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Edith Rodriguez's Fundraiser:

Edith Runs for Back on My Feet

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BENEFITING: Back on My Feet

EVENT: 2015 Chicago Marathon

EVENT DATE: Oct 09, 2016

Edith Rodriguez

THE STORY:

I’ve pledged to raise funds for this worthwhile cause, but I can't reach my goal without your help. Back on My Feet is such an amazing organization that it was a no-brainer to raise money for this charity again. The leadership have previously been very involved in helping me and the charity to reach the fundraising goals. I hope you'll consider making a fully tax-deductible donation to help me meet my goal.

Thanks in advance for your generosity!
Best - Edith

Resources that address homelessness:

abc7chicago.com/news/chicagos-new-face-of-homelessness-/894464

Additional Research/Studies

Misconceptions about Homelessness
Common misconceptions:

Misconception: Mostly men experience homelessness.
Reality: In fact, families comprise more than 50% of the homeless population, with the majority of these families headed by single women. Families with children are one of the fastest growing segments of the homeless population.

Misconception: Homelessness can’t happen to you.
Reality: In fact, it can happen to anybody at any time. One out of three people working today are one or two missed paychecks away from being homeless. One never intends to be homeless. Most have had jobs, houses and families before one of life’s unexpected tragedies like a medical illness, job loss, divorce, domestic violence or the trauma of war resulting in them becoming homeless.

Misconception: Homelessness is easy to get out of.
Reality: In fact, it is not. It takes a lot of work for a person to move from homelessness to affordable housing; to obtain access to gainful employment based on a living wage, healthcare and supportive services.

Misconception: People experiencing homelessness should just get a job.
Reality: In fact, it is difficult, if not impossible, for homeless people to get employment without a fixed address and access to a telephone. Many potential employers buy into the misconceptions about people without stable housing and won’t offer work.

Misconception: People experiencing homelessness are dangerous.
Reality: In fact, they are generally the least threatening group in our society. They are often the victims of violent acts, not the perpetrators.

Misconception: People experiencing homelessness are alcoholics/drug addicts.
Reality: In fact, about 35-45% who are homeless do have a substance use issue. While abuse and addiction are prevalent, many individuals who are homeless use substances to self-medicate as they do not have access to healthcare services.

Misconception: People experiencing homelessness want to be homeless.
Reality: In fact, nobody wants to become homeless. Being homeless is not easy; those who are homeless often spend their days trying to find a place to stay, access services, find food and to be out of harm’s way. It takes an enormous amount of energy and persistence to survive. They are desperate for a way home.
- See more at: allchicago.org/what-homelessness/facts-misconceptions/facts-misconceptions#sthash.DuYwhv21.dpuf

Sources

  • Chicago Rehab Network
  • Illinois Self-Sufficiency Standard
  • Heartland Alliance
  • Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University
  • portland rescue mission
  • National Network for Youth Issue Brief
  • www.dosomething.org
  • National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

- See more at: allchicago.org/what-homelessness/facts-misconceptions/facts-misconceptions#sthash.DuYwhv21.dpuf

DONATE

To This Fundraiser

$350

MONEY RAISED
  • Matthew Abitbol

    $350

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35% Raised of $1,000 Goal

The Team: $350 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Donor Comments

Matthew Abitbol

Matthew Abitbol

DONATION: $350

1 year ago