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In This Edition Letter From Art4TH CEO Letter from Art4TH Vice President Celebrate Hope Eternal Impact Art by Ashley Morgan Music by: Mila Franc Uncle Illmo’s Band Joe Osborn and Matthew Davidson

Articles Visual Arts Review: Donte’K Hayes It Makes No Sense To Stop Now! A simple gift, that will mean a lot. Preparing for Disaster Crown of Pele Spice It Up

In This Edition

Ÿ Letter from Art4TH CEO & President Ÿ Letter from Art4TH Vice President Ÿ Celebrate Hope Ÿ Eternal Impact Ÿ Doing It Homeless Ÿ Feature Performing Artist Ÿ Art4TH Review of Donte’K Hayes Ÿ Au Contraire Ÿ Feature Visual Artist Ÿ Feature Performing Artist Ÿ Poedancer Ÿ Feature Performing Artist Ÿ Welcome To My World Ÿ Kelly’s Tea Column Ÿ The Homeless Pages Ÿ The International Homeless Pages Ÿ Art4TH Sponsors and Partners Ÿ Copyright and Legal Information

A Message from the Art4TH Founder

Founder, CEO & President of Art4TheHomeless

Johnna Crider

Dear Readers, I wanted to take the time to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for supporting Art4TheHomeless. Last month marked a full year for Art4TheHomeless being 501(C )(3) and we have come a long ways. Our goals of opening up an art gallery/venue spot is still in the idea stages as we are slowly raising funds to cover operational expenses, and funds going towards our major goal. The Art4TheHomeless Webzine has been through many changes and so has Art4TheHomeless, since we are a growing nonprofit organization and one thing has remain our constant: homeless awareness. Many people are blind to the fact that homelessness is not an issue for people who are addicts, but it’s also an issue for families who can’t afford to make ends meet. Many Americans are homeless with full time jobs. Rent is simply too high to pay these days. There are many, many causes that end in homelessness and our mission is to simply encourage our fellow citizens that we should not judge or condemn, but instead we should raise awareness. I’ve been criticized and told that awareness does not work. It actually does work, for if you had cancer and were aware, would you be taking proactive steps to ensure your health, or would you just let the cancer eat away at your body? I am not saying that homeless people are a cancer–no they are human beings like you and I. In fact, let’s not categorize or stereotype homeless people. We are simply people. Yes, I said we, because I am a survivor of homelessness. It is the reason I started Art4TheHomeless in the first place. I want to also wish each and every one of you a happy and safe holiday season. Many people are homeless during the holidays and also during the holidays is when many more are in the giving spirit and homeless shelters tend to have more families and people that are in need of aid. So I ask that you give–money, toys, blankets, coats, clothes, and time to your local homeless relief organizations. Sincerely, Johnna Crider Founder, CEO & President Art4TheHomeless, INC.

A Message from Art4TheHomeless’ CoFounder and Vice President Dear Readers:

Art4TH Co-Founder and Vice President

Samantha Medd

We at here Art4TheHomeless would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Winter Solstice, Happy Boxing, Happy St. Stephen's Day/ Happy Day of the Wren (Shona Lá Fhéile Stiofáin/ Shona Lá an Dreoilín), Happy Second Christmas Day, Happy Day of Goodwill, Happy New Years and Happy Yule. From our family to yours, we wish you all happy and safe travels to where ever you may be going this holiday season. On behalf of Art4TheHomeless we would like to ask everyone to say a prayer for all of those that are homeless or without loved ones this holiday season. Also, we at Art4TheHomeless would like to ask you to keep in mind your local homeless relief organizations. Many homeless shelters will be the only sources of Christmas joy for many homeless families across America. These organizations need your help and donations of toys, funds, and other items in order help our communities this holiday season. This is a season of giving, so let us not forget those who have nothing.


Samantha A. Medd CoFounder/Vice President Art4TheHomeless, INC

Homelessness Relief Organizations

An amazing lady, Petya Edwards is striving to prevent homeless in the DFW Metroplex. Ms. Edwards founded the Petya I Edwards Foundation (www, to work with families in danger of becoming homeless by empowering them to change their circumstances. Please read the amazing stories on her website of what she is her organization is accomplishing. Earlier this year, to help families and increase funding, Petya opened the Celebrate Hope Thrift Store in Richardson, TX. The store furnishes families in need with items and the sales from the store help fund ongoing work in the community by raising cash for immediate use. Want to donate items; but you don't live in Richardson? No problem, just call 214-864-7574 or email to arrange a free pickup of your donation anywhere in the DFW Metroplex.

All donations are gratefully appreciated and will help families in need. Please, be a friend on Facebook - Celebrate Hope Thrift Store Richardson. Items needed for donations are books, clothes, electronics, kitchen and bath, computers, toys,, bedding, and anything else that you can think of.

