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Homeless Bound-My Home is Near
We are all the brothers and sisters of this country and we should help one another. Everyone born into this world should be given the opportunity to succeed in life and the opportunity to fulfill their individual goals and dreams of becoming a productive member of society. They should be afforded the opportunity to live a caring place to call home, and a place to grow and prosper. "H.O.P.E.S Homeless Bound-My Home is Near" is a non-profit organization whose primary goal is to assist and help make these dreams a reality. Back in 1988-89, while living in California, I took a trip with my family to San Francisco. While touring this wonderful and amazing city and it’s inter streets, for the first time in my life, I witnessed firsthand a homeless man pick a milk carton out of the trash and began to drink it. Most people would have been disgusted with this site; others would have mocked the man. Instead, what I also witness was people simply walking past him as though this is the way it was supposed to be. In my opinion, this homeless individual’s struggles were a way of life accepted within our inter-cities. In essence, others turned the other cheek, and refuse to lend a helping hand. I saw in this individual - someone’s father, brother, son, friend, and possibly a veteran who had once served our country with distinction. I understand that was potentially the way it was but it didn’t have to be that way. As I continued walking with my family, we came across another homeless man lying down on the ground. I reached into my pocket, pulled out a dollar, (primarily because it was all that I had) and I gave it to him. My husband at the time, asked, "Did that make me feel better?" I looked at him and replied, "No!" Because I did not have much to give and couldn’t help them all. As we continued to walk the street of downtown San Francisco, it appeared as if the streets were lined with homeless people. This site truly broke my heart and sickened me to my stomach because people walked past them as though they were invisible. I now want to do my part in working to reduce and eliminate the number of people living homelessly on the streets. I would love to assist in any way possible with providing them adequate shelter and an opportunity to move forward with new hope and new dreams. But more importantly, I want to work to assist them in "succeeding in life." Working together, we can all make a huge difference. In essence, this is just the beginning of my goals in working to give those people a place in which they can call home. I want to help provide a better life. I realize that as I embark upon this endeavor, I will encounter people who do not want to extend a hand. However, as a newly formed non-profit organization, I will work tirelessly in my efforts to help get our homeless into a warm and comfortable place to call home -- one city at a time.
This organization is not for profit, I will utilize all the proceeds provided to this organization to assist in this journey designed to benefit those who are in need of a roof over their shoulders and a warm and comforting place to call home. I’m not seeking payment for my time and efforts. I just simply want to be the solution to a lifelong challenge saturation our inter-cities. Our homeless is currently not diminishing, its continually growing to a rate far more than ever before. We must start now, working to overcome extreme odds. Bottomline, this situation has gone unnoticed for too long.
Building homes for the homeless -- helping our less fortunate to once again become a productive part of a dream we call -- the American dream. Throughout life, we encounter many trials and tribulations. I believe that everyone runs into life challenges, and life happens to all. As someone who has been blessed to not ever have to experience the heart break of living on the streets, I want to do all I can to help those who are less fortunate. I have seen so many people on the streets and I have seen so many organizations who offer temporary solutions to their problems. These people have had the tragedy of life hitting them in a way we would never understand. "Homeless Bound-My Home is Near" is going to not only find a place for our less fortunate to sleep, but to have a place they can call home.
I am reaching out to our state representative and all of the county official’s offices to help and provide me with all the resources and assistance I will need to become a vein in the system to reach the goals I am setting forth. Helping the homeless by finding; rebuilding; seeking; providing secure housing; health care; jobs and security for those who are homeless and need a start to a new life off the streets.
H.O.P.E.S -- Helping Other People Exist Securely-Homeless Bound My Home is Near. H.O.P.E.S Locate, secure, renovate, and provide permanent housing solutions for our homeless. What do you stand for? Giving those less fortunate the opportunity to become independent succeed in successful living within our society. In essence, provide our homeless the same opportunity as average individuals in our society without hindering their ability to be accepted into this society and not looked upon as someone begging or needing a handout.
Being close to homeless and knowing what it feels like to have a place that can be taken away because life challenges allows me to respect and connect with those who are out there. Not everyone on the streets chooses to be there. However, throughout life, we are faced with many trials and tribulations - difficult times and challenges within life happens, and it happens to all of us. Some of us were just fortunate to not have to feel the hard cold ground or live in an abandon building or take a handout from a stranger or be picked on talked about not to mention accused of being dead beat and lazy.
H.O.P.E.S is set up to serve all of our homeless veterans and the entire homeless communities. I want to start in the city and state in which I have lived. Within the next 5 years, I am looking to spread throughout the US and potentially, worldwide. I am aware that my organization may not be the one who starts in another state, but if I can put the awareness out there with a feasible solution, I will work to provide all the necessary information to anyone who has the desire and willingness to see this all the way through so that we can become a greater and stronger America.
Every day, we witness more and more people becoming homeless primarily because they have nowhere else to turn. We are all business and do not want to get involved. However, many of our homeless, dating back to Vietnam, are veterans who have served our Nation with distinction. Instead of ensuring that they too are transitioning into Corporate America, we find many of them wandering the streets of our inter-cities. Many suffers from invisible wounds of war (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injuries - TBI and/or major depression). The non-profit organization in which I am forming intends to work to reduce and eliminate the number of homeless people by working to provide them with a roof over their heads, a warm and comfortable place to call home and an opportunity to rehabilitate, getting the assistance they need to succeed in life. As we grow, I’m confident that more and more people will understand the importance of this endeavor and do their part to assist in eliminating our homeless problem.
H.O.P.E.S will be working with agencies that are familiar with homeless individuals within our communities, and assist in providing assistance with preparing them for the transition from life on the streets to having a home to go to every night. Negotiate and solicit the help of companies such as Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and other companies that can provide training and job placement with these individuals that will help them to maintain a healthy lifestyle that will allow them to be once again become productive members of our society as a whole. We will also work to teach them how to balance their budgets, prioritize their daily requirements and demands and care for their new homes.
Unemployment and underemployment are the largest reasons for homelessness in the county. Seventy-three percent of the survey respondents stated lack of employment or underemployment to be a reason for their homelessness.
Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, and Unsheltered Population, Cumberland County, 2006
Source: Cumberland County Continuum of Care Planning Council - 2006 Homeless Census and Survey Results.
Reasons for Homelessness:
Source: 2004 Point-in-Time Study Report by the Partnership for Children of Cumberland
County Research & Development Department
Recent Prison Release
Previous criminal History
Lack of Support
Lack of Shelters
Separation from Spouse
Lack of Child Support
Lack of Health Insurance