Fathers Matter Too!

$2,531 of $41,000 goal

Raised by 23 people in 35 months
Lynda M. Moran
on behalf of Brenda Wilson
 LONG BEACH, CA
“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” – Sigmund Freud

New Image Emergency Shelter for the Homeless, Inc. (New Image) is requesting your support for its Fathers with Children Program which provides emergency housing with meals, case management, and supportive services to families with children with an emphasis on single fathers and veterans who are homeless and living on the streets of Los Angeles County. These families will receive assistance in obtaining transitional or permanent housing, increased income, parenting, and practical life skills training with a financial literacy component. Homeless fathers with children is an increasingly growing population for which emergency housing is limited due to the vast majority of programs offering services to women with children only.

"A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society." - Billy GrahamWho we are: New Image Emergency Shelter for the Homeless Inc. is a non-profit organization that was founded by identical twin sisters, Brenda Wilson & Lynda Moran in 1989, with one simple goal – to provide food, shelter, comprehensive case management services, and housing opportunities for, thus far, more than 2.6 million homeless and low-income individuals and families with children, it has served over the past 26 years.

Description of Program:The Homeless Fathers with Children program addresses the need for homeless services for single fathers with children by taking them off the streets and providing them with emergency housing. During this time, the family can experience stability as they receive case management and housing is identified and secured. This is our staff’s primary focus while the family recovers from life on the streets. Often times, children are found sick and they need a warm place to rest, food, clothing, shoes, etc. New Image provides them with all their immediate needs, including hygiene products and referral services for those outside of our scope, such as an emergency dental appointment or doctor’s visit. Once a family is placed into more permanent housing, we will visit the family routinely to ensure their sustainability and success in housing placement by trouble shooting, addressing, and preventing any unforeseen obstacles that may lead the family to experience another episode of homelessness.
Homelessness in our Community:
On May 11, 2015, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority reported that there are more than 44,359 homeless on the streets of Los Angeles, nightly. Out of this number and only 12,225 are able to find shelter, leaving 28,948 homeless on the streets. This is a 12% increase from the 2013 Homeless Count. According to the 2015 report, the number of tents, makeshift encampments and vehicles occupied by homeless people soared 85%. Though the news is heartbreaking it does not come as a surprise as the city budget for homeless services was reduced drastically during the past 3 years. Additionally, the Los Angeles County’s unemployment rate is still one of the highest at 7.5%.

About the Homeless Fathers with Children Obstacles:
A growing number of homeless single fathers with children has been evident since 2012, as the depressed economy brought a high number of foreclosures in the United States, a high unemployment rate as companies downsized and outsourced, and a sluggish job growth. Aside from the economy, more men are stepping up to the single-parent roles as more mothers have abandoned their children due to factors such as substance abuse problems or mental health issues.

Single fathers with children face the following challenges when seeking homeless services:

1)      The Los Angeles County inventory for emergency and transitional housing serves the needs of only 7% of the homeless families and women with children in need.

2)      The current number of social service agencies that provide emergency housing have 2-3 weeks waiting list to be considered for admission, and homeless women with children have first priority for emergency housing.

3)      There are NO emergency shelters that serve homeless fathers with children in Los Angeles County.

4)      Even two parent families are forced to separate and move the father to a single male shelter. 
“I'm a 29 year old father of 2, ages 4 & 5. We’ve been homeless for 3 months now and still haven't found a shelter. I'm getting job call backs but I cannot accept them while being homeless. It's very difficult to try and start a new life for my children and me when I cannot find a shelter to reside and be with my children. Every place I call accepts mothers with children, not fathers, and I have contacted over 37 places. I moved from Texas 3 months ago, so I don't have any family here. Can you please help?”

Call to Action:

You can help us provide these fathers, and their children:
·         Shelter
·         Meals
·         Stable housing
·         Employment Assistance
·         Connection to Health Benefits and Organizations
·         Education
·         Medical, psychological, and employment counseling
·         Nutritional classes
·         Childcare services
·         Transportation
·         Practical life skills training
·         Immediate needs, i.e.: clothing, shoes, diapers, etc.

Additionally, they will receive assistance in obtaining Federal, State, and local aid including Veteran’s benefits; and income support assistance such as SSI benefits, TANF/CalWorks, GR, and Food Stamps, SNAP, WIC, etc.              

An investment today is a promise for tomorrow. Stability and sustainability are a major point of a family’s restoration as living on the streets brings heartache and stress, resulting in depression and the sense of hopelessness, which further breaks down the family structure. We hope that you'll help us move these families back into independent living.

Reaching our ultimate goal will allow for needed expansion in services provided to single fathers with children. It will significantly improve housing conditions, reduce homelessness and provide an expansion of services.