Homelessness Relief Organizations

Eternal Impact Inc. was started in 2005 and originally established to help the homeless in Atlanta. Since this time Eternal Impact Inc. has grown with much success and expanded to serving all people along life’s road whom are suffering, and helping them them to get back on their feet again. In the beginning, Daniel Ishee the main founder of Eternal Impact Inc. had a vision to start this ministry to serve the homeless with nothing more than a loving heart, the money in his wallet, God on his side, and a vision to hit the streets of Atlanta to restore faith and love to these lost and forgotten faces of the city. His goal is to help feed, clothe, rehabilitate, and heal the souls of these many people. Accompanying Daniel on his missions are numerous people from all walks of life that want to to make an IMPACT in the lives of others. Eternal Impact Inc. was blessed to connect with Brett Driver who served as videographer to document the trials and tribulations that these people face on a daily basis, so their strife can be shown to you in hopes that you will not turn away as so many people do to them everyday. GOD never turns away from us no matter what we may do, and Daniel sets out to remind these people of this. Their vagabond lifestyles leave them constantly on the move, never knowing for sure where they will get their next meal or lay their head at night, which leaves many of them hopeless or without faith. Often so many of them have just given up and Eternal Impact Inc. is here to help change that. So, if you have a

willingness to help people and the love of the Lord in your heart to share‌then you are the perfect person to help and join our ministry. We welcome the encouragement, support, and prayers of everyone as we aim to restore the dignity and pride in each of these individuals one day at a time.

Doing It Homeless

It Makes No Sense To Stop Now! Little things like having an accessible shower, a warm breakfast or even fresh clean socks can and do literally lift the spirits of a homeless person. I remember when things were really bad for me, when I put on a fresh pair of socks, I felt refreshed. I felt awaken, and motivated. This might sound odd to you but it’s true. Or a long and warm shower, it was like an energy shot. It inspired me to do more that day, to push the limits. To impress others and even myself. It reminded me I had real goals to accomplish and to never quit. Whatever it takes. I’m not only succeeding behind the scenes for myself, I’m doing it for those reading this tonight. What I have set out for my future will occur soon enough, therefore, it makes no sense to stop now.

“I’ve been living out of my car since September 2010. I have a full-time security job, a gym membership at 24 Hour Fitness and utilize public wi-fi spots to work on client projects. And I’ve never been happier or more successful in my life.”– Mooch, Founder of and #NoBoxBlogs

Donte' K. Hayes is currently an art major at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. His final project is an art piece that supports artists helping the homeless.

By Marie Contraire and Johnna Crider

Visual Arts Review

The piece entitled "Foreclosed" speaks of the intense pain felt by the gingerbread man who has obviously lost his house, the color selection of the opposing colors on the map of the subdivisions connotate the pain and frustration felt by not being able to achieve or keep the "American dream" of the cookie cutter home that it seems many take for granted in this country. I’m not sure if the color scheme of the ginger bread man is representative of the black mans struggle for equal housing.

In the piece entitled "Blueprint for disaster" its clear that it chronicles the piling of empty cookie cutter houses into an already crowded landscape and how this crowding can kill a society especially the African American communities

If you would like to purchase art by Donte' K. Hayes or contact him regarding his art, you may do so at

Performing Arts

Mila Franc

Mila Franc was brought up in Bronx, New York, and born on April 25, 1983. She sang and performed as recording artist ‘SplashD', who was briefly signed. For business purposes, her name was later changed to Mila Franc, along with adding the titles of ASCAP songwriter/composer, “Mila Franc expresses who she really is, simple, loving and strong-minded. These characteristics are conveyed through her music”, –PDS Entertainment LLC. What got Mila into music was the awesome fact that a family member gave her a notebook to compose songs in. At age 16, Mila Franc was recruited by a Modeling Agent to do print modeling and beauty pageants. She later scored an audition with Miss Teen New York USA. They were awed by her precocious smile, outstanding personality, phenomenal talents, and her dedication to community service projects. Mila won 1st place for the talent competition, and has performed in several beauty pageants, talent

showcases, appeared in several fashion shows and websites; including Her exposure has led her to meet Talk Show Personality Wendy Williams and NBA New York Knicks basketball player John Starks. Additionally, Mila has had the pleasure of meeting Music Producer Russell Simmons, Run DMC, and Fashion Icon Kimora Lee, who all complimented her talent performances. Her father is of Irish and African American descent and her mother is of African American descent. Both are deceased as of year 2011. Previous performances we’re accompanied by virtuoso Nikkon Valentino on piano. As a cover the brother and sister performed Adele's ballad "Someone Like You" at the "Fort Lee Youth Center" on an Army Base in Prince George, Virginia. In addition to a “Walk Against Drugs” event held in Virginia. [April 28, 2012]. Later this year, Mila Franc will appear on New York’s WRCN - 103.9 FM’s early morning show to discuss and perform her new single live [October 2, 2012].

