Cassidy's Care Center
Broken to Beautiful, One Life at a Time
My mom and I were serving the homeless - some even have children. Addiction, Trafficking, and Homelessness don't just affect the victim, but the entire community.
Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.
Idea (hoping to get started in the future)
1. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project? NOTE: All applications must include a 1 minute video that answers: “I am stepping up to make change because..."
This is Sharon Harris. She is someone I admire greatly and look forward to working with at Cassidy's Care Center. Born in the inner city of South Central, Los Angeles, Sharon was working full-time, living with a drug dealer and mother of 2 children by age 14. Her young life was filled with abuse, neglect, and violence. When she was kidnapped at gun point, she called on the name of Jesus for the very first time; and thus began a journey that miraculously changed her life.
Some people just need help being brave.
This is my mom and her friend Lori. We met Lori at Hope Over Heroin a few years ago. She lived with us for awhile during her recovery. I literally saw her life transforming from darkness to life. I remember her saying that she knew she was going to die on the streets if she didn't get help to get off of heroin. Everyone deserves that help and that chance.
This is my mom with her friend, Amy. Amy helped so many people who were trapped in addiction because she knew what it was like. Her life was dedicated to showing others their value. I want to have the same kind of passion she had to help people.
This was my mom's friend, Jennifer. She was a survivor of human trafficking, and she was making a difference for a lot of women. Her life was proof that caring and showing love to strangers can make a difference.
Women are being abused and sold for drugs in my city. Columbus, Ohio is one of the top states for opiate overdoses and human trafficking. There is a heroin crisis in our city, which is contributing to both. I believe every person deserves to be happy, and that there is hope and a way out for these women.
A homeless camp that I visited with my mom and step-dad. No one should have to live this way. I believe there is help and hope for people who have found themselves in situations like this.
2. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?
The heroin crisis in my city is increasing human trafficking and homelessness. Even worse, good people are dying every day. Kids are being left without parents, and are being raised by their grandma and grandpa. Many kids are living in terrible situations because of their parents' addiction.
3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.
I want to buy a boarded up house in the city and fix it up. Women on the streets can come in and get personal care items they need for free. They can take a shower if they want. They can get clothing items for free, and something to eat if they are hungry. Sometimes they don't sleep for days, so if they just want to lay down and rest, they can. I want to have a volunteer nurse who can give them easy medical care if they are sick. I want to pray with them if they want prayer. I think showing them love and that someone is there to help them, could lead them to ask for help to get out of their current situation. I want to be able to give them resources that can help them.
4. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.
So if a woman comes in the Cassidy's Care Center, she can get her immediate needs met through food and needed items. But most important she will be loved and talked to about other options and maybe a safe place she can go for help. Getting her help to get off the drugs can be the first step to change her life.
5. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?
I think this project is the first step to make contact with women who are hurting and need help. They have trust issues, and I think the care center will help build trust with them to help them in the future. They won't reach out for help, if they have no one they can trust.
6. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?
I have been doing outreach to the homeless with my mom since I was about 10 years old. My mom has always had a heart to help the people who don't have anyone, and by going with her, I have devloped that same compassion. I have actually met some really great people just from going out with my mom. I see how grateful people are and thankful they are just for something to eat. I have learned to appreciate what I have, and I have seen first hand what drug addiction can do to a a person, a family, and an entire community.
7. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?
I know that my mom, my step-dad, and some friends from my church are on board with me. I know they will help me get the volunteers needed to get the care center up and running, and keep the doors open. We have a close friend to our family who was trafficked by her mother in Los Angeles. She has an amazing story of recovery, and today she is an inspirational speaker and author, traveling the world sharing her story of freedom. She has already told me that she will use the proceeds of the sale of her most recent book to help fund my project.
8. Future Support: What are the resources needed to make your vision a reality?
I need money to purchase a boarded up house in the city, and I will need money to fix the house up. My step dad and my cousin will do most of the work on the house. We also believe The Refuge for Men in Columbus (recovery program) will allow the men in recovery to help with the restoration of the house. We will need personal hygiene donations and food donations, but I know that once people see what we are doing, they will want to give and be involved. Everyone knows the need to fight against the opiate epidemic in our city.
9. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?
Donations between $100-$1k
10. Ripple Effect: Please share some ideas of how you could partner with other changemakers or involve other young people as leaders in making a difference.
I would like to present this project to my church congregation and youth group. I would also like to create a Facebook page telling about the project. I plan to have some fundraisers to generate needed money to get started, as well as recruit volunteers.
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