OK folks. This is HUGE. HUGE, I say!
But that’s pretty much all I’m allowed to say. I’ve been working on this for a couple months and it finally came through.
This is the official statement they say I’m allowed to make:
“The Homeless Charity is a recipient of a Google Ad Grants award. The Google Ad Grants program supports registered nonprofit organizations that share Google’s philosophy of community service to help the world in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy, and the arts. Google Ad Grants is an in-kind advertising program that awards free online advertising to nonprofits via Google AdWords.”
Let me also say: Thank you, Google. It’s SUPER cool that you offer this for charities. I know it’s going to make a big difference for us.
Check out this article:
Tiny Houses Bring Big Change | YES! Weekly
All houses will be fully furnished and hooked up to standard utilities. They will be arranged into a sort of village, which will also feature a community garden and outdoor meeting space.
I’m a big fan of tiny homes for the homeless. They are appealing because they aren’t a massive structure to care for and they also don’t need a ton of renovation.
I’m really leaning towards experimenting with this idea.
We are going to figure out a way for the homeless in Akron to have more options and dignity in how they choose to live.
Having to move in the middle of the winter sucks. Even in the best of conditions winter moving is the worst. Now try doing it with no money and being a person that no one wants around.
So this story is a good reminder that we non-homeless view our homeless neighbors as second class citizens. I find that especially ironic as we just all celebrated Christmas, a holiday that is meant to remind us that a force of tremendous love was put on this earth to be a guide of hope, faith and love.
2000 years later and it is is like we never even heard of a person named Jesus and what he tried to teach us.
Jennifer Conn from Cleveland.com came to The Second Chance Store to do a story on how the homeless are being kicked out of their camp.
Please take a moment to read this story. As you sit in your home or office reading it, remember that there are hundreds of people right outside your door that not only don’t have a place to call their own, no one wants them around.
We will solve this!
Thank you Jennifer Conn (@JenniferConn9) | Twitter for doing this story. It’s stories like these that are a tremendous help for the homeless in our community.
And thank you Paul and Paul for having the courage to do this story. I know that taking a stand on this issue makes you a lightening rod for people that either don’t support your cause or want to see you as an instigator. You remind me of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars (or Jyn Erso in the newest Star Wars movie, Rogue One). You are taking a stand not because it benefits you. But because it’s the right thing to do!
Keep up the great work guys.
Imagine this: last night you slept outside in front of an abandoned store. You are frozen to the bone. You are hungry. You didn’t really sleep all that well. You never sleep all that well.
You need to get moving so that the police don’t stop you.
You put your blankets in a garbage bag that is ripping. You’ll have to get a new garbage bag somewhere, hopefully today.
Your shoes are wet. That makes your socks wet.
You really need a shower. You haven’t had one in two weeks. There is a place that has a shower. But you hate going there. You have to wait hours in line. The other homeless are angry waiting. They try to cut in line. They try to steal your stuff. You don’t really have the energy to go through that.
Maybe you’ll have energy enough for a shower tomorrow.
We want to help this process just a little bit.
We want to put a shower in our building at 15 Broad Street in Akron. There isn’t a place near us that has a drop in shower.
It is the #1 thing people have asked us for.
On top of that, we have the perfect place for it. There is a half bath with the water lines already run for a shower.
We just need to get the enclosure and make the drain. It should be a pretty straight forward job.
We could really use your help for this project. We believe we can do everything for under $1000.
Literally ANY amount would be a great help. If you only have a dollar we’d love to have it. A lot of people donating a little amount shows the people we work with, and the rest of the community, that people care about this cause.
These shoes and uniforms are for the Harvest Dinner on November 17 run by Project R.I.S.E., the only group in Akron solely dedicated to helping homeless kids. It’s a special dinner for local kids experiencing homelessness.
THIS FUNDRAISER IS GOING TO END FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4 so we’ll have time to get the supplies.
We had an awesome donation from a woman how put out a challenge for ALL Akron Schools Administration to match her donation of $50. That would be amazing! If you know any Akron School Administrators it would mean a great deal if you could pass this post on to them.
Here’s one of the coolest things about society: There are people in our community that $50 leaving their bank account will mean almost nothing. And then there are people where $50 will change their lives.
Sometimes I try to imagine what it’s like being a homeless kid.
- You don’t know where you’re going to sleep.
- You don’t know how you’re going to get to school.
- You don’t know how you’re going not look like the “homeless kid.”
- You really aren’t even sure when you’re going to eat next.
The chaos of that situation has got to be brutal for a young person.
But we as a community here in Akron can make a huge difference without doing much.
One way is to help these kids have shoes and uniforms for school. If you aren’t aware, Akron City Schools requires all kids to have uniforms. There’s one more thing these kids can just add to the pile of stress: “Where is my mom going to get the money to buy me a uniform so I don’t get in trouble at school and, once again, not fit in?”
This is where things start to get really cool. If you have kids you might know that shoes can be really expensive. But what you might not know is, if you look around a little you can find amazing deals on shoes. Check out these New Balance shoes on clearance for $5.99:
Because we buy shoes in quantity, we can usually find a lot of shoes for a very little amount of money.
100% of the money that goes into this program goes to buying shoes and uniforms. There is no administrative overhead that comes out of this program.
Also, if you are wondering about our credentials, you should know that we are a “Certified Charity” on GoFundMe and we are an approved 501(c)(3) public charity through the IRS.
Long Story Short: PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DONATE A LITTLE TO OUR FUNDRAISER.
The homeless kids of Akron will thank you.
Efforts Continue to Clear Homeless Encampments in the Mission | News Fix | KQED News
The city reports that workers “resolved” the encampment between 16th and 19th streets and Bryant Street and South Van Ness Avenue
Is it acceptable to have 1.3 million homeless kids in America?
We can change this!
Key Amendments to McKinney-Vento Act Take Effect October 1
The need for action is urgent: Public schools identified 1.3 million children and youth experiencing homelessness during the 2013–14 school year, including students who are sharing the housing of other people due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason, or living in hotels/motels due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations. That’s a 7% increase compared to the previous year and a 100% increase since 2007. Children and youth experiencing homelessness and housing instability are less likely to be academically successful, and less likely to graduate from high school and make it to and through college.
HUD puts out an annual report on homelessness that does a great job of capturing the homeless epidemic in America.
You can check out the entire report here:
The 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress
But here are some of the bigger points:
In January 2015, 564,708 people were homeless on a given night. Most (69 percent) were staying in residential programs for homeless people, and 31 percent were found in unsheltered locations.
Nearly one-quarter of all homeless people were children, under the age of 18 (23 percent or 127,787).
Nine percent (or 52,973) were between the ages of 18 and 24, and 68 percent (or 383,948) were 25 years or older.