My Work With Homelessness

Hollis and John Founded Homeless Church

Posted on September 6, 2018 by Royal Rosamond Press

I now understand why Neil Laudati did not respond to purchasing KORE. He was afraid I would open the flood gates to the homeless of Springfield, and a Tent City would gather around the old radio tower where broadcast The Word of God, that was relayed across the Atlantic, to Radio London. Below is my letter to ex-Mayor, Kitty Percy, who was a friend of Hollis.

What I was poised to do, was have The Homeless – OWN A CHURCH! No longer would they be -mere guests! All the tithe of The Homeless Church, would go directly to them. The middle man would be cut out. The Church has long USED THE POOR AND HOMELESS to get monies for the poor – and then they build cathedrals! Here is te first Poor Altar that was erected by God in a building slated to be torn down.  The owner demanded it be removed.

“The last will later be first!”

God has given me a message to give unto you………..Heaven is now close to everyone but the homeless. Only they will be taken up when they die – until further notice!

Hollis took me to the home of a Kesey whose name I forgot. He had stayed here for a couple of month. It is a Christian half-way house. It was Halloween night. My homeless friend wanted to give me a gift. He wanted me to talk to the Christians here, and convert to Christianity. No one has offered me a more precious gift.

I told H that Jesus already came into my life, and he and God bid me to be a Nazarite.

“I seperated and consecrated myself – directly to God! I await His instructions. I am forbidden to boast about my seeing and hearing Jesus – directly!”

Hollis was amused, in his cute way. Hollis’ father didn’t want anything to do with him after he got out of the Army. His mother had died, and he had remarried. H was an orphan in the world who claimed he was kin to Elvis Presley.  Born in Kentucky, H loved the South. At the end of his memorial we stood for – The King. When the homeless own churches all over the world, there will never be another Homeless Orphan. The church has been turned upside down! Say hallelujah!

Make it so!

John ‘The Prophet’

Hi Aura!

I talked to you earlier about my friend, Hollis Williams.!/HollisLeeWilliams

If Safeway gave the option to donate redeemed can slips to homeless vets, I think many will say “Yes”

Monies could be used to hire homeless vets to work in community gardens and grow porduce for kitchens for the hungry. Vets could be hired, or, volenteer during peek hours to recieve cans and feed them into recycle machines they would know how to maintain. This would help Safeway employees. Vets could wear name tags in form of flag. Customers will love the opportunity to help those who served.

Monies could be used to pay for funerals of unfamilied vets. I tried to do this for Hollis with my trust monies, but, was given the wrong information. I did not want him declared an indigent and thrown away. I adopted Hollis through the Elks Association.


John Presco

Dear Kitty Piercy

My dear friend Hollis passed away on March 8th. He was a homeless Veteran for many years and had been placed in an apartment two months ago by HUD-VASH. He also received funds from The Vet-Vincent De Paul program. Because Hollis has no next of kin, I adopted him through the Elks Society, and am paying for his cremation with monies from a Special Needs Trust. I am on SSI. Mr. Williams is now my son. I did not want him to be treated like a unfamilied pauper – after he is dead!

The people at HUD-VASH have been very helpful, however, they have no funding in order to make sure Veterans like Hollis – have not served in vain! For this reason, I have established the Hollis Williams Memorial Fund at Selco Community Credit Union. At Hollis’ memorial, I will present the idea that if we collect $1,005 dollars, then Hollis himself can pay for the burial cost of the next Homeless Vet who dies unfamilied. This is the passing of a baton amongst a Band of Brothers. Here is a hand from heaven lifting up the next Homeless Veteran who passes on.

I am not a Veteran. I was drafted in 1966, but because of grave emotional problems I was classified 4F.

I have always respected those who served, and have considered them my brothers.

The memorial will be at the Campbells Senior Center 155 High St. at 1:30 Sunday the 17th.


John Presco

717 Oakdale #216
Springfield, Or. 97477

541 844-1974

Dear Jerry

I recieved a letter from the Rice Trust saying I will get a check for $13,746.23 within 15 days if everyone signs. I got a call from Maria Cortez at HUD-VASH and we are trying to locate funds to bury my dear friend who died last Friday. I am Hollis William’s foster-father and will recieve a document shortly. He is a Vetran, and I do not want my Foster-son to be buried as a pauper. How much money is left in my trust? The cost of the burial is $1,005 dollars. I want to have enough to keep open my Trust with you until check arrives.


John Presco

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Jul 13 at 1:50 PM

My friend Ben Toney titled me “The Sage of Oregon” this morning. We have Fair Rosamond as a common ancestor. Ben was a head of Radio London, that due to censorship, broadcast from a ship off the coast. He knew all the great music stars in Britain and the US. I showed him this video of Chuck Kesey telling me how proud Springfield was to get the Grateful Dead tossed out of a downtown bar – and there you were! I might have a video of my interview with you. Ben is looking for a home for his history – too. ‘Hands across the water”

Radio London – Ben Toney Memoirs P1

Radio London – Ben Toney Memoirs P1I believe the City of Springfield should buy KORE radio and do live broadcast – even to Ken Kesey Square! I was going to do a large blog ‘Radio Free Springfield’ today, but, thought I should run it thru you – so they don’t raise the price.John PrescoBen, I have been looking at your Radio London history and would like to present some of it to city planners. Here is Chuck Kesey, Ken’s brother, who told me how the Grateful Dead were oppressed in Springfield. Thats Eil Laudati on stage. I want to splice you into this history,

Chuck Speaks of Mural 



Genesis of the New Radio Church

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1 Response to My Work With Homelessness

  1. Reblogged this on Rosamond Press and commented:

    There are many articles that say the Republicans are going to beat the Democrats because of the Homeless Problem.

    Picture of Hollis In Safeway
    Posted on April 16, 2022 by Royal Rosamond Press
    When I showed Bell Burch my work with my friends who was homeless, she said nothing at our two hour meeting. After I discovered she was an advocate for the homeless who got arrested two days before we met, i wonderd what she – and her friends – were up to.

    Rosamond Press

    I went to Safeway on Friday and said hello to employees who had bonded with my late friend, Hollis Williams. I was told there was a photograph of H in the office, behind customer service. I did not know this. I was moved. There stood three of us, like family, sharing fond memories.

    When I checked out my groceries, Nancy recounted H buying jerky sticks that he titled ‘Steak on a Stick’.



    scan0016Yesterday I talked to Aura at Safeway Headquarters in California about establishing a non-profit charity around my late friend, William Lee Hollis, who passed away in his sleep on March 8, 2012. She asked me to send her an e-mail. I did so after founding a Hollis Lee William Community on Facebook. After serving his country in the military, I did not want this unfamilied and homeless Vet declared an indigent and buried at the expense…

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