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Nos Amis/Our Friends, Inc.
Children Helping Poor and
Homeless People (CHPHP)
2554 Lincoln Blvd., #522
Venice, CA 90291
Phone:  (310) 840-4777
Phone:  (800) 333-4349

CHPHP Newsletter

Volume 4, Issue 1

January 10, 2005



A Personal Message
From Ron and Christine

As the world responds to the devastation and utter destruction caused by a major earthquake and tsunami in the countries of Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia, we should all be reminded that we are all one people. Both of us are deeply saddened by all of the deaths.
      We have a very personal connection to the people of Indonesia. Our founder, Augustine LaFontaine, was born there as was her son Eric, who is a member of our Board of Directors.

Augustine LaFontaine
Photograph by jameshickey.com

We share the sorrow of the people of these nations and realize that an earthquake and tsunami could happen here. We hope that it never does, but we must all be prepared.
     This year CHPHP is celebrating 18 years of helping the poor. We need help in fundraising. We will be having a Silent Auction.
     Some of the items will be posted on our website and everyone is welcome to place written bids by means of emails or post office mail. With your written bid, please include your full name, address, city, zip code and telephone numbers.
     If you are able to donate items or services for the CHPHP Silent Auction, we would truly appreciate your help!
     Thank you in advance for your help and support!

Among the items available for bids are:
Item 1: It looks as great as it plays...Faith thinks so, too! Get this beautiful Fender Telecaster Guitar signed by Faith Hill!

Item 2: Movie stars in your eyes? Get 20-20 vision with this 8 by 10 beautifully framed picture of John Travolta signed and donated by John himself

Item 3: Are you or have you ever known a sports nut? This item is perfect for you/the nut: a NFL football signed by a two-time Super Bowl Winner

Item 4: Special Family Cosmetic Dermatology Package: Total Value $400.
     First, a skin examination, $100 value, with Dr. Nasreen Babu-Khan, M.D., board-certified dermatologist, Pacific Palisades, which can be put toward any cosmetic procedure performed in the office (Botox, Collagen, Cosmoderm, Resylane, Hylaform, Sclerotherapy, chemical peel)
     Second, a wonderful one hour facial with Andrea in Dr. Babu-Khanıs Office, $100 value
     Third, a acne/child examination with Dr. Babu-Khan, $100 value and
     Fourth, one travel medicine consultation at Palisades Travel Medicine, Howard Lehrhoff, M.D., board-certified specialist in internal medicine, (cost of vaccines not included), $100 value.

Item 5: Writing the great American novel, short stories or your own personal diary? Refresh your talents with a Private Writing Lesson (1 1/2 hours) by freelance editor and consultant for universities, Kathleen J. Jackson

Item 6: Enjoy a delicious and nutritious Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner for Two at The Brick House Cafe, 826 Hampton Dr., Venice

As soon as you can, please email/mail your bid for any/all of these wonderful items. Also, please contact us if you have something for our Silent Auction. Thank you in advance for your help and support!

A Wonderful 2004!

All of our thanks for a wonderful 2004 to all the young people and adults, schools, churches and temples, businesses and civic groups for helping over 25,000 children, teens and people in need this past year!

With your help, CHPHP was able to distribute food, toiletries and other necessary items, and blankets to those more in need in our Community.

In addition, CHPHP was able to keep families from becoming homeless by helping them in a myriad of ways, including paying portions of rent, paying utility bills as well as supplying food, clothing, toys and books.

It is easy to recap the experiences of Thanksgiving In A Box through which our generous donors supplied nutritious and beautiful feasts for nearly 500 families in need - providing them with groceries of the season which lasted them over a week! Our thanks to all donors and volunteers!

Through our Holiday Adopt-A-Family Program, school classes, businesses, families and individuals provided magnificent holiday gifts for over 750 children, teens and adults! The most commonly heard comment was, "I got exactly what I wanted!!!" Thank you, one and all.

The Routes for Homeless People involved hundreds of students, their parents, teachers and administrators who served nutritious grocery lunch bags, often can openers, toiletries and fresh fruit to thousands of their truly grateful guests.

This hands-on program was captured in an article, "Local Students Help Serve the Homeless" in the Palisadian-Post, Dec. 2, 2004. Guest, Mickey, was asked how he felt, he said, "It's nothing but love with the young ones."

