Wheels of Change
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
Wheels of Change -Fox 5 San Diego live
Daily Blast Live:
"My first experience working on the Wheels of Change crew was not only fun but turns out it made me feel appreciated by the community as well. I had several people stop and thank me or tell me what a great job I was doing. Needless to say it made my heart smile a bit and made me feel good about taking pride in my work. I plan on spending my earnings on a bus pass."-LaChana
"I enjoyed my time picking up trash while working on the Wheels of Change crew. It gives you a good feeling knowing that your helping the community, instead of harming the community. I plan on using the $46 wisely. I’m going to put away at least $30 and use the other $16 on food and maybe some cheap clothes."-Zachary
"It was a beautiful, warm, sunny spring day. My first day working with Alpha Project’s work crew. Not only was the day pleasant, but so were the attitudes and dispositions of the people in the community I worked in. Seeing their smiles of approval bolstered myself confidence, and it warmed my heart. I soon found my head gradually lifting higher as I continued to beautify the area where I used to pitch my tent every night since November of 2017. The supervisors that were over our crew (KB & Julius) were both courteous, but also motivating as well. I am grateful for their wise and uplifting suggestions and advice. Working under them only made me want to do the absolute best I could to represent Alpha Project. The money I earned was a bonus. I was able to replenish my hygiene products and have enough to pay my tithes this coming Easter Sunday! Thank you from the bottom of my heart Bob and to the rest of the staff at Alpha. You’re causing me to have hope in humanity again!" -Charles Berry
"Hi! It's me June Bug. I have planned to spend my earnings first on blessing someone else. Done! And then buy some much needed things. I'm so thankful and grateful to be here in this tent, you are all awesome and caring to us all. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. It makes me more motivated in volunteering around our big white home. Thank You! Thank You!" - June Bug
"To Whom it May Concern, I am thankful to the Wheels of Change Program because I was given a chance to make $46 for 4 hours of work. With this money I was able to renew my bus pass for $18, get a dog collar and a new dress. Thank you for letting me be a part of this wonderful program. It really helped me out. I have a bus pass for job searches and a new dress if I need to go to an interview." - Rosemarie Rivera
"Seems the Wheels of Change here at the Alpha Project tent never stops turning. I can't say enough about the staff. It takes a lot to keep this place so clean and they keep it safe as well. For the shower, my bed, the hot meal and how can I forget about the continental breakfast. Today I got to go to work just like a real job and got paid cash. I'm so humbled and thankful to be doing the things I need to become a respected member of the community again. Thank You All!" - Francis
And last week, someone in the community stopped in the middle of the street and gave each of the workers an extra $10 for their hard work.
Thank you all so much for what you have given, and continue to give to our community. We are helping one person at a time!