Who We Are: Goals / Objectives / Vision / Mission

KIDS OFF THE BLOCK, INC. (KOB) is a non-profit 501©3 community based organization founded by Diane Latiker in 2003. She started the program in her home.

AT-RISK YOUTH ARE THE TARGET POPULATION OF KOB. Services are focused on “at-risk” youth in the Pullman Community Area, a low-to-moderate income community located on the far south side of Chicago. The Community Area includes part of three political wards, Roseland, West Pullman, and Pullman. • 94.8% of the population is African-American; • 12.5% have a college degree; • 20.2% have not completed high school; • 43.1% are unemployed; • 37.5% of the population lives below the poverty level; • Women head 26.3% of the families.

Behind these bulleted demographic statistics lurks a minefield of factors that militate towards the development of “at-risk” youth in the Pullman Community Area. For a youth living in a home below the poverty level, in a family headed by a woman, and with no employed or minimally employed adult almost guarantees the youngster’s designation as “at-risk.

The home and family life of “at-risk” youth are often disrupted by the harsh realities of hard poverty. Often there are issues of “serial fathers” who are resented by older male youth or a possible threat to young girls. Domestic violence becomes a constant in the experiences of these families. Drug use is often the resort of depressed and overwhelmed parents. Family events and celebrations exist only by imperiling the household budget for the balance of the month.

To offset these budget crunches mothers may attempt employment. Decent paying jobs are few and far between. If they do exist they are located in distant neighborhoods at an hour and a half or more from the home. If an extended family is not available, the youth are pressed into taking care of younger children. Especially for the young men in these homes there exists no teacher, no mentor, and no reliable role model. The youth rebels against his mother and sets out to find his own source of income and a coterie of friends that will provide him with a sort of safety on the streets.

Un-doctored statistics suggest that upwards of 76% of these youth drop out of high school or are “no-shows” for high school after grade school graduation. The streets are a “finishing school” for them. To fulfill the need for some sort of safety and structure, and to feel a sense of belonging “at-risk” youth often turn to gangs. Gangs lead to the drug trade and often to drug use and other crime. At the same time, gang rivalry leads to the dangers of being shot on the streets. Shootings occur on a regular if not daily basis. Robbery is a daily occurrence. Burglary is rampant.

The systems such as Grammar Schools, Park Districts, and High Schools in the immediate neighborhoods of Pullman Community Area offer a rather bare menu of services for youngsters. Most of the “at-risk” youth have rarely if ever left the environment of their community. They would be lost in the hustle and bustle of the Loop. Cultural events that happen in many of the Wards of the city are none-existent in their community. If events do occur safe transportation to and from the events becomes an issue. The school system cannot afford the effort to maintain youth in school. Many of the teenage youth cannot read at a sixth grade level. The High Schools consider expulsion as the best solution to many problematic behaviors. Gang rivalry and “clicks” (groups of youth from various gangs who work together to intimidate non-committed youngsters) are an additional challenge to any youth with an interest in education.

FAITHFUL TO ITS MISSION, THIS YOUNG AGENCY HAS COBBLED TOGETHER AN ARRAY OF SERVICES WITHIN A SAFE PLACE WHERE ADOLESCENTS HAVE A CHANCE TO DEVELOP AND TO GROW INTO SUCCESSFUL ADULTS. The goal of KOB is social change – Our mission is to involve these youth in alternatives to gang violence, drugs sales/usage, school truancy and the juvenile justice system. KOB’s work with youth emphasizes self-development that leads to change. Through individual meetings and group discussions new recruits are encouraged to assess their current situation and identify skills and a knowledge base needed to achieve the goals they have targeted. Young people are actively involved in all operations of KOB from program planning and design to actual implementation.

The “at-risk” youth are involved in Health Workshops, Cultural Events, Educational Tutoring and celebrations in their honor for achievements and participation. The density and variety of programming invites these youngsters to come “off the streets” and become engaged in events that are conducted in a safe and caring environment.

THE ORGANIZATION’S KEY OBJECTIVES ARE:

 To create a positive environment where youth can feel free to be creative;  To provide exposure to other cultures, ethnic groups, communities, and activities;  To work with each youth as an individual to promote continued positive development;  To cultivate skills and meet the needs of the young people we serve;  To celebrate their accomplishments.

The organization reaches out to the most “at-risk” youth in the area to provide them with access to a path that leads away from self-destruction and economic impoverishment. In order to achieve its Mission, KOB provides a multi-service youth program which focuses on those aspects of young people’s lives, which promote good health, educational achievement, and personal and social growth. The organization describes itself as a “holistic care center for prevention, personal growth and empowerment.” KOB provides a safe place “off the block” especially for those young people who do not feel welcomed by traditional youth programs.