Preparing for Disaster No one is every really ready or prepared for a disaster to happen to them. Most disasters strike without warning; however there are some things you can to in advance to lessen the emotional and financial impact. The first thing to do is have a family disaster plan. GET your family safe. Have a grab bag with essentials water food. The list below are things you can do to make surviving the disaster easier. You can never be fully prepared for a disaster physically or emotionally, this is just a list of things you can do to help be physically prepared and hopefully lessen some of the loss. Personal & Financial Records

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Make digital copies and store in a secure location and also consider backing up copies to a secure online site such as Carbonite, Skydrive or email it to yourself at a free email service such as Google, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc. Copies of documents you will/may need are: drivers license or state ID, marriage license, mortgage or lease, powers of attorney, birth certificate, bank/ credit card info, car insurance, home/rental insurance, flood insurance (be sure and include contact information for the insurance company both local and national contact), phone numbers for business, friends and family, car information - make, model, year, VIN, and insurance, pet information picture, shot record and veterinarian, bicycles/boats/jet skis/etc. - serial numbers, make, model, year and insurance. Be sure to keep paper copies in a water proof container - space bag, zip lock bag, sealed glass jar.

Computer Information Use an online back-up of your computer information (Skydrive, Carbonite, etc.) By doing this you will have access to your computer information in case of theft or household disaster. Saving your documents to cd or other digital media in a secure location away from your computer will mean that in the case of something happening to your computer there is a chance that your information would still be accessible to you and you won't have lost everything. Remember the only files you have saved and secured will be saved and accessible. Memories Photos, scrapbooks, writing, art and art by your children - SCAN and save to disc, backup or save on other digital media. If you store these items, store them in a water proof container, i.e. a zip lock bag, space bag, sealable plastic tubes, etc. These items are hard and sometimes impossible to replace. Saving Memories For daily use, you can scan all your children’s art work and make a poster size collage of their art suitable for framing. Talk to your Office Depot office center, UPS store or an online site such as Personal Make a family disaster plan - a written call list/phone numbers, point of contact (someone to call if you can't reach each other), and a meeting place away from disaster zone (the zone would change depending on the disaster i.e.

hurricane, tornado, forest fire. house fire or home disaster).. A written list of numbers in case of cell phone outage or your phone dies and you have no access to you phone directory. Have a quick grab disaster kit for evacuation - a change of clothes and shoes, food, utensils for eating, can opener, deck of cards or a book, water, battery or crank operated flashlights and radio, can opener, and cash - some disasters electricity is out rendering bank/credit cards unusable. Documentation After the disaster is NOT the time to try and remember what you had/what you have lost. Rent a video camera, hire a videographer, the video camera on your cell phone.

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Start with a picture of the front of the daily newspaper to document the date, then room by room video the contents of each room/closets/cabinets and include a description of the furniture, china, art, décor and objects d’art, etc. Each room can be its own file, this will provide a complete inventory of your home and should be updated after every major purchase. If you don’t want to video, take pictures of each room, all the individual items and write a description of each item. Digital files can be uploaded to online storage sites, saved to flash drives and/or discs. I recommend saving to two separate back-ups. Redundancy guards against loss of one of your records of ownership. Remember safety deposit boxes and safes may not be fire proof and they

are not water proof, so enclose your electronic media and files in water proof containers. This is not a complete list, but it is a start. Hopefully you will never need to use this information but it is far better to be prepared than not. *** May peace, love, hope and happiness find a home in your heart. ay you have the fellowship of friends and family during the Holiday Season and the coming year. May we all work together to make this place that we live a better place, never forgetting those less fortunate. That you help, those you can. Gift everyone with the glory and splendor of your smile and the joy in your heart. e will never walk this way again. Let us do all we can to make it better a place on our journey.

During this Holiday Season and during the year - PLEASE, take the time to send a card to: A Recovering American Soldier C/O Walter Reed Army Medical Center 6900 Georgia Avenue NW Washington, DC 20307-5001 A simple gift, that will mean a lot. *** Did You Know? 7 Packets of Ketchup and 6 oz. of water = One cup of tomato soup?

