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The Miami Rescue Mission was founded in 1922 by a young couple, John and Zada Schleucher, in an effort to provide those in need with "soup, soap and salvation" under the name, Grace Mission. What started out as a small dream has become a multifaceted facility featuring residential programs for men, women and families, a thrift store, an educational center, and three additional facilities in Broward County. Their doors are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide food, clothing and shelter, along with recovery programs and education for those who want to change their lives.
Glynnis Gay, Community Development Associate for the Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Outreach Centers, was overjoyed and a bit surprised when she was contacted by Justus Clothing. The organization is in constant need of underwear and "We are so happy to have been included," states Glynnis. Underwear is the most frequently requested item at the centers and oddly enough, the least received donation. "We do not get many donations of underwear, and it is something that we need the most."
The 150 residents at the Broward Outreach Center were the recipients of the underwear donation. The underwear was distributed to the pre-teens, teens and adults and was well received. The pre-teens and the teens thought the underwear with the cars and designs were cool. "You just couldn't imagine the happiness when they receive items like this," explains Glynnis and she adds, "It is not just underwear, it shows that someone thought about them, it is personal. It lets them know that someone out there cares on a personal level this is a big deal to them."
Creating a better world by serving people in need
Faith Mission was founded in 1966 and has a warm-weather capacity of just under 250 people per night. In cold or severe weather, they serve as the overflow shelter for their county. They expand without limits so that no one must remain unsheltered. In the winter they shelter 500 or more people per night. In 2010-2011 most of those seeking shelter at Faith Mission now are homeless for the first time. Faith Mission provides a wide range of services to help homeless people get back on their feet and regain self-sufficieny. Faith Mission, operated by Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio, serves the entire community without discrimination.
For 185 years, Foundry United Methodist Church has actively served its neighbors in the nation's capital and around the world. Foundry programs help feed and shelter the homeless, teach English to immigrants, give prisoners books to read, and cook meals for Washingtonians with HIV/AIDS. Foundry has more than a dozen active mission activities and are always looking for more ways to serve.
National statistics report the number of homeless kids at more than 1.5 million. More than 500 thousand are still under the age of 15, and some are as young as nine! Stand Up For Kids outreach program identifies kids who may require shelter assistance and provide support to those who, for one reason or another; (1) have to live on the streets, (2) aren't ready for more of the establishment, (3) are afraid to go to a shelter, (4) have a police record and fear incarceration or (5) are afraid that they will be sent home.
Kids are living on the streets in major cities, small towns, and in most suburbs in the United States. Some kids manage to stay with other kids they meet in cheap hotels/motels, parks, and even in other states. However, many street kids are forced to live on the beaches, in the parks and abandoned buildings, on the streets, and in many other unsavory places. To survive, kids make money by pan handling, selling drugs and shoplifting (survival crime), and hustling or prostitution (survival sex). Stand Up For Kids Boston is launching a Transitional Housing Program. The program will offer homeless 18-24 year olds the opportunity to live within a structured environment for 3-12 months. Participants will receive intensive mentoring, life skills training, and support in setting and achieving educational, career, and personal goals.
The Youth On Fire drop-in center was established in the fall of 2000 in Cambridge, MA to provide a welcoming and non-judgmental environment for homeless and street-involved youth. YOF is open five days a week and serves young people between the ages of 14 and 24. The center offers basic necessities, as well as prevention information on HIV, STDs, Hepatitis C and other diseases associated with high-risk behavior. YOF has onsite hot meals, clothing, showers, and laundry facilities, as well as weekly medical care, mental health counseling, and referrals to community resources. The ultimate goal of YOF is to help as many youth as possible to have a healthy lifestyle, remain HIV-negative, and seek greater stability through permanent housing, employment, or school.
The LA Youth Network was one of the first recipients of the JUSTUS CLOTHING 1-4-1 Program. Founded in 1984, The Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN) is a California non-profit organization whose mission is to end homelessness one kid at a time, by providing shelter, food and counseling for the abused, neglected and abandoned. The goals for each child are to successfully complete the permanent transition away from street life to a safe and secure living environment and to fully participate in society.
JUSTUS CLOTHING is pleased to help the Union Rescue Mission through the 1-4-1 Program. Established in 1891, URM is one of the largest rescue missions of its kind in the United States and the oldest in Los Angeles. URM provides a comprehensive array of emergency and long-term services to our guests, including: food, shelter, clothing, medical and dental care, recovery programs, transitional housing, legal assistance, education, counseling, and job training to needy men, women, children, and families.
The Ruth Ellis Center helped inspire the JUSTUS CLOTHING 1-4-1 Program! Ruth Ellis Center operates three programs. Second Stories is a Street Outreach Program and Drop-Center serves youth and young adults ages 14 to 24. The Ruth's House has two residential programs, serving LGBTQ youth in need of safeand supportive living conditions. The transitional living program serves young adults 16 to 21; Young people ages 12 to 17 are served through a semi-independent living program. The Center, founded in 1999, is a 501 ( c ) 3 nonprofit organization and receives funding from individuals, foundations, corporations, community groups, faith-based organizations and government.
JUSTUS CLOTHING is pleased to contribute to the Compass Family Services through the 1-4-1 Program. Compass provides housing and critical services to more than 3,000 parents and children each year, enabling families to move from homelessness to stability and self-sufficiency.
StreeThreads is a terrific example of how people can make a difference through their churches and community centers. JUSTUS CLOTHING is pleased to provide StreeThreads new skivvies for those in need through the 1-4-1 Program. StreeThreads is the First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, Michigan ministry to the homeless on the streets of Detroit. Initiated in the fall of 2007 by one of our Wesley groups, it is directed toward helping our neighbors, less than 15 miles away geographically but a thousand miles away in many other ways.
StreeThreads was organized to collect and deliver the "second tunics" from our closets to the homeless and needy on the streets of Detroit. We quickly added sandwiches, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies to our van, including hot food as donated.
JUSTUS Customers helped make possible a donation to Cincinnati's Gospel Mission Center. This Mission Center was established in 1924. 36 Beds are available per night and counseling / rehabilitation programs are available for Drug and Alcohol addictions. This Center also runs two transitional homes that areÂ designed to help individuals get back on track after recovery -- this is usually when an individual gets a job and they need a place to live as they save enough before they can move out own their own. The Center also helps individuals find permanent housing.
JUSTUS CLOTHING is pleased to offer support to The Ali Forney Center through the 1-4-1 Program. The Ali Forney Center (AFC) was started in June of 2002 in response to the lack of safe shelter for LGBT youth in New York City. AFC is committed to providing these young people with safe, dignified, nurturing environments where their needs can be met, and where they can begin to put their lives back together.
AFC is named in honor of Ali Forney, a gay youth who was homeless on the streets of NYC from the age of 13 until his death at 22. Despite his own situation, Ali was dedicated to the safety and welfare of other homeless youth and was a committed HIV prevention peer educator. In 1997 Ali was murdered on the streets of Harlem, but his killer was never found. Ali was an inspiration to all those who knew him and continues to inspire the work of the center today.