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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 4

May 9, 2004



Thanks to Our Lady of Malibu School for
Tremendous Tuna Tuesdays!

Friendship Group Adopts Homeless Youth
By Randi

"We have a few families who have lots in common. One thing is children of similiar ages and interests.
      Another is realizing that we live a blessed life and enjoy many of life's better material things.
      For our annual Hanukkah party, in lieu of our traditional gift exchange, we decided to give gifts to like-aged children who were not as fortunate as we.
      As our children and teens, David, Rachel, Josh, Daniel, Chelsea, Brett, Steven, David, Yoni, Michelle, Jared, Danielle, Shelby, Ashley, Allie, Halley, Joshua, Michael, Seth, Jason, Josh and Rebecca, can relate to backpacks, heavily used in school, we started with these.
      From there we purchased items to enclose that we thought would be both beneficial and enjoyable to teens. Hence, the necessities of toothpaste, hairbrushes and kleenex were joined with books, fun sweatshirts, socks and candy.
      As we gathered 'round the kitchen table at our party to fill these bags, our children joyously commented on each item enclosed.
      It made us, the parents, proud that we could give our children one gift...the gift of giving to others."
      On behalf of the homeless children and teens whom you adopted, we thank each and every member of the Friendship Group from Encino. The homeless youth truly appreciated your compassion and generosity. What a beautiful way to share the spirit of the holidays!

"Crazy Sock Day Hits Campus"

"The Lower School student council coordinated an effort to raise more than 325 pairs of socks for the homeless in their first-ever Crazy Sock Day on January 21.
      The student council members made posters, created fliers and helped spark the energy and enthusiasm necessary for such a large collection.
      Students were allowed to wear the craziest socks they had if they brought in at least two new pairs of socks for the homeless.
      All the socks were donated to Children Helping Poor and Homeless People (CHPHP) , an educational outreach program whose goal is to help end poverty, hunger and homelessness through education.
      According to Chris Braunschweiger, director of community service, the day was a huge success. 'This was a brand new idea,' Braunschweiger said. 'It was a simple drive and a fun drive for the kids. I was very impressed with their efforts.'
      Braunschweiger added that socks are among those 'non-glamorous' items for which there is a huge need among the homeless."
      We thank The Buckley School Community for your creative efforts and marvelous donation of much-needed socks!

Many Thanks To
Brentwood School
Crestwood Hills Nursery School
Kenter Canyon School
Notre Dame Academy
The Odyssey School
Our Lady of Malibu School
St. Martin of Tours
Vista Day Center
Westview Services
Windward School

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?  

"California's Changing Income Distribution", E. G. Hill, Legislative Analyst's Office, August 2000 (www.lao.ca.gov/2000/0800incdist/0800 income distribution.pdf) found...

In California, income for 60% of all households declined between 1975 and 1998 (the last year of tax data examined...). During the same period, income for the top fifth grew by 66%.

  The key to success is letting the relationships in your life grow to the highest levels they possibly can...not putting yourself first in life and remembering that the more you give away, the more you have."
- Christopher Reeve

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