Activities / Recognitions

2007

o Partnered with the City of Chicago in the After School Matters Program o Participated in MLK Day with Service for Peace o KOB hosted new program “Hip Hop Light Plates” o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK hosts “Clean & Green Day” in conjunction with Global Youth Service Day o KOB receives new and used computers, printers to start a computer lab for youth o Curtis Elementary School offers space to KOB to house it’s Tutoring/Mentoring programs o Music studio is upgraded from donations of new equipment o KOB hosts it’s 4th Annual Basketball Championship at Curtis School o KOB “Village Leaders” hosts Speak up, Speak out rally in honor of Blair Holt o KOB “Teens against Violence” March with CAPS, Ceasefire, and block clubs. o Six KOB youth are featured in CLTV special “Deadly Lessons” with News Anchor Tonya Francisco o 25 KOB teens graduate from across the city, 4 from high school that went on to college o CEO of KIDS OFF THE BLOCK is Honored by Ebony Magazine o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Marches with The Black Star Project in downtown Chicago o Columbia College Partners with KIDS OFF THE BLOCK and Youth Communications for the Promise Program (teaching youth about journalism) o KOB hosts “A Community for Unity Tribute”, honoring all youth killed by violence in Chicago o World Federation of Peace honors KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Executive Director with Ambassador for Peace Award o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Featured in ABC-7 Special “Keeping Kids Busy, Keeps Then Off The Streets. o KOB CEO & Youth Members Participate in ABC-7 Special “Stopping The Violence”. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosts it’s 1st Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner o KOB Christmas Party was held at Curtis Elementary School 2008 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK became a coalition member of The Roseland Safety Network / Department of Human Services o KOB held it’s 1st March Against Youth Violence / along with a video shoot to launch our new campaign “Save A Teen / Do Something” o KOB created it’s 1st music video Save A Teen / Do Something o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosts 2nd Annual Clean and Green Day in April

2008

o Featured on Fox News in April o Featured in Citizen’s Newspapers in May o Featured in Chicago Tribune Magazine in June 2008 o CEO featured in Chicago Sun-Times in August as 1 of 50 People Who Make Chicago a Better Place o CEO of KOB was a panelist on Chicago Center’s forum about Youth Violence o CEO of KOB was a guest on “Eight Forty Eight” radio show with Host Richard Steele o KOB, along with community partners, hosted The Roseland Youth Festival in September o KOB, along with community partners hosted The Peace Fest in Harvey, IL o CEO of KOB was featured on WYCC Channel 20 TV about Youth Violence o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured in the Voorkant newspapers in the Netherlands (Holland) o KOB is featured in The Gospel Tribune in October o KOB receives award from the State’s Attorney Office for Victim Service o KOB receives award from The Pastor’s Network of Illinois o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was honored with a fundraiser at Percy L. Julian High School by the Honors Society and was featured in their school newspaper o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured in the fall issue of The Residents Journal 2008 Fall Issue o Founder/President Diane Latiker received the Roseland Business Council Community Service Award in November 2008 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosted it’s 2nd Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner o KOB was featured on Fox News (Feed A Teen) o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured in the BET Special “Heart of the City” Chicago’s War on Violence / December 7, 2008 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Partnered with Curtis Elementary School to offer Tutoring Program for grades 3rd thru 8th o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosts 3rd Annual Christmas Party in 2008 o KOB was featured on WGN-Channel 9, and CLTV News

2009

o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK travels to Washington for the Inauguration o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK featured in Time Magazine in January 2009 (twice) o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Founder has been chosen for the Lewis Hines Award o St. John Baptist Church Hosts KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Day in February 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK featured in Time Online Magazine in February 2009 o KOB Partners with Public Allies to offer 25 youth community organizing workshops o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Founder Diane Latiker receives Parent Hall of Fame Award o Organization featured on NBC-5 regarding Youth Violence in March 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Memorial Tribute to youth killed by violence featured on front page of the Chicago Defender Newspaper. o KOB became a coalition partner in the Roseland Community Collaborative (RCC) to combat recidivism among youth returning from the juvenile justice system. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK CEO and family traveled to New York to receive the Lewis Hine Award in March 2009. o KOB received it’s certificate to become a “Promise Place” through America’s Promise Alliance (Founders: Mr. and Mrs. Colin Powell) o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK hosts Candle Lighting Ceremony for families of Youth Killed at KOB Memorial Tribute site in April 2009 o KOB featured in Sun-Times Newspaper, Chicago Tribune, and on ABC-7 News, CLTV, WGN, and NBC-5. o KOB featured on CNN “Children Killed in Chicago” in May 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK featured on Anderson Cooper 360 in May 2009 o Diane Latiker featured on CNN’s Don Lemon in May 2009 o KOB Teens Create Safe Sex Ringtone “Strapless” for Aids Foundation of Chicago’s New Campaign “With Me Comes A Cure” o KOB interviewed by AL-Jazeera TV in May 2009 o KOB featured in Guardian News Magazine/TV special in June 2009 o KOB starts it’s summer jobs program for 53 youth in June 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK gets approved for Summer Nutrition Program in June 2009. o KOB attends rally at Thompson Center to protest cuts to human service programs in June 2009 o KOB is part of Roseland Safety Networks trip to Springfield, IL to rally against cuts to service programs in June 2009 o KOB youth attend three day camp at O’Hare Airport with CAPS and Tuskegee Airman to learn about careers in Aviation o KOB girls/young women (15) attended workshop at UIC about Women in Corporate Leadership sponsored by the McDonalds and the WNBA Chicago Sky Women’s Basketball Team, they also got to attend the game. o KOB youth attended the Black Women’s Expo at McCormick Place in July 2009 o KOB participated in Alderman Anthony Beale’s (9th Ward) 10th Back to School Parade 8-22-09 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK attended the HBCU and Nation of Islam “Anti-Violence Rally on 8-29-09 o KOB was featured on Fox News and CBS concerning youth violence in September 2009 o KOB along with Safety Networks presented a Youth Town Hall Meeting to address the violence in Roseland in October 2009 o KOB won the Nike Back Your Block Grant in October 2009 o Diane Latiker was a panelist for Hip Hop Detox on Youth Violence in November 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK participated in the 100 Pastors “Stop the Violence” Forum in November 2009 o KOB participated in the American Bar Association Panel Discussion “Time to Deliver” at Chicago State University in November 2009 o KOB youth participated in Youth Voices Against Violence Friday Night HIV/AIDS Awareness Forum in November 2009 o KOB hosted it’s 3rd Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner in November 2009 o KOB was featured on CBS 2 for “Feed A Teen” 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK gave Christmas gifts to six needy families (coats, hats, shoes, games and monetary donation) December 2009 2010 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK started it’s program at Fenger High School to serve 160 students at Fenger and 40 students at the Feeder Schools in January

