And by posting your story here others will hear you too.
If you are homeless or near homeless, please know that we are all thinking of you here at The Homeless Charity.
We are a very small, (currently self-funded) organization. But if there is something we can do to help please let us know.
You can post your story in the comments below or you can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll try to help in any way we can.
Please know this: you aren’t alone. There are many people who care very deeply about you. We’re trying to help. Stay strong in knowing that we are thinking about you and wishing you all the best. This page is seen nationwide by many people. Please put your city and state in the comments so people can know where you are from and how people can help you.
If you are a service provider for the homeless PLEASE comment here so people can know where to go for help.
Please take care,
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On to the actual post…
I’ll keep this short and sweet here on the blog.
Our city has a desperate need to help homeless come up with a deposit and first month rent. They have the home. They just need this money to get into the home. No money. No home.
I can’t tell you how thrilling and fast everything is moving here at The Homeless Charity. Hoban donated an amazing, beautiful refrigerator, another business I haven’t even gotten the name of yet is bringing in piles of wood. The people here have cleared a beautiful space for our raised bed gardens. It’s blowing my mind!
But we have a bit of another problem… more people is requiring more toilet usage. We have more and more people around the property.
I’ll save you the details of the problem. But the long and short of it is: WE NEED AN OUTSIDE TOILET ASAP.
I called 3 local people. Here are their prices for a long-term monthly toilet:
Miller and Company
2400 Shepler Church Avenue S.W. Canton, OH 44706
$106 every 4 weeks
$20 delivery charge
They clean it out weekly.
Superior-Speedie Portable Toilets
$95 billed every 4 weeks.
Once a week clean.
$179.98 billed every 4 weeks.
No delivery fee.
They all seemed really nice. But Superior won the price battle.
So, I’m looking to see if anyone would like to sponsor our port-a-potty.
This is what you’ll get:
Your name proudly displayed on top of the door so everyone who uses it will know what an awesome organization you are.
You will get a page and link on our Website describing your company and, again, how awesome you are. It will also link to your site and any other places you’d like to link to.
You also will get advertising in Google promoting your company and linking to your page on our site letting people know how awesome you are. We get in-kind advertising from Google.
We’ll tweet, Facebook and Youtube your awesomeness.
Basically, it will be you and your awesomeness all the time, everywhere. Everyone one will know how truly awesome you are. If you are interested in this “awesome” opportunity call me, Sage, at: 330-416-7519 or email me at: email@example.com
Again, this is a rather urgent need. Some things wait for no man. You’d be a real hero for us here at The Homeless Charity.
And if you know of anyone who would love this “unique” and “awesome” opportunity to be awesome, PLEASE send this link to them.
Thank all for your support.
One of the great parts of working with the homeless is that I get a glimpse into a section of American society that most people don’t.
We all know there are homeless people. If you live or work in a city you see homeless people. But for most of us that’s pretty much where it ends.
That’s not my life. I hang out with homeless people pretty much every day.
I suspect some of the things you know about the homeless are correct. But there are likely other things that aren’t correct.
You probably could guess that people become homeless from things like:
Physical and mental disabilities
But did you know that people also become homeless in America because of:
A home fire
Negative cash flow
No earned income like social security
Low paying jobs
The list of ways people become homeless is long and diverse. That list comes from here: Homelessness in the United States – Wikipedia.
You might be surprised how close to homeless we all are.
“Approximately 63% of Americans have no emergency savings for things such as a $1,000 emergency room visit or a $500 car repair…” from here: Most Americans are one paycheck away from the street – MarketWatch
Fortunately, many of us have friends and family as a backup. You can always move back in with mom and dad. Rocky recently found letters to my mom from her wealthy sister in California. It turns out my aunt would regularly send my mom money to cover the gas bill, the electric bill, the water bill when I was growing up. And even with that it was not uncommon for our utilities to be turned off. Many of us are living by a thread paycheck to paycheck.
