Pop Up Restaurant for Homeless

$23,320 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 485 people in 33 months
UPDATE: We have secured a date, Sunday Feb 28th , and location, The Armory,  22 S 23rd St!! 

We are also expanding the scope of this event moving  more toward a "Day of Service" for the Homeless. We are doing this by having on hand a number of  both City and Outreach Orginazations, covering a wide range of services, to meet the needs of our Guests. 


I need your help!!! 


My goal is to raise 20k in 20 days.

Why do I need to do this????

The answer is simple;  it's to make someone smile. Actually, it's to make 150 "someones" smile. 150 of our fellow (Homeless) Citizens to be exact.

You see, on Feburary 28th 2016, I want to create a pop up restuatant here in the City, and for one night,  for just a few hours, remind "our customers" that they are not invisible - no matter how many people walk past them during rush hour.  I want to reinstill in them the faith in humanity that sleeping on a steam grate has so brutally taken from them.  But mostly, I want to give them a reason to smile. 

Now here is where I'm delusional.

I genuinely believe that this night will change someone's life. I know 149 people are going to walk away from this event full, warm and happy. But I also believe, that ONE person will walk away from this night with a new found sense of hope.  And maybe, just maybe that hope will build and allow this person to take the first step to getting back on thier feet.

Am I wrong?  Maybe. 

Am I crazy?  Totally. But I'd rather try and be wrong, then sit here and hope the problem just goes away....

PS: We are hoping not to have this issue but a plan is being developed as to what will happen to the funds if the goal is not reached.
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What an amazing day. Incase you didn't see the photos...here's a look!!
250 backpacks !!!
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It started as an idea. And now it's time to make it a reality. But I can't do it without your help....one share, one donation, one step at a time....

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Andrea Zomber
33 months ago

Love his reply to Broad Street which is an awesome staple for the homeless in PHL who basically say his intentions are good but it's a waste of resources ... They can create meals for $2. Per .... This is his reply "There's really no way to justify this. But there's also no wrong way to help a person. My goal is to give somebody hope, and if we feed 150 people and just one person walks away with a sense of hope he can build on, that $20,000 is absolutely worth it." .... I agree with him the drudgery of 2$ meals and constant homelessness to be broken up by a dignified celebration of life and hope is well worth it!

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Brenda Johnson
33 months ago
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6

You did it! You are over the goal!!!

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Deborah Playo
33 months ago
4
4

God Bless you for doing this wonderful thing for those who are so deserving.

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Krista P. Ludvigsen Kwiatanowski
33 months ago
4
4

Go Jason!!! So awesome!!

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Bobby Ziade
33 months ago
3
3

Congrats! The world is a big place - and certainly big enough for you to do your own thing if you don't agree with how this money is allocated. This is wonderful and more than most people do. Cheers to you.

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Troy Morris
33 months ago
3
3

Congratulations on reaching your goal. I am making one final plea for you to find a better way to use these funds than a one night "party for the homeless." Sincerely hoping you do the right thing.

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Vanessa Migioia Andricola
33 months ago
3
3

What a wonderful idea!!! I'm happy to help

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Denise Rambo
33 months ago
2
2

I'm already hosting a party on the 20th but if the date changes, I'd LOVE to help!

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Abby Miller
33 months ago
1
1

The difference is the depth of vision...he is not trying to place a bandaid on the issue but to make a palpable change in the lives of fellow human beings. He is attempting to break a cycle, even for one person.

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Steve Felton
33 months ago
1
1

This is all and good, I don't mean to be a debbie downer and I am definitely not a hater I have a non profit organization helping the homeless with hot meals clothing hygiene products medical products and most of all fellowship, I just think something more long term should be done then a nice one night out dinner could do something more with this then a one-time dinner I

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Monica Ferreira
33 months ago
1
1

I would love to volunteer! Saw the video you mentioned and felt the same way. Please contact me so I can be able to help.

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Neli Medvedev
33 months ago
1
1

I want to help n the event day, please contact me

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Rhonda Lancaster
33 months ago
1
1

Hello I'd like to talk to Jason about maybe some live music entertainment possibly. Somebody have him reach out to me thanx

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Irene Q Colbert
33 months ago
1
1

Hi I can't really donate money but if you need help on that day inbox me! Good luck with everything and God bless!

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Silvia Puglia-Velykis
33 months ago
1
1

This is a great idea and hope it could change their lives, at least a few! Where are you going to have it? Also, If I am not working, would love to help in some way. contact me.