With your help, we can keep the gift of hope alive. Please donate today, and for more information visit our website at www.newimageshelter.org . Thank-you for your generosity!
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Let us take you on a journey with the children who are living this scenario…

Having once had a home and now sleeping on the streets, in abandon buildings and under bridges. Not being able to shower, wearing the same clothes every day. Not having a bed, television, or knowing what and when they will have their next meal. Their father is in distress, looking for a warm and safe place to stay for each night. The children are worried, confused, and frightened, realizing that their stability has been compromised, looking up to the father in the absence of the mother, as more confusion sets in because of the uncertainty of tomorrow. This scenario is reality, more and more, these days. Please help us help them!

We want to be able to take these families off the streets and place them into a safe place until they are ready to move into more permanent housing. The facility we have identified is under rehab, we just need to secure enough start-up funds. We need your support! No donation is too small.

Please make your Tax-Exempt donation today. With your donation, you WILL make a difference in the lives of many children and their parents, including fathers who are veterans.

Thank you for your support.

Brenda Wilson
Executive Director
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Good News! The facility for the New Image Homeless Fathers with Children Program is under renovation. Thanks to community supporters such as yourselves, the grounds have been cleaned up, the exterior has been painted, and work is currently being done with the interior repairs. NOW is when we need your help the most, as funds are needed to finalize the completion of the improvements, i.e.: furnish about 50 rooms, and secure the first month’s operating expenses. Our goal is to raise $33,878 before the end of the month. Please help us turn this facility into a warm loving ‘home’ for many homeless families with children and emphasis on single fathers and veterans, as we prepare them for re-entry into independent living.

We hope you will help us reach our goal by making a Tax Deductible financial contribution, as this emergent population needs programs such as these to get them off the streets. Did you know that 98% of all temporary housing is being provided for homeless single women and single men; and women with children, only; leaving, the 2% remaining for homeless fathers with children. This is far inadequate to meet the growing assistance of this special needs population, and to make things worse, it is considered a bad practice to place homeless fathers with children with women with children. As a result, these fathers with their children are living in abandoned buildings, under bridges, in parks, their cars, or some other place not meant for human habitation. New Image wants to give them a place to stay, build their self-esteem, empower them, and reestablish their dignity so they can become better fathers in meeting the challenges they face with fatherhood.

THANK YOU for your kindness and support of our cause.

Brenda Wilson, Executive Director
New Image Emergency Shelter for the Homeless, Inc.
(A 501 (c) 3 corporation)
www.newimageshelter.org
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The email below was sent to New Image Emergency Shelter by a homeless single father, and it illustrates the reason why we are running this Campaign, and the need for your help.

“Hi I was recently laid off and now me and my 3 daughters are homeless. I've reached out to several programs and the only people they are willing to help were single women with children. No shelters took fathers. I was going to school and working but I got into an accident and things just went bad from there. Now I’m suffering from depression but I’m trying to fight it because I have 3 daughters that I'm raising by myself. I'm trying to do the right thing but I need a little help along the way. No one wants to help us. I want to make a better life for my children and I'm looking to see if I can get help. I know no one is obligated to help me but if you can, contact me please! I don’t want to lose my daughters, they are all I have left.”

New Image receives emails and calls like this daily and unfortunately, there are no places that will take homeless single fathers with children, so they are forced to be on the streets. New Image has located a facility in Los Angeles, CA to provide transitional housing for families, including single fathers. The facility includes a day care center onsite, and will provide a variety of amenities and services, including Case Management to assist the families with permanent housing placement and job employability. However, we need funds to start the program.

If you have already contributed, THANK YOU, if you haven't yet, please consider helping us with a Tax Deductible contribution. We appreciate your kindness and support of our cause.

Brenda Wilson
Executive Director
New Image Emergency Shelter for the Homeless, Inc.
(A 501c3 corporation)
www.newimageshelter.org
New Site in Los Angeles
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By now, you may have heard about the homeless father who stabbed his 3 sons to death in South Los Angeles. The sad thing about this story is that it could have been prevented, as the father of the kids had fallen upon rough times, was unemployed, and living in his SUV. If he would have had a place to stay, things would have been different. Although nothing excuses his actions, we really need to think about all the homeless single fathers with children on the streets, and how unfortunate it is that there is very limited temporary housing for them. With 99% of all temporary housing being provided for homeless single adult women and men, and women with children, the remaining 1% for homeless fathers with children is far inadequate to meet the growing need. Additionally, it is considered a poor practice to place single mothers with children, with single fathers with children in a shelter setting.

