Helping Homeless Women - NYC

$15,150 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 345 people in 25 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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About a dozen years ago, my mother bought me a bluish plaid blanket with snaps on it that could be worn like a “coat” of sorts. Well, a couple of days ago, I gave this durable blanket away to a homeless woman. S. is black, mid-30s, with a wonderful singing voice. When I encountered her the other day, she was belting out a beautiful version of “Jesus is the Reason for the Season.” I handed S. the much-needed blanket and knew that somewhere, my very devout Mom was smiling and singing along.

An early Happy Thanksgiving to all of you…and THANKS for your generous and ongoing financial support.

P.S. There’s also an Amazon wishlist: http://amzn.to/2ztEWrG
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The “real-feel” in NYC is 31 degrees as I head out for today’s outing - and it may snow tomorrow. In other words: off I go into my third winter doing this work.

With Thanksgiving just a week away, I’ll express my gratitude now to all of you who help to keep my efforts going. Please continue to keep this project in mind and don’t forget the Amazon wishlist: http://amzn.to/2ztEWrG

P.S. I still need one size-large women’s winter coat.
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It’s a brisk, bright, sunny November day and I just returned from a very productive outing. Today aside, the NYC autumn has been wet with dramatically fluctuating temperatures. I see and hear the sniffles and coughs already starting. In other words, the work remains crucial. This project evolves from season to season - even month to month - but your help enables me to be ready and flexible to adapt.

Thanks for everything, friends. Please keep the donations coming. Please share this link. And please don’t forget about my Amazon wishlist: http://amzn.to/2ztEWrG

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Unseasonably warm day in NYC and I finally found D today. She was a longtime regular and then I didn’t see her for months. D was very excited to see me again and she’s now right back on my regulars list!

D specifically asked for a large winter coat or jacket. Also - despite her situation - she has always cared for young cats (and still does). So, she needs cat food. And, for the record, I am still helping feed another of my regular’s two dogs (they live with a friend, for now).

My friends, your donations make it possible for me to purchase such specific supplies for my regulars. Please keep the contributions flowing. Also, if you’d prefer to directly purchase anything I mentioned above (and more), please do not forget my Amazon wishlist: http://amzn.to/2ztEWrG
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Julie Merriman Chickering
2 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
6 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
20 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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$15,150 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 345 people in 25 months
Created October 16, 2016
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Julie Merriman Chickering
2 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
6 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
20 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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