Hope For People Who Are Homeless

$190 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 6 people in 25 months
Lisa Kane
on behalf of Mary Beth Quinsey
Face to Face, Hand to Hand, Heart to Heart
Changing One Life at a Time with Simple Acts of Kindness

Lenny and the Dream Makers is a group of people whose mission is to reach out to the homeless population in our community and provide items of comfort and referral to appropriate social services. The founder, Mary Beth, has worked for the past 20 years with people who are homeless and disabled to find stable housing and needed support.

The boys you see here are now smiling and thriving in their new life, but not long ago their situation was very different. Imagine trying to raise two small children with no place to live, not knowing where you were going to sleep or what there was to eat. This was the day and night struggle physically and emotionally for Sherry and her two boys. Sherry had the additional challenge of a child with special needs and an abusive husband. Someone reached out and a stable home was found for Sherry and her boys. With support from organizations like ours, she has worked hard to get a good job and make a life for herself and her boys.

Happiness does not come from what you get,
But from what you give - Anonymous

What we are asking is for you to give what you can to Lenny and the Dream Makers so we can make some dreams come true on one of our "capers." We recently had our second annual New Year's Eve caper where nine dream makers jumped into three cars filled with 120 sandwiches, water, candy, fruit, and snack crackers. In addition, we gave out 14 sleeping mats, 10 blankets, 52 bags of toiletries, 37 men's coats, 28 hats, 40 pairs of socks, 37 gloves, 41 women’s coats, 26 hats, 37 gloves, 41 scarves, 17 pairs of underwear and 20 hand warmers. With these simple items, lives were improved and a connection was made. Someone used to being ignored was seen, was acknowledged, was loved. 

Our goal is to have multiple "capers" throughout the year. We ask that you join us in any way you can. Donations of money, clothing and toiletries are desperately needed. Items such as backpacks, flashlights and feminine products are of special need. With each donation you make, you will have touched a life, you will have planted a seed on the path to a home away from the streets. Thank you so much for joining us in making a difference.
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Lenny and the Dream Makers will be having a garage sale fundraiser this Saturday May 7th from 9am to 4pm. Location is 4416 Sunset Drive West, University Place Wa 98466. We have items ranging from furniture, kitchen utensils, household items, computer monitors to jewelry and much more. Please come by and find a great deal or that must have item, while at the same time helping the homeless in our community. The two young men you see here were so excited to receive new clothing on our last "caper" in March. It's lives such as these that are touched by your donations.

If you don't live in our area, please still consider making a donation to Lenny and the Dream Makers. Since we are an all volunteer organization, 100% of money raised goes directly to the homeless in our community.

We are so excited and touched by the support, both financially and through donation of goods, that we have received to date. Your support means we will be able to continue to live up to our goal of making a difference in as many lives as possible. One life, one moment can change a world.
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Lenny and the Dream Makers March 12th Caper

It was a wonderful afternoon as 10 dream makers caravanned to our most recent caper. The weather cooperated; we had enough people to do the work; we had plenty of grateful people who were in need of our services. We went first to the women's shelter before the rain began and stayed there for an hour. Just as the showers began, we moved to Nativity house. It rained pretty hard on the way over, but by the time we were set up in their parking lot, the sun broke through the clouds and shined on us as if the universe was saying, "Good job!"

At our first stop, the women's shelter, we were able to give away over 20 coats and about 50 shirts and sweaters. Some of the hats had gloves attached and the kids had a blast trying them on and walking around with their gloves flopping off their heads. We had 29 toothbrush and toiletry bags, which are all gone. We gave away 25 pairs of pants, and about 40 pairs of socks.

One woman at the women's shelter tried on a long sweater coat, found a scarf to match and said, "I'm going to wear this to my job interview next week!" A little boy reached into the hat box and said he needed a lot. He grabbed an armload and was grinning from ear to ear as he walked away. He gradually dropped a lot of them one at a time kind of like breadcrumbs following him along the way. Another woman picked out a beautiful red and white sweater coat. she went back into the building and came out about 10 minutes later. She was wearing red pants that just matched her new coat and looked fabulous.