Ashley Morgan

Ashley Morgan

Ashley Morgan studied sculpture at the University of WisconsinMilwaukee (MFA 2010) and visual arts at Arkansas State University (BFA 2006). In addition to local and national research, Morgan has traveled abroad to study contemporary sculpture on the streets of Florence, Italy to gain insight into the boundaries between public and private viewing of contemporary art. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally including public art projects in Florence, Italy and Seoul, Korea. She has created sitespecific installations and been a part of numerous group exhibitions including works at the Charles Allis Art Museum and the John Michael Kohler Art Center. In recent years, Morgan has also been selected as a fellow for the Greater Milwaukee Foundation Mary Nohl Fellowship and awarded a Sonnabend Fellowship for the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles.

Ashley Morgan lives and works in Milwaukee, where she is an instructor at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.

Uncle Illmo’s Band

Uncle Illmo’s Band is a Rock, Indie Rock, and Blues band from Shelbyville, TN. Members are Charley Wilson (guitar, Vocals), Bob Wolfe (Guitar, Vocals), Terry Wright (Bass, Guitar and Vocals), Darryl E. Prince Esq aka Uncle Illmo ( Drums, Hapr, Keys, and Lead Vocals)

Uncle Illmo’s Band is giving out free mp3 downloads of their music so if you like what you hear, stop by their Facebook, be sure to LIKE their page and download some music!


Crown of Pele Poinsettia I call “Crown of Pele'” petal points around a pinwheel placed upon the head of strength power through these fiery days.

living within the beauty of fire dread not it's cruelty

A crown placed upon a Goddess head grown from deep below the ground then bursting in a volcanic flower and sprouting from Hawaii land.

it is with gratitude that I gaze in memory of Pele' whose crown is planted in Hawaii to grow year round

They are also “Crown of the Andes” far from here, locally grow know that they have great purpose to lend a sense of royalty, a crimson memory of Christmas year round though it is warm everywhere fire burns beneath the ground to spring up in the sky, an eye with petals 'round, red though it lives joyfully I fear the poisonous flavor dare not taste, just gaze upon it's richness spins around a pinwheel spins around a head

the land we are lent in it's certainty to grace us with passions favor planted in such greenery bushes with crimson sprouting out

to be shipped around the world at Christmas-time more than any other plant of birth and crowns and grace all we have been given in this place understood that we are here if Pele's allows such a thing or to be spit out from the Island to land back in other lands we are planted here if fortunate live aloha in spirit and grant the world some beauty in this land of The Crown of Pele'

Performing Arts

Joe Osborn Matthew Davidson

Fourteen-year-old guitarist/vocalist Matthew Davidson recently released his debut recording, produced by legendary bassist who discovered the Carpenters and member of L.A.’s famed Wrecking Crew, Joe Osborn. The 4-track EP titled, Step Up, is a blend of Matthew’s diverse musical influences, from rock to blues. Davidson got his first taste of guitar at the age of three, when he received a toy guitar for Christmas. In 2007, he won his first electric guitar in the James Burton Foundation’s Guitar Showdown. Since then, he’s won numerous accolades, including being named the recipient of the 2011 Robert Johnson Blues Foundation New Generation Award and being selected as the 2011 Kidd Kraddick Rock Camp Guitarist. He’s played everywhere from The Dallas House of Blues and The New Orleans Jazz Fest to B.B. King’s Blues Club in Memphis and The Strand Theatre in his hometown of Shreveport, LA. Osborn, who plays bass on this recording, first heard Matthew

perform two years ago at The Municipal Auditorium. Recognizing Matthew’s talent, Osborn took Matthew under his wing, mentoring him and guiding him through this first recording project. “Matthew’s musicianship is far beyond his years,” said Osborn. “When I play with Matthew, it’s like playing with a seasoned professional. And Matthew is always a gentleman.” Osborn is the legendary studio ace who played bass behind acts ranging from Ricky Nelson and Johnny Rivers to the Mamas and the Papas, Simon and Garfunkel, the Fifth Dimension, the Association and many others. Davidson’s and Osborn’s 4-track EP “Step Up” is available for download on iTunes and Amazon. Currently, they have entered a video in the "Sunshine by the Stars" video contest sponsored by Louisiana Public Broadcasting. The winner will have the opportunity to perform at LPB Studios at an event in December. Please visit to vote for their video. (Voting deadline is Sunday, Dec. 2 at midnight central time)

Have you ever had the urge to be someone else? Not for a lifetime but a moment? Have you ever wanted to feel different in your skin?

