Help me Help the Homeless!

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Many years ago, I read and was deeply moved by the Scripture in Matthew 25:31-46, which clearly says nothing matters more than how we treat people who are hurting and in need... More than what we call ourselves, more than how much we know the Bible, more than how "religous" we are; what matters most to God,  is to treat those who are hurting with kindness and do all we can to meet their needs,,,

It was a life changing realization for me, and it set me on a different course which led me to begin five different Homeless Shelters, and today, I'm working on opening my sixth, The Chittenden County Emergency Shelter, which will meet the needs of the Homeless of Northern Vermont and beyond. I also hope to use this Shelter as a Nationwide model, which can be used by communities and cities across the Country to inexpensively, but very effectively, provide respectful and compassionate Holistic care of the homeless, at no cost to taxpayers, while genuinely helping homeless guests to address the issues that led to their homelessness and help them back to independence once more.

I founded my first shelter, The Burlington Emergency Shelter, when I was 24, back in May of 1982, and went on to Direct the program for 12 years, providing Shelter to over 5,000 men, women, and children, while finding thousands of jobs, living situations, and residential treatment programs and helping 80% of our guests back on to their feet... The Shelter, as my latest effort will, never sought or accepted a single tax dollar, but rather raised our entire budget through the private donations of those who choose to support our efforts. The Burlington Emergency Shelter, during my 12 years there,raised over 2 million dollars to sustain our work through more than 20,000 private donors, civic groups, and over 70 different churches and synagogues throughout the Burlington, Vermont area....

As I write this, we have a Building we've signed the Lease on in South Burlington and are looking forward to final approval at the March 15th Meeting of the South Burlington Planning and Review Board.  We 've had an Entire Sprinkler System Donated by the Vermont Spinkler Association and I'm waiting on the Site Plan and Renovation Plan from Hamlin Engineering for the Board and as a Model for Stetson Excavating to tie into the Water Main. We have significant work to do to the Building to add Showers and more Bathrooms so I'm working on planning these renovations and finding as many donations and Volunteer workers for all this as I can. I'm also Gathering Volunteers to  staff the Shelter, coordinating our meal program, involving area churches, preparing  PSA campaigns through friends in the local media, and doing all neccesary to open our doors to the great need here in Chittenden County. There is an estimated over 200 people sleeping outside tonight with no shelter available to them.

Most government supported shelters would cost $500,000 or more to open and likely be impersonable and limited in their success helping people to their feet. My shelter, will cost only about $70, 000 dollars to open and operate at a fraction, with maximum effectiveness, of the cost that most shelters do...

I have been working  on this effort full time for almost 10 months, my wife and I sacrificing much, having only been paid for a small amount of the time. I need a car, as mine died nearly six months ago, and we need propane for heat and cooking, insurance payments and other pressing bills,. The Shelter needs 15,000 Immediately for rent, beginning renovations, the engineer and permit fees and a variety of other costs... In a Month we will need an additional estimated $25,000 to do the Excavation.

Please consider how you might help if you would... I know, so many of you are hurting yourselves, but even a gift of $10 is greatly helpful...Your prayers and good thoughts would also be helpful and deply appreciated...
I know it sounds cliche' but it's really true, that together we can genuinely make a huge difference in many, many lives... thank you for caring...   Jon Svitavsky
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Many years ago, I read and was deeply moved by the Scripture in Matthew 25:31-46, which clearly says nothing matters more than how we treat people who are hurting and in need... More than what we call ourselves, more than how much we know the Bible, more than how "religous" we are; what matters most to God, is to treat those who are hurting with kindness and do all we can to meet their needs,,,

It was a life changing realization for me, and it set me on a different course which led me to begin five different Homeless Shelters, and today, I'm working on opening my sixth, The Chittenden County Emergency Shelter, which will meet the needs of the Homeless of Northern Vermont and beyond. I also hope to use this Shelter as a Nationwide model, which can be used by communities and cities across the Country to inexpensively, but very effectively, provide respectful and compassionate Holistic care of the homeless, at no cost to taxpayers, while genuinely helping homeless guests to address the issues that led to their homelessness and help them back to independence once more.

