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. ❤
For over a year now, Project H.O.P.E. has been helping out every charity we could by supplying them with the things they need. This lead to some great partnerships and even better friendships. Everyone from our friends at 1upOnCancer to PopsforPatients and Handmade Brigade and while we will still be helping out our friends when we can, we have decided that more focus was needed. We feel its important to have a clear mission. this will make it easier for us to do what we do, and easier for others to understand just exactly what PH is offering.
With that said, we at Project H.O.P.E. have decided to focus on something we are all passionate about, homeless outreach. This is something that we have always been passionate about and while we did think about trying to fit a homeless charity into our roster of people to help, we realized that adding more would only reduce the amount of help that was going to everyone and make it more confusing to those on the outside as to exactly what we do.
We have already started our new focus by partnering up with Our Daily Bread in Lima, OH. You may have seen the post we made about out recent gift delivery to them. It was out largest delivery to date and we have much more planned.
So as we move into this new mindset, we invite you to join us. We will be updating our social media and website with our new focus and we hope that you all will continue to help us Help Out People Everywhere.
A few months back, we were honored to gift Toledo Children’s Hospital with 269 Funko Pops! toys. After a week volunteering in Texas, We returned home to find this thank you card in our mail.
We would like to thank Toledo Children’s for helping us to bring these smiles to the faces of the children in their care and thank you to Pops! For Patients for making this all possible.
Today we were honored to give the largest single gift we’ve ever given.We delivered 18 Blankets, 2 skirts, 22 pairs of pants, 19 pairs of shorts, 28 jackets, 9 belts, 115 shirts, 200 drawstring backpacks, a big box of toiletries and, thanks to our friends at Bombas Socks, over 1000 pairs of socks to Our Daily Bread Food Kitchen in Lima, OH.
Our Daily Bread is a food kitchen and so much more. Not only do they offer delicious food to all who are in need, but they also offer clothing along with shower and laundry services, and a friendly atmosphere. We challenge anyone to go in there and not feel like family. We really love this place and look forward to working with them for the foreseeable future.
Thank you so much to Randy and everyone else at Our Daily Bread who do such great work and a special thank you to Bombas for their generous sock donation.
Last Saturday was the first of what will hopefully be many deliveries to the Promedica Toledo Childrens Hospital. Randy from Pops For Patients was able to put us in touch with Kate Schwan, the child life coordinator for the hospital and with her help we were able to deliver 269 Funko toys for the kids at the hospital. This is the largest single donation we have made so far and we are so happy we were able to do it.
We would like to thanks Kate, Ashley, Randy, and everyone who made this delivery possible. We hope that this is the beginning of a long relationship between Toledo Childrens Hospital and Project Hope.