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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 3, Issue 3

April 9, 2004




On Thursday evening, April 1st, CHPHP was honored by the YWCA Santa Monica/Westside when its Co-Director, Christine Schanes, was named one of four women of the year for 2004. Christine accepted the honor in the name of all CHPHP Volunteers and Donors...

"I would like to thank the YWCA for the honor of being one of the four women of the year. When I was first told that I had been selected, I wasn't sure that I could accept for I feel that what I do is part of a group effort to help end hunger, poverty and homelessness.
     This honor really belongs to all the volunteers and donors who make Children Helping Poor and Homeless People (CHPHP) possible. I am grateful to be a part of this group...
     As everyone at CHPHP does their part to make this a better world, I am reminded of how much more we could do if we had a building and were better funded.
     I would also like to share with you my feelings of how very rewarding it is to help others.
     Every Monday, just before we distribute our grocery lunch bags, we have a Moment of Silence to help calm ourselves before we do our work.
     I ask you to join me tonight in a Moment of Silence for everyone living in poverty that we can all work together to make sure that everyone has food and a home. Thank you."

Christine thanks all those involved in this wonderful honor bestowed upon CHPHP Volunteers and Donors through her. Thank you all!

LA Marathon Winners!
By Nikki

On March 7th, Lis, Nadia, Kate, Julio and Barrie from the faculty and staff of Carlthorp School and parents Mary Ann and Laney, participated in the Los Angeles Marathon.

School families enthusiastically signed up to pledge cans of food to cover every mile for each participant. Over 2,000 cans of food were collected for CHPHP.

As one of the runners said, "It made the last few miles much easier knowing we were running to help those in need."

CHPHP thanks all of these wonderful Marathon runners for their extra-ordinary efforts to help hungry people. What a wonderful annual tradition! Many thanks to all who supported these true winners!

Many Thanks To
Carlthorp, Crossroads, Harvard-Westlake, St. Mark's, Viewpoint and Windward Schools and Vista

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 built and together, we can work to help the poor and homeless children and adults in our community.

Did You Know?  

The "First California Health and Social Services Survey", just released by RAND, evaluated CalWORKS, based on a survey of nearly 3,000 welfare recipients and leavers in six California counties, including Los Angeles, found...

An estimated 41% of welfare leavers live in households with income below the poverty line, compared to 69% of those on aid.

17% of respondents on aid reported having to quit a job in the year prior because of child care problems. Only 34% agreed that welfare helped them get a job or get a better job.

  We never have more than we can bear. The present hour we are always able to endure. As is our day, so is our strength. If the trials of many years were gathered into one, they would overwhelm us... but all is so wisely measured to our strength that the bruised reed is never broken.
- H.E. Manning

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