Homeless, Not Hopeless

$10,370 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 209 people in 24 months
Friends, Families & People wanting to make a difference:

I'm calling on you to help make CHANGE for those that are homeless and living in unbearable winter conditions at this moment. 

Living in Philadelphia, I am continuously devastated to see how many homeless people there are suffering throughout the city, especially during this season. There are rows and rows of people who are homeless, standing with signs on corners, laying without blankets on the streets, and seeking shelter in subways and underpasses. 

I don't know about you, but in this weather, I scurry to and from any place I am leaving or going to because most times, it's too cold to stay outside much longer than that. Now, while I may have a few brutal minutes outside, I am fortunate enough to know that I am heading somewhere soon that has heat or things that I need to make me warm. I have a cabinet with food in it. I have access to a warm shower to clean myself. I have a space to call my own. I have a space where I feel safe. I have people to lean on.

I want you to imagine not having a place to go to, to feel safe in, or to not have enough money to grab something warm to wear or to eat. Not having people to turn to, besides absolute strangers on the streets.

And I'm aware there is a stigma surrounding the homeless populations and the reasons of why they're in the predicament they're in. After getting to know their truths, I can say that more times than not, these stigmas are proven wrong and are broken in just a single conversation. Above all else, one thing remains true:

These people are people just like you and me. These people are suffering. These people are seeking kindness and help. These people need us.

It may be easy to say, "well, that's their problem", or "someone else will help", or "there are too many to actually make a difference", or "there's no way I can afford to help them all". 

But that's where we are wrong. 

As Ronald Reagan said, "we can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone". 

I am asking for $5 donations to help raise funds for care packages for & requests from homeless people here in Philadelphia. I would love to continue to build the backpack packages that we made last year (please see previous post for that), as they were greatly appreciated and addressed a lot of their needs.

In a time where we all are seeking unity and coming together, and to feel the love again, please consider donating to this cause, as I know it will truly make a huge difference in the life of someone who needs it. Most importantly, we can spread warmth and love to the many so desperately needing not only our help & compassion, but also a little bit of hope. 

Thank you, so much.

Please reach out to me individually with any questions you may have!
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Warning: Fought through some tears writing this.

Took a quick trip away last week and all the while, people were rushing & coming together to make a huge difference for this cause, helping me to absolutely shatter the goal I had set as you can see below. Last year we were able to put together 35 amazing care packages/sleeping bag bundles for the homeless population in Philadelphia and after shattering the campaign goal, we are going to be able to provide over 75 (!!!) bag/bundles for 2019.

I can't say enough about how appreciative I am of you all sharing (& tolerating) my many posts, supporting my campaign, and helping however you could whether it was creating a huge new event (Kelly Brown & William Reed), donating twice, or simply giving a like on FB. It has never been about "my goal" or "my efforts", though it seems that way because I'm the one reaching out. It has always been a collective effort - it's about creating a space to fill a need that has been filled by hundreds of generous and loving people like yourselves year after year. This campaign would be nothing if not for you all not looking away from the devastation of others, but instead looking it straight in the eye and wanting to restore hope and dignity to the lives of homeless men and women. I am so thankful for every single person who has helped make this happen once again this year, as well as the last two years and trusted I would do something worthy with their generous donation.

As I anxiously await an insane amount of amazon boxes to clutter my house soon, I can't help but feel so humbled & excited to share in this all with you, as each item you helped buy comes in and comes together. Because of you, 75+ homeless men and women across the city are going to be reminded they matter. Love you all <3
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3 weeks left to donate to this year's Homeless, Not Hopeless Campaign!

For the new year, 2019, while so many of us wish for health, to be more fit, to get a new job, to be kinder to ourselves, or save more money, or travel more, etc. - the houseless men and women on the streets of Philadelphia have to hope for survival, the kindness of others, to be safe from harm, and the chance for a better quality of life regardless of where they sleep at night. Year after year, the same men and women are stuck on the streets and if we aren't enough to remove them completely, we can at least try to help surviving day to day a little easier, even if just for a while.

