Almost Home Camping Program

$1,265 of $21k goal

Raised by 17 people in 7 months
Tony Mannino  GILROY, CA
We are the Gilroy Compassion Center in...you guessed it...the garlic capitol of the world, Gilroy, California. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization offering a day center for local homeless families and singles.

We run an innovative camping program whereby we place qualified people who sleep on the streets into county campgrounds. Camping everynight is expensive. The top expenses are the camping fees, then gas for our passenger van, then camping supplies (batteries for flashlights and lanterns, propane, etc.).

Our operations budget is tight and we need help funding this program.  We will use all donations to pay for the aforementioned expenses.  Your donation is tax-deductable and you will receive a receipt.  Our goal of $21,000 will carry us through the end of June 2017.

We need help now as we pick-up our clients each morning to bring them into town. Some of them have jobs, some have medical appointments, and all need to take care of other personal things. We take them back each night. The daily camping fees and gas for the van require a lot of debit card swipes and check writing.

We believe we are called to provide shelter to the wanderers. As of today, we have about a dozen people sleeping in a safe, legal, and sanitary place. Each one of them has plans and dreams of a permanent place to live.  The attached picture shows Sam and Melissa. They dream of living in a tiny home as part of a village we are working on to create. This will take time. Sam and Melissa and the others volunteer many hours at our center. They are truly grateful for all that we do for them.

We will be so grateful for your support. Even a small amount of $30 will pay for one campsite for one day. Think about how blessed you are to have a bed and a home. We believe that we are making a difference in these lives.  Please consider being a part of this amazing program.
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Update 7
Posted by Tony Mannino
6 months ago
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Hello friends of the homeless. We are so grateful for the amazing support of this campaign. Our campers are equally grateful. As we start to experience the first storm of the season, please consider additional support of our campers. Imaging what it is like camping in the wind and rain. We will need to replace torn tents. We need tarps. Any amount given will add up to what we need. Thank you.
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Update 6
Posted by Tony Mannino
6 months ago
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In this short video, my friend Bill shares with you how the Almost Home Camping Program saved his life.
Our camping program saved Bill's life
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Update 5
Posted by Tony Mannino
6 months ago
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Watch and listen to Bill's story
Our camping program saved Bill's life.
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Update 4
Posted by Tony Mannino
6 months ago
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This is a picture of my friend Bill taken today. I'm glad to tell all of you that he is back with us in the camping program. He left for awhile due to medical reasons. He was having some trouble with his heart and he has recently had a pacemaker installed. He is working with an attorney to qualify for disability. It is a very long process. He has plans to purchase a manufactured home or a tiny home somewhere where he can live peacefully and comfortably. It is through your support of our camping program that helps keep people like Bill alive and they are able to get the attention that they need. On the streets, most of them would wither away. Thank you to all of you who have supported us so far and are considering donating to this cause.
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Jan Bernstein Chargin
6 months ago
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Hi John, thank you for sharing your concerns. All of the campers have a case management plan and commit to making progress and participating in the center. The majority of campers have made good use of the resource. Occasionally an individual must be removed from the program for non-compliance.

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John Martin
6 months ago

I have been hearing about some of these people drinking, using drugs, often having warrants while in these campsites where families take their kids. Are there stipulations that ensure these people are there for help and not just to use the site for a party? There should be something in place to ensure these folks using the service are not abusing it .

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$1,265 of $21k goal

Raised by 17 people in 7 months
Created September 24, 2016
Tony Mannino  
LB
$50
Lisa Bell
5 months ago
JM
$50
Janet McCown
5 months ago

Tony - Thanks for giving us the opportunity to help.

LT
$50
Leslie Tenney
6 months ago
1
1
DE
$50
Diane Evenson
6 months ago
$100
Anonymous
6 months ago
JH
$200
Jo Anne Howell
6 months ago
1
1
KK
$50
Kerwin Kaye
6 months ago
$50
Anonymous
6 months ago
$200
Mary Jacinta Silva
6 months ago
2
2
TC
$25
Tom Chargin
6 months ago
1
1

Thanks Tony for setting this site up.

Jan Bernstein Chargin
6 months ago
1
1

Hi John, thank you for sharing your concerns. All of the campers have a case management plan and commit to making progress and participating in the center. The majority of campers have made good use of the resource. Occasionally an individual must be removed from the program for non-compliance.

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John Martin
6 months ago

I have been hearing about some of these people drinking, using drugs, often having warrants while in these campsites where families take their kids. Are there stipulations that ensure these people are there for help and not just to use the site for a party? There should be something in place to ensure these folks using the service are not abusing it .

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