2010

o KOB was awarded a 2010 CDBG grant for it’s Summer Basketball and Cultural Arts Program in January o KOB participated in the CAPS “Stop the Violence” Rally with Mayor Daley in January 2010 o KOB launched its No Snitching “Keeping it 100 / Enough is Enough” Billboard Campaign. 2-6-2010 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK partnered with Moody Bible Institute in February for the Family Food Give-A-Way. We gave 50 bags of groceries to 50 families. o Founder Diane Latiker was 1 of 3 people honored on Anderson Cooper (CNN) for Black History Month. o Founder Diane Latiker featured in CNN story on the Gun Ban in Illinois. February 2010 o KOB honored with banner in Nike Factory store on 84th Cottage Grove. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Featured on Chicago Tonight / Channel 11 o KOB hosted it’s 2nd Leaders In Training ( L.I.T.) workshop in March 2010 o KOB took 10 youth from Fenger High School and Curtis Elementary to Atlanta to visit the King Center. o KOB was honored at the Fox News Celebration of the “Peabody Award” by Darlene Hill o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK participated in the 2nd Annual “Peace Walk” with the Youth Peace Center of Roseland o KOB hosted it’s 1st Annual “Safe Summer Bar-B-Que on June 12th at Palmer Park o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK moved into it’s new center in July of 2010 o KOB held a 2 Day Celebration for it’s 7th Year Anniversary in July 2010 o The 3rd Community for Unity Event was held in honor of slain youth. KOB released butterflies and balloons. o Diane Latiker received the Ephraim Bahar Community Service Award in July 2010 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK hosted the “Legacy” Management training series in partnership with GSA for young adults in KOB. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured on PBS Broadcasting for their “Need to Know” TV series in August 2010. o KOB was a partner in the 3rd Annual “Peace Fest” at Olive Harvey College in August of 2010. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK participated in Alderman Anthony Beale’s “Back to School Parade with Roseland Safety Networks. o KOB participated in the “All I Do Is Win” Back to School Festival at South Side Help Center in August 2010 o KOB was featured in the documentary “On the Frontlines” at the Black Harvest Film Festival in August 2010 o Diane and Aisha Latiker were featured on WVON 1390 radio show in August 2010 o Diane Latiker was invited to Washington, DC to participate in a panel discussion on Youth Violence with Congressman Bobby Rush. o Kids Off The Block participated in the Walk for Peace with ICARE and St. Sabina Church. o Kids Off The Block featured in Black Enterprise Magazine in October 2010 o Kids Off The Block honored by The Chicago Community Trust at their 95th Anniversary Celebration o Kids Off The Block was featured in the Chicago Defender in October 2010 o Kids Off The Block hosted its 4th Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner o Kids Off The Block and Wal-mart partnered together and fed over 900 people in December 2010 • 2011 • o KOB hosted MLK Day with Mellenium High School teachers and students on 1-17-2011 o KOB hosted two Lunchroom Takeovers at Fenger High School (Outreach Events) 2-2011 o KOB began Health/Nutrition and Fitness Classes at Fenger High School o KOB began Entertainment class at Fenger High School o KOB began Basketball / Mentoring Program at Songhai Elementary o KOB was featured on WCIU Channel 26 (The U) o KOB Youth were honored by The Hinsdale Unitarian Church in Downer’s Grove, IL o Kids Off The Block Founder Diane Latiker was honored with the Black Heritage Award (Marion N’Zinga Stamps) o KOB began Line Dancing Classes for Youth

2011

o KOB hosted 25 youth for Movie/Dinner Night o KOB was featured on the Michael Baisden Show 4-2011 o KOB Founder was CNN Hero of the week 4-2011 o KOB attended tour of Ace Tech Alternative School o KOB youth participated in the Marcus Hendricks Foundation Event o Kids Off The Block took over 30 youth to Washington, DC to march in the rally for jobs and education with Congressman Bobby Rush in May 2011 o KOB and SEIU partnered for two months on outreach activities in Roseland o KOB was a part of Roseland Safety Networks trip to Springfield to meet with Senator Emil Jones 111 and Governor Pat Quinn o Kids Off The Block hosted New CPS Chief Claude Brizzard with Community Leaders of Roseland 6-2011 o CEO Diane Latiker was honored with a Special Youth Activist Award by Fenger High School Principal Elizabeth Dozier in June 2011 o Kids Off The Block hosted the 2nd Annual Safe Summer Bar-B-Q at Palmer Park o KOB participated in The 2nd Annual “Peace Walk” o KOB Youth Advisor Aisha Latiker was featured on You and Me in the Morning Channel 26/The U in July 2007 o KOB participated a Mock Townhall Meeting with SEIU for jobs, and education o Chicago Youth Centers visited KOB with over 30 young people from all over the country o Kids Off The Block hosted a meeting with New Deputy Director of the Chicago Crime Commission Jodie Weis in July 2011 o Kids Off The Block was awarded a grant for 20 jobs for local youth by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources 7-2011 o The Dwayne Wade Foundation with the “Keepers of the Village” Award honors founder of KOB Diane Latiker. 8-2011 o Founder/President Diane Latiker named CNN Top 10 Hero 2011 9-22-2011 o Donor builds KOB Basketball Court on Memorial Lot o Diane Latiker featured in the Chicago Crusader Newspaper o Diane Latiker featured in Tom Joyner’s Black American Web Newspaper 10-2011 o KOB Founder received the Civic Advocacy Award from the Illinois Against Handgun Violence organization October 2011 o Diane Latiker was invited to Abu Dhabi to participate in the Festival of Thinkers 2011 Conference. November 2011 o KOB Founder receives award from Dubai Minister of Justice November 2011 o Diane Latiker receives recognition from the 97th Senate of Illinois November 2011 o KOB Youth Leaders travel to St. Louis, MO to meet with the City Council November 2011 o Diane Latiker and family went to LA to receive her CNN Top 10 Award 12-11-2011 o Diane Latiker received the Community Leader Award from the Roseland Hospital Foundation Board 12-16-2011 o Diane Latiker was featured in the Chicago Tribune Newspaper “Remarkable Woman” in December 2011 o Kids Off The Block receives a donation (1 2010 Van, 10 HP Computers, and a printer) 12-30-2011 •

