You see, many folks DO want to work, and are. However, one must "exist" in the system first. It's extremely difficult to go from living under a viaduct with no money and no identification to finding a secure home and a job that pays a decent wage. Sure, there are "services" but they are few and far between, and the system moves at a glacial pace. We are short 45,000 affordable housing units in Cincinnati, and there are lists to get on waiting lists for housing. And it's now illegal for folks to camp in Cincinnati on public or PRIVATE property, and the shelters are overcapacity.
With the help of an Army of people, we have already been able to take my new friend Ryan from being homeless to being housed and on the road to being employed (job interview is tomorrow). We got him his birth certificate, SS card, and ID (which is EXTREMELY difficult when starting nothing), all without the help of services. He will soon be earning a living, paying taxes, and setting goals for his future, which includes helping others.
I want to continue this work, but I can't do it alone. I make a great living, but between helping Ryan and others, I've already shelled out over $2000 of my own funds over the past two months, and I can't continue on at this pace. I would greatly appreciate your help.
I plan to be 100% transparent when spending any donated funds, and none will co-mingle with my own, because I'm opening a separate bank account.
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