Wheels of Change

$8,275 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 43 people in 27 days


    Hello! My name is Kevin Barber (age 16) and I need your help raising money to help give some of our homeless people in San Diego the opportunity to work. I’m helping bring a program called, “Wheels of Change” to San Diego that’s already successful in 12 other cities. Alpha Project, a nonprofit with more than 30 years experience working with our homeless, is running this program. Mayor Faulconer and Councilman Scott Sherman have given us their strong support.
      The program is simple. Several days a week a van will pick up homeless people who express an interest in working. The van will take them to work picking up trash, pulling weeds, clearing brush, etc. At the end of the day, workers will be driven back to Alpha Project, or to the City's new tent structures for the homeless, and will be compensated for their work. Here they may also possibly get shelter arranged. The goal is to get the homeless connected with social services they need, into housing, and offer them the dignity of working. It empowers people and gives them work. We believe this is a win-win for the City, the homeless, and our community.
     With 11,000 homeless people in San Diego, and 150 already on our waitlist to go out on the van, I need your help. Wheels of Change gives jobs to the homeless, helps get them services they need, and helps clean up our community. We all win! Thank you for your support and tax deductible donation. The money you give will go directly to Wheels of Change program at Alpha Project(a 501c).

More information can be found on our website,  http://www.wheelsofchangeprogram.com

CNN article:  The homeless in San Diego are getting jobs-thanks to a 16 year old boy

San Diego Union Tribune:
TED talk, teenager led to homeless work program



TV Coverage:  
Wheels of Change -Fox 5 San Diego live



Daily Blast Live:

 Thank you!!-Kevin


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Just a quick update because we had an inspiring morning downtown on the van today. The homeless we met were motivated. Cory told us, it’s “easy to pick up that ‘I’m homeless attitude’ pretty quick living on the streets “ He said Alpha Project has helped him tremendously. “I was taught as a kid to do chores. This gave me a work ethic." Commenting on his work with Wheels of Change, he says it "makes me feel good and like I’m giving back. I like to work and it puts a few bucks in my pocket so I can get clothes, shampoo, and shave.” Another gentleman told us he had worked for years as an electrician, but recently had a 4 month hospitalization resulting in the loss of his job. Now, he's trying to get back on his feet. He says he does not want handouts, or to be on disability, but wants to work! Susan, who we met, told us she's working to make some money to buy a bed, having just recently found a place. Another crew member needed money for a bus pass so he could try to go to job interviews. And finally, we met an energetic young woman, who had worked as a substitute teacher. She told us how she had lost both her job and her daughter when she went through a mental health issue. She’s now applying to 9 different jobs at Home Depot but needs to earn $72 to get herself fingerprinted as part of the application process. She told us she also planned to send half of the money she made today to her daughter, who just got a 4.2 GPA in school. And finally, Susan Graham, was working for the 2nd time today. A week and a half ago she was about to jump off the Coronado Bridge. A bystander and Alpha Project saved her life. Last week and today she worked with Wheels of Change and now says, she "wants to be an example to others." Working together as a community, whether it's giving them a job, donating, or cheering them on in the streets, believe we can change one life at a time. Proud of them! Thank you for supporting this!!
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$8,275 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 43 people in 27 days
Funds raised will benefit:
Alpha Project for the Homeless (Alpha Project)
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San Diego, CA
EIN: 330215585
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