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Janine Dagostino-Veasey
33 months ago
1
1

This is a great idea jason! I'll share daily if I have to! I have faith in reaching the goal in 20 days!! Good luck.

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John Avicolli
33 months ago
1
1

Happy to help with this, cuz!

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Alexis C Penna
33 months ago
1
1

Rock Star!!xoxo

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Zachary
19 days ago

idk if this is allowed if it is not please inform me and I will delete my comment but I am currently 21 and have been battling being homeless for a little bit over 6 years now and I just wanting to share my story as well my campaigns on my page called A New Beginning

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Yneria Graham-Shuler
33 months ago

I donated but I also wanted to know if volunteers were needed.

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Anonymous
33 months ago
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BR

This is truly a nice thing that you are doing. There should be more people on the planet like you guys. Thanks

$20
Anonymous
33 months ago
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$10
Michelle Sheehan
33 months ago
2
2

I wish it could be more. Matt and Michelle Sheehan

Andrea Zomber
33 months ago

Love his reply to Broad Street which is an awesome staple for the homeless in PHL who basically say his intentions are good but it's a waste of resources ... They can create meals for $2. Per .... This is his reply "There's really no way to justify this. But there's also no wrong way to help a person. My goal is to give somebody hope, and if we feed 150 people and just one person walks away with a sense of hope he can build on, that $20,000 is absolutely worth it." .... I agree with him the drudgery of 2$ meals and constant homelessness to be broken up by a dignified celebration of life and hope is well worth it!

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Brenda Johnson
33 months ago
6
6

You did it! You are over the goal!!!

+ Read More
Deborah Playo
33 months ago
4
4

God Bless you for doing this wonderful thing for those who are so deserving.

+ Read More
Krista P. Ludvigsen Kwiatanowski
33 months ago
4
4

Go Jason!!! So awesome!!

+ Read More
Bobby Ziade
33 months ago
3
3

Congrats! The world is a big place - and certainly big enough for you to do your own thing if you don't agree with how this money is allocated. This is wonderful and more than most people do. Cheers to you.

+ Read More
Troy Morris
33 months ago
3
3

Congratulations on reaching your goal. I am making one final plea for you to find a better way to use these funds than a one night "party for the homeless." Sincerely hoping you do the right thing.

+ Read More
Vanessa Migioia Andricola
33 months ago
3
3

What a wonderful idea!!! I'm happy to help

+ Read More
Denise Rambo
33 months ago
2
2

I'm already hosting a party on the 20th but if the date changes, I'd LOVE to help!

+ Read More
Abby Miller
33 months ago
1
1

The difference is the depth of vision...he is not trying to place a bandaid on the issue but to make a palpable change in the lives of fellow human beings. He is attempting to break a cycle, even for one person.

+ Read More
Steve Felton
33 months ago
1
1

This is all and good, I don't mean to be a debbie downer and I am definitely not a hater I have a non profit organization helping the homeless with hot meals clothing hygiene products medical products and most of all fellowship, I just think something more long term should be done then a nice one night out dinner could do something more with this then a one-time dinner I

+ Read More
Monica Ferreira
33 months ago
1
1

I would love to volunteer! Saw the video you mentioned and felt the same way. Please contact me so I can be able to help.

+ Read More
Neli Medvedev
33 months ago
1
1

I want to help n the event day, please contact me

+ Read More
Rhonda Lancaster
33 months ago
1
1

Hello I'd like to talk to Jason about maybe some live music entertainment possibly. Somebody have him reach out to me thanx

+ Read More
Irene Q Colbert
33 months ago
1
1

Hi I can't really donate money but if you need help on that day inbox me! Good luck with everything and God bless!

+ Read More
Silvia Puglia-Velykis
33 months ago
1
1

This is a great idea and hope it could change their lives, at least a few! Where are you going to have it? Also, If I am not working, would love to help in some way. contact me.

+ Read More
Janine Dagostino-Veasey
33 months ago
1
1

This is a great idea jason! I'll share daily if I have to! I have faith in reaching the goal in 20 days!! Good luck.

+ Read More
John Avicolli
33 months ago
1
1

Happy to help with this, cuz!

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Alexis C Penna
33 months ago
1
1

Rock Star!!xoxo

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Zachary
19 days ago

idk if this is allowed if it is not please inform me and I will delete my comment but I am currently 21 and have been battling being homeless for a little bit over 6 years now and I just wanting to share my story as well my campaigns on my page called A New Beginning

+ Read More
Yneria Graham-Shuler
33 months ago

I donated but I also wanted to know if volunteers were needed.

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