2012

o Kids Off The Block hosted its 2nd Annual “Speak Up, Peace Out” event with 32 students from Gwendolyn Brooks High School on MLK Day. 1-16-2012 o Diane Latiker spoke at CICS Prairie Charter school to over 200 students, grades 6th through 8th on 1-25-2012 o Diane Latiker spoke to 120 Sophomores at Carver Military Academy on 2-1-2012 o Kids Off The Block hosted 20 youth for a Night of Fun (bowling and skating) on 2-1-2012 o Diane Latiker was nominated for the DVF Award on 2-2-2012. o Diane Latiker was interviewed by DreamBig Magazine in Seoul, South Korea on 2-3-2012 o Diane Latiker has been invited to speak to over 250 incarcerated women in Atlanta on 2-23-2012 o Diane Latiker has been invited to speak at Harvard University to the Black Lawyers Student Association 3-3-2012 o Diane Latiker was guest panelist on “Taking Back Our Streets” at Apostolic Faith Church on 210-12 o Diane Latiker was guest speaker at Development School for Youth in February 2012. o KOB “Tha Movement” and Diane Latiker went to Toronto, Canada to complete their album. March 2012 o Kids Off The Block was featured in Hometown Heroes with Ty Pennington in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was featured on 2nd Chance Radio with Kenny Anderson in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was a guest speaker at Harvard University for the Black Law Students Spring Event. May 2012 o KOB “Tha Movement” featured in What’s Da Bizniz magazine in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was a featured speaker at the ETA Theatre in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was a featured speaker at Northern Illinois University (NIU) to over 400 students in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was on CNN speaking about the violence on June 11, 2012 o On Sunday, July 1, 2012, Kids Off The Block will be one of the featured organizations on ABC’s Secret Millionaire. o Diane Latiker spoke at ELCA Convention in New Orleans, LA at the Superdome to 35,000 students from across the country o Kids Off The Block hosts “Labor Day Tournament / Peace in the Hood” 9-3-2012 o Kids Off The Block partners with Chicago Excel 9-4-12 o Kids Off The Block joins H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People Endure) a initiative of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s CARE Project 9-8-12 o Diane Latiker was a panelist at All Star Project’s conversation about afterschool event. 1-26-12 o US Customs and Border Protection Team lays wreath at foot of Memorial Tribute to honor fallen youth. 11-9-12 o Kids Off The Block hosted its 5th Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner. 11-15-12 o Kids Off The Block hosted “HIV & AIDS Awareness for Youth event with Center for Community Health and Vitality. 12-1-12 o Diane Latiker was a panelist at Columbia Links Town Hall meeting “Don’t Shoot I Want to Grow Up”. 11-15-12 o Kids Off The Block was featured in a News One article about “Feed A Teen Thanksgiving Day Dinner”. 11-16-12 o Kids Off The Block participated in an Anti-Youth Violence video with Mid C Media to bring attention to the violence in Chicago. 12-5-12 o Kids Off The Block was featured in a CNN video to update its viewers about the work of the organization. 12-3-12 o Kids Off The Block hosted its 5rd Annual “Toy Giveaway” at Fenger High School. 12-15-12 •

2013

o Diane Latiker was featured in Black America Web. 1-5-13 o Diane Latiker was featured in “The WIP” online newspaper. 1-7-13 o Diane Latiker placed a full-page ad and wrote a letter to President Obama. 1-7-13 o Met Jonny Imerman of Imerman Angels / 2012 CNN Hero 1-8-13 o Dorothy Brown Clerk of the Circuit

What Ratio of Bleach to Water is Safe For Carpet Cleaning?

It can be easy to judge someone for having a dirty and uncared for rug, but you need to realize that such a thing can happen to anyone no matter how proactive they think they are at this current point in time. You see, carpet cleaning is a really difficult challenge to surmount because of the various things that need to be kept in mind while performing it. Hence, it can be surprisingly easy to let things get this far, but suffice it to say that just because things have gotten this bad doesn’t mean they have to stay that way without a shadow of a doubt.

After all, you can use all kinds of rug cleaning methods to make up for the years of neglect. One thing that you might be forced to do is use some bleach while cleaning out the one and only rug that is within your ownership. Some people might be up in arms about us saying this because they would assert that bleach is incredibly damaging to both synthetic as well as organic carpet fibers. However, we feel like if you dilute the bleach enough you can use it in a really say way.

