Our charity, Ashlee's Homeless Fund is named in honor of Ashlee Armond. She was a lovely young 20 year old woman who cared deeply about people. She left us too soon. She is the daughter of the Quality of Life Officer Rich Armond. She cannot help us, you can.
Michael has been homeless for many years and sober for 14. He’s earned enough money to live on by walking dogs in the neighborhood. He doesn’t panhandle or accept money from people. His neighborhood is very fond of him. He cleans up after himself and others
His sciatica has become severe and he struggles to walk, even with the help of a cane. Sleeping on the concrete is extremely painful, he never complains. He suffers from mental illness, which makes it difficult for him take better care of himself. John K. asked me to help him. So I did. When I met him and asked if he wanted help, he said "yes please".
I found a motel room for him. John paid for one of the nights. We got him a CA ID.
We found a contact at a Sober Living house in Torrance. We drove him there and he was accepted. He asked if he could please work while he was there saying “I can still push a mop and a broom”. The sober living home views him as an asset to their community with his 14 years sobriety, and so do I. Remaining sober on the streets is an impossible feat but Michael did it.
Michael is now taking odd jobs and says he will be happy to continue living where he is. I have a lovely conversation with him on his new phone. He is going to get his Driver's License soon.
We help those who need help. We exhaust all resources first.
Chris is one of the nicest people you will ever meet! I was blessed to meet him in front of Lowe's about 9 months ago. He was the first person I asked "do you want help" it was the first time I heard "yes please, but not right now". He helped me to understand that meant I am afraid I cannot do it right now but please be patient with me. Chris worked very hard to get to where he is and is the epidemy of humility. Chris reaches out daily to many to offer his support. Growing up in LB did not make him feel like he had a "place", he lost that. Now he has his family, many people who know and love him, I am grateful to be one of those people. Chris has a "place" and we are all better for it. Thank you Chris!
4 HOMELESS PEOPLE GO HOME
David & Tina arrived several months ago. David is a Vet and was hoping to get medical treatment in LB that was unavailable in Kingman, AZ. He was unable to get work, after spending all their money, their truck broke down. They were not prepared for how expensive and complicated things are here. These people cleaned up their camp before leaving to get on the bus. They could not stop thanking us for the help. Jesse & Amy arrived many months ago from Alabama. They were to live with relatives, he had a job as a welder. The housing with the relatives did not work out, they did not have enough money to rent an apartment which affected his work. They are from a small town in Alabama and were completely overwhelmed with life in LB. Between the expense and difficulty they were homeless for many months. They arrived safely in Alabama and are grateful to be home. Bus tickets are the least expensive way to reduce the problems. They are only good for people who came from elsewhere, have a place and people to go to. It must be clear they will not be retuning. Two of these tickets were $290 & 2 were $484. I could not do this without your help https://www.gofundme.com/f/ashlee039s-homeless-fund
Michael, Justin & Melissa are just a few of the people we have helped.
Creative problem solving can improve the homeless situation. This is what I do. I donate my time and efforts. I want the homeless problem improved to the degree that the police can take care of the trouble makers. Many of our homeless population want help but cannot get it for a variety of reasons. People are always surprised and grateful when I say "I will help you". They usually cry, even the men, and ask if they can give me a hug. I get more calls every day than I can handle.
I and a few committed people are working every day to get and keep the homeless off the streets. Here is what we are able to help them obtain:
*Emergency motels when the shelter is not an option
*Rehab for drug addiction
*Motel prior to rehab intake
*Mental health facilities
*Longer term living
*Appropriate assistance to become self sufficient
*Follow up to make sure they stay off the streets
*We have put 96 people into rehab.
We cannot pay for this ourselves, we need help!
I have collected clothes, snacks, water, personal supplies, etc... to help connect with the homeless. I have collected supplies, beds etc... when they are housed. I want to continue helping and I need financial support from the community.
- Dorian Connelley
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