Stream Energy Cares For Veterans, The Homeless, And Disaster Victims

What do veterans, the homeless, and natural disaster survivors have in common? They have all benefited from Stream Energy’s charitable initiative Stream Cares. Stream Energy is a Texas-based direct sales energy company. The company’s list of services extends beyond offering fixed-rate energy to individuals and businesses. Stream also provides cell phone service and technology that enables doctors to consult with patients remotely.

It is one thing for a company to give money and another to give time. Stream Energy gives both. Operation Once in a Lifetime reaches out to military personnel who have fallen on hard times. The organization answers the veteran’s fiscal and psychological needs. Stream Cares teamed with Operation Once in a Lifetime to provide vets and their families with transportation to a restaurant where Stream and Operation treated them to a barbecue lunch.

The day after the luncheon girls from military families visited the American Girl Experience as quests of Stream Cares. Stream employees served as chaperones on the trip and during the noon repast that was provided. If needed, Stream personnel also assisted the young ladies in choosing the new American Girl doll they would take home courtesy of Stream Cares.

In addition to Operation Once in a Lifetime Stream Energy has worked with Habitat for Humanity, the Red Cross, and Hope Supply Company. In 2017 Hurricane Harvey deluged areas of Houston with nearly five feet of water. The destruction that Harvey left in its wake was equal to that of Hurricane Katrina. The first relief money donated came from Stream Energy.

Every year 1000 homeless children can look forward to Stream Energy and Hope Supply Company treating them to a day at a water park. This event is another opportunity for Stream employees to interact directly with the people their company helps. When Hope Supply Company isn’t tending to the emotional needs of homeless children it tends to their material and educational needs. Senior Event Manager for Stream Kimberly Girard summed up what drives her employer’s charity work by declaring, “We’re an organization with heart…”

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The Power of the Media: Larkin & Lacey and Sheriff Joe

Journalists and co-owners of the media outlet Village Voice Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey gained national attention for serving 24 days in prison on what were later determined to be false charges stemming from the singular fact that they performed their jobs as journalists. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Larkin and Lacey Fruntera Fund | Crunchbase

They were reporting on the racially-motivated misdeeds of Arizona’s Maricopa County sheriff, Joe Arpaio, when Arpaio decided to lock them up on basically made-up charges. This incarceration caused a national outrage and got attention on Arpaio that he didn’t want.

Larkin and Lacey were charged with obstructing a Grand jury convened by Arpaio. They ran a news story on the secret Grand Jury, which Arpaio attempted to turn into obstruction. The Grand Jury had been called to investigate Larkin and Lacey, whom Arpaio hoped to imprison as a way of silencing them.

This was why the two found themselves in prison: Reporting on a Grand Jury that never should have been convened, which was convened to investigate them despite there being no real reason to do so.

Arpaio defended his actions in arresting the two, and continues to do so to this day. After their 24 days in Arpaio’s prisons, Larkin and Lacey were freed by a judges order, who threw out the charges against them and disbanded the Grand Jury on the grounds it was formed illegally.

Larkin and Lacey filed suit against Maricopa County, and won a multi-million dollar settlement. They used this money to start the Frontera Fund, which is a non-profit that seeks to protect the First Amendment rights of Americans, specifically Latinos, the group most harshly targeted by Arpaio’s policies. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/ and https://thenewsversion.com/2017/08/the-fall-of-sheriff-joe-arpaio-after-jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-controversy/

The two continue to speak out against Arpaio, referring people to their breadth of back-reporting as well as continuing to investigate and expose Arpaio’s corruption. Their reporting was partially responsible for Arpaio’s 2016 election loss, when he was voted out of office instead of winning his seventh consecutive term. Arpaio was then brought up on charges and, despite maintaining his innocence of any wrongdoing, convicted.

Before Arpaio could be sentenced for his conviction, President Donald Trump pardoned him. Arpaio had been one of the first to endorse Trump’s run for president, and Trump may have been returning the favor.

Arpaio then launched a bid to succeed John McCain in the U.S. Senate. He failed to gain the Republican nomination for the November election despite being enthusiastically endorsed by President Donald Trump