Help UPO Help the DC Homeless

by United Planning Organization
Help UPO Help the DC Homeless
Help UPO Help the DC Homeless
Help UPO Help the DC Homeless
Help UPO Help the DC Homeless
Providing comfort items for DC Homeless
Providing comfort items for DC Homeless

During the past month the DC Government has activated the DISTRICT HEAT EMERGENCY PLAN almost every day. The  Heat Wave has placed the DC Homeless at risk of heat related illness and death caused by prolonged exposure to oppressive heat with temperatures above 95 degrees (factoring in the heat index). The DC Government has opened “hyperthermia shelters” as cooling centers for individuals or families who are homeless and cannot access other shelter. The shelters provide food, clothing, access to toilet facilities, water and cool respite from the sweltering heat outdoors..See attached article 5 DC Heat Waves that were really bad.

UPO’s Shelter Hotline has been extremely busy transporting the DC Homeless to cooling centers and assisting those who are out on the street by providing an array of comfort items: water, cool beverages, food trays suitable clothing and protective gear that we have available for distribution through the generosity of your donations. See attached photographs of Shelter Hotline out in support of DC Homeless during the Heat Emergency.

Life on the street and in homeless shelters is tough for the DC Homeless. However the strength of human determination is something that we all share. We were deeply inspired by the story which was reported on NEWS4 on June 22nd about Destyni Tyree just 16, who has graduated the top of her class and is headed to college on a full scholarship. She has a 4.0 grade point average. She's been a cheerleader and been prom queen. She achieved it all while living in DC's largest homeless shelter. UPO is planning to make arrangements to assist her with cost of textbooks.

UPO’s Mission is Uniting People with Opportunities, helping them on a path to self-sufficiency. With your generous support we have now raised $11,543 to Help the DC Homeless. We need to raise an additional $457 to reach our Project Goal of $12,000.If every one of our Project Supporters contributes an additional $5.00 we will reach and exceed our Goal. Let’s all pitch in to honor the incredible achievement of Destyni Tyree! We wish her a bright future and much continuous success.

Temporary Shelter from the Heat for DC Homeless
Temporary Shelter from the Heat for DC Homeless

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Many of us have protection from the elements, but the homeless do not. UPO helps the DC Homeless throughout the year. UPO Shelter Hotline vans transported 157,297 people to shelters in 2015. Funded by the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness the UPO Shelter Hotline represents the entry point assisting Homeless folks off the street and transporting them to Homeless Shelters. We are pleased to report that the number of DC Homeless actually declined by 5.8% in 2015 – see attached Homelessness in DC 2015 report PDF #1

Your Donations to Help UPO Help the DC Homeless on GlobalGiving provides funds UPO needs to purchase the comfort items we distribute to the DC Homeless. UPO distributed 49,777 comfort items to the DC Homeless during FY 15 - see attached PDF #2 for details of comfort items distributed in FY15.

Winter is officially over and soon the unfortunate homeless of DC will be exposed to searing summer heat. During periods of extreme heat the DC Government sends out Hyperthermia Alerts by email and text advising DC Homeless to contact UPO Shelter Hotline for Help to get off the streets to shelters. We are now stocking up with comfort items needed for the summer months.

During the past year “Help UPO Help the DC Homeless”, with your support has raised $11,298 from 162 generous donors! Thank you so much for your support.

We would like to complete this project by May 31st . Pleasehelp us raise the remaining $702 to purchase summer comfort items and reach our Project Goal of $12,000.

On completion of this project we will be launching a new project on Global Giving to “Support UPO’s Foster Grandparents Program”. We invite you to visit the project at https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-upo-foster-grandparents-program/ and hope that you will consider this much needed program worthy of your support.

UPO’s Mission is Uniting People with Opportunities. If you are interested in receiving additional updates about UPO activities in our ongoing war against poverty visit our website http://www.upo.org or send your mailing address and email address to mmyers@upo.org for periodic updates.


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Many of us have protection from the elements, freezing winter to searing summer heat, but the homeless do not. UPO helps the DC Homeless throughout the year. UPO Shelter Hotline vans transported 157,297 people to shelters in 2015.

Funded by the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness the UPO Shelter Hotline represents the entry point assisting Homeless folks off the street and transporting them to Homeless Shelters. We are pleased to report that the number of DC Homeless actually declined by 5.8% in 2015 – see attached PDF #1 Homelessness in DC 2015 report.

Your Donations to Help UPO Help the DC Homeless on GlobalGiving provides funds UPO needs to purchase the comfort items we distribute to the DC Homeless. UPO distributed 49,777 comfort items to the DC Homeless during FY 15 - see attached PDF #2 for details of comfort items distributed in FY15..

During periods of extreme cold and extreme heat the DC Government sends out Hypothermia and Hyperthermia Alerts by email and text advising DC Homeless to contact UPO Shelter Hotline for Help to get off the streets to shelters – see PDF #3 example of a Hypothermia Alert. .

In late January, 2016 a giant storm dumped 30” of snow in 36 hours and played havoc on all in the area, but was especially harsh on the DC Homeless population. UPO Shelter Hotline worked tirelessly before, during and after the blizzard answering 2,784 calls from folks needing help and transported 2,111 people to shelters.

Since joining GlobalGiving in March 2015 we have raised $10,718 from 146 generous donations. Thank you so much to all our generous donors for your support Helping UPO Help the DC Homeless. We only have $1,282 more to raise and we hope you will give us the support we need to reach our Goal of $12,000

We have a wonderful opportunity to reach our Goal on Wednesday March 16, which will be a Pro-Rated Bonus Day! GlobalGiving is putting up $75,000 in matching funds starting at 09:00:00 EDT on March 16th, all donations made to Help UPO Help the DC Homeless until midnight will be eligible to be matched at a Pro-Rated percentage.

