Austin Family Creates Nonprofit to Give Those Experiencing Homelessness a Voice

AUSTIN, Texas – Dusty Monroe is no stranger to adversity. At 6 years old he says he was removed from an abusive household, placed in a children’s hospital, and moved to a foster home before finally being adopted by extended family.

Almost three decades later, in August of 2020, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Although it was non-cancerous, it made Monroe take a step back and evaluate his life.

“As the results came in I was talking to one of my co-workers and I just broke down crying,” Monroe said. “It was scary. I didn’t know if I was going to die, I didn’t know where I was in my life.”

Monroe did know that he wanted to start giving back to his community.

He says he started with small deeds here and there until he found a post on online message board Reddit.

A picture of a man dubbed “Bucket Guy” posted by an anonymous Redditor showed a man making music with buckets and advertising his Venmo account on a paper sign.

The community admired the creativity and offered to create a new sign for the musician. Monroe stepped up to the plate and offered to take care of it. Along the way, he learned “Bucket Guy” wasn’t homeless, but had lost his source of income due to the pandemic.

The small gesture turned into a big idea.

“We could make [people experiencing homelessness] a bank account using signs, but that requires a bank account, a cell phone and often times those experiencing homelessness don’t have that,” Monroe said.

After doing some research, Monroe says he found a quote online saying that data shows those who experience homelessness are often not perceived as being fully human. It was a quote that changed his entire perspective

“It went from an idea of a small, simple, novel technology to a much bigger picture solution in how do we actually humanize those that are homeless in an effort to remove the stigma and really change the overall approach of how we help these folks,” Monroe said.

Monroe turned to his expertise in technology to create Humanize Austin, a nonprofit using tech to educate the public about the causes of homelessness while connecting those individuals with potential employers, resources, and donors.

Participants would be given signs that display a URL along with a QR code. People can scan the code or visit the URL to learn about the person experiencing homelessness, their background, and job skillset.

“Dusty and I being on the same page – we were just ready to spread our love,” Monroe’s wife, Karla Monroe, said.

She was immediately on board with the project, and now serves as the partnership’s taskforce director and treasurer.

“When this idea came up, it just more solidified what I wanted to teach my daughters,” Karla Monroe said.

Donations to people experiencing homelessness will be divided – 70% will go to the participant, 20% will be shared with a local non-profit of that person’s choice, and 10% will go to Humanize Austin.

The Monroes are waiting for final federal approval before launching in Austin, but their vision is already reaching beyond Central Texas.

“We have interests from New York City, Houston, and Boulder, Colorado,” Dusty Monroe said.

Serviço, Honra e Conhecimento

Quem demanda pela Ordem de Cavalaria e sente no mais profundo âmago do seu Ser, um desejo avassalador de se cumprir, tem um longo e árduo Caminho a percorrer.
Esse Caminho pode ser feito de Devir antes deste se tornar Dever.
Devir : tudo o que é Desejar, Gostar e Prazer – não falo de conceitos profanos e materialistas mas daquilo que nos aproxima da Felicidade verdadeira.
Dever : tudo o que é Vontade, Querer e Poder – ‘de factu’ e nunca ‘de juris’ ie sem fantasias nem ilusões mentais ie emocionais, racionais e espirituais.
O Dever ordenado pela mui Nobre e Sancta Ordem de Cavalaria de Cristo envolve sacrifício (é um Sacro Ofício, o Ofício do Escudo) e um sentido de Serviço que não é apenas ontológico mas obedece a uma filogenia singular e a uma capacidade, de pensar e agir, projectada por várias e muitas gerações futuras.

O Sacro-ofício de Cavalaria não é para todos mas o Caminho aberto e mantido pela Cavalaria de Cristo pode ser acedido por todos os que querem Honrar o sacrifício de Nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo, através do Serviço ordenado e a coberto da Ordem de Cavalaria. Assim nasceu o Templar Corps (https://templarcorps.org/): “…a group of men and women with a Templar background, organized locally in units spread across the world, ready to put their energy, passion and intelligence at the service of mankind.”