I founded my first shelter, The Burlington Emergency Shelter, when I was 24, back in May of 1982, and went on to Direct the program for 12 years, providing Shelter to over 5,000 men, women, and children, while finding thousands of jobs, living situations, and residential treatment programs and helping 80% of our guests back on to their feet... The Shelter, as my latest effort will, never sought or accepted a single tax dollar, but rather raised our entire budget through the private donations of those who choose to support our efforts. The Burlington Emergency Shelter, during my 12 years there,raised over 2 million dollars to sustain our work through more than 20,000 private donors, civic groups, and over 70 different churches and synagogues throughout the Burlington, Vermont area....

As I write this, we are approaching our February 2ndZoning Meeting for approval of our site at 372 Dorset Street in South Burlington, Vermont. We've already signed our lease (dependent on our approval) and hope to open by the beginning of May after we can dig again in the Spring and tie into the South Burlington Water Main to have the water for our Required Sprinler System (That's already been pledged completely, plans, parts and Labor, through local sprinkler companies and the Vermont Sprinkler Workers Association which has made us a Charitable Project of Their's!!! We are gathering volunteers and have had about 30 onsite nightly volunteers already come forward), coordinating our meal program, involving area churches, running a PSA campaign through friends in the local media to educate the Public about our Sheler and our needs, and doing all neccesary to open our doors to the great need here in Chittenden County. We estimate there are over 200 people sleeping outside tonight with no shelter available to them. Most government supported shelters would cost $500,000 or more to open and likely be impersonable and limited in their success helping people to their feet. My shelter, will cost only about $70, 000 ($40,000 of this for the excavation we must do) dollars to open and once open, we will operate at a fraction, with maximum effectiveness, of the cost that most shelters do...

I have been working on this effort full time for almost 8 months, my wife and I sacrificing much, having only been paid a small amount of the salary voted for us by our Board of Directors. I need a car, as mine died nearly six months ago, and we need to pay for propane, insurance payments and other pressing bills. The Shelter needs application and Permit Fees, Rent, and a variety of other costs...

Please consider how you might help if you would... I know, so many of you are hurting yourselves, but even a gift of $10 is greatly helpful...Your prayers and good thoughts would also be helpful and deeply appreciated...
I know it sounds cliche' but it's really true, that together we can genuinely make a huge difference in many, many, lives.... Thank you for caring....

Jon Svitavsky
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Many years ago, I read and was deeply moved by the Scripture in Matthew 25:31-46, which clearly says nothing matters more than how we treat people who are hurting and in need... More than what we call ourselves, more than how much we know the Bible, more than how "religous" we are; what matters most to God, is to treat those who are hurting with kindness and do all we can to meet their needs,,,

It was a life changing realization for me, and it set me on a different course which led me to begin five different Homeless Shelters, and today, I'm working on opening my sixth, The Chittenden County Emergency Shelter, which will meet the needs of the Homeless of Northern Vermont and beyond. I also hope to use this Shelter as a Nationwide model, which can be used by communities and cities across the Country to inexpensively, but very effectively, provide respectful and compassionate Holistic care of the homeless, at no cost to taxpayers, while genuinely helping homeless guests to address the issues that led to their homelessness and help them back to independence once more.

I founded my first shelter, The Burlington Emergency Shelter, when I was 24, back in May of 1982, and went on to Direct the program for 12 years, providing Shelter to over 5,000 men, women, and children, while finding thousands of jobs, living situations, and residential treatment programs and helping 80% of our guests back on to their feet... The Shelter, as my latest effort will, never sought or accepted a single tax dollar, but rather raised our entire budget through the private donations of those who choose to support our efforts. The Burlington Emergency Shelter, during my 12 years there,raised over 2 million dollars to sustain our work through more than 20,000 private donors, civic groups, and over 70 different churches and synagogues throughout the Burlington, Vermont area....

