Hi, my name is Yuko Shima. I'm fundraising to start a 501c3 charitable nonprofit organization to run a homeless shelter.
12 years ago, when I was driving, I saw an old man holding a cardboard sign at an intersection. On my way back from Costco, I saw him still standing there. The sign read, "Help. I'm a Veteran." So I stopped my car to give him the rotisserie chicken I had just got.
He looked like he had dementia. He could only walk but could not talk or speak. His voice could only mumble. Since his sign read "Veteran" I first called 911, then they said I should call the Veteran's office. I called the number the 911 operator gave me. Then, the office gave me the regional office's phone number in San Francisco. But no one answered the call. I didn't know what I could do for this man who couldn't speak. All I knew was that I could give him any food he could eat to gain physical strength.
After leaving him with a plastic bag full of warm food without a fork and knife, I headed to go pick up my child from school.
After that, I never saw him again.
He didn't look like he was going to survive.
Then time passed.
I heard people say, "Don't give money. They're just going to buy alcohol."
I also heard, "Don't give money. They are needing money for drugs."
Finally I heard, "Don't give them anything. They are actually rich and they live in a big house and drives a fancy car. "
So, what did my friends say about helping these people?
That means to kill them.
I'm not the kind of person who pass by people who are dying.
At least I do something.
Now I'm ready to open a homeless shelter.
The first step is to identify the need of each individual. Food, shower, haircut, housing, or more.
The second step is helping them go back to their normal life style.
Now I'm ready to provide what they need.
Now I need your help to help me fund the nonprofit organization.
Thank you very much for your understanding.
Founder of God's Promise