The ideal ratio of bleach to water is about one cup of bleach to about one to one and a half gallons of water. This makes it so that the bleach would not strip any color out of your rug, and what’s more is that you can take advantage of the germ killing power that this chemical has. Bleaching your rug with a diluted dose allows you to rejuvenate it for the most part.

How Long After Pressure Washing Fence to Stain?

The fence that is surrounding your home is a really important aspect of your property rights. A big part of the reason why that is the case has to do with the fact that it demarcates the boundaries of your property, and anyone that tries to climb past these fences would need to justify their presence otherwise you can have them arrested for trespassing in some way, shape or form. However, fences are not restricted to this purely functional type of usage.

Rather, they can also be used as a type of aesthetic upgrade to the home that you are currently residing within the four boundary walls of at any given point in time. Suffice it to say that a beautiful stained fence can make your property look very appealing and drive up its real estate value, but when you start treating your fence like a visual feature pressure washing it can become a lot harder to handle. After all, your fence’s beautiful stain coating will disappear when you pressure wash it, so you should be ready to stain it once again when you are done.

That said, we feel it necessary to mention that you need to wait a couple of days after pressure washing a fence before you can stain it. Water that the fence absorbed will keep leaking out in tiny droplets, and these droplets can ruin the stain coating and make it get a weepy and unattractive appearance. Good quality stain work needs a dry surface to cling to, so you need to make sure that your fence is dry enough to make that a reality otherwise you will regret it in the long run.

Is Solar Panel Installation Worth It?

It’s pretty amazing that we have the entirety of our planet available to us. The world is so huge that it is more or less impossible that you or indeed anyone else could see all that it contains, but suffice it to say that despite the massive size of this planet, we must face the fact that it is the only one that we know of that is capable of sustaining human life. A big part of the reason why that is the case has to do with the fact that every single other planet that we have discovered doesn’t even have an atmosphere let alone liquid water, and that means that if we destroy our current planet in some way, shape or form, we wouldn’t have anywhere else to go at any given point in time.

We’re very lucky to have the earth to live on, so it is high time that we started to take responsibility for it. Hiring someone from Greenleaf Solar to install some solar panels for you is a pretty reasonable first step to take in this matter. Solar power is absolutely incredible because it can generate massive quantities of energy without requiring the burning of carbon emitting fuels like gasoline or coal.

Solar panel installation is worth it because of this factor alone, but it’s by no means the only thing that makes it worthwhile. Another important aspect of solar panels that make them highly useful is that they let you generate electricity at little to no cost. The investment required to install them pales in comparison to the thousands upon thousands of dollars that you would save on your various utility bills.

How Can I Find Someone to Design My Kitchen?

Moving into your very own place is something that would leave you feeling truly excited about the range of possibilities that you can now explore at will at any given point in time. However, it is important to remember that you can’t just leave your home barren and devoid of any decoration. If nothing else, you should at the very least consider using some smart interior design to make your house a bit more visually appealing in some way, shape or form.

A big part of the reason why that is the case has to do with the fact that bare bones homes can become difficult to live in for a long enough number of years. If you can only manage to design one part of the home that you are planning to live in for as long as you can manage, it would be best if you hired ThinkDzine Interiors for your kitchen. A kitchen that has been designed really well and has plenty of open space and natural light is the sort of thing that could potentially end up making it so that you would cook far more often.

Cooking more can result in you being healthier, because you wouldn’t be stuffing your face with fast food, processed snacks or other junk. Kitchens are also somewhat central to most homes, so by upgrading it you can have a wider impact on the rest of your house as well without necessarily having to spend any on designing those areas on some kind of an individual basis. Kitchen design is instrumental to turning your house into a home that is full of comfort, warmth and security.

Is It Hard to Become a Patent Attorney?

Nothing in this world that would get you on the path to enjoying a much higher quality of life will come easy, so if you want to make your way in the world you need to be ready to put the requisite grind and hard work into your daily routine in some way, shape or form. We can think of a lot of examples where such a thing might be relevant, but none are more pertinent than the process by which you might become a lawyer at any given point in time.

A big part of the reason why that is the case has to do with the fact that lawyers need to go through a very long and exhausting journey that starts with them going to university for four years as a pre-law student, after which they would do four more years of law school. Suffice it to say that the trademark attorneys that you have seen shaping the way in which the world is functioning didn’t stop after law school, and instead they devoted their efforts on specializing in further fields so that they could be ready for a proper career by their mid thirties.

Hence, the question of whether becoming a patent attorney is hard or easy is a bit of a tricky one to answer. The simplest way to answer this is that patent attorneys definitely do have to work really hard to get to where they are, but that doesn’t mean that the work is impossible for you to do. It’s all about managing your time, and if you do this you can get well on your way to a long and illustrious career.

Can Pressure Washing Damage Windows?

The invention of glass is arguably one of the most underrated forms of innovation that humanity has ever been able to take part in throughout our long history. Just think about it, a few thousand years ago people didn’t have glass at all, and as a result of the fact that this is the case they made windows that were covered with wooden window covers and if they wanted to let some light in there was no way for them to keep dust and hot air out whilst doing so without a shadow of a doubt.

The great thing about glass is that it allows you to flood your home with massive quantities of natural light at this current point in time, and it does not have any impact on the cleanliness or temperature of your internal home environment. Cleaning glass is also a pretty easy thing for you to take part in, but suffice it to say that a pressure washing service Conroe can be a bit risky in this regard if you don’t let a professional handle the task for you and instead think yourself capable enough to do it with your own two hands.

