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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 4, Issue 3

September 1, 2005



A Big Thank You!

CHPHP Route for Homeless People is back starting September 19th! All of our thanks go out to everyone who donated funds to get CHPHP back on its feet!

While CHPHP is not fully funded for the year, it can begin again as we continue to reach out for funds for the rest of the year. Each donation which helped get CHPHP started again comes with an amazing story. For example, the students and parents of Point Dume Marine Science Elementary School had a Rummage Sale and donated $815.

The parents of Our Lady of Malibu School CHPHP participants personally donated funds. And funds were donated by many other generous individuals. We are grateful to you all!

Among the wonderfully successful efforts to help CHPHP was the Lemonade Stand run by two families from Brentwood School who through their mighty efforts raised $400. We thank Nathan, Vivienne, Tyler, Harrison and Brynn and Steve, Allison, Sam and Lily.

We sincerely thank you one and all!


When CHPHP Route for Homeless People had to close its doors in May, we were all very, very sad. One young person, Tyler, then a second grader at Brentwood School, felt so strongly about the need to help hungry people that he discussed the plight of CHPHP with his Mother, Vivienne, and then with his Dad, Nathan.
     With Tyler's help, his Mom and Dad sprang into action. Vivienne helped organize the aforementioned and pictured Lemonade Stand. Again, we thank the two families involved - Nathan, Vivienne, Tyle, Harrison and Brynn and Steve, Allison, Sam and Lily. In Nathan's words, "people were very moved by our children's concern and efforts." And so is CHPHP.
     And Tyler's inspiration continued... Nathan approached Bob Bradley of The Bradley Foundation and recommended CHPHP as a possible recipient of a substantial grant. Bob graciously referred CHPHP to his foundation which donated $25,000!
     Further great news is that the Dora Freedman Levit Fund for People has pledged to match this marvelous donation from The Bradley Foundation with its wonderful donation of $25,000 for a total of $50,000 donated!

We are so grateful for the new life being breathed into CHPHP and its efforts to help end hunger, poverty and homelessness through education and direct service.
     And thank you, Tyler, thank you.

Fundraising Welcome!

The good news is that CHPHP is back! With the help of many people, CHPHP is able to start up the Route for Homeless People in September.
     The next step is to achieve the balance of this year's funding ($100,000) and our longer-range goal is to have funding in place for the future. All suggestions are welcome.

Just The Facts

CHPHP is a nationally recognized educational outreach program conducted by children and teens with adult advisors. Each year, CHPHP involves students and adults from over 200 schools in 13 programs distributing over $1 million and a half of in-kind donations at no charge to over 25,000 children, teens and adults in need.

In Los Angeles County, there are 8,800 children homeless every night and a total of 84,000 people homeless every night but there are only 11,000 shelter beds available. These youth and adults in need have been hit by their own personal tsunamis.

CHPHP thanks all past, present and future donors for helping those in need in our Community!

In Memory of our Friend, Gary

CHPHP Volunteer Center

By Ellen
Our dream is to receive a donated 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, 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 help poor and homeless children and adults.

The CHPHP Spirit

By Shea-Alison
My name is Shea-Alison and in 1996 when I was working at Palisades Charter High School, many teachers sponsored community service projects. At that time it was possible to collect donations for an organization. My students raised $300.00 for Children Helping Poor and Homeless People. My students knew they had done something worthwhile for those in need and the experience bought them closer together because they raised awareness about homelessness and were unselfish.
     I chose CHPHP for our fundraiser because helping the homeless (people and animals) has long been a priority of mine. I don't believe our society pays enough attention to homeless individuals and that it is easy to assume that all homeless people are in an unfortunate circumstance because of drugs or alcohol. Though many homeless people may be addicts, there are many whose lives took a wrong turn for other reasons and need the strength and support of a community to guide them toward becoming productive. Furthermore, homeless people who are addicts also need the help of the community to be rehabilitated, but most importantly, to feel worthy of a good life.
     I support CHPHP because this organization emphasizes giving to others and meeting the basic survival needs of those who are on the street. It is hard to think about anything when you are hungry. I admire the humble accommodations CHPHP uses to administer food. The volunteers who spend their time are there because they want to be and must feel an obligation to improve unfortunate conditions in Santa Monica. All service for the bettering of humanity matters.
     Many years have passed since I first became involved with CHPHP (I went to graduate school, got married and now have a son). I recently moved back to West L.A. and this year at Melrose Avenue Elementary School where I teach deaf/hard of hearing students, I couldn't let the holiday season go by without conducting a drive on campus. Many students at Melrose Ave School donated food items to CHPHP. I am happy to know that the donations are going to a wonderful place.

Did You Know?  

California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) Food Insecurity Rates for Los Angeles County Service Planning Areas (SPAs)

Food insecurity: the lack of access to enough food to fully meet basic needs at all times due to lack of financial resources.

957,000 adults in Los Angeles County were food insecure in 2003.

CHPHP Note: No statistics are available about the food insecurity of children in Los Angeles County. In the experience of CHPHP, the number of children who are food insecure far exceeds the number of adults who are food insecure.

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You are what you are.
Nobody is like you.
You are completely unique.
Nobody can act your part as you can.
-Paramahansa Yogananda

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