UPO’s Mission is Uniting People with Opportunities. If you are interested in receiving additional updates about UPO activities in our ongoing war against poverty visit our website http://www.upo.org or send your mailing address and email address to mmyers@upo.org for periodic updates.


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Many of us have protection from the elements, freezing winter to searing summer heat but the homeless do not. UPO helps the DC Homeless throughout the year. UPO Shelter Hotline vans transported 162,783 people to shelter in 2014.Funded by the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness the UPO Shelter Hotline represents the entry point assisting Homeless folks off the street and transporting them to Homeless Shelters.

UPO provides all the comfort items we distribute to the DC Homeless we assist. Donations to Help UPO Help the DC Homeless on Global Giving provides the funds we need to purchase the comfort items. UPO distributed 49,777 comfort items to the DC Homeless during FY 15 - see attachment for details of items distributed.

The attached link shows UPO Shelter Hotline in action Helping the DC Homeless get off the streets during the Hypothermia season and the attachment is an example of a Hypothermia Alert sent out by email and text by the DC government advising DC Homeless to contact UPO Shelter Hotline for Help to get off the streets to shelter during Hypothermia Alerts.

The snow storm that recently hit the DC area dumped 30” of snow in 36 hours, played havoc on all, but was especially harsh on the DC Homeless population. UPO Shelter Hotline worked tirelessly before, during and after the blizzard answering 2,784 calls from folks needing help and transported 2,111 people to shelters.

Since joining Global Giving in March 2015 we have raised $10,663 from 142 generous donations and have earned the Reward Level of Super Star on Global Giving. In the past quarter we have raised $2,163 and we are very grateful for the kind support of 23 charitable donors in support of our special Homeless Children’s project. 

UPO’s Mission is Uniting People with Opportunities. If you are interested in receiving additional updates about UPO activities in our ongoing war against poverty visit our website http://www.upo.org or send your mailing address and email address to mmyers@upo.org for periodic updates. The attached link is a video entitled “Cradle to College” which will give you an overview of UPO Early Childhood and Youth Programs.

Thank you so much for your support Helping UPO Help the DC Homeless. We have $1,362 remaining to reach our goal of $12,000 for this project and are looking forward to doing so in the near future, at which time we plan to launch a new project that benefits low income seniors and children in our DC community

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Shelter Hotline employee conversing with client
Shelter Hotline employee conversing with client

Many of us have protection from the elements, freezing winter to searing summer heat but the homeless do not. UPO helps the DC Homeless throughout the year. With a rise in DC Homeless, the UPO Shelter Hotline vans transported 162,783 people to shelter in 2014. Funded by the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness the UPO Shelter Hotline represents the entry point assisting Homeless folks on the street and transporting them to Homeless Shelters.

UPO provides all the comfort items we distribute to the DC Homeless we assist. Donations to Help UPO Help the DC Homeless on Global Giving provides the funds we need to purchase the comfort items. UPO distributed 47,041 comfort items during FY 14 and in FY 15 through June 30, 2015 we distributed 41,132 comfort items to DC Homeless.

The photographs attached show Shelter Hotline's daily activities “Helping the DC Homeless”.

For an INFOGRAPHIC SNAPSHOT of the impact that the UPO Shelter Hotline has had during this past year - see the attached Link #1 and see the attached Link #2 to view a video news reports by a DC TV news stations featuring the work of UPO Shelter Hotline.

We participated in the Global Giving 30% Bonus Day, the final Bonus Day of the year, on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 and raised an additional $400. Since joining Global Giving in March 2015 we have raised $8,500 from 119 generous donations , earned the Reward Level  of Super Star on Global Giving and are ranked 336th out of 18,076 Projects on Global Giving. We aim to reach our fundraising Goal of $12,000 for our “Help UPO Help the DC Homeless” Project by December 31, 2015.

We have allocated $400 of funds raised since September, 2015 towards helping to fund a special Homeless Children’s project to deliver 837 winter, baby, and hygiene kits to children of homeless DC families living in House of Ruth shelters and at DC General Shelter for Families. The need for resources to support homeless families with children is increasing. According to the 2014 Point-in-Time Count of Homeless Persons in the Metropolitan Washington Region, produced by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the number of children in homeless families in DC increased from 1,868 in 2013 to 2,236 in 2014, an increase of 19.7%. The distribution of winter, baby, and hygiene kits to children of homeless DC families will improve their wellbeing by providing them with some basic necessities to get them through the tough winter months ahead. We will allocate at least half of the funds we raise through the end of December, 2015 to the Homeless Children’s project.

UPO’s Mission is Uniting People with Opportunities. If you are interested in receiving additional updates about UPO activities in our ongoing war against poverty visit our website http://www.upo.org or send your mailing address and email address to mmyers@upo.org for periodic updates.

Thank you so much for your support Helping UPO Help the DC Homeless. We are counting on your continued support especially on Giving Tuesday on December 1, 2015 and during the year-end fundraising season to give donors the benefit of a tax deduction for the 2015 tax year.

Shelter Hotline homeless pick up vehicle
Shelter Hotline homeless pick up vehicle
Shelter Hotline employee picking up a client
Shelter Hotline employee picking up a client

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United Planning Organization

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Mervyn Myers
Washington, DC United States
$48,506 raised of $55,000 goal
 
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