Restoring lives and renewing hope.
Eligibility: Are you employed by T-Mobile or related to an employee of T-Mobile?
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Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.
Growth (have moved past the very first activities; working towards the next level of expansion)
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..."
My first job was the Chick fil A cow. I was only 14 so I took the first job I was offered. As the cow I had to stand outside a lot. One day I saw this man digging in the trash. He would wait for someone to throw something away and then run to see what it was. If it was food he would eat it. I decided I would give him my employee meal. He was in front of our store digging in the trash, so I went out to give him a meal. He didn’t react well to me approaching him. He fussed me out and told me not to bother him. That broke my heart. Not because he fussed, but because I knew he reacted that way out of familiarity. He was use to people shoeing him away and telling him to get out their trash. The situation didn’t make me sad. The people sitting around watching him eat out the trash and throwing things away while he dug through the trash made me sad. I vowed to help all in need after that day.
2. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?
Many people who deal with homelessness have a hard time getting out of it. I believe it is still the way it is because everyone offers temporary help instead of getting to the root of ones reason for becoming homeless. To say it’s because of drugs, poor decisions, unaffordable housing, and etc. is only the surface of it. You can remove drugs from ones system, but without proper counseling and rehab they results back to it. Everything has a root.
3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.
Our focus to help end homelessness should be helping people become self-sufficient. Most shelters and day centers provide temporary relief, some only lasting 24hours. So we start with the basics of making sure people dealing with homelessness have identification. Most know that you need ID for everything! Without ID and proof of residency they can’t get the help they need. Also many who are homeless are severely mentally ill, but can’t receive the proper medical care they need. You can make housing affordable but it means nothing if someone has a disability or are mentally ill without a caregiver. They can’t receive care without someone helping them get it. So we would work with different medical centers to help get them the care they deserve. We also would work with different rehabilitation centers to help those dealing with addictions. Also we would have a employment program to not only help them obtain a job, but help them maintain steady work. One of the way to help them maintain work is have a transportation system to help them get to work. We would have diverse counselors to help with social skills, money management, and other personal matters. Then we would focus on housing.
4. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.
Our approach will be specific to each individuals need. Since everyone and every situation is different, we would have a step by step process. We would start with understanding how they became homeless, how to get them out of homelessness, and how to keep them out of homelessness. Then we would put it all into action. The end result would be them being able to be self-sufficient and free from homelessness.
5. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?
Our project is different because our main focus is on long term relief for those dealing with homelessness. We also don’t have a standardized solution because we understand what may help some might not help others. We have a one on one approach so that we don’t categorize everyone’s situation, needs, and wants as the same. Most importantly we don’t pick and choose who we can, will, or want to help based on their health, appearance, stability, or anything else. Our goal is to put a complete end to homelessness. So that includes all stable or unstable.
6. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?
This project will make a difference because the individuals helped will have their life back and completely ownership of it.
7. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?
To take my idea to the next level I would want Revive to become global. Where we are helping those dealing with homelessness all over the world not just locally.
8. Future Support: What are the resources needed to make your vision a reality?
We would need team members, partnerships with other organizations, licensed counselors, office space to consult with those in need, and funding.
9. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?
Donations less than $100
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.
We want to spread awareness, not on homelessness itself but help people become aware that homelessness is not as simple as it seems. Also we would want people to understand homelessness, many assume people are just lazy or scammers. There are some unfortunate situations when people take advantage and that has caused a huge delay in people help the homeless. So we would want to work with others to help give the world a better understanding.
Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?
Black or African American (for example: African American, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Somalian, etc) (8)
Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?
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