Imprecise pressure washing is bound to damage windows by putting a few cracks in them, and there is also a chance that the window would end up shattering entirely. Hence, you should use a lower pressure setting with the dial pushed as far back as it can go. This creates enough pressure to wash the grease and dirt off, but it’s not even close to being high enough to exceed the force and pressure that glass is capable of withstanding for the most part.

Is Professional Carpet Cleaning Worth It?

Many of the services that you might acquire over the course of your years of living life are not all that essential for you if you try your best to get skills that are necessary for their performance. Plenty of people hire professionals for various things such as sorting out their plumbing, and if you adopt a DIY approach suffice it to say that you can save so much money that your finances would become several orders of magnitude easier for you to stay in control of at the end of the day.

However, you shouldn’t be DIY about everything, and in some situations hiring a carpet cleaning service Baytown might be better than trying to do it all on your lonesome. You can clean your carpet reasonably well yourself if you have the equipment for it, but this equipment is rather expensive since it is meant to be used in commercial contexts rather than being for residential use. Since you only need to deep clean your carpet twice a year at most, spending this much money into equipment just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense from our humble perspective.

That’s why we feel like people should at the very least consider hiring someone for professional carpet cleaning. It makes things more affordable for you because you can pay for the services as and when required instead of blocking a huge chunk of cash whilst buying an item that you are not going to use all that often in the long run. Another thing that makes hiring a professional worth it is that they probably have a lot of skills that can come in handy for using the machines properly.

Is a Pressure Washing Business Worth It?

Life usually involves you making countless decisions, and if you are feeling overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of choices that you are being forced to make you should know that you are not alone at all. Everyone feels like this from time to time, so much so that scientists have actually given this feeling a name which is decision fatigue. This is the sort of thing that most if not all people end up experiencing at some point or another over the course of their future living years, and a great way to parse your decisions is to first and foremost ask whether they are worth the effort to start off with.

You have likely heard a lot of people telling you about Friendswood power washing and how it is a solid business that you should start dipping your toes into sooner rather than later. Since you are following our aforementioned line of logic, you might be wondering if starting a pressure washing business all on your lonesome would be worth your while from an objective enough point of view.

As far as we are concerned, a pressure washing business is so worth it that you would be a fool not to get into it as soon once all has been said and is now out of the way. The reason behind this is that it has a really high profit margin because it just involves buying some pressure washing equipment, and people are so happy with the results that they are more willing to forgive this margin than might have been the case otherwise. Hence, you can clearly see just how amazing such a business can be.

How Would You Provide Support to a Person With a Disability?

If you enjoy the peak of physical health during the present era, there is no telling when something or the other might occur that would strip you of your health once all has been said and is now out of the way. This can come in the form of a car accident, a trauma that ruins your mental state, or indeed any of the numerous other accidents that can get in the way of people making the most of the lives that only they can lead.

Whether you are the person that requires support or alternatively if you want to acquire disability support for your family members who need it, suffice it to say that figuring out the ideal process by which this support can be provided would be rather fruitful for you. The key to providing support to someone that is living with a disability is to first and foremost be mindful of what they are trying to say. Doctors can also weigh in by giving you advice with regards to what needs to be done to ensure a good quality of life for the disabled person, but the most essential thing is the opinion of the person in question.

Unless the disabled individual is suffering from significant mental impairment, chances are that they would be able to voice their concerns and desires. Listening to them can make it easier for you to help them than might have been the case otherwise, and that’s why we are focusing on teaching people about this crucial aspect of disability care. They might also need various other things like financial support which usually come in second.

How Long Does It Take a Carpet Cleaner to Clean a Room

For those who are about to get their carpet cleaned from a service provider but are really confused about what to expect from them and what the results should be, they have opened the right link because this article is about answering a few of those important questions that ring to our mind when we are about to avail such services from the service providers, and having these questions is natural because we don’t avail such services on a routine basis and when we are spending money on something we need answers.

First of all if you are confused about the time it would take a cleaner to clean a room then you should expect a professional to clean the bedroom carpet in twenty minutes, but that can change if the bedroom size is relatively larger but it would usually take a few more minutes, while the cleaning takes a lot less time than one might think but the process doesn’t end there because you have to allow adequate time for it to dry and that is where the confusion lies, I have read that it might take up to seventy two hours to get the carpet cleaned, the professionals don’t spend that many hours cleaning your home’s carpet, they clean it in a couple of hours depending on the size of the rooms and then you have to wait patiently for at least twenty four hours for the carpet to dry before placing the furniture.

The time it would take for the experts to clean the carpet also depends on the condition of your carpet and sometimes heavy pressure applied while cleaning can damage it permanently, so you must get it cleaned more often and carpet cleaning Humble doesn’t get any better than Vipertech carpet cleaning.

What Should I Look For in an Espresso Machine?

If you have recently made the decision to buy an espresso machine and add it to your kitchen ensemble, the very first thing that you should do is pat yourself on the back for making what will arguably be the single best choice of your life once all has been said and is now out of the way. After that, chances are that you would want to start figuring out what you should be on the lookout for when you are out searching for espresso machines that will be worth the price that you are willing to pay for them.

The most important thing to look for in an espresso machine is how durable it is. The reason behind this is that some espresso machines are built to be rather fragile, and while they might help you make a few espressos for a short duration eventually they would break down because they are not capable of taking the immense heat that espresso brewing almost always involves. It would be ideal for you to look through the numerous offerings at https://coffeeshan.com/ so that you can buy a coffee machine that is a great deal more trustworthy than might have been the case otherwise.