The stories of how these people get to where they are is something you might find interesting.
If there is one nearly universal aspect to the homeless it is a lack of identification. No drivers license. No birth certificate. Nothing.
Those documents are critical to getting any kind of support. There is no Medicaid, no food stamps, no Obama phones (if that’s even a thing any more). You can’t get on a list for housing. Nothing. You become non-existent in society.
These documents are often taken in police raids of camps or stolen at a shelter or simply lost along the way. If you ever find yourself homeless, try not to lose your identification. It will change your life.
From there the stories diverge.
There is a lot of alcoholism. A lot of homeless people love to drink. In a way they are choosing to drink over everything else. But then again, do any of us really “choose” an addiction that takes over our entire existence?
As a one time heavy drinker, I totally can understand the feeling of giving up everything just so I could focus on drinking more. That’s not a rational way of thinking, even though it seems to make sense when you are down in it.
If they could stop drinking they probably would stop being homeless. But that’s a long road that many people cannot follow. If you’ve never had a drug or alcohol addiction you can’t really appreciate the seductive power of that drug. It’s all consuming.
Then there are a lot of people who just can’t handle the daily grind of life.
Be at work at 7am sharp every single day.
No sick time.
No time off for sick kids.
You work for a total asshole.
Pay your electric bill
Pay your gas bill
Pay your rent
If you’re late by one day the phone starts ringing and the pressure just keeps piling on.
These are things that stable, mentally healthy people can do (if you are one of them you probably can relate to how oppressive daily life is). But if you are depressed or have a mental illness of another sort, this endless grind becomes too much.
If you are physically disabled that’s a whole other pile of suck.
When one thing slips, another thing slips. And then another. And then another. And your family is either in just as bad shape or doesn’t exist.
Life is hard in the best of situations.
Homelessness is not a difficult place to find yourself.
I work with people that:
were once certified electricians
Marines with multiple tours of duty
I think a lot of times people believe the homeless are helpless souls that can’t fend for themselves. I’ve actually never seen anyone even remotely like that.
Every homeless person I’ve ever met or worked with has a history of having jobs, having family, having skills.
When you help a homeless person it’s not like you are helping some useless rag doll. These are people with abilities, desires and dreams. They just, for one reason or another, fell out of the traditional construct of society.
You can judge them all you want about the situations in which they have found themselves. But chances are you are doing that just to make yourself feel better that “it won’t happen to me.”
Don’t kid yourself that there is some magical line in the sand of “us versus them”. That there are the homeless and then there are the rest of us.
That’s not the case at all. The homeless are:
They are you
They are us
I believe we need to meet the homeless where they are now and not where we think they should be. I think that’s the fastest path to coming up with a better solution than we have right now.
We have the ingenuity, creativity and capability to develop innovative solutions to the homeless epidemic in the United States. We just have to want to do it. That’s all.
We are incredibly thankful that Spring Garden Waldorf School is a Silver Sponsor of The Homeless Charity.
As a non-profit themselves, they understand the importance of supporting local non-profits for the betterment of the entire community.
Spring Garden is part of the long-standing Waldorf tradition, a worldwide movement putting Rudolf Steiner’s educational philosophy into practice.
We at Spring Garden Waldorf are committed to educating each child so that he or she will contribute to the future of the world with clear and creative thinking, compassion, moral strength, and courage.
The Waldorf method works because it addresses the whole child—cognitive, social, and creative—and meets the needs of each individual through a challenging and multi-sensory environment.
Spring Garden offers a truly unique alternative to educating our children. You owe it to your family to schedule a visit with Spring Garden to see what they offer and how they differ from other school options.
Thank you SO much Spring Garden for supporting us here at The Homeless Charity. We are so grateful for everything you have done for us and for what you provide to our community. Phone: 330-666-0574 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Address: Spring Garden Waldorf School
1791 South Jacoby Rd.
Copley, OH 44321 Spring Garden Waldorf School on Facebook
You can watch a video about Spring Garden here:
Quite simply, The Homeless Charity would never have become a thing unless there was first SageRock. SageRockbought the building at 15 Broad Street in Akron Ohio in the middle of the Great Recession.
