Helping Havertown's Homeless

$7,145 of $6,720 goal

Raised by 130 people in 4 months
Michelle McHugh
on behalf of Michelle McHugh
 HAVERTOWN, PA
The Havertown Community rallied together over Christmas to help two of our neighbors, who do not have a regular home. We've set a goal of paying for rooms for the two men at the Summit Inn Hotel through the start of Spring, on March 20, 2017.  John is already at the hotel, and we hope to figure out a way to get Joe there as well. This will give them a warm place to stay through the winter. It's not a long-term solution, but it is a way to show these men their community cares. 

Any money you donate goes directly to support these two individuals. Anything over our goal amount will be used to purchase items for the Connect Shelter for Delaware County residents. 

This movement began in mid-December with a simple post on the Havertown Community Group Facebook page. Below are excerpts from those posts to give folks new to this story more background: 

Michelle McHugh is taking donations for John, whom she has seen / talked to at the Route 100 Line stop regularly for the past 10+ years. John often sleeps in the woods and does go to shelters when conditions are extreme. He is known for being friendly, smart, articulate and non-intrusive. He rarely asks for anything and is originally from Havertown. We don't know much more of his story, but we hope that, by showing our support, it will give him the foundation to make whatever changes necessary to get back on his feet. 

Michelle McKnight is taking donations for Joe, whom she sees outside the Giant Shopping Center on Township Line Rd. daily. He has an occasional place to stay at night, with family in the area. He never asks for anything and keeps to himself. He is friendly when approached and prefers to avoid the shelters. He is mostly exposed to the elements during the day, although he does say he goes to the library. We don't know much more about Joe's story, but we hope to be the catalyst for change in this man's life. 

These are lofty goals, we know, but by looking below,  you'll see that we've already made an impact: 

Items collected in just two weeks: 
Sweaters, coats, boots, socks, new underwear, thermal underwear, hand warmers, foot warmers, gloves, hats, scarves, shampoo, soap, deoderant, shaving cream, razors, cleansing wipes, blankets, backpacks, jerky, protein bars, gift cards, jeans. 

Other items delivered to the Connect Shelter:
Women's underwear, depends, sanitary napkins, tampons, suitcases, duffel bags.

#GreatNeighbors #Community #HelpHavertownHomeless #HHH2016
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Update 22
Posted by Michelle McHugh
5 days ago
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We're excited to report that Jon has three job opportunities lined up for next week! He's doing some lawn work for three community members and is interested in spring cleaning - windows, etc. if you're interested. Message me on FB: https://www.facebook.com/chellsrs
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Update 21
Posted by Michelle McHugh
11 days ago
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Thanks to every single person who supported this fund, Jon is #BackHome. Here is his story on CBS3.
Jon is #BackHome!
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Update 20
Posted by Michelle McHugh
17 days ago
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Easter is the start of new beginnings, an there is no better story of that than Jon's.
Jon's April 2017 Update
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Update 19
Posted by Michelle McHugh
25 days ago
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Update! Homeowners Morgan and Chris will have the CO inspection Monday. Then we have the Community Action inspection, after which, we can move furniture and Jon in!
In the meantime, I met a neighbor this week who hand-delivered this to my door, along with some items for Jon's new home. The past four months of fighting for another human being whom so many doubted, gave up on or simply ignored, well, it hasn't been easy, convenient, void of emotion, or inexpensive. This note from a stranger made my week - a week that's been jam-packed with full time work, freelance gigs, full time motherhood and rides, appointments and coordination to ensure Jon's next steps. I love the impact this mission has had on our community, and while I've certainly had my hands full, this would never have come so far without the help of countless community members. Some have done a little; some have done a lot. Regardless of their roles, every single one has helped Jon -- and me -- through this incredible, life-changing journey. Thank you! #HelpingHavertownHomeless The Havertown Community Group #HHH
Every single one of you is amazing!
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Patricia Biswanger
2 months ago
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Chik-Fil-A has great chicken salad sandwiches!

