have helped them resolve their internal battles. As a result, I have became apart of the solution. I am honored to take this mantel with MAP Keepers Day Inc., that not only helps veterans but is a tribute to Michael Anthony Patrick, a war hero whose life to serve and protect extended far beyond the battlefield. It was my honor to establish this nugget that my late father can be proud of that was established on his 60th birthday anniversary.
November 7th, 1959, my father was born. November 7th 2019, I was honored to collaborate with fellow partners: iDivine Consulting, Impact: iAm the Movement, iMiTs Art and Joliee's World in order to establish an honorary day that honors the footsteps of our veterans and armed forces.
Every month on the 7th, we recognize our veterans by providing:
Gift cards to those in need
MAP Keeper Access to the Houston Maritime Museum
Homeless Vet feeding
Open Door- Community Resources
We also provide weekly:
cathartic art classes
Whole Food Boxes
Annually on the 7th of November, we recognize our veterans by collaboratively offering services to our veterans. I contribute to the cause by delivering a therapeutic art show called:
The Power To Live
The Power To Live is an art show that partners with:
Houston Maritime Museum + Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
to honor the service our veterans and armed forces.
We display a map for veterans to sign.
(Houston Maritime Museum permanent install)
A mural for the community to paint their history.
(Buffalo Soldiers National Museum permanent install)