Including the past two years with this current one, with your help and hearts, we have raised over $8,399 for our homeless brothers and sisters! My goal remains at $10,000, meaning that we are only about $1,600 away from that goal.

If you are interested in helping me reach this goal for a greater impact on the homeless community of Philadelphia this year, please share, like or visit my campaign site below (or, if you are not a supporter of online fundraising platforms, I can come meet you wherever to collect a donation, offer venmo or other facets that are easier).
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WHAT. AN. EVENT!!!

Without beer proceeds/sales included, today's raffles/wristbands and general donations have raised a total of $1,632!!!!!!! <3

Sending out a huge hug and THANK YOU to everyone who came out to support Kelly Brown, the 10 competitors, and the Homeless, Not Hopeless Campaign. It was awe-inspiring to see the fantastic turn out, the contagious smiles, and the generous hearts that united today to celebrate the chance to make a difference. I think it's safe to say, Maria Topcatt stole our hearts and the show today - I'm so grateful to Maria, William Reed, the judges, raffle item donors, photographer, stage assistance, the DJ, bar tenders, event helpers and the competitors for their time, energy, and love today.

To everyone who donated, bought a bracelet, drinks, raffle tickets, or made general donations: your donation means more than you could ever know. Above all, your support and turn out today was so appreciated and so very important in this fight to make the hopeless, hopeful. I am forever thankful for you all.

It was so nice to meet so many of you. I told a lot of you today, that it only takes one person to believe in what you're doing to make a huge difference. Kelly Brown... thank you for believing in this cause. Thank you for that text a few months ago saying "I have an idea. Let's do a workout event, all proceeds will go to your charity. When can you meet?" Your ideas you dreamt up over just three months and executed today are something you should be proud of for life. I'm in awe of you. Thank you to you and William Reed for lending your big hearts, time, and energy organizing something that will help impact the lives of so many. I speak for everyone when I say, TODAY WAS AMAZING!

If you're interested, please follow the Homeless, Not Hopeless Journey of donations over the next month or two so you can see just where your donations are going. I have always enjoyed the quote, "I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that. Then I realized, I am that somebody." Thank you all for being that somebody today. Endless love and gratitude to you all.
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YEAR 3: HERE WE GO! It's about that time, friends...

Just 8 days until our first ever fundraising event created/held by Kelly Brown at Johnny Brenda's Workout for Warmth: A Benefit for Homeless, Not Hopeless Charity! I am so excited to have such a creative and fun way to officially kick off this year's fundraising season! Please join us and check out the event page to learn more :) We will have FANTASTIC raffles, discounted beer with wristband purchase, & not to mention an incredible battle for "workout warrior" in a series of fitness challenges between some of Philadelphia's great athletes! All to prep for the Eagles vs. Cowboys game later that day. https://www.facebook.com/events/313686362695558/

My Homeless, Not Hopeless Campaign was born out of the idea to not only help those on the streets of Philadelphia to find immediate small help and relief, but to remind them that they are seen, they are not alone, and that they matter. Over the past two years, your generosity and kindness have helped to do that in more ways than you know or see. With every single dollar donated, every personal interaction held, every delivery, conversation, and hug, we are restoring hope and human connection to those who have to be devastatingly vulnerable every day. Over the past two years, together, we were able to raise over $4,700 (!!!) - My hefty goal for this year is to do that in just this year's fundraising alone. (We are already close to $550, and we haven't even officially kicked off!) I believe we can double our impact and make a bigger difference for those who need it the most. I am SO thankful to everyone who has believed in this campaign, believed that I would care for your donations correctly, and put them to good use. I can't wait to continue to share in this once again with you <3 This world needs more people like you. Thank you.

Please, join me in sharing with friends, donate or learn more about the campaign by visiting the link below!

FYI: it still has the $4700 from last year in the goal portion (it won't let me clear it!)
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$10,370 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 209 people in 24 months
Created February 5, 2017
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KS
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Kyle Smith
14 days ago (Offline Donation)

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Sean Larosa
18 days ago (Offline Donation)

Venmo

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23 days ago
EW
$95
Elise Watson
24 days ago

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