And we are so blissed and blessed by this.. we knew they were considering us for the grant but to be honest it slipped my mind until I opened a letter last night in my mailbox.
They have contributed $1350.00 to us for the project. This will help us to afford to replenish many of the shelf stable items we need for the backpacks!
BWB Detroit is beyond honored to have them on our team helping us help others.
I adore Anthony and Allison.. and their passion for living..they are both so amazingly sweet, funny and generous beyond anything you might expect.
We thank them both so much and the whole family foundation.
In 2011 we were awarded 888.99$ from the Guilliom Family Foundation
In 2012 we were awarded 1200.00$ from the Guilliom Family Foundation
In 2014 we were awarded 1750.00$ from the Guilliom Family Foundation
In November two people did an inventory of all the items we had on deck.. and it was quite a list.. we are going to need another inventory come April …hint hint 😉
here is an idea of what we use …
INVENTORY 2016/2016 done 11/25/2016
liquid hand soaps, large…..32
pregbagged feminine products…..41 bags
loose fem products in that box….see sheet on box…didn’t write it down
36 cans baked beans
Taken from your garage….
gloves….32 adult/ 13 kids
socks…..122 adult/ 8 kids
there are 13 boxes of 36 ea. of backpacks downstairs, new backpacks in 2 boxes( same as the ones upstairs)….. 63
the few boxes, crates, etc in the room next to the vault are not counted yet. They are mostly random toiletries, one is a crate of 23 premade toiletry bags to go in backpacks.
and there is a box full of plastic bags holding all the contents of a complete backpack I believe. looks like maybe 15 of those….
There are also a couple small boxes of food, has not been counted, but all the cans have been checked for expiration date. The ones that are expired are against the back wall in that room. below the empty boxes left over.
There are about 10 backpacks in the vault that were never used, they are still in there. Empty ones.
It is rare that folks have the time or want to hit the streets with me on my yearly trip to the streets on Christmas Day..well this year was very different..so different we needed to take two cars.
I want to thank Mike Willy, Tabi, Jason and Tony for giving up a day where they could have stayed warm and done anything and chose to hit the streets looking for folks who do not go to shelters or even hang out around them.. as we look for folks in less obvious places around the city.
I do not often take photos.. as I waffle on the thin line of exploitation and feeling weird about it but I did this day.
This is Roman…I had not seen him in the normal spot he had been the last few years.. over by Detroit Receiving.. he told me security had been giving him a hard time so he moved. I was super happy to find him.
Here is an image of Roman he requested a cup of coffee with lots of cream and sugar.. so we went to Starbucks in Greektown..only place open on xmas and got him a cup.
And just randomly I paid for the cup of coffee for the guy behind me..I do this from time to time and then I said hello to him and asked him what he was doing in Detroit
He name was Ross he was in from Texas and GET THIS.. he was with his family giving out gift packs to the homeless.. oh yea I was meant to meet that guy.. thanks, Ross.
Some of the other gentlemen we saw on the streets.. these guys were up by 8 and I75.
Notice the Church of Everyon 1 hat!
Here is Jason and Mike W. talking to a man in Roosevelt Park.
I have to say it warms my heart to no end when people want to hit the streets with me to give out backpacks.. we drive around- talk about the issues of homelessness, meet and help the homeless and get the bonus of bonding ourselves.
It is even more special when people want to do this with their family so they can all experience the situation and talk about it and realize how lucky and fortunate they are. And this is what happened last month when my friend Michelle hit me up to go out with her awesome husband (i consider him my friend too!!) and they brought their children and two nephews in town for the holidays.
All the kids were teens or early twenties and I am sure there were many things they would rather want to do but instead, we got to spend a day helping others.
One of the ‘kids’ lives in Montreal and we talked a bit bout homelessness IS an issue in Canada as well…which might seem surprising considering the services they have. But this is an issue that knows no boundaries and can affect many people.
CJAM radio station recently spent a whole day talking about homelessness in Windsor during the Joe Strummer day. They highlighted how the issues affect that city and all the services there to help people. They suspect over 200 folks are on the streets over night..in Windsor. The stats indicate that many people you know.. maybe even you are only 3 paychecks from poverty.
Back to Michelle and Chris.. here i will shamelessly talk about what they do for a living..
They own the Glass Academy in Dearborn ..and if you have never been there.. give yourself a treat. (you can find them at the Rennaisance Festival too!!(
They offer great events both for shopping and hands-on learning of glass work.. I took one once and it was amazing!!.. and the instructor was so good and informative-it is a really wonderful experience.
Check them out at – https://www.glassacademy.com/
PERFECT OPPORTUNITY…Valentines day!!
Big thanks to Mikel Smith from Detroit Threads for his continued support of BWB and the donations he has given to us for this year!
This is me and Michael after we loaded his car with extra canned goods we had so they can get them on the streets too!!! big thanks.
Jeff Hocking a few years ago started a project very much like our Homeless Backpack Project.
more about them;
Super happy to know they are doing good work too.. we hope to work with them in the future.
To find them on Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/groups/1403879076514953/