To offer a new start for people in our community who need support to get back on their feet and off the street.
NEXT EVENT DATE:
June 5th, 2017. Hair M|W, 1015 NW Lovejoy St.
HOW WILL WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
MWY (Hair M, Hair W, Y-Chrome family of hair salons & barbershops) will host a quarterly event offering transformations for men and women who have a compelling story that has put them on the street. We will document their transformation with photography and video. Each will have showers, haircuts, shaves, makeup, nails, clothing etc.
We will be selecting individuals who have come across bad luck, loss of a job, or medical illness that put have put them in a position none of us would want to turn our back on. The stories and transformations of these people will be captured on video and photos.
HOW WILL WE HELP THEM GET OFF THE STREETS?
The transformations and stories will be shared via social media, a program website and local media. The hope is that our community will be able to understand how these individuals got to where they are and choose to donate to make a difference in their lives via GoFundMe.com. Our goals is to raise $10,000 for each person we help. The GoFundMe.com accounts will be set up after the transformation event so we can share their story completely.
Our four locations will also have a book of these stories with a QR code to go directly to the GoFundMe.com donation page.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Any donations that could be given to help these people get on their feet are welcome, whether through GoFundMe.com cash donations or clothing, household items, food etc. Donations accepted at Hair M|W, 1015 NW Lovejoy St , June 1-5th. Sharing these stories to your network on social media and in your workplace will help meet our goal of $10,000 for each individual.
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ABOUT THE PEOPLE WE WANT TO HELP
CAROL & JOSH, 30s
Carol and Josh have four children, 17, 7, and 4 year girls and a 10 year old boy). You may have seen them on the news during Christmas when a policeman found them living in their car in the freezing cold and gave them gas money for running the engine all night to keep warm. They are now in a temporary shelter and are in need of housing in the near future. They are a very sweet family and would love to get on their feet!
Wanda is recently separated and lived with her daughter who is a single mom of a six-year-old boy. Wanda's husband who is her daughter's father left them. Wanda moved in with her daughter to help take care of her grandson while her daughter worked. Then her daughter had surgery and there was no income. The boys father would not pay child support or help. Over a period of time lost almost everything. They were headed to live on the streets with nowhere to go. Wanda's daughters ex-husband said that they can live with him for a short period of time. They are in desperate need of housing as it will end very soon. Wanda's daughter is working again and Wanda is looking for work. They can make it with two incomes. They can have a life if they just had some initial help to get started again. Wanda has never been in a situation like this before and there have been many tears and hardships for them. She is a hard-working caring person. She helps the homeless on the street and works with Hope Resources in distributing food to shelters and homeless on the streets.
Brenda has a college education and has never been on the streets until now. She is the mother of twin five-year-old boys and a two year old. After their father was put in jail she was unable to afford their place and was forced to live on the streets. Luckily she landed in a family shelter, but she is anxious to have a place of her own again. Brenda is a good mom and is pained to be raising her children in an overcrowded shelter. She is medicated for bipolar and PTSD but very capable of being a valued employee. She has worked in administrative roles in medical industry in the past and hopes to be able to find a job and start a new chapter very soon.
Steve is a single dad and a good father to his three children. He is very intelligent but needs a job to support himself and his kids. He is a cook and has a part time job cooking, but needs full time work to get out of the shelter. Steve admits he has been on the wrong side for much of his life, but he is desperately wants to live an honest and healthy life for his children. He dreams of having a BBQ food cart one day.
Shari was married 21 years when her husband divorced her. As a homemaker Shari was unprepared to be without her husband's support. She is disabled as well. She eventually lost her three bed, two bath home as well as most of her belongings including baby pictures. She was unable to make rent and was evicted and without funds to pay for transportation to move her belongs by the deadline she lost it all. Shari was on the street for a short time and now lives at Gresham Women's Shelter. Shari desperately wants to get on her feet and support herself.
Patrick and Danielle, Daughter Jada
Patrick and Danielle have a beautiful daughter that's 12 years old and all three live in a shelter after losing their home. The shelter commented how helpful and kind the family is at the shelter. He helps with plumbing and cleans and is genuinely intelligent they reported. Patrick has a part-time on-call job but, it's not enough to make ends meet. Patrick is looking for full-time employment to help his family get back into a home again.
I was born in Riverside California. When I was three we moved to Salt Lake City, UT. We lived there for about 12 years and that was a struggle, however we attained a house to live before we decided that we wanted to come to Portland, we were on the verge of being homeless. That's when we decided we needed a change. So we moved out here in 2007 and luck was on our side, we quickly got into a place and we all had jobs. I was working for a pallet company building pallets. Everything went great for 7 years, then my mother's husband lost his job and everything went downhill from there, we put an ad in the paper and someone moved in to help but however they were the wrong choice and caused a lot of drama, eventually the owner evicted us, putting us on the street. We have been on the streets for a couple years now. I have been trying to get us into a place, but it's very hard from the streets. All I need is a jumpstart and I will indefinitely stay off the streets. There is a lot more to say, but that's not for writing. Thank you for your time.