We are super happy to announce that we now have an online thrift store!
Not all items that are donated to us are suitable for our outreach efforts. Now, thanks to our online thrift store, we can use these items to help fund our outreach.
Let me share with you the steps we go through to decide where each of our donated items goes.
Direct Outreach Items: First we sort through the donated items and choose which ones we are going to keep for use in our outreach work. These would be items such as bottled water, socks, food items, and anything else that we think people living on the street might need.
Items that can be used by other non-profits: Next , we go through the remaining items and see if any of them could be of use to the homeless support organizations we work with. We then reach out to these organizations and let them know what items we have and set up a delivery. These might be items such as clothing, housewares, bedding, or anything else these organizations need to help the people they serve.
Items to be sold in our store: After those first 2 steps, we sort through the rest of the items and hand pick certain ones that we believe are of good enough quality to sell in our online thrift store. This is the same idea as any other non-profit thrift store, but instead of a physical location, we have an online store.
Other thrift stores: After all of that, if there are any items left, we donate them to other non-profit thrift stores. We make sure to only support stores that are non-profit and who do good work.
Having this source of income will help Project Hope in continuing to reach out to those living unsheltered on the streets and help them better their lives. A huge thanks to everyone who supports us and we hope you enjoy.
One way that we gather donations to help us in our mission is to accept any and all clothing donations from supporters. In doing this, we know we won’t have a use for everything that we receive but we also know other non-profits who will.
Over the past few weeks we have received a huge amount stuff from Helping Hands and since we weren’t able to use everything that was given to us, we contacted our friends at Family Promise in Lima, OH. They were more then happy to receive the clothing for their clients to look through.
Family Promise provides children and their families with shelter, basic needs, and assistance as they seek permanent housing. We at Project Hope always try to support other organizations that help to keep people from ending up on the streets.
A huge Thank You to Helping Hands and Family promise for helping us with our mission.
For a few weeks now we have been looking for suppliers that could donate face masks to us for use in our outreach. As you may know we have been hunting around for masks to use during our outreach trips. Today we were lucky enough to have Sandhya Singhal from Helping Hands donate not only the masks we asked for but a lot more. Here is video of our pickup. https://www.facebook.com/Theprojhope/posts/517297548946991
Here in the United States, the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) “..recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.” Because of this, Project Hope is trying to gather face masks to be handed out to the homeless populations we serve.
If you or someone you know can donate cloth facemasks or the supplies to make cloth face masks, please contact us through this form or email us at Theprojhope@gmail.com. Thank You.
Please DO NOT buy or donate medical or N95 masks for us. Please donate those to your local medical workers.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Project Hope is putting all of it’s outreach and other travel related plans on hold. As you can imagine, the homeless population is extremely vulnerable to this outbreak and since our outreach work takes us all over western Ohio and eastern Indiana, we do not feel it is safe for us to continue this work while the risk of spreading COVID-19 is so high. We are closely monitoring the reports about COVID-19 and will return to our outreach work when we have decided it’s safe to do so.
Hello, Doctor here. Lately we have been making an effort to spread our outreach to more of Ohio and today I decided to take The Tardis to Van Wert and see if I could be of any help.
As I entered a small intersection at the entrance of the Van Wert Walmart, I noticed a group of 3 people standing on the corner. One male and 2 females. As I pulled up to the stop it was clear to see that it was an older lady (mid- late 60’s) sitting on a walker-like medical device and a male and female both around 20 y.o. The Male was holding a sign that read “Our family could use help” with 2 sad faces at the bottom.
I immediately pulled into the parking lot and walked upto the trio. I first approached the male, as he was the closest to me as I approached, and asked him what kind of help they were looking for.
(Quick note: The conversation that is quoted here is being paraphrased.)
“Food” came a voice from the other side of the group. The older woman was calling out to me in a way that told me that she should be the one I address. I walked upto the woman (I’m very sorry now that I didn’t get any names) and asked her what her situation was. Did she has shelter? heat? what exactly got her and her family into this situation.
“My husband and I have been have been having health issues. He just got out of neck and back surgery and I am going in for surgery in a few days.”
It seems she and her family had a roof over their heads, and heat, and a car, but because of medical setbacks they were having to choose between sleeping outside, freezing, or starving. I asked her if this was something she had to do often and she said yes.
So I asked them what kinds of food they were looking for and I set off into the walmart to use the last of the PH funds to purchase some food for this family. Once I returned, the woman had moved into the warmth of her small beat up hatchback so I brought the food to her vehicle and talked to her more about her situation. I let her know that we would be in the area and would do anything we could to help.
I’m very happy that we were able to help these people, but situations like this always anger me. No one should ever have to choose between freezing to death or starving to death in one of the richest countries in the world.
Project Hope will now be making regular trips to Van Wert.
To be honest, We became 501(c)3 certified over a month ago, but we wanted to make sure we got our new focus on track before announcing anything.
I am so incredibly proud to say that Project H.O.P.E. is an official 501(c)3 non-profit charity now. It has been a ton of hard work over the past (almost) 2 years. I would personally like to thank all of our friends and partners who helped create Project H.O.P.E. and I look forward to doing a lot of good in the future.
If you would like to see our IRS determination letter, It can be found on the new 501(c)3 page in the menu bar.
Thank you to everyone again for making PH possible. ❤