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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 2, Issue 8

October 10, 2003



In Memory of our Friend, Gary

CHPHP on Nickelodeon!

On Sunday, October 19th, 8pm EST, CHPHP will be featured in "There's No Place Like Home" on Nick News with Linda Ellerbe on the Nickelodeon Cable Channel. Please check your local listings for exact time of the program in your area.
      We thank all the young people and adults who participated in the filming. Please let us know how you like the show!

Special Holiday Programs:
Thanksgiving In A Box and
Holiday Adopt-A-Family

Thanksgiving In A Box

Help provide a nutritious wonderful Thanksgiving Feast for a family in need! Everyone can participate in Thanksgiving In A Box by filling a box, bag, basket or any container with groceries items of canned and packaged foods for the season and a gift certificate from a grocery market for the turkey/ham/vegetarian main dish.
      Please feel free to be creative with your Thanksgiving In A Box because hundreds of families with cooking facilities need your help.
      Guidelines: Please avoid references to school/group/donor names and all addresses.
      Kindly bring your marvelous Thanksgiving In A Box donations to CHPHP on Monday, November 24th at 10am - 11am at the CHPHP Storage Area in Public Storage at 4th and Rose in Venice and the code to get in is *1405107. Donations are tax-deductible.
      Thank you for your generosity!

Holiday Adopt-A-Family

Share the holiday spirit with a specific Family in need. Just contact CHPHP and you will receive a profile of your grateful Family and their holiday Wish List.
      Gift certificates and food gift certificates are marvelous while specific gifts are so appreciated.
      Recommendations for giving: Gift certificates from Target, Wal-Mart, K-Mart or any popular chain; Food gift certificates from Ralphs, Albertsons, Vons or any popular chain. Specific wish list requests can be replaced with gift certificates.
      Guidelines: Please bring all gifts unwrapped and avoid references to school/group/donor names and all addresses.
      Kindly bring your Family's holiday gifts to CHPHP on Monday, December 15th at 9am - 11am at the CHPHP Storage Area in Public Storage at 4th and Rose in Venice and the code to get in is *1405107. Donations are tax-deductible.
      Thank you for sharing the holiday spirit! Happy Holidays!

Thanks to Coming of Age Group

The CHPHP Route for
Homeless People
By Judd

"I really liked going to CHPHP. Each time I handed a lunch out to a less fortunate person, it felt like I was handing out smiles instead. Right as I handed out a 'smile'/lunch, to the less fortunate people, it felt like they gave me a smile right back in exchange.
      The first time I saw the line for lunches, I could have cried, but when I handed out my very first lunch this year, the woman was so happy, it felt like she took a handkerchief and wiped my tears and pasted on a smile.
      My experience at CHPHP was phenomenal. I would love to go back.
      I felt so strongly about helping people that are less fortunate than I am that my Mom and I decided to buy can openers to donate because most of the food that CHPHP serves is canned. I hope these can openers help. There's more coming!"
      Judd is a fourth grade student at Brentwood School. Thank you, Judd, for all of your service, your helpful can openers and your deep compassion for less fortunate people.

Flowers From Katherine

Everyone Is Invited
To Contribute

Everyone - participants, donors, recipients - is welcome to write an article, express your comments, or draw a picture for the CHPHP Newsletter. Just send in your work to CHPHP and include a photo, if you can! Thank you!

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.

Thanks to Our Lady of Malibu School

Did You Know?  

The number of people in "severe poverty", defined as those with family incomes below one-half of their poverty threshold, rose to 14.1 million from 13.4 million in 2001.

"Highlights from the Census on Poverty" by The Associate Press, September 3, 2003. Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Compassion is the desire that moves the individual self to widen the scope of its self-concern to embrace the whole of the universal self.   -Arnold J. Toynbee

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