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March 2017 Entry

Food, Permanent Housing, and Job Training

Jay Goldinger
Beverly Hills · CA
Overview
What is your cause and how will it make the world kinder?

Food on Foot is a unique and personal response to hunger and unemployment because it is an effort entirely organized and maintained through the hard work of volunteers and generous individuals who provide the vast majority of our financial support. As a result, we are able to provide high-quality care to each of our homeless clients and make the world kinder by helping those in need regain dignity and self-sufficiency through employment and housing. Every Sunday, for 20 years and counting, volunteers distribute hot, nutritious chicken dinners, snacks (fresh fruit, carrots, granola bars and bread), and drinks (bottled water and milk) to as many as 200 homeless and poor individuals and families in our Hollywood serving area location.

How will you use the $10k?

Food on Foot would use the $10,000 to support the Work for Food program, delivered in Hollywood and designed to help homeless participants overcome their personal challenges and barriers to become productive, self-sufficient, fully employed members of society. Based on the Job Readiness Training model, the program focuses on instilling and developing personal attributes such as reliability, motivation and teamwork. Food on Foot will use the funding to cover the following expenses: Program Salaries $3,000Bus Passes and Tokens $1,000Work Vouchers $1,000Phone Cards $500Rent and Motel Expenses $4,500

What impact do you hope to make?

Work for Food is unique to Hollywood and the Los Angeles area. Unlike other programs that only provide food and clothing, Work for Food offers the opportunity to rebuild self-esteem, secure employment, obtain housing, establish savings and become tax-paying citizens again. The 80% success rate of maintaining full employment is competitive compared to government rapid rehousing initiatives.Participants of the Work for Food program are 45% Latino, 25% Caucasian, 20% African-American, 5% Asian and 5% other. Many were formerly incarcerated and/or have a history of substance abuse. The gender breakdown for the Work for Food program is 84% Male and 16% Female. The Work for Food program serves individuals aged 24-65; the median age is 35.

Other Details
Food, Permanent Housing, and Job Training
Food, Permanent Housing, and Job Training

Over the next six months, the Work for Food program will serve homeless men and women each week through its unique progression of steps: 1. Sunday Clean-Up Crew: Every Sunday, Food on Foot staff welcome new and returning entry-level participants with a communal meal. 2. Weekday Crew: After demonstrating a strong work ethic and other qualities sought by employers, Work for Food participants are invited to join a Weekday Crew. 3. Transition to Self-Sufficiency: Weekday Crew participants who arrive punctually every day, pass a drug test and background check and demonstrate a positive attitude are promoted to the senior level of the program. 4. Graduates: FoF staff continue to meet with program graduates every month to provide support.

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