Welcome To My World

Spice It Up

If you have, why not do it? Take up the challenge to change your appearance. It could be your hair, make-up or style of clothes. It may be even as simple as putting on a smile. Why should you do these changes? One, it’s great to change up your routine every now and then. Repetitive routines become mundane after a while. Most people who follow the same routine day after day can lose interest in their tasks. Second, changing your appearance can create a boost of confidence. Try that daring red lipstick, put on a funky wig during a night on the town or try those hip-retro shoes you found at a vintage store. Have you made your change or changes? Do you feel

fierce, confident, poised and ready and willing to share it with the world? Then grab your camera and document it. Pose, smile and play around with your camera. Let your creativity flow. Create the perfect lighting. Build a simple or elaborate background. Let your imagination create your environment and the mood you want the world to see in your photography. While you’re at it don’t be shy. Let your friends and family into the fun as well. You are creating memories of good times that are documented to share. No matter what you’re doing have fun. Use your imagination. Remember that being creative can also help you mentally, emotionally and physically in the long run. Just every now and then also remember to spice it up.

Herbal Tea

By Kelly R. Wagner

Herbal Tea

Herbal Tea is sort of a contradiction in terms, since technically, a beverage is only tea if it is leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. More properly, herbal beverages should be called tisanes, rather than teas. However, we are pretty accustomed to calling any beverage brewed by steeping leaves, tea. That still leaves some room for doubt, since some herbal "teas" are brewed from roots, petals, and other parts of the plant, rather than leaves. So, generally, the phrase "herbal tea" refers to any mixture of plant parts that we would steep in hot water to produce a hot drink, except coffee beans. Some of the most common things used in herbal teas aren't leaves, in fact. Hibiscus flower petals and rose hips (the little round bulb at the base of the rose flower) are two of the most common ingredients in herbal blends. Another common herbal tisane is chamomile - just plain chamomile flowers. Other flower petals that are common in tea: roses, jasmine, cornflowers.

Some of the herbal teas that are leaves are mint, rooibos (also called bush tea and red tea), honeybush (a relative of rooibos, also from Africa), and blackberry leaves. Chicory root and licorice root are used in many herbal teas - licorice tastes about like you'd expect; chicory tastes a little bit like coffee. These aren't the only roots used in herbal teas, but they are some of the most common. Usually we think of ginger as a spice, but it's a spice made from ground roots, and that's another root that's often used in tea. Other odd parts of plants used in herbal tea are seeds - lavender seeds, for example, and roasted barley, more technically a grain than a seed. Then there's peels - dried orange peel, lemon peel, even tangerine peel.

There's tree bark, in the form of cinnamon, and there's stems, such as lemongrass. There are ground cacao nibs - parts of the cacao bean - and also vanilla beans, and carob. Many of the spices that are most commonly used in teas are also seeds - cardamom, nutmeg, peppercorns. So as you see, almost any part of a plant can be brewed, and called an herbal tea. Usually the ones that have rooibos as their main ingredient are put in a category by themselves, and called rooibos tea, rather than herbal tea - but since they aren't based on real tea leaves, they are still just another herbal tisane, to the experts.

Do be careful on gathering leaves; some leaves are not edible unless cooked, and the couple of minutes of steeping in hot water that tea gets is not enough cooking to render them usable. And make sure you thoroughly rinse any plants you gather for

By Kelly R. Wagner

Herbal Teas

In some places, you can buy your own bags of many of these, or even pick and dry your own - lavender seeds can be gathered, for example, and rosehips and rose petals, from plants that are commonly grown in ordinary gardens. Fruit peels can be saved and dried from the fruit you eat. Mint leaves are easy to grow, and depending on where you live, blackberry plants might be growing wild, to get blackberry leaves from.

The Homeless Pages

The Homeless Pages is a section in the Art4TH Zine that is dedicated to not only helping homeless relief organizations gain exposure but also helping anyone who is homeless get to the right resources they need. This section will be growing issue by issue. International Homeless links will be at the end of this section

United Way is a national homeless relief organization that has many chapters in almost all the cities of the US. In fact, many have a 211 homeless hotline. Atlanta is one of the cities that has it and you can find out about the rest through their website:

The National Coalition for the Homeless is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission: To prevent and end homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights protected

Covenant House is an international homeless relief organization dedicated to rescuing children off the streets. They have several shelters in the US, Canada, Mexico and Guatamela. If you are in dire need of assistant, you can call the Nine Line 1(800) 999-9999

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Homelessness Resource Center (HRC) is an interactive learning community dedicated to disseminating knowledge and best practices to prevent and end homelessness. It includes providers, consumers, policymakers, researchers, and public agencies at Federal, State, and local levels.

The Homeless Network is a Facebook page open to anyone who is homeless, anyone working in homeless relief to come and connect.

The International Homeless Forum is just that: a forum for anyone homeless, anywhere in the world. It’s based out of Australia and had detailed forum groups by country, aid for each country and a general welcome group.