O Templar Corps é feito de Devir mesmo que este ainda não seja Dever Cavaleiresco e Sacro Ofício de Cavalaria. É para todos os poucos que ainda resistem no mundo e que não cederam ao desânimo e à resignação do que é quase nada por sempre ter sido pouco, inútil e fútil.

Para os que demandam pelo Templo de Salomão e pela Companhia da Cavalaria de Cristo, têm no Templar Corps a oportunidade de provarem a eles mesmos que servem para Servir e que merecem estar mais próximos dA Casa da Cavalaria de Cristo, independentemente de um dia, ao nascer do Sol Invictus, se descubram a si mesmos na e pela mui Nobre e Sancta Ordem de Cavalaria.

CORAGEM & FORÇA !!!

Miguel Guerreiro da Fabiana, KGOTJ
Hospitalário GP Portugal OSMTHU

The Call …

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Knights and Ladies, Elders in the Templar Faith ; we of theTemplar Corps, gathered around our spiritual Mission, we, very dedicated to the cause of the man ! For several centuries, men with greats hearts, have joined together to create groups, associations, organizations with a purely humanitarian vocation. Those texts of constitution of each branch of the Templar’s Order, have always given, as duties to all the Knights and Ladies, to regroup, organised themselves to work for the well-being of the World on the plans of: Safe, Education, social economic and cultural.

Faced with the escalation of the Social and humanitarian crisis and the violence that has raged for decades in the world; Faced with the disparity of basic humanitarian principles; Given the increase in the suffering of children, who are nevertheless considered as the future of each Nation.

Faced with the deterioration of morals and, where appropriate, the corruption of childhood, which develop particularly. Given our original mission, “none for us” can refrain from renewing our oath and stand up to fight the dehumanization and especially the attack on life and indifference characteristic of the Man of the 21st century. It is indeed imperative, but also, honorable, for the knights and ladies, Templars, to rise, as at the time of the crusades, and protect humanity, securing the future of children and others needed.

Faced with a catastrophic humanitarian crisis against childhood, adolescence and poorest or vulnerable people, the Knights Templars want, need and can set up help and support measures.

We must get to work and how

Like the hospitables houses and castles in which were installed Templars Commanderies, guarantors of the hospitality of the Templars of Jerusalem throughout the West and several countries in the world, The Initiative Templar Corps International inspired by our brothers of The OSMTHU, like the project “LA CENTRALE DES ŒUVRES TEMPLIERES POUR L’ENFANCE” (Central Templars’s Works for Children), abbreviated “LA COTE”, whose conception and realization are at the heart of the OSMTJ Humanitarian Mission in Africa based in Cameroon, can partly help, a prompt and permanent presence of Templars at the great Humanitarian table of the World. So, Let us help poor to find, peace, justice, education, health but above all … a life in our Castle: Our Heart . by taking to heart the projects and initiatives that are set up by the management of TCI but above all let us be the first actors of this great challenge which is not new for the Knights Templar that we have always remained over time and  space.  Let’s be in charge again for the fate of humanity which is in a new identity crisis.  Let us be the Soldiers of Peace in the World as our destiny has always been since ancient Jerusalem since Godfrey and his Eight Brothers.

For always remember that we made this promise to him: “not for us, but to his name be the Glory”

Templar Corps Signs Protocol with Sigillum Templi, main Spanish speaking Templar study club

The Templar Corps International (templarcorps.org) – Academy has signed a Protocol with Sigillum Templi the largest and most important Spanish speaking Templar research club. The first joint initiative is an online Study Course in Spanish about the Order of the Temple, starting the 25th of July.

In a short interview, Victor Padilla Nieto, Administrador General, gives us an idea of what we can expect from this collaboration.

TEMPLAR GLOBE: Victor, tell us about Sigilum Templi, how old it is and what kind of research or investigation you have published?

VICTOR PADILLA NIETO: Sigillum temple is a project created in 2015 by a multidisciplinary group that
studies History, mainly in the period of the historical Order of the Temple. This involves a series of lines of research to understand and subsequently disclose the environment where the Poor Companions of Christ appeared and their heritage.

