At A Loss For Words…
It is one of those times where i am tired and at a loss for words…
Straight Ahead Outreach-Taking Back Your Life Inc. (STA) works extremely hard helping others in need.
One of my jobs as Founder/CEO/Senior Case Manager of STA, is to raise funds to operate and raise funds to help those in need.
I SUCK at it. At raising funds. I know why i suck at it. Because my focus and talents are on helping people.
By the Grace of God and He and His Son only…i am excellent at helping people.
I plain and simply, SUCK at raising funds and it gets quite depressing at times to be very honest, but i must push through and always do because it is God at the Wheel and not me.
Now is one of those depressing times.
I do not know what to say anymore to bring donations in. All i can say is the work we do is real, it makes impacts and the donations received by you make those impacts possible.
Straight Ahead Outreach-Taking Back Your Life Inc., once again for the umpteenth time is out of funds and having to turn away people in need.
It upsets me. Depresses me. It makes me think…”What am i doing?”
We do not post a lot of details or photos of those we help intentionally. Especially showing where they may live etc. I know this most likely harms our fundraising efforts but i simply do not believe in plastering the “dirty laundry” of those we help and their lives all over the internet. I mean, would you want me coming to your house when you are at your lowest and taking pictures and videos? I seriously do not believe so.
You can compare us, STA to a Domestic Violence organization. STA is a Mobile Crisis Outreach unit. People we help are in dire and