Saturday, December 19, 2009
This comes at an unfortunate time but it is necessary. The HeliOS Project will suspend our current operations as of Monday. We will take the next 30 to 45 days to re-evalute many aspects of what we do and how we do it.
At this time, we are without a vehicle to make our deliveries or donation pickups. We are still 1300 dollars short of taking delivery of our new one. Often, pickups or deliveries are scheduled or necessary when volunteers are simply not available and the stress of trying to get things scheduled with little to work with has given me pause.
Let me be more honest than some people will be comfortable with...aside from ending a sentence with a preposition. The HeliOS Project serves the city of Austin and the surrounding area. It is that city and that area that benefits from our labor. To this point, the Linux Community has largely supported our efforts and for that I am extremely and forever grateful...but you are not being directly served. The people of this area are. We are going to talk with key elements of this population and seek funding. If they don't see the value of what we do, then maybe it's not as valuable as we thought it to be.
We do have obligations to teach classes at different learning centers and will honor those. As well, Our Texas Grandchildren, a foundation built by Carole Keeton Strayhorn, will take delivery of the 30 computers we promised them. Aside from those commitments, we are going to stand down for a bit to see if we cannot find alternative ways of getting what we need in order to do what we do.
Of course, the Blog of helios will continue...probably at a greater rate now, so those who have noted the sparse postings, let me catch my breath and we'll get 'er done.
Again, please take a minute to enjoy this season. We don't always have the luxury of catching up with the next one.
blather and mumbling provided by Ken Starks at 6:40 PM