The Humility Project

$3,413 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 54 people in 29 months
I am passionate about helping people. Especially people who find themselves in the situation of being homeless. Through my volunteering with the Victoria Area Homeless Coalition, I have met many people who need help in non-traditional ways.

One of those ways is through a program called Safe Parking for those who have a vehicle and need a safe place to park and sleep.  I became friends with a woman named Tessa who lived in the Safe Parking lot in my care. I learned how difficult it was to live day to day out of vehicles and tents.  It led me to create The Humility Project. 

The Humility Project is a labor of love.  It is a hands on approach to befriending and helping those who are homeless and reaching out to get them the help they need to be successful, housed and back to the business of living...not just surviving.

The Humility Project is a homeless outreach that supplies gas cards, grocery/food cards, clothing, bus passes and other related supplies that keep people connected.  The goal is to connect people to the services they need and encourage them on their journey.

Every dollar, resource and person who volunteers makes a difference in the lives of people who are ignored and isolated.  April 1st marked one year since I began the Humility Project and the goal is to continue growing this full time for maximum impact.

I am currently helping 4 people myself and assisting several other people who are providing supplies and friendship to our friends finding themselves homeless.

I reach out to the larger community in the hopes of doing more to help make real differences in people's lives.  I am not able to pay for everything myself anymore.

Your help restores hope. For them and me.
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Even on a Saturday, people need support. Please help me keep paying it forward and building community. We can bring homelessness to a zero sum situation if we all work together on permanent solutions.

Peace & Blessings,

Kim Pickens
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When you open your heart, you experience as much heartache as you receive blessings. I am amazed that just when I wonder how I am going to help someone in need, a receive a sign I'm on the right path.

I was concerned I wouldn't be able to buy bus passes for a man who is homeless needing to get to his doctor's appointments when I received an email that a very nice woman donated $20. I have to send blessings to the Most High!

If there is anyone else who is moved to donate to help several people who are street homeless : pay a monthly phone bill, buy a grocery card, purchase a sleeping bag.

Every penny. Every good thought. Every word of encouragement. These are the things that support the work to help those who are most vulnerable.

Thank you!

Peace & Blessings,

Kim Pickens
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Part of helping people is learning how to honestly make a difference in someone's life. We often wonder if what we do is enabling someone to hurt themselves or if they are really as needy as they seem. Many of these fears are rooted in our own lives and experiences.

What helps me when I experience these thoughts is to get to know the person better and to remember that every day, I need reminders to be a better person.

As we go through our complicated lives, we typically don't have to imagine making a decision as to whether we have a meal or buy a needed prescription. Perspective is everything.

There are gaps that need to be addressed and simple measures that can be taken that will positively impact a number of our folks finding themselves homeless.

One is creating a fund to pay for doctor's visits to the Community Health Clinic and the other is a fund to purchase bus passes/tickets. Being homeless puts people into a more vulnerable state where health care needs go unmet. This means the emergency rooms are utilized in lieu of regular care and increases the community cost to pay for this care. It also means people don't get the medications and follow up service they need to completely heal and stay well. A visit to the clinic is $25 for those who are homeless and even that small cost can be a big barrier.

Traveling by car is a no brainer for most Victorians, but if you are homeless and carrying your life on your back it can seem like an impossible task. How many people can imagine walking 2, 3 or even 5 miles to see a doctor, eat a meal or look for a job every day? A monthly bus pass is $60 and a pack of 10 tickets is $13.50. A fund for purchasing these items can be the difference in someone being able to take steps on the road to self sufficiency.

Take a moment and evaluate if your life and financial situation allows you to help with these needs. There are dozens of people who can directly benefit from your kindness and generosity.

I appreciate each and every one of you that makes a positive difference in the world.

Peace & Blessings,

Kim Pickens
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Morning to you all! Today is a day of small things for most being big blessings to someone else.

* I need to find a heating pad for my lady Veteran. She also needs an angel to help pay for an inhaler for her asthma as her current one is almost out. I just verified the cost is $59.90.

* A young man who is currently homeless has acquired a job at Interplast and needs a ride to Lolita to arrive at 7am tomorrow morning and a ride back to Victoria at 5pm. Can anyone help out with that for one day? He will be able to take their shuttle after the first day.

* I would like to create a voucher system for those who are homeless to be able to see the doctor at the Community Health Clinic for follow ups to using the ER. That cost is $25 per regular visit once I certify they are homeless. It is not a free clinic and therefore many don't follow up and get the help they need.

* Need several HEB gift cards for gas for folks staying in the Safe Parking Lot living out of their vehicles. $20 increments is perfect!

Peace, Blessings and Change,

Kim Pickens
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Raised by 54 people in 29 months
Created April 5, 2016
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Dixie Nance
13 months ago

May God bless those in need. Always!!

$40
Anonymous
15 months ago
$20
Veronica Griego
15 months ago

What a beautiful soul you are to help others in need.

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Anonymous
18 months ago
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Lisa DeVries
20 months ago

Onward and upward!

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