As I write this, we are approaching our February 2ndZoning Meeting for approval of our site at 372 Dorset Street in South Burlington, Vermont. We've already signed our lease (dependent on our approval) and hope to open by the beginning of May after we can dig again in the Spring and tie into the South Burlington Water Main to have the water for our Required Sprinler System (That's already been pledged completely, plans, parts and Labor, through local sprinkler companies and the Vermont Sprinkler Workers Association which has made us a Charitable Project of Their's!!! We are gathering volunteers and have had about 30 onsite nightly volunteers already come forward), coordinating our meal program, involving area churches, running a PSA campaign through friends in the local media to educate the Public about our Sheler and our needs, and doing all neccesary to open our doors to the great need here in Chittenden County. We estimate there are over 200 people sleeping outside tonight with no shelter available to them. Most government supported shelters would cost $500,000 or more to open and likely be impersonable and limited in their success helping people to their feet. My shelter, will cost only about $70, 000 ($40,000 of this for the excavation we must do) dollars to open and once open, we will operate at a fraction, with maximum effectiveness, of the cost that most shelters do...

I have been working on this effort full time for almost 8 months, my wife and I sacrificing much, having only been paid a small amount of the salary voted for us by our Board of Directors. I need a car, as mine died nearly six months ago, and we need to pay for propane, insurance payments and other pressing bills. The Shelter needs application and Permit Fees, Rent, and a variety of other costs...

Please consider how you might help if you would... I know, so many of you are hurting yourselves, but even a gift of $10 is greatly helpful...Your prayers and good thoughts would also be helpful and deeply appreciated...
I know it sounds cliche' but it's really true, that together we can genuinely make a huge difference in many, many, lives.... Thank you for caring....

Jon Svitavsky
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$4090 donated so far towards the Goal of $26,000 needed to open...

Friends, I'd like to ask you for your prayers/good thoughts, as I seek to raise $1000 for the immediate need... ..

All is on target for me to open my 6th Homeless Shelter by Thanksgiving, but thus far, I've been able to raise only $4090 of the $26,000, needed to open.

Most impersonable government supported shelters need $500,000 or more to open and have nowhere near the 80% success rate I've had in helping people to their feet, with love, food and shelter, clothing, showers, hygiene supplies, transportation, advocacy and referrals..

Pleases, we are supported ENTIRELY through Private Donations like yours, if you are hurting yourself, even just $5 or $10 would really be enormously helpful...

Thank you all for your prayers/positive thoughts, your encouradement and the gifts you've already made. Your kindness will result in many, many lives being touched for the good... Working to bring light in the darkness and hope to the hopeless... Jon TTT
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Friends, I'd like to ask you for your prayers/good thoughts, as I seek to raise $2,500 for the immediate need this weekend...

All is on target for me to open my 6th Homeless Shelter by Thanksgiving, but thus far, I've been able to raise only $3,300 of the $26,000 or so, needed to open.

Most impersonable government supported shelters need $500,000 or more to open and have nowhere near the 80$ success rate I;ve had in helping people to their feet, with love, food and shelter, clothing, showers, hygiene supplies, Transportation, advocay and referrals..

Pleases, we are supported ENTIRELY through Private Donations like yours, if you are hurting yourself, even just $5 or $10 would really be enormously helpful... Thank you all for your prayers/positive thoughts, your encouradement and the gifts you've already made. Your kindness will result in many, many lives being touched for the good... Working to bring light in the darkness and hope to the hopeless... Jon TTT
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Robert Johnson
25 months ago
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I foolishly left the comment on the wrong Go Fund Me, please excuse my childish remark not pertaining to this campaign.

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Robert Johnson
25 months ago
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Jon Svitavsky lives in Mexico City and I can't wait to read how he defrauded all those that donated. He just thinks he can just pack up and become a VT Senator? Most likely he knows he will not even be on the ballot but you all will be out of cash. :D

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Damion
12 months ago

help support and share ny campaign!

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Robert Johnson
25 months ago

I'm a complete fool, wrong Go Fund Me can't delete ignorant comment sorry.

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Tiffany Dunton
45 months ago

I would help but im homeless with 4 kids myself. Sorry

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I foolishly left the comment on the wrong Go Fund Me, please excuse my childish remark not pertaining to this campaign.

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Robert Johnson
25 months ago
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Jon Svitavsky lives in Mexico City and I can't wait to read how he defrauded all those that donated. He just thinks he can just pack up and become a VT Senator? Most likely he knows he will not even be on the ballot but you all will be out of cash. :D

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Damion
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help support and share ny campaign!

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Robert Johnson
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I'm a complete fool, wrong Go Fund Me can't delete ignorant comment sorry.

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Tiffany Dunton
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I would help but im homeless with 4 kids myself. Sorry

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