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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 Online Newsletter

Volume 3, Issue 1

January 13, 2004



Thanks To All For The Fabulous Holidays!

It is so true - words cannot express the beauty and love that were shared by so many donors in the CHPHP Adopt-A-Family Program helping nearly 1,500 children, women and men in need have a fabulous Holiday Season! Each of the recipient families send their sincere thanks and blessings to you who did so much to share the Holiday Spirit.
      We thank everyone who helped in so many, many ways to make the Holidays so special for those in need.

Kids Who Love CHPHP

By Renee

On Monday, January 5, a few lucky students who hadn't started school yet volunteered with CHPHP. Our group included Katrina (her first time), Samantha, Kayla and Sophia from Kenter Canyon Elementary School and Noah from Crestwood Hills Nursery School.
      Here are some quotes from the visit: "It was great helping people. It makes me feel good. I said 'Happy New Year' and 'Feliz Ano Nuevo' to the guests."
      "I really enjoyed it. You don't have to treat them as if they aren't people because they are. Most people can be nice even if you think they aren't."
      "I liked helping poor people in need and helping our community. It made a big difference. It is very good to help homeless people because they need food. I thought the people were nice and kind to us. I felt happy that we were helping homeless people. It taught me that you should always be nice to homeless people and to be their friend. It was great being with the homeless people and helping them."
      "It feels good to help people that aren't as fortunate as us. Some of the people that I met were nicer than the people I know."
      "I liked when we did the stuff at the park, and I liked when I saw the candy."

The Power of Emails!

By Benn

When I saw the wonderful work that Christine, Ron and Patrick were doing with CHPHP, I was inspired to get more involved myself. Through my industry contacts I sent out a mass email to get people I work with to send in cans of tuna and/or donations as well as volunteering if they wished...
      I got a lot of good feedback and will continue collecting as we go into the new year. I found that a lot of people really liked what CHPHP stood for and many with kids liked the idea that they could do an activity like this with their kids, which they hadn't really seen.
      I personally was impressed with how efficiently and directly the program worked, with food arriving at the storage facility, within minutes being organized into wonderful goodie bags by volunteer school-kids, and then, before I knew it, we were all at the park or the beach actually giving the food out to those who needed it most.
      It was fantastic and the feeling we all got when we saw the big smiles of appreciation on the faces of the people we were helping was a great one.
      I wish all organizations worked this well. I look forward to more great days with CHPHP and applaud the efforts of all those involved!

In Memory of our Friend, Gary

CHPHP Volunteer Center

By Ellen
Our dream is to buy and maintain a 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, lemon-aid 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 build and together, we can work to help the poor and homeless children and adults in our community.

Did You Know?  

"A single mother with a preschooler needs $2,998 a month, or $17.03 an hour and $35,977 annually."

Finding for Los Angeles County from "The Self-Sufficiency Standard for California 2003", released by the National Economic Development & Law Center

  Each has a direction to which he turns; so strive to be foremost in good deeds.  
-the Koran

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