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Michelle McHugh
2 months ago
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@Gayle, I'm still trying to track down someone for the City Line Ave and Lancaster rental.

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Michelle McHugh
2 months ago
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@Rachel, thanks for the tip! I inquired about the room on Craig's List, but the owner hasn't replied after our second email exchange. It's going to take a special situation for this to work out. Praying and researching! If you see anything else, don't hesitate to post.

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Gayle McCall
3 months ago
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Hi Michelle, I guess the City Line Ave and Lancaster didn't work out?

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Rachel Galaher
3 months ago
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Saw this online 115 a week . http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/roo/5968262931.html

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Dawn Griffin
3 months ago
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Possible job with the new pizza shop on Manoa-- where Apollo was prior? They are looking to hire now. Busing tables or helping in the kitchen or cashier?

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Wanda Swanson
3 months ago
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It's rewarding to see the smile on John's face. Hopefully this will be the beginning of a brighter future. May the acts of kindness result in a renewed approach to life.

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Frank Bayer
9 days ago

The guys unemployable because he has a tattoo on his forehead.

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Diane McKinley
2 months ago

Glad to help, keep up the awesome work you do, it's inspiring and heartfelt

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Paul G. Joslin
2 months ago

I sent you a pm

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Gayle McCall
2 months ago

How awesome, my eyes are tearing up, good energy and continued prayers. Absolutely beautiful. Let me know what I can do Michelle McHugh

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$7,145 of $6,720 goal

Raised by 130 people in 4 months
Created December 24, 2016
Michelle McHugh  
on behalf of Michelle McHugh
JC
$50
Julia Cohen
5 days ago
KC
$200
Kathryn Cox
5 days ago
2
2

My family has known John from his basketball days at Grange Field. Always wondered what became of him. Thank you for reconnecting him to the Havertown community he loved.

$100
Anonymous
9 days ago
1
1
$25
Francine McGrath
10 days ago
1
1

God Bless you for doing this

ES
$50
Ed Specht
11 days ago
1
1
$25
Danielle Woerner
16 days ago
ST
$10
Scott Tierney
23 days ago
1
1
MM
$25
Monica McCurdy
24 days ago
$100
Anonymous
25 days ago
JJ
$500
Jason Jeremias
25 days ago
Patricia Biswanger
2 months ago
1
1

Chik-Fil-A has great chicken salad sandwiches!

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Michelle McHugh
2 months ago
1
1

@Gayle, I'm still trying to track down someone for the City Line Ave and Lancaster rental.

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Michelle McHugh
2 months ago
1
1

@Rachel, thanks for the tip! I inquired about the room on Craig's List, but the owner hasn't replied after our second email exchange. It's going to take a special situation for this to work out. Praying and researching! If you see anything else, don't hesitate to post.

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Gayle McCall
3 months ago
1
1

Hi Michelle, I guess the City Line Ave and Lancaster didn't work out?

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Rachel Galaher
3 months ago
1
1

Saw this online 115 a week . http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/roo/5968262931.html

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Dawn Griffin
3 months ago
1
1

Possible job with the new pizza shop on Manoa-- where Apollo was prior? They are looking to hire now. Busing tables or helping in the kitchen or cashier?

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Wanda Swanson
3 months ago
1
1

It's rewarding to see the smile on John's face. Hopefully this will be the beginning of a brighter future. May the acts of kindness result in a renewed approach to life.

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Frank Bayer
9 days ago

The guys unemployable because he has a tattoo on his forehead.

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Diane McKinley
2 months ago

Glad to help, keep up the awesome work you do, it's inspiring and heartfelt

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Paul G. Joslin
2 months ago

I sent you a pm

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Gayle McCall
2 months ago

How awesome, my eyes are tearing up, good energy and continued prayers. Absolutely beautiful. Let me know what I can do Michelle McHugh

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