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We aim to assist individuals in becoming successful members of society.

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The saddest part to me about Christmas is when, after I’ve unwrapped all the presents and eaten the Christmas ham, it occurs to me that somebody spent their Christmas Eve sleeping in the cold, under a bridge, not getting a Merry Christmas wish from anyone. 

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— 1 year ago with 7 notes

Africans Americans Homelessness & Poverty: Healing a People & Moving Forward

When people think of the poor or homeless most often the image that appears is of people of color, particularly African Americans. It’s an unfortunate and engrained fact that Black Americans experience higher levels of homelessness and poverty than white Americans but what are the real numbers? Is it more perception than fact and what can we do to change it?

So here is what we know: the numbers for the African American community are bleak with 1 in 141 black families staying in a homeless shelter, a rate 7 times higher than white families in 2010. Moreover, African American families make up 12.1% of the U.S. family population but represented 38.8 of sheltered families in 2010.

With numbers like these we have to ask ourselves how the African American community, more than any other lacks the stability to withstand hardship because we all do experience hardship. I ask this question because homelessness and poverty are the results of a problem not the root of it and to climb your way out you have to have the knowledge and support system in place to prevent it from happening again.

In 2012 the U.S Conference of Mayors reported 23.3 percent of black families lived in poverty compared to 7.1 of white families and with 92% of people reporting unemployment as the leading cause of hunger followed by high housing costs at 60%, with substance abuse at 6th at 16%.  If we want to talk about cutting welfare programs, it is imperative to look at residential zoning and fair housing and ask our city and state officials are we doing right by our needy constituents in cities like New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Tampa/Clearwater. Are we putting an emphasis on inviting businesses to establish themselves and provide real employment opportunities while pushing for fair housing?

We may say we live in a post racial society we must work for the numbers to reflect that. We must want more for ourselves and each other because I think we can all agree that “It’s not my problem” hasn’t worked out so well. 

Moreover, it is imperative for African Americans to support one another in striving towards success. To attain success and not look back or look down on where you came from is to not love or honor a part of your “self”.  Your community is not less important or worthy than you. Be humble enough to embrace the gifts you’ve been given and pay it forward.

Remember today as you enjoy your holiday just how much you have in even the simplest moments.

I love you all- Merry Christmas.

— 1 year ago with 2 notes

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How Source Goods Began…

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!!

— 1 year ago

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