Another guest, Viper, said, "They treat you like a human being. They treat you as some one and not some thing."

Thank you for your participation, your donations, financial and in kind, and, most of all, your compassion.
And then there were totally unexpected beautiful efforts by individual students and families and classes and scout troops to help others, including John, 7 years old, whose goal to help homeless people inspired his entire elementary school to hold a wildly successful garage sale to raise funds for CHPHP. All our gratitude!

Jason and Jesse, with their parents, had an incredible family garage sale for CHPHP and also generously donated a percentage of their weekly allowance from the entire year. Many thanks!

We appreciate the generosity of Everychild Foundation which donated 1,875 blankets which we distributed to poor and homeless children and adults.

And to our financial donors, we thank you so very much for your financial donations, including penny drives, from students, parents, school teachers, administrators, families, family foundations, businesses, religious organizations.

Finally, we thank the Self-Realization Fellowship for its marvelous donation of thousands of cereal bars! We distributed these healthful bars to very grateful children, teens and adults in need.

Funding is the area of greatest need and we thank you all for responding with tangible evidence of your compassion for those in need.

In 2005, our goal is to be fully funded. Your help will provide aid to those most in need in our Community. On their behalf, we thank you!

In Memory of our Friend, Gary

CHPHP Volunteer Center

By Ellen
Our dream is to receive a donated building which will be a center for all of our volunteers to come and provide services for the poor and homeless people within our community.

Our unique center will be a collection place for clothes, food and other household items. Our volunteers will sort and place the items in our sorting wall, food pantry or thrift shop. Other volunteers will come and distribute the items to people in need within our community.

Our center will provide space for our mentoring, peer tutoring and literacy programs. Volunteers will work one on one with poor and homeless shelter children and will tutor them in school subjects.

Our center will schedule cultural programs such as concerts or performances by one of the schools/groups/individuals. The residents of homeless shelters will be invited to enjoy uplifting entertainment.

Our center will provide space for a library, law center, job finding center, audio visual room, arts and crafts room and nursery to be used by our volunteers and residents of homeless shelters.

Presently, there is no volunteer center where students, teachers and parents can come on any given day to help their community. Isn't it time we create one? We can't do this alone. Call or email us with your ideas and contributions. You can be part of this one of a kind experience.


Initiate...means to go about the initial steps in doing a task. Our task is to develop a volunteer center. Following are some practical steps you can take to make our center happen.

Corporate Sponsorship: A yearly grant for the startup and maintenance of the CHPHP Volunteer Center. Amount will go into a general fund or can be earmarked for any one of our programs:

Collection Programs include: Routes for Homeless People, Outreach Program for People in Need, Thrift Shop, Holiday Gift Basket Program, Animal Outreach Program.

Improvement Programs include: Mentoring, Arts and Crafts Program, Peer Tutoring Program, Peer Computer Training Program, Literacy Program, Job Tracking and Placement Program.

Cultural Programs include: Theater Program, Concert Program, Library, Law Center.

Small Business Profit Sharing: If you own a small business you can link your web site to ours. Our website will feature a section called Shop CHPHP. Our many volunteers can purchase your product or services and in turn you will donate a percentage of the item cost to CHPHP. Contact us at chphp@earthlink.net to discuss the possibilities.

Personal Event Fundraising: You can organize a yard sale, block yard sale, lemonade stand or bake sale in your neighborhood or school and donate profits to the start-up cost of our Volunteer Center. Contact us at chphp@earthlink.net to discuss the possibilities.

Donations can be earmarked for your particular interest or program. It's our hope that you will maintain your interest in that program and eventually be one of our volunteers making it happen in our Volunteer Center. Donations are tax deductible. If everyone does their part, our Volunteer Center will be built and together we can help poor and homeless children and adults.

Did You Know?  

2004 County-By-County Profile of Hunger and Nutrition
By CA Food Policy Advocates

Over 777,000 adults in Los Angeles are food insecure, the number of children is not counted.

Over a million people in LA County are eligible for food stamps but did not receive them, resulting in a federal funding loss of over $1 billion to the County.

3,000,000 kids in the State of California are eligible for subsidized school meals. 28% of these kids do not receive them.


Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

It is the greatest of all mistakes to do
nothing because you can only do a little.
Do what you can.
- Sydney Smith

Faith is the bird
that feels the light and sings
when the dawn is still dark.
- Tagore

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