So, I’ve described Source Goods to everyone as a passion project because it really is. From the age of 21, I knew I always wanted to help others and each concept I have had (including this one) has centered around food.
London was the first place I lived where the homeless really made an impression on me. Coming from an island with economic stability and being a native born American from sleepy (it was the 80’s) Central Florida seeing the poor outside asking for change, playing instruments really affected me.
I’ve spent the past 7 years in South Florida where homelessness, especially pre-2008, seemed drug related and post-2008 while our region was slammed with foreclosures it has never looked the way it did when I moved to Philadelphia. With 11,757 estimated to be homeless in Philadelphia, I found poverty to have a very real and different face- it was a problem that was powerfully reawakened for me.
During this time I was also consulting in the mental health industry and very quickly I learned that 45% of the homeless population, regardless of metro area, have battled a mental illness. This piece of knowledge was huge to me. Now while I could state my thoughts regarding how we support our mentally ill, I don’t have the credentials to make any kind of change but I knew I had put my passion to help others into effect.
Source Goods is going by city to attack the illness and promote well-being with personal care packages and prepared foods and help those wanting to get back on their feet faster with access to clothing and shoes.
While on the surface, its programs aim to reduce illness and help the homeless get back on their feet faster, they also aim to change how we think of the homeless.
They are more than the people we walk past as they ask for spare change but somebody’s mother, father, sister, brother daughter etc. They are people- babies born into the world deserving of everything the world has to offer.
Now while you may say this gives some an opportunity to take from those who have worked hard I encourage you to be empathic towards those who have lost it all-literally because you never know when the roles could reverse.
Over the next 12 months we will be partnering with shelters in Miami-Dade, Philadelphia and Los Angeles County tracking our level of deliveries and measuring how turnover, illness and length of homeless is affected.
Our online store, launching in January, will automatically donate 60% of gross profits (and 98% of public donations) directly funding our programs.
Through Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare & Facebook we’ll be taking you with us for every delivery, and fundraising goal as we work to positively affect the lives who need it most.
So now you know how this crazy, wild idea began. I hope you feel as passionately about it as I do and I can’t wait for you to join us! I love you all & I’m wish you a very Happy Holidays!!