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The National Center on Family Homelessness (The National Center) was started through an unusual partnership. In 1987, David Jordan, then editor-in-chief of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, met in Boston with Ellen L. Bassuk, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Both were concerned about the growing number of homeless families in America, and wanted to do something. Dr. Bassuk had conducted groundbreaking research in the mid-1980s documenting the devastating effect of homelessness on mothers and children. Mr. Jordan believed that Better Homes and Gardens, which reaches 36 million American adults each month, had the power to educate the public about this emerging tragedy. In 1988, Dr. Bassuk and Mr. Jordan joined forces to start "The Better Homes Fund," what would eventually be called The National Center on Family Homelessness, which was established as a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization and non-endowed public charity.

The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a leading voice on the issue of homelessness. The Alliance analyzes policy and develops pragmatic, cost-effective policy solutions. The Alliance works collaboratively with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build state and local capacity, leading to stronger programs and policies that help communities achieve their goal of ending homelessness. We provide data and research to policymakers and elected officials in order to inform policy debates and educate the public and opinion leader nationwide.

The National Policy and Advocacy Council on Homelessness (NPACH) is a national grassroots organization whose primary concern is to ensure that national homelessness policy accurately reflects the needs of local communities. They do this in many ways and you can learn more about it at www.npach.orgThe mission of the Law Center is to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness. T The Law Center addresses the causes of homelessness, not just its symptoms.

The National Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) Council is a home for those who work to improve the health of homeless people and who seek housing, health care, and adequate incomes for everyone. In the National HCH Council, agencies and individuals, clinicians and advocates, homeless people and housed people come together for mutual support and learning opportunities, and to advance the cause of human rights.

The mission of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) is to coordinate the federal response to homelessness and to create a national partnership at every level of government and with the private sector to reduce and end homelessness in the nation while maximizing the effectiveness of the Federal Government in contributing to the end of homelessness.

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) — a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a 17-member board of directors — is the resource and technical assistance center for a national network of community-based service providers and local, state and federal agencies that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans each year.

The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) provides research, resources, and information enabling communities to address the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness.

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) is a national grassroots membership association, connects educators, parents, advocates, researchers, and service providers to ensure school enrollment and attendance and overall success for children and youth whose lives have been disrupted by the lack of safe, permanent, and adequate housing. NAEHCY achieves these goals through advocacy, partnerships, and education

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Center serves as a clearinghouse of information for people seeking to remove or overcome educational barriers and to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for children and youth experiencing homelessness. The Center also supports educators and service providers through producing training and awareness materials and providing training at regional and national conferences and events.

Travelers Aid International members serve communities in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Australia. Each member organization is adapted to serve needs specific to that community. Travelers Aid’s network of programs extends "A Helping Hand Along the Way" to travelers in need of assistance. Our volunteers and staff are there to help travelers in distress or just provide friendly customer service amid the hustle of airports and train stations. Our members are a diverse group of human service nonprofit organizations and a network of key transportation centers. While each member agency shares the core service of helping stranded travelers, many Travelers Aid agencies provide shelter for the homeless, transitional housing, job training, counseling, local transportation assistance and other programs to help people who encounter crises as they journey through life.

A nonprofit corporation headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Housing Assistance Council (HAC) has been helping local organizations build affordable homes in rural America since 1971. HAC emphasizes local solutions, empowerment of the poor, reduced dependence, and self-help strategies. HAC assists in the development of both single- and multi-family homes and promotes homeownership for working low-income rural families through a self-help, "sweat equity" construction method. The Housing Assistance Council offers services to public, nonprofit, and private organizations throughout the rural United States. HAC also maintains a special focus on high-need groups and regions: Indian country, the Mississippi Delta, farmworkers, the Southwest border colonias, and Appalachia.

The concept that grew into Habitat for Humanity International was born at Koinonia Farm, a small, interracial, Christian community outside of Americus, Georgia. Koinonia Farm was founded in 1942 by farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan. The Fullers first visited Koinonia in 1965. They had recently left a successful business and an affluent lifestyle in Montgomery, Alabama to begin a new life of Christian service. At Koinonia, Jordan and Fuller developed the concept of "partnership housing." The concept centered on those in need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build simple, decent houses.

Invisible People TV is a vlog that introduces the homeless as people and not a stereotype. According the the founder : “I once heard a story about a homeless man on Hollywood Blvd who really thought he was invisible. But one day a kid handed the man a Christian pamphlet. The homeless guy was shocked and amazed, “what! You can see me? How can you see me? I’m invisible!” For years I’ve used the lens of a television camera to tell the stories of homelessness and the organizations trying to help. That was part of my job. The reports were produced well and told a story, but the stories you see on this site are much different. These are the real people, telling their own, very real stories… unedited, uncensored and raw. The purpose of this vlog is to make the invisible visible. I hope these people and their stories connect with you and don’t let go. I hope their conversations with me will start a conversation in your circle of friends.”