New Image is now raising funds to open a Transitional Housing program that will serve these homeless fathers with children. Please help us to open this facility, which will better address their temporary housing needs so we can provide them the tools necessary to find permanent housing with supportive services. Children should not live on the streets. Make your donation now.

Remember, NO donation is too small!

Thank you in advance for your support.
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Mario SpanksTattoo Zepeda
11 months ago

Hello my name is Mario zepeda I'm a single father a for children I know you have seen my postings before well this is it this is my final posting I'm ready to give up pretty much but I can't cuz I'm all my kids have I'm looking for a manager or owner to give me a break and help me and my kids get out of this homeless situation I have some money coming on the 26th I will be putting it towards a place that would say yes at this point I don't care where it is I'm not trying to live in the ghetto cuz I been there all my life already I just want my kids to have a good upbringing life I've tried everything the county Riverside County San Bernardino County shelters everything is a waiting process time is running out I need to figure something out now and my patience is work it's taking a toll on me and all my kids with that if given any opportunity I will cherish it so if there's anybody that can help feel free to contact me at 626 979 4721 below is my previous posting... Hello my name is Mario Zepeda, I am a single parent of 4, Marina age 15, Alyssa age 14 (deaf/diabetic type1), Jacob age 12(deaf) and Christopher age 11, Alyssa abs Jacob are both deaf and Alyssa is newly diabetic 1 going on 3 years now. I have been raising my babies since 2010 alone but did raise them since birth. There mother is in and out of there lives as she chooses not my choice but my teenagers always fall for her lies and learn the hard way every time.. Well at this time we are homeless we have been homeless since November 2015 now and tried even with the assistance of cps to take advantage of all paths offered but all they are saying is its a waiting process and the process is taking its toll on me its been a year now and still nothing, Im 41 and feel 101, I would love to be able to go back to work at Miller brewery but do to my kids disabilities and in and out of hospitals i have not been able to. I moved out here to Riverside so my kids can go to a very good school California School of the Deaf. I dont know how to express how hard this is for me even started a fund raiser and it did not do so well.. I have lost a lot of friends in this voyage and recognized im in this alone i reached out to channel 7 and 9 and they did not help much. Right now i do have some money put to the side i just need the right manager, somebody that will work with me. Please take this into consideration ive told people before if they think this is not real then come join me for a day i dare you to, Walk in my shoes for a day! Thank You and God bless Mario Zepeda (626) 979-4721

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Created August 4, 2015
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15 months ago
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Monica Carlos
28 months ago

Bless you for starting this critical program. Praise to our loving fathers out there!

Mario SpanksTattoo Zepeda
11 months ago

Hello my name is Mario zepeda I'm a single father a for children I know you have seen my postings before well this is it this is my final posting I'm ready to give up pretty much but I can't cuz I'm all my kids have I'm looking for a manager or owner to give me a break and help me and my kids get out of this homeless situation I have some money coming on the 26th I will be putting it towards a place that would say yes at this point I don't care where it is I'm not trying to live in the ghetto cuz I been there all my life already I just want my kids to have a good upbringing life I've tried everything the county Riverside County San Bernardino County shelters everything is a waiting process time is running out I need to figure something out now and my patience is work it's taking a toll on me and all my kids with that if given any opportunity I will cherish it so if there's anybody that can help feel free to contact me at 626 979 4721 below is my previous posting... Hello my name is Mario Zepeda, I am a single parent of 4, Marina age 15, Alyssa age 14 (deaf/diabetic type1), Jacob age 12(deaf) and Christopher age 11, Alyssa abs Jacob are both deaf and Alyssa is newly diabetic 1 going on 3 years now. I have been raising my babies since 2010 alone but did raise them since birth. There mother is in and out of there lives as she chooses not my choice but my teenagers always fall for her lies and learn the hard way every time.. Well at this time we are homeless we have been homeless since November 2015 now and tried even with the assistance of cps to take advantage of all paths offered but all they are saying is its a waiting process and the process is taking its toll on me its been a year now and still nothing, Im 41 and feel 101, I would love to be able to go back to work at Miller brewery but do to my kids disabilities and in and out of hospitals i have not been able to. I moved out here to Riverside so my kids can go to a very good school California School of the Deaf. I dont know how to express how hard this is for me even started a fund raiser and it did not do so well.. I have lost a lot of friends in this voyage and recognized im in this alone i reached out to channel 7 and 9 and they did not help much. Right now i do have some money put to the side i just need the right manager, somebody that will work with me. Please take this into consideration ive told people before if they think this is not real then come join me for a day i dare you to, Walk in my shoes for a day! Thank You and God bless Mario Zepeda (626) 979-4721

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