The second thing that you should factor into your espresso machine buying process is the kind of pressure that the machine is capable of producing. Espresso machines should be able to generate at the very least ten bars of pressure, and it would be much more suitable if they manage to bring this up to twenty bars just in case you need to make a different kind of coffee and broaden your espresso options.

Is It Worth Buying a House in Kitsap County?

There is a certain kind of calm that would envelop you after you have finally purchased a house that you can call your own without anyone getting the chance to claim that they are a landlord who is entitled to rental payments that you would need to make every month or sometimes as frequently as every single week. Buying a house is something that can help you avoid excess expenses at this current point in time, but suffice it to say that your choice of which area you want to buy a dwelling in is one that you should not take all that lightly without a shadow of a doubt.

Countless people that recently bought a home find themselves ruing their decisions and regretting them to no end because they feel like they bought a home in the wrong area. As a result of the fact that this is the case, we are trying to show people that homes for sale Kitsap County are some of the best options that they currently have the ability to take advantage of.

Buying a house in Kitsap County is worth it because this is one of the safest counties in the state, and as if that wasn’t already enough to justify you purchasing a residential domicile in this environ it also has a lot of facilities that will improve your quality of life to boot. The combination of low crime rates and excellent schools makes this county one of the most amazing ones in the entire country, let alone Washington State, and you would do well to buy the first home that you can buy based on the listings that are put up.

How Does Technology Affect Welding?

Metal might seem like a truly commonplace kind of substance in the world of today, but suffice it to say that just a few thousand years ago it was a very difficult material for anyone to end up working with any way, shape or form. You might not think that a few thousand years is all that recent, but bear in mind that human beings have been around for hundreds of thousands of years, and for the vast majority of our existence on this planet we have not been able to use all that much metal at any given point in time.

A big part of the reason why that is the case has to do with the fact that it was previously really impossible for us to melt metal and turn it into a workable enough substance, but the great thing about living in this modern day and age is that there are things like the welding industry that allow us to take advantage of metal and all of the benefits that it can send our way. Technology has affected welding by enabling us to generate temperatures that make welding an actual possibility in the first place, and you might want to take that into account the next time you use a metal based item in your day to day life.

Technology has improved both the heat levels that we can generate in order to melt and conjoin two pieces of metal and it has also vastly increased the precision with which this can be done. Anything that you buy that is welded is the byproduct of many centuries of progress which you should definitely be really grateful for.

Do Dining Chairs Have to Match?

Getting married is the kind of endeavor that most people would say is worthwhile for them to take part in since it enables them to go through life with a partner that would always be willing to help them with anything that they might end up struggling with. After you get married, there is a pretty good chance that you would want to improve your living standards so that when your spouse moves in with you he or she can feel like they have made the best kind of decision that was available to them.

The truth of the situation is that if you don’t own dining chairs Dubai yet, suffice it to say that you would need to buy them before your spouse moves in. This is because of the fact that not having dining chairs can give them the impression that you really don’t have your life together and that is not something that you would want going through their head at any point at all. Another thing that we would like to tell you is that you can’t just buy random dining chairs and place them around a table, quite on the contrary you need to find a set of chairs that match one another in terms of their design scheme.

The fact of the matter is that when you buy a dining chair you’re not just going to be sitting on it to eat. It will also form a strong component of how your home appears from the inside, and boosting your aesthetics by buying matching dining chairs will put you on course for a married life that will be all that you have ever dreamed it would be.

How Many Times Should You Pressure Wash Your House?

Some of the most important considerations that can help you optimize your life all boil down to frequency. Do you want to live a more carbon neutral life? Reducing the frequency of car usage can be a huge help in that regard. Are you trying to lose some weight at this current point in time? Chances are that increasing the frequency of exercise in your weekly routine can make that more likely than would have otherwise ended up being the case without a shadow of a doubt.

This is something that you should think about when looking into pressure washing Missouri City because finding the ideal frequency for this service can have a strong impact on how effective it can truly be for you. Not pressure washing often enough can make it less effective because it would result in a buildup of dirt that you wouldn’t be possible to remove regardless of how much pressure you apply. Doing it too frequently is also not that great of an idea since it wouldn’t do a whole lot of good for you and it might also strip paint off of your walls or damage concrete because of the excessive pressure.

As a result of the fact that this is the case, you should consider hiring a pressure washing service once a year or up to two times annually if you really want to be thorough about it. This is a level of frequency that makes it absolutely certain that you would get the chance to extract optimal value from your chosen service providers. The best time to get pressure washing is before a major event at your house.

What is The Best Thing to Use to Clean Upholstery?

Unless you are the sort of individual that likes to live a really basic type of existence wherein absolutely no form of comfort will become a major part of your life, chances are that you would need a few sets of couches in your home. These couches can become really comfortable places for you to sit and relax, and on top of all of that they have the potential to allow you to entertain any and all guests that might come to pay you a visit once all has been said and is now out of the way.

However, if you want your couches to keep looking inviting as well a comfortable, suffice it to say that you need to clean it on a more or less regular basis. The reason behind this is that couches can get some pretty stubborn stains on them in the long run, and there would also be a small layer of dirt that would start to accumulate on top of them. Using Conroe TX carpet cleaning methods can help you make your couches and other upholstery covered items a lot cleaner than might have been the case otherwise.

The best thing to use to clean upholstery is a mixture of vinegar, water as well as some dish soap. Make sure that your water is warm enough to allow these other substances to effectively dissolve into the mixture, otherwise they might have a hard time getting fully incorporated. This concoction contains all or at least most of the elements necessary for the purposes of rendering upholstery utterly spotless, and the best thing is that you likely already have them in your pantry.