We are a support community helping us all learn about the issues of homelessness and poverty in a safe, friendly environment, providing encouragement and resources to each other via social media. Open and honest communication is at the core value of what we stand for so please feel free to be yourself at times. Please remember social media is a conversation, so jump right in and introduce yourself on the wall so we can get to know you. We only ask that although homelessness and poverty can be a challenging conversation that everyone do their best to stay positive and respect everyone. And please, go on and have some fun.

The Do Foundation holds the essential belief that ALL PEOPLE, no matter their walk in life, are entitled to dignity, respect and the opportunity to realize or regain a life of self-sufficiency through community involvement and assistance as opposed to living in an unsheltered state of homelessness. The Mission of the DO Foundation is to connect directly with the homeless for a personal account of their immediate needs and to generate community support in conjunction with implementing cost-effective programs to aid and assist them with meeting these needs. Homelessness is indiscriminate. And likewise, the DO Foundation will remain open to the needs of those who are homeless whether their state of homelessness is to due to financial hardship, mental health related issues, addiction, flight from abusive circumstances, or lack of support as is often the case with Veterans and former inmates transitioning back into the community.

Corporate Code is a non-profit organization designed to expand participation and leadership among disenfranchised and disengaged men in order to build selfsufficiency and economic independence by providing interview-appropriate clothing and career counseling. Our mission is to help build self-sufficiency and economic independence by providing, the look, the self-esteem and the confidence needed for our clients to become positive members of our society.

Joy Junction is a place of refuge to those who have been forced into the streets of New Mexico. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to helping homeless men, women, children, and families in Albuquerque by providing food, clothing, shelter, and safety. Our faithbased church ministry that serves as many as 200,000 individuals including as many as 60 to 80 children, every day. Each year we are able to serve over 100,000 meals thanks to the generous contributions of citizens and businesses throughout the city—we could not have such a positive impact on our community without you!

Springwire connects people in crisis with the social services and support networks that surround them – expanding a community’s capacity to care. By providing free access to tailored communication tools, Springwire restores a sense of hope and dignity, enabling people in transition to stabilize their lives and get access to the help they need to move out of crisis. Springwire began as Community Voice Mail in Seattle in 1991. Driven by the challenge of connecting homeless, phoneless workers with job opportunities, the organization’s founders came up with a simple idea: Give people a phone number that stays constant, even if they can’t. The success of the program spread, along with the idea of using technology to alleviate poverty. Today Springwire serves more than 50,000 people in 400 cities nationwide.

The Homeless Resource Network, formerly known as Metropolitan Columbus Task Force for the Homeless, Inc. has, since 1987, served the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) of Columbus, Georgia and Russell County, Alabama, in the coordination of services and information for the homeless population. The Network began as a coalition of interested individuals who charged themselves with the task of addressing homelessness on a community level. In 1995, with assistance from the City of Columbus and the Georgia Coalition to End Homelessness, the Network for the first time established an office and hired staff. The Network continues to address homelessness as a non profit 501(c)(3) organization in partnership with service providers, concerned citizens and people experiencing homelessness.

Home Free is a nonprofit initiative to eradicate homelessness in urban environments through the provision of free wireless internet, social networking and resource allotment. We take donated bread trucks which have come off route and add donated computers and hardware to create mobile wireless access hubs for homeless individuals to utilize for finding family, jobs, resources and ways off the street. The goal is simple: Provide a resource for the homeless which will allow them to find ways off the street. Of course there are many who prefer the streets to a 9-5 and home life, but for those who are stuck and cannot find there way, Home Free will provide the tools to try.

The HUV Project is an effort to provide temporary housing to homeless individuals for crisis disaster relief. The HUV Project will produce and distribute shelter units to homeless individuals with the cooperation and support of other non-profit organizations whose aim is to provide housing, safety, and support services. The HUV is a temporary personal shelter constructed as a mobile vehicle to be used by the homeless. The vehicle is intended for individuals who have been victimized by both natural disaster and political conflict, resulting in insufficient housing. The HUV is not a cure for homelessness but rather a transitional means of housing.

The mission of StandUp For Kids is ending the cycle of youth homelessness. We do this, every day, in cities across America. We carry out our mission through our volunteers who go to the streets in order to find, stabilize and otherwise help homeless and street kids improve their lives. StandUp For Kids is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 1990 to help rescue homeless and at-risk youth. With national headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia StandUp For Kids is run almost entirely by volunteers, and has programs in a number of states.

The purpose of World Homeless Action Day is to draw attention to homeless people’s needs locally and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness, while taking advantage of the stage an ‘international day’ provides. This World Homeless Day Facebook Group and website exists to resource local groups to take the concept of World Homeless Day and run with it to benefit homeless people locally in their area 44/.

