December Mission-New & Gently Used Toy Drive

December 11th-15th

Life Moves

While the number of homeless in the United States has declined for the third consecutive year, a federal survey highlighted a troubling reality in Santa Clara County.

The region’s homeless problem remains among the worst in the nation. In Santa Clara County, the cost of living is nearly 50% higher than the national average. With such high housing costs, many people earning minimum wage live on the brink of homelessness.

In a detailed report released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, San Jose/Santa Clara County posted the nation’s fifth-highest homeless population. It also ranked among the places with the most chronically homeless and homeless children and young adults.

In January of 2015, Santa Clara County conducted a count and found 6,556 people homeless in our County. 71% of those were unsheltered, living on streets, in parks, encampments or other places not meant for human habitation.

These facts and the falling temperatures are just some of the many reasons we chose January’s Mission to be focused on “Clothing the homeless”.  Take a look at what we will be doing this month and join along, however, you can…

ABOUT

With more than 40 years of service and experience in successfully serving homeless families and individuals, LifeMoves is the largest and most effective nonprofit committed to ending the cycle of homelessness for families and individuals in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Their successful and multi-faceted therapeutic service model combines clean, modern housing with intensive supportive services that promote dignity and respectfully motivate our clients to achieve autonomy.

LifeMoves programs combat homelessness today – and tomorrow – by teaching comprehensive life skills that help their clients achieve long-term self-sufficiency, and effectively break the cycle of homelessness.

Their innovative and effective program model helps clients understand the root cause of their homelessness. The Lifemoves program requires accountability from our clients and helps them to refocus on developing core competencies they need to succeed for the long-term.

Similarly, their in-depth children’s programming provides academic support to bridge achievement gaps. They support their physical and mental health by addressing the extensive traumatic issues caused by homelessness. Their focus is on maximizing opportunities for homeless youth to help them mature into self-sufficient adults and to end intergenerational poverty which leads to homelessness.

Through these carefully designed programs – and with the support of 225 employees and over 15,000 dedicated volunteers – LifeMoves is able to serve 9,636 homeless clients throughout the Bay and to provide 244,801 nights of shelter annually.

The impact of LifeMoves programs and services is tremendous: typically, more than 92% of families and 78% of individuals completing LifeMoves transitional programs successfully returned to stable housing and self-sufficiency.

MONTHLY MISSION OUTLINE

  • Collect New & Gently Used Toys.
    • Please make sure any used toys have all parts, are in good shape and in working order.

   **All items will be sorted, inspected and distributed to LifeMoves   

  • Drop off all your collected items. // There will be a bin near the office at Guadalupe Elementary School the week of December 11th-15th. After school on Tuesday, December 12th and Thursday, December 14th, we will be collecting items near the pickup area in front of the school. We are also happy to come get your donation items from you and drop them off as well. Email us at thefindingkindnessproject@gmail.com.

BUILDING A KINDNESS COOPERATIVE

Examples of how Rachel & Sue will be putting this Monthly Mission into action:

  • Having our children go through the toys they have outgrown, no longer use or that they feel other children would enjoy. 
  • Post your collection in neighborhood sites like Facebook or NextDoor
  • Taking a wagon around our neighborhoods with our kids after school collecting from neighbors.
  • Reaching out to our immediate social circles; i.e. Girl Scout Troop, Gymnastics Gym, School Board, Hockey Team and Book Club
  • Take a peek at our socials throughout the month to see what else we are doing to participate in raising a Kind generation. Use our hashtag, #kindcooperative, to follow along AND tag us so we can see how you are making the world a little more kind.

***We will be closing out our December mission on Friday, December 15th.

FISCAL INFORMATION

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation instead you can do so HEREWant to know where your money is going? Here is some information about the LifeMoves for your review:

2014-2015 Annual report: HERE

Companies that sponsor LifeMoves: Adobe, Apple, Facebook, Genentech, Kaiser, Microsoft, Visa and much more! For a list of Corporate Sponsors click HERE.

Thank you and check back soon for our next Monthly Mission!

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LifeMoves Mission Recap

We are already into February of this new year. Time flies! Rachel and I have a goal of recapping each monthly mission once it is completed to show our kids, those who participated and community here what a Kind impact we all had for those in need during each month.

We started our Finding Kindness Project back in December 2016 with our first mission, Fighting Hunger with the Second Harvest Food Bank. However, the holiday season is an extremely busy time of year for food banks and we have yet to hear back regarding actually how much poundage we were able to donate back in December. I can only imagine how busy they must be getting back to everyone and as long as our food was put to good use, we all win.

This past month’s mission was Clothing the Homeless with LifeMoves and I am happy to report, Rachel and I were able to see exactly how far our Kindness stretched this time….

With the thoughtful donations from friends and family, with the help of our children, their classmates and friends and with the hard work of a special Girl Scout Troop, Rachel and I were able to deliver over 50 large black garbage bags FULL of clothing donations, toys, baby supplies, toiletries, household supplies, canned food donations, elderly care supplies, etc. to LifeMoves this past Tuesday.

While we were there for our donation delivery, we were able to take a few minutes and talk to the workers and even some people who will be benefiting from our donations. We met a woman named Adriana who lives and works at LifeMoves and we were able to take a few minutes to introduce ourselves, hear her story about why she is grateful for LifeMoves and how they differ from other shelters around the area. We even had time to share with her what we, as parents, are trying to do with our children with the Finding Kindness Project.

