Helping Havertown's Homeless
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.
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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
@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.
The guys unemployable because he has a tattoo on his forehead.
Glad to help, keep up the awesome work you do, it's inspiring and heartfelt
I sent you a pm
How awesome, my eyes are tearing up, good energy and continued prayers. Absolutely beautiful. Let me know what I can do Michelle McHugh