What Are The Disadvantages of Modular Homes?

One of the biggest topics that lots of individuals are starting to discuss in the field of residential home construction is that of modular building. This is a style of building homes that is quite new if you think about it, but it is also highly innovative in that it dramatically reduces home construction completion times thereby making it so that you can start living in your fully constructed residence not long after you decide to start building the home in the first place.

There are definitely a really wide range of advantages associated with modular homes that make them one of the best options that Premier Realty Group can provide you with, but in spite of the fact that this is the case it is important to note that there are a few disadvantages for modular building that you might want to be cognizant of. The first disadvantage is that modular homes can sometimes be a bit more expensive than a stick built house, although their benefits might make this extra expense a worthwhile exchange for people that can afford them.

Another disadvantage of modular homes is that your choices are restricted to the modules that the construction company has constructed. This can potentially limit your options, but sometimes having too many options is a bad thing. Most of the modules that you would get would be in line with various aesthetic trends, so you would only be disadvantaged in your purchasing of a modular home if you have requirements that are far outside the normal range of what people generally tend to look for. These disadvantages are pertinent so you should keep them in mind all in all.

How Much Does a Treadmill Weigh?

There are a lot of different kinds of factors that you are going to need to end up taking into account when you are buying a treadmill. One factor that we feel like not all that many people tend to pay attention to is that of the overall weight of the machine. Chances are that you would have to move to a different house or apartment once all has been said and is now out of the way, and that means that considering the weight of your treadmill is something that can prove to be rather fruitful for you in the long run.

Suffice it to say that how much your treadmill weighs depends largely on the kind of treadmill that you purchase from a site like https://thebikersride.com. A manual treadmill is generally a lot lighter than one that is automated. The reason behind this is that there are fewer heavy parts that are incorporated into the design that is used to manufacture these treadmills in the first place. If you were to purchase an automatic treadmill, it would most likely be a lot heavier than might have been the case otherwise.

Manual treadmills usually weigh somewhere around the 27 kilo mark, whereas automated ones often weigh three times as much. Since hauling a 95 kilo treadmill is likely not going to be something that would make moving all that easy for you, you might want to buy a manual one. However, some automated treadmills can be folded for easy packing, so that’s another thing that you should keep in mind when you are searching for the single best treadmill that your money can buy from the market all in all.

How to Become a Bed Bath And Beyond Member?

The main priority of virtually every single major brand or corporation that is operational in this modern day and age is trying to figure out how people can end up buying their products a lot more often than is currently the case. Another way to look at this is that these brands are almost entirely focused on making a profit at this current point in time, and as a result of the fact that this is the case they will do anything and everything within their power to try to entice customers into buying from them alone rather than from their competitors.

Since getting more customers can be a really reliable way to grow one’s business, brands often try to offer customers discounts such as a Bed Bath And Beyond promo code. However, what if we told you that there was a way for you to get even better discounts from Bed, Bed and Beyond? A promo code is great for one time purchases, but if you are the sort of person that likes to shop at this store on a regular basis you might want to look into getting a membership.

Getting a membership at this brand is really easy since all you really need to do is go to a store and tell them what you are looking for. The annual fee is just $29 and that will give you the ability to avail hundreds of dollars in discounts which makes this an investment that could pay off tremendously for you in the long run and it might give you a chance to start saving money for the very first time in your life.

Is Zerorez Better Than Steam Cleaning?

There is a tendency among some circles to become truly bent on trying to imply that a certain way of doing things is the only real way in which those things should actually end up being done. We can think of no bigger example of this than the world carpet cleaning wherein countless service providers have settled on steam cleaning being the best way to go regardless of any and all innovations that might end up making steam cleaning seem like a thing of the past at the end of the day.

It is important to note that when you hire a carpet cleaner Kingwood, they will likely want to go for steam cleaning when they come over. In spite of the fact that this is the case, you should know that Zerorez can be a lot better for you due to the reason that they will not leave your carpet soaking wet and force you to leave it to dry for hours before you can start using it yet again. The biggest benefit of using Zerorez is that their proprietary cleaning technology will make it so that your carpet would end up being dry just half an hour or so after they have left!

This is something that most people would agree is definitely worth looking into. After all, it can be frustrating to have just had your carpets cleaned only to find that there are several hours if not days of drying that are yet to be completed. Being able to use your carpet soon after it has been cleaned is invaluable to say the least, and Zerorez’s affordable prices make them even more useful for you.

What to Bring to a Convention

Conventions can sometimes seem like rather stuffy events that would not be all that much fun to go to, but in spite of the fact that this is the case there are quite a few conventions out there that are designed for leisure and nothing more. Plenty of fan conventions can be a wonderful way for you to get to know other people that are just as passionate about the things that matter most to you such as comic books, TV shows, videogames and the like.

You can Produce a Successful Convention with these 8 Helpful Steps, but if you are the sort of individual that would prefer to go to one rather than plan one out we can understand. After all, planning a convention is a grueling endeavor and suffice it to say that you would be better off enjoying one as an attendee at the end of the day. It is important to note that you need to bring a few things along with you if you want to make your convention experienced absolutely enjoyable and not tiring or exhausting in the least.

The most important thing to bring along to a convention is a water bottle so that you can stay hydrated while you are walking around. The second thing would be some deodorant because you are obviously going to start sweating with all of that movement and motion and you would not want this to make you start smelling bad on the off chance that you meet someone that feel rather attracted to. Try bringing some chewing gum as well to freshen your breath otherwise it could start smelling truly stale and that’s highly unattractive for most people.