Helping Homeless Women - NYC

$17,675 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 392 people in 31 months
The goal of this project is fundamental: I'm raising money to buy supplies I can hand out in person to homeless women in NYC.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What do you give out?

Here’s a sampling: food (way too many examples to list - please ask me for specifics), water, juice, pads, tampons, wet wipes, soap, hand sanitizer, moisturizer, combs, brushes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, make-up, nail polish, perfume, jewelry, towels, nail clippers, water bottles and thermos, hair ties and clips, mirrors, deodorant, sewing kits, chapstick, sunscreen, band-aids, ACE bandages, hoodies, jackets, coats, sweatshirts, thermals, shirts, socks, underwear, tank tops, shoes, boots, pants, shorts, skirts, dresses, hats, bandannas, scarves, gloves, hand warmers, toe warmers, pocketbooks, tote bags, backpacks, purses, fanny packs, sketch pads, art supplies, pens, notebooks, journals, cortisone cream, nose spray, blankets, books, magazines, newspapers, Q tips, earplugs, sleep masks, umbrellas, rain ponchos, cat food, dog food, pet toys and supplies. Also: smiles, friendship, respect, trust, reliability, consistency, compassion, hugs, non-judgmental listening, conversation, companionship, validation, and more.

Do you give out money?

No. Sure, if some homeless women will only accept some coins or a couple of bills in their cup, I’ll do that. Otherwise, I focus on handing out the direct relief supplies listed above. As I get to know each woman better, I can be more targeted and specific in my giving.

Can I make material donations?

Yes, please! At least half of the donations so far have been in material form. But please note: I am a one-man operation and must carefully gauge how to best utilize my time and energy. Therefore, I will request that you drop off any large donations and otherwise meet me in a mutually agreeable location. For an idea of what I accept, read the list above or just reach out to me and ask!

Do you use all the donated money to buy supplies?

Yes. The only money that is allocated elsewhere is what I use for a monthly unlimited Metrocard so I can cover all the ground I do each day.

Why help homeless women?

I invite you to watch this 4-minute video .

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Thank you in advance for your donations and for spreading the word. This is a collective project so let's team up to offer some temporary relief for women in need.
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Just got home from a very productive outing on a rare nice weather day! As mentioned in a previous update, I got some $10 McDonald’s gift cards and they’ve been very popular amongst the women I help. So, I checked Amazon to see what else I could add to my wish list. They feature gift cards to both Subway and Starbuck’s. Thus, if anyone wants to order any of these very helpful cards, they are just a click away here: http://amzn.to/2ztEWrG

While you’re there, please feel free to order anything else on the list!

Also, if you wish to buy any other kind of gift card (McDonald’s, Burger King, etc.) of at least $5, you can contact me privately and I’ll give you an address to which you can mail ‘em. Every card is needed and appreciated!

Lastly, of course, there are always:
GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/helphomelesswomennyc
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/helphomelesswomen

Thanks in advance! <3
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Just got home after a particularly productive and meaningful outing. My longest-running regular shared some family photos with me as we swapped stories about our mothers. I wish I could tell you all about the injustice and cruelty involved in how she wound up on the NYC streets and why she can’t go “home” for a while, but I won’t risk sharing too many of her details. Suffice it to say that yet another abusive and predatory male has ruined the lives of many people within his reach.

My second-longest running regular starts a 15-week job training program on Monday! She’ll be panhandling only on weekends so I promised to find her as often as I can. The best part of today’s conversation was witnessing how excited she is, how her words and gestures were infused with real hope. As of next month, I know her for two years and it was amazing to watch this transformation. If you knew the details of how she landed on the street, you might not sleep at night. Today’s conversation brought me to tears after I had walked away.

This is such a strange project. I get so close to some of the women and I feel so protective of all of them. Meanwhile, I spend each day rooting for outcomes that could mean I never see any of them again. I may only cross paths with a homeless woman once or twice. In other cases, like my newest regular (70 years old!), I think we’ll be in pretty steady contact. No matter what the circumstances, I give to them without judgment and make no promises unless I know I can keep them.