We moved on to Nativity House, and finished up the afternoon by handing out the rest of our 66 sandwiches in the sunshine. We could have given more, for sure. We did have some extra oranges and water, so we were able to give those to a few people. One young man found some warm lined pants and a great waterproof coat. He was so excited he kept coming back to show us how they looked on him. He offered to help saying if you need anything just call me, and insisted on giving us his phone number. He was a happy camper.

All total, we also distributed 24 blankets, 3 sleeping mats, 32 bags of feminine products, 40 men's pants, 17 men's coats, 40 men's socks, and 39 wool shirts. The 10 flashlights were appreciated. People said theirs were always getting taken.

Everyone was very thankful and expressed their appreciation with a heartfelt thanks or God Bless. Again, several people asked what church we were from, and were a little surprised when we said we were just a group of friends called Lenny and the Dream Makers!

Just want to add my thanks for all the dedicated hard work and effort of all you dream makers. Thanks to those who donated money or items to give away. As one dream maker very aptly put it, "It does put life in perspective" just to spend a little time with these folks who have so little. We will continue our collections and our capers. The next one will be sometime during the summer, and then another on New Year's eve. You might want to join us!

Your donations are always needed. This is what we need:

$$$$$$ for the sandwiches and fruit
Small flashlights/ zip lock bags/ backpacks/ cloth bags
Feminine products/Q-tips
Toothbrushes (ask your dentist for a donation)
Diapers size 4, 5, 6 or pull-ups
Individual laundry detergent pods
Socks (socks are golden)
Any warm clothing item
People who would like to plarn. We will teach you how to plan to make the sleeping mats. It is an easy but time-consuming project. We need more planners!

Mary Beth

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Lenny and the Dream Makers

St. Patrick’s Caper!

As many of you know, Lenny and the Dream Makers has expanded our annual caper to provide food and essentials to the homeless in our community. Lenny and the Dream Makers is an all volunteer organization comprised of individuals dedicated to making a difference. As our little group grows, we are always aware that the need in our community is great and on going.

We decided our next caper will be on March 12th, close to St. Patrick’s Day. We hope a little luck of the Irish will rub off on us! We are reaching out again for any help you can provide. We will once again be giving out a variety of food items as well as clothing and toiletries. The need continues to grow and we are so thankful so many of you have joined us in reaching out to those often overlooked in our community.

We were able to receive some feedback from those we met on New Year’s Eve. The food brought them to us, and then they were thrilled we had more to give. We asked what else might help make their situation easier to deal with and they mentioned that socks were gold. Since there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, let's try and make this wish come true! In addition to socks, they really need blankets, backpacks, sweatpants, any type of flashlight and feminine products.

Please consider donating to Lenny and the Dream Makers. If you have items to donate, please send a message to arrange pickup or delivery. Thank you for making a difference! Erin Go Braugh!


Lisa - on behalf of Lenny and the Dream Makers
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Thank you to all of you who took the time to read about our organization and then also shared it. We are preparing for our next “caper” on March 12th. We still need your help to provide as much food and goods as possible. Please read the next story of an amazingly resilient man who overcame so much to create a new life. His story is why we exist. Why we reach out.

Men, women, families, veterans - the type of person who faces homelessness is just as varied as the general population. "Craig" found himself homeless after suffering a disabling injury at work and falling through the cracks in the system. The city streets were too dangerous and Craig decided to survive in the wilderness. He built several Native American style Wickiups over a wide area so he would always have a safe, dry place to sleep. He would listen for hunters and once they had dressed their kill, Craig would come in and harvest some of the organs left behind. He often survived on the liver and heart of animals. Over the three years Craig spent in the wilderness, he would occasionally come into town. He was always met with sneering looks, laughter and derogatory remarks. Craig was aware of how he looked and smelled, but the remarks still hurt. He knew he was a human being, but he was not looked upon as such. Amazingly, even after the hurtful treatment he received time and again, it was his desire for human contact that brought him out of the woods. With that brave choice, he eventually found Mary Beth, our organization's founder. It took a long time for Craig to trust anyone, but he was able to slowly bring down his walls. Craig is now in stable housing and works with others struggling with homelessness.

Please join us in reaching out to people like Craig. Each donation leads to the potential life changing contact we strive each day to make. Thank you all so much!
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$190 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 6 people in 25 months
Created February 16, 2016
Lisa Kane
on behalf of Mary Beth Quinsey
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