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The SafeHouse Outreach Senior Project
Presentation by: Denaisa brown
I have always loved helping other people. Ever since I was little I would change my mind every few months on what I wanted to be when I grew up. Everyone changes their mind but there was one thing that stayed consistent over the years. Any profession I chose had something to do with helping people. Whether it was being a teacher, firefighter, doctor, nurse, phycologist social worker, or physical therapist. I knew that I wanted to help people in need any way I could.
It wasn’t difficult to decide that I wanted to organize a drive and collect donations from people and hand it out to homeless people. Additionally, I want to open up my own non-profit organization sometime in the future, and learning how my facilitator helps run an organization was very helpful. I also have been volunteering at several soup kitchens every couple of months since I was 13.
My facilitator is the assistant of the owner of The Safe House Outreach, which is an organization that raises money to feed the homeless, and produces entertainment and items they are in need of.
How my research paper relates
One of the key topics in my paper was solutions on how anyone could help end homelessness. I additionally talked about some of the reasons homeless people become homeless. They’re not all on drugs like most people think. The majority of homeless people are in that situation because of a loss of a job, mental illness, domestic violence, and difficulty of getting a job because of an offense on their record.
One thing my research taught me was that a big percent of homeless people have a mental illness. Whether it be PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or severe depression.
Knowing some of their situations helped me work harder for donations. I collected several simple items, that would make a difference in a few lives such as, deodorant, hand sanitizer, socks, food gift cards, soap, toothbrushes, and toothpaste.
My original product was going to be a video of me handing out the gift bags at the Safe House. I decided that since the SafeHouse is a Christian organization, I wanted to hand out gift bags to homeless people that didn’t show up because of religious reasons. So me and my mom went a few streets over near Emory Hospital, and handed out the other half of the donations I received.
This is me and my facilitator (volunteer assistant at The SafeHouse Outreach Organization).
About 60 homeless people came to eat and for entertainment.
These are some of the meals we prepare and box up for them.
This is a picture of some thank you notes I decided to make for everyone that donated to my drive.
This is all from one person, enough to make 4 gift bags.
This is Karlane Benett who donated all of the items to the left.
This is a picture of a map in Atlanta of the area where were at.
This is just a quick photo I took on our way to Atlanta.
This is almost half of all my donations organized into bags.
This is what some gift bags would look like on the inside.
Work leading up to my product:
In the beginning of senior project I had it already planned that I was going to collect donations and hand it out at an organization I volunteer at monthly.
I decided to make flyers and email/texted people that I knew personally to get the word out that I was collecting donations for homeless people. I also posted several flyers on restaurant billboards.
I realized that once people contacted me that I would have to pick the donations up which I did not consider in the beginning. This cost me a lot of time and money, but was worth it in the end.
After collecting and counting most of my donations, I went to Target and bought gift bags to sort them out in.
I envisioned gift bags with the same amount of items so no one would feel left out. I also had to buy a couple of items so all the bags were equal, because most people donated germ-ex and food gift cards.
Learning stretch/ Personal growth
I learned that communication and organization skills are not only great business skills but life skills as well.
Another learning stretch for me was learning how to really manage my time, and the time of others. Since I picked up majority of the donations I had to communicate with a number of different people with different schedules than me.
A big problem I had to overcome was changing facilitators in March. My old facilitator and I had horrible communication, and he stopped answering my calls and emails when I tried to meet with him to finish up my project. Luckily his assistant, who’s a really good family friend agreed to be my facilitator.
In conclusion my personal growth was learning the hard way NOT to procrastinate and get things done beforehand, so you’re not stressed out. I also learned that it takes more than meets the eye to run your own organization, and I’m definitely aware of that now.
I still wish to open up my own non-profit organization in the future. I know now that it will not be easy, and I will need a lot of help.
I plan on continuing my education at Kennesaw State University majoring in business, after a year off.
I would like to thank you all for taking the time out to be here. elp end homelessness. I additionally talked about some of the reasons homeless people become homeless. They’re not all on drugs like most people think. The majority of homeless people are in that situation because of a loss of a job, mental illness, domestic violence, and difficulty of getting a job because of an offense on their record.
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