TG: How can we join Sigilum Templi?

VPN: We have different ways of making this work available: a very dynamic Facebook page , a Medieval blog with more than 1500 entries, a radio program program that investigates the Hidden Keys to History and a website where research can be shared and with a private area for members.

TG: Is there a bulletin or magazine to subscribe?

VPN: Yes. For a few months now we have had two types of publications. A free and digital one called Cartularium Templi, which is published in PDF and distributed via Facebook and the web, and another under annual subscription, the Codice Sigillum, printed in full color with about 100 pages, authored by the most prestigious columnists and connoisseurs of the Middle Ages in general and of the Order of the Temple in particular.

TG: How important is the history of the Templars in the context of the Reconquista?

VPN: The importance of the reconquest in the Iberian peninsula by the order of the Temple is vital. The different peninsular Christian kingdoms cannot be conceived without their help. Mallorca, Valencia, Murcia, Seville, Algarve, among many others, are territories won by the Temple to the different kingdoms mentioned. Their participation in the conquest of Calatrava the old and the unequivocal victory in the Navas de Tolosa in which the chronicles highlight the Knights Templar as the most fearless.

TG: What motivates this partnership with Templar Corps?

VPN: The main reason for this association with Templar Corps is to be able to spread the story without dogmatism. Templar Corps is endorsed by a team of freethinkers that differentiates them from most entities with other, more or less, purposes with an agenda. Both Sigillum Templi and the Templar Corps are self-sufficient and independent entities.

TG: What can a student of this Course expect to learn?

VPN: In this Course, students will become fully aware of the vital importance of the Order in the Iberian Peninsula, and not only this, but they will also learn basic esoteric knowledge to understand the reason for many of their actions and the meaning behind them.

TG: Are science, art, architecture, knowledge and Templar spirituality relevant today or is it just a nostalgic reminder of the past?

VPN: Of course they are important. Nothing to do with nostalgia for the past. Templar iconography reveals to the initiate a path to esotericism. The sacred geometry applied to constructions has been increasingly valued with the application of new technologies of the 21st century. The organization of the Commanderies is a milestone in the Middle Ages. Food is regulated and applied with notions of dietetics and food hygiene… In summary, the continuity that ensures that the Order of the Temple is part of the Great Ancestral Tradition, shows the enormous knowledge that has been transmitted to all and for all.

Thank you Victor. We wish you the best for the Course.

You can find more information here:

Corpo de Serviço Templário no Algarve

Bom dia,

venho falar-vos um pouco deste nosso trabalho em construção na região do Algarve.

Desde há bastante tempo que as acções de serviço voluntário e humanitário, caritativas, são uma realidade entre nós, na Comenda de Laccobriga, sem, contudo, tomarem uma estruturação formal e de continuidade.

Com o advento deste novo projecto internacional da OSMTHU, através da implementação do Templar Corps International, abriu-se uma nova janela de oportunidade para que, através da união de vontades dispersas, possamos desenvolver um Serviço nas comunidades locais da região, de forma estruturada e continuada, formal e regular.

Para tal, aceitamos todos aqueles que, imbuídos deste espírito de missão, desta vontade e querer contribuir para um mundo melhor, possam juntar o seu trabalho ao nosso e, pelo conjunto, o resultado venha a ser profícuo e valoroso.

Qual o perfil do voluntário?

Gente de bom Coração e bons costumes. Gente que aprecie o sorriso de felicidade e de bem-estar plasmado na face de quem beneficia do nosso labor. Gente que assume e que cumpre a missão para a qual aceitou ser indigitada. Gente que se cumpre, que se realiza, no contribuir por um mundo melhor. Gente que reconhece e que sabe, que se identifica, com a matriz Templária de proteger e apoiar, mesmo que não sendo membro da Ordem (ou de qualquer Ordem ou de qualquer Organização formal, fraternal, nem mesmo de uma Associação), mas que sinta este impulso do cooperar activamente.

Como proceder?

Inscrever-se como membro no Templar Corps International e solicitar a conexão ao outspot do Algarve.

Victor Varela Martins

Knight Commander