Meet Derrick. He’s 8. He has way too much energy, likes soccer, loves Ariana Grande - and until recently he and his mother were homeless.
Derrick is real. I’ve met him. Given him a high five and shared an ice cream sandwich with him.
PATH, the agency I work with, helped Derrick and his mother move into their own apartment for the first time in six years. When they moved in, the apartment wasn’t huge or fancy. It wasn’t in Beverly Hills. But it was four walls and a roof, which was all theirs.
Unfortunately, their house was also empty.
Like Derrick and his mother, many families transitioning out of homelessness have lost everything, including hope. They do not have the necessities which help make a house a home. No beds, no fridge, no toaster.
Imagine rolling out of your sleeping bag in the morning, showering, toweling off with your t-shirt, and then not having a fridge to keep orange juice cold in or even a glass. Not the best start to your day or to rebuilding your life.
In the last two years PATH has helped over 4,300 people like Derrick move into apartments. By 2020, PATH hopes to move in 10,000. This is more beds, bath mats, and dishes then I ever want to count. But, as a community we can come together, chip in, and help ease the transitions and warm the welcomes for our new neighbors as they work to rebuild their lives.
My goal is to help raise $2500, enough to furnish a two bedroom apartment for one family. But I can’t do it alone. Just $10 dollars can go a long way to providing a desk for homework, a dining table to share stories at, or an easy chair to relax in at the end of a long day. Please help share Derrick’s story. And if you are really awesome start your own fundraiser! Thanks.
100% of the donations PATH receives will go to helping people end their homelessness.