The mission of the Spare Some Change Mentoring Program is to engage, enlighten, and empower homeless kids to create change in their lives and to provide direction toward a stable future within mainstream society. It is our belief that when you tap into a kid’s imagination, expand their creativity, and fuel their passion; amazing, unprecedented things are given the opportunity to manifest.

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FlashFood is a food recovery network, powered by social media, that feeds the hungry by collecting excess food from restaurants, caterers, and conventions, and delivering it to nearby community centers.

International Homeless Resources

International Homeless Resources Obdachlose Ressourcen (Vienna)

Vienna, Austria Note: these articles are in German

Seit mehr als 25 Jahren ist die "Gruft" Wiens wohl bekannteste Caritas-Einrichtung für obdachlose Menschen. Sie bietet Menschen, die auf der Straße stehen, einen sicheren Zufluchtsort und vor allem menschliche Wärme - 365 Tage im Jahr rund um die Uhr.

Der Augustin wurde 1995 nach dem Beispiel amerikanischer, britischer oder französischer Straßenzeitungen gegründet. Der Verkauf der Straßenzeitungen hilft Menschen, die aus verschiedenen Gründen vom Arbeitsmarkt ausgeschlossen sind (Obdachlosen, Langzeitarbeitslosen, AsylbewerberInnen u.a.), ihre Not zu lindern. Professionelle SozialarbeiterInnen des Augustin sind an ihrer Seite. Vorrangiges Ziel der Augustin-Sozialarbeit ist aber nicht, die Marginalisierten „jobready“ zu machen, sondern ihren Ausbruch aus der Entmündigung zu fördern.

Gemeinsam für Wien

Der Fonds Soziales Wien (FSW) sorgt dafür, dass Wienerinnen und Wiener die Unterstützung bekommen, die sie brauchen. Das Angebot umfasst Leistungen der Pflege und Betreuung, Behindertenhilfe, Wohnungslosenhilfe sowie Grundversorgung für AsylwerberInnen. Rund 100.000 Wienerinnen und Wiener werden pro Jahr vom FSW und seinen über hundert Partnerorganisationen rasch und individuell unterstützt. Die Tochtergesellschaften des FSW bieten Schuldnerberatung, Hauskrankenpflege, Betreuung in Tageszentren für Seniorinnen und Senioren sowie Wohnmöglichkeiten für wohnungslose Menschen an.

The United Kingdom

World Homeless Action Directory is a Collaborative InfoBank on World Homelessness and Hunger. If such things can't be documented properly what hope is there doing anything about them? Be bold and Donate. n_Page

The Pilion Trust is a charity in London and Wales, UK and their goals are many and varied: To provide relief of sickness and the preservation and protection of health of people irrespective of race, culture, gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, spiritual beliefs, age or disability who are or who have been affected by drug, alcohol misuse, mental ill health or homelessness in particular but not exclusively by the provision of community based support and outreach activities within London Boroughs to begin with then across England and Wales. To provide relief of unemployment for the benefit of the public by offering volunteer, trainee, befriending, coaching and mentoring placements to enable the beneficiaries to gain an NVQ3, equivalent or above qualification and move into permanent employment and a long term career. To advance the awareness and education of the public about the harm of drug and alcohol misuse, issues around homelessness and mental ill health through delivering training, research, advocacy and seminars.

The Pavement is committed to publishing independent advice as well as hard-hitting and entertaining reportage, tailored to a homeless readership within the UK via our regional magazines and UK-wide website. We aim to provide and publicise appropriate information that is objective, timely and relevant on a range of advisory and practical services available to homeless people, as well as news on the issues impacting the homeless and dispossessed from across the UK. Our ultimate goal is to help reduce short-term hardship amongst our readers and longer term to provide them with information to enable them to guide their own futures. The Pavement exists because there was nothing like it, but it fulfils a need. The Pavement is a small charity, founded in the spring of 2005. We distribute The Pavement in London, Scotland and the West Midlands, and we plan to launch in other regions. In London alone, we deliver 4,000+ copies of The Pavement to over 70 hostels, day centres, homeless surgeries, soup-runs and libraries. By using volunteer journalists and homelessness sector professionals, as well as work from the country’s best cartoonists (many of them Private Eye contributors), we’ve achieved a balance of news, features, humour and service listings unlike other publications. Our journalists - trained professionals - cover the news from the streets or news affecting the streets, and we often deal with topics ignored by the mainstream press. Alongside this, other professionals provide features on health, foot care, legal advice and life in hostels, with the back pages given over to The List, a regularly updated directory of homeless services.

They have many more goals and objects and you can learn more about them at the following website:

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