Even though our children were not able to be present during the donation delivery, they were able to be apart of this mission in a very tangible way. They were able to go through all their clothes themselves and decided what and why they wanted to donate certain items, they were the ones sorting all the clothes and organizing them into categories, they were the ones that bagged each item and labeled the bags appropriately, and finally, they were the ones that loaded the bags into our cars for delivery.

Each little step and monthly mission is a brick in the foundation of Kindness in our children and THAT I am very proud of. Keep up the good work friends and below are some pictures from our sorting party and donation delivery. Enjoy! #kindcooperative

 

LifeMoves Clothing Drive Sorting Party

We are so happy to see the #kindcooperative in motion and so many of you have reached out to us on Facebook and on the blog to let us know you want to help with this month’s mission to clothe the homeless.  Keep up the good work!

In addition to collecting clothes this month, we wanted to let you know about our “Sorting Party” we will be hosting to coincide with this month’s mission. [Details can also be found HERE and HERE]

We will need to sort through all the donations and we thought this would be a great opportunity to get the kids involved and working.

Not only will they feel the hard work they are doing collecting the clothes, but they will see just how much we have all collected over the month. It is hard for kids to tangibly feel their contribution and really understand the impact they are having. Letting them see the piles of clothes is a great first step in a deeper understanding of how their kindness is making an impact.

If you are local, stop by from 10-1 pm and join us! We will be taking donations up until 1 pm that day.

Thanks and keep up the great work #kindcooperative!

January Mission – Clothing The Homeless // January 3rd-January 22nd

Life Moves

While the number of homeless in the United States has declined for the third consecutive year, a federal survey highlighted a troubling reality in Santa Clara County.

The region’s homeless problem remains among the worst in the nation. In Santa Clara county, the cost of living is nearly 50% higher than the national average. With such high housing costs, many people earning minimum wage live on the brink of homelessness.

In a detailed report released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, San Jose/Santa Clara County posted the nation’s fifth-highest homeless population. It also ranked among the places with the most chronically homeless and homeless children and young adults.

In January of 2015, Santa Clara County conducted a count and found 6,556 people homeless in our County. 71% of those were unsheltered, living on streets, in parks, encampments or other places not meant for human habitation.

These facts and the falling temperatures are just some of the many reasons we chose January’s Mission to be focused on “Clothing the homeless”.  Take a look at what we will be doing this month and join along, however, you can…

ABOUT

With more than 40 years of service and experience in successfully serving homeless families and individuals, LifeMoves is the largest and most effective nonprofit committed to ending the cycle of homelessness for families and individuals in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Their successful and multi-faceted therapeutic service model combines clean, modern housing with intensive supportive services that promote dignity and respectfully motivate our clients to achieve autonomy.

LifeMoves programs combat homelessness today – and tomorrow – by teaching comprehensive life skills that help their clients achieve long-term self-sufficiency, and effectively break the cycle of homelessness.

Their innovative and effective program model helps clients understand the root cause of their homelessness. The Lifemoves program requires accountability from our clients and helps them to refocus on developing core competencies they need to succeed for the long-term.

Similarly, their in-depth children’s programming provides academic support to bridge achievement gaps. They support their physical and mental health by addressing the extensive traumatic issues caused by homelessness. Their focus is on maximizing opportunities for homeless youth to help them mature into self-sufficient adults and to end intergenerational poverty which leads to homelessness.

Through these carefully designed programs – and with the support of 225 employees and over 15,000 dedicated volunteers – LifeMoves is able to serve 9,636 homeless clients throughout the Bay and to provide 244,801 nights of shelter annually.

The impact of LifeMoves programs and services is tremendous: typically, more than 92% of families and 78% of individuals completing LifeMoves transitional programs successfully returned to stable housing and self-sufficiency.

MONTHLY MISSION OUTLINE

  • Collect clothing and Warm items for ALL ages. // New or gently used items, please. Most needed items:
    • Men’s, Women’s, Teens and Children’s clothing
    • New underwear, socks & pajamas
    • Sweaters and Coats
    • Thermals
    • Comfortable shoes and wool socks
    • Gloves, scarves, beanies, umbrellas and ponchos
    • Tote bags, duffel bags, and purses
    • Blankets

   **All items will be sorted, inspected and distributed to LifeMoves   

  • Drop off all your collected items. // You can drop off your donation items at The Finding Kindness Project drop-off location: 14685 Oka Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032 OR email us for pick-up. We are happy to come get your donation items for you and drop them off as well. Email us at thefindingkindnessproject@gmail.com.

BUILDING A KINDNESS COOPERATIVE

Examples of how Rachel & Sue will be putting this Monthly Mission into action:

  • Having a household closet cleaning party
  • Post your collection in neighborhood sites like Facebook or NextDoor
  • Taking a wagon around our neighborhoods with our kids after school collecting from neighbors.
  • Reaching out to our immediate social circles; i.e. Girl Scout Troop, Gymnastics Gym, School Board, Hockey Team and Book Club
  • Take a peek at our socials throughout the month to see what else we are doing to participate in raising a Kind generation. Use our hashtag, #kindcooperative, to follow along AND tag us so we can see how you are making the world a little more kind.

***We will be closing out our January mission with our clothes sorting party on Sunday, January 22nd from 10-1 pm. Click HERE to find out more info!

FISCAL INFORMATION

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation instead you can do so HEREWant to know where your money is going? Here is some information about the LifeMoves for your review:

2014-2015 Annual report: HERE

Companies that sponsor LifeMoves: Adobe, Apple, Facebook, Genentech, Kaiser, Microsoft, Visa and much more! For a list of Corporate Sponsors click HERE.

Thank you and see you next month for our next Monthly Mission:

Land & Resource Conservation-Guadalupe River Park Conservancy