Folks, only one person has donated in May so far. I need your help. Below are all the usual links. In addition, if anyone wants to purchase gift cards to places like McDonald’s, please contact me for an address to which you can mail them. No matter what, please know that it makes a difference. My longest-running regular whispered to me as I hugged her today: “Thanks for all you do to help so many women.”

I couldn’t do it without people like you. <3

GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/helphomelesswomennyc
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/helphomelesswomen
Amazon wishlist: http://amzn.to/2ztEWrG
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FACT: We are 1/3 through the month of May and I haven’t gotten any donations yet.

FACT: Any size contribution helps.

You can make a donation here now, at GoFundMe, of course.

And please don’t forget my Amazon wishlist:  http://amzn.to/2ztEWrG

To give a gift that keeps on giving, you can sign up to give a specific monthly donation at Patreon (link below). Any amount is welcome! This way, your donation happens automatically on the first of each month and I get a very useful idea of my monthly budget. 
https://www.patreon.com/helphomelesswomen

Thank you in advance for salvaging this month before it’s too late! <3
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We are already one week into a new month and yeah, we are also already off to a slow start. So, I’m suggesting a new approach. How about everyone makes their May donations happen early? This way, you won’t hear me reporting on May 28 or so that the month has been a washout.

May brings us Mother’s Day and Memorial Day - an ideal time to honor someone important to you. Your donation in their name will respect their memory by making a difference to someone who may not have anyone to lean on now.

Then again, you don’t need me to manufacture your reasons. You have been kind and supportive and have made this work possible for more than 2.5 years. All I’m asking is for you to continue this generosity and help me find others who can also help. Thank you.

GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/helphomelesswomennyc
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/helphomelesswomen
Amazon wishlist: http://amzn.to/2ztEWrG
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Julie Merriman Chickering
8 months ago

The snack pack you recently added to your wish list, Amazon wont deliver to the wish list address. You may want to swap it out for something else.

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Mary St Anczyk
11 months ago

Not sure how you can ramp up donations. Mindset out there is if you want to help the homeless that donations should go directly to organizations whose work is to help on a higher level the needs of the homeless. With that though comes overhead and salaries which I am not a fan of. I try to support on a small scale and pocketbook, non-profit groups and persons like yourself who give service to homeless persons both here in Detroit and NYC who aren't working with overhead or salaries taking a chunk out of donations. If you can connect with a local group or groups to hold a fundraiser for your work either monetary or for in kind donations??

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Mary Stanzk
26 months ago

You are such a blessing to your homeless friends. Did not realize there was homeless women in NYC. On all my visits there I've only been aware of homeless men on the streets and in subways. I've managed to tick off quite a few native NYers when I visit because I like to walk slow and take in the sights, sounds and vibe when I am there. My daughter who lives there keeps reminding me that I have to walk faster or risk being mowed over. Definitely a very fast paced place.

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Created October 16, 2016
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Allyn Creel
5 days ago
$10
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7 days ago
$100
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Elizabeth Heelan
9 days ago
MM
$100
Michael Mew
19 days ago
$30
Julie Chickering
20 days ago

Happy Birthday

AC
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Allyn Creel
1 month ago

Happy Birthday Mickey.

$100
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1 month ago
$5
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1 month ago
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1 month ago
Julie Merriman Chickering
8 months ago

The snack pack you recently added to your wish list, Amazon wont deliver to the wish list address. You may want to swap it out for something else.

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Mary St Anczyk
11 months ago

Not sure how you can ramp up donations. Mindset out there is if you want to help the homeless that donations should go directly to organizations whose work is to help on a higher level the needs of the homeless. With that though comes overhead and salaries which I am not a fan of. I try to support on a small scale and pocketbook, non-profit groups and persons like yourself who give service to homeless persons both here in Detroit and NYC who aren't working with overhead or salaries taking a chunk out of donations. If you can connect with a local group or groups to hold a fundraiser for your work either monetary or for in kind donations??

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Mary Stanzk
26 months ago

You are such a blessing to your homeless friends. Did not realize there was homeless women in NYC. On all my visits there I've only been aware of homeless men on the streets and in subways. I've managed to tick off quite a few native NYers when I visit because I like to walk slow and take in the sights, sounds and vibe when I am there. My daughter who lives there keeps reminding me that I have to walk faster or risk being mowed over. Definitely a very fast paced place.

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