It was a huge risk and a huge amount of money to come up with for the down payment.
But it happened.
And while SageRockcontinues to live happily in their little part of the building, they have opened up the lower part of the building to The Homeless Charity. SageRockhas been a leader in digital marketing since 1999.
Most recently they have been building a lot of WordPress Web sites. So not only do you get their acclaimed lead generation and marketing skills, you also get their Web development skills.
Here are a few images of some of the more recent sites they have created:
One of the easiest ways to help support the work we do at The Homeless Charity is to support our sponsors.
Please talk to SageRockif you are looking for help with your Web site or your Web marketing.
You can email Sage directly at email@example.com. You can call his cell phone directly at: 330-416-7519.
Thank you SageRock. And thank YOU for supporting all of us.
I sometimes feel like I am from the Great Depression era.
If you ask me what my greatest fear is, without hesitation, it’s money.
I have spent countless sleepless nights worrying about money. (Some of you probably know the feeling.)
Fortunately, I have moments of bravery. And I act in spite of my fear. So far, it seems to have worked out. I try not to let my fears define me. It doesn’t always work. But at least I try.
I was curious what our building costs to run. It’s been a long time since I’ve put all of these numbers in one place. (Probably because I might as well be walking into Nightmare on Elm Street, for the fear it produces in me.) But facing your fears, at least occasionally, is a good idea.
Well, these numbers are pretty insane, at least for my level of comfort.
I’ll just get them all out of the way right now. Here are the building costs for 2016:
Repairs and Maintenance: $10,456.82
Property Taxes: $8378.24
That comes to a lump-in-my-throat total of: $57,944.07
Or to look at it another way: $4,828.47 per month.
That’s the amount of money our building needs to run.
So, how do we pay that now?
As it stands, SageRock pays for it all. We then sublet spaces to other tenants to help cover some of the costs.
We have 4 tenants that probably pay a total of a little under $2,000/month.
But, as we focus more on the charity the more we’ll have to figure out how to cover these building expenses through that.
For now, that’s where the story stops. I don’t yet have a clear idea as how to get that money. I’m putting ideas together. But nothing is solid in my mind.
If you have experience with operating expenses for a non-profit I’d love to hear them.
My vision is to turn this entire building into a community center for the homeless.
Instead of just warehousing them, we can help them become contributing members of the community.
We’re currently building a woodworking shop
We are going to have a bead making workshop
We’re building raised bed gardens
There was recently even talk of maybe doing some honey bees.
So, we’ve got a lot of ideas coming together. We’ve just got to figure out how to make it all happen financially.
All ideas are welcome.
I just got back from a tour of Community Support Services here in Akron.
Let me make this disclaimer: I’m not a reporter. I’m not a fact checker. And I am writing this all from memory. So if I make any mistakes please forgive me and CSS: just feel free to send me any corrections.
Here’s what I know: It all starts with mental health. Their services then radiate from that point.
“Last year, Community Support Services provided life changing services to more than 3,100 individuals in Summit County living with mental illnesses.”
Just to name a few things.
If you are in need of mental health services, no matter the income level, CSS is a place you want to go.
My area of interest was what they are doing in the area of homelessness.
They’ve got a new homeless day facility. It will have showers and washers and dryers and a sitting area. That should be open early Spring of this year.
I also got a tour of these amazing apartments they’ve build to help the chronically homeless and veterans.
CSS is truly an amazing operation. Akron is incredibly lucky to have them.
An easy thing you could do to support them would be be follow them on Facebook. You can do that here:
An important part of The Homeless Charity is to support the homeless services in the area. We are pretty good at public relations and marketing. So if we can share that ability with these other service providers we will happily do it. Here are some more links of CSS that you might find interesting: