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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
Website:
www.chphp.com
Email:
chphp@earthlink.net

CHPHP Newsletter

Volume 3, Issue 8

December 2, 2004

 

 

Dear Friends,
     On December 17, 2004, CHPHP will be 18 years old and Co-Director, Ron Taylor will be 60 years young. It's two big birthdays on the same day!
      What Ron wants most of all is for CHPHP to be fully funded. We need your help.
      Our goal is to raise $1,800,000 in our 18th year. We need to raise $180,000 by December 17th. We know that we can do this because we have very best volunteers!
      Our fundraising plans for CHPHP's 18th birthday year include a Silent Auction in January or February, 2005. If you have any items to donate for this special event, we would truly appreciate your donations.
      We will also be giving the first-ever CHPHP Service Awards that have been beautifully created by Katherine and her Mom, Ellen.
      Because CHPHP belongs to all of its volunteers, any ideas you might have for fundraisers will be gratefully accepted. It is our belief that we are never too young or too old to help someone.
      Watch for fundraising updates on this website.
      Please send your tax-deductible donation to:
CHPHP
2554 Lincoln Blvd., #522
Venice, CA 90291
      On behalf of people in need, we thank you very much.
Ron Taylor and Christine Schanes

A Huge Thanksgiving
Thanks to Everyone!

CHPHP Route
for Homeless People
By Amanda and Lilly

Every Monday, CHPHP directors, Christine and Ron, instruct a rotating group of volunteers through a multi-step process. First, the regular team of helpers arrive, including developmentally disabled adults. Their mission is to pack approximately 80 sack lunches to be delivered at a local park.

The volunteers are organized into an assembly line where each person is responsible for placing a particular food item into the lunch bag. Very often, elementary and middle school students participate alongside the adult volunteers, which provides them with a panoramic view of another sect of people discriminated against and misunderstood by society.


     After the adult "park team" departs, Christine spends time explaining the statistics of homelessness. Christine makes sure to provide a safe environment for the children to voice their questions and concerns.

Then, the cycle of lunch-making repeats as roughly another 100 lunches are prepared, after which the children caravan to Venice Beach only two short blocks away. From there, the students distribute the lunches to an organized line of awaiting guests.
     The final component of the CHPHP helping process involves a group discussion and reflection at the end of the afternoon. The children commonly comment on the appreciative and polite manner demonstrated by the people receiving their food; therefore exposing the youth to the humanity of homelessness.


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...

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 work to help the poor and homeless children and adults in our community.


Did You Know?  

Costs of Serving Homeless Individuals in Nine Cities
By the Lewin Group
as reported by Institute for the Study of Homelessness and Poverty 11/30/04

"The medium cost per day for each option was: Hospitals - $1,637; Mental Hospitals - $607; Prisons - $85; Jail - $70; Supportive Housing - $30; and Shelter - $25"

"The cost of providing emergency shelter ranged from $11/night in Atlanta to $54/night in New York."


 
When I do good, I feel good.
When I do bad, I feel bad.
Thatıs my religion.
- Abe Lincoln


We cannot build the future of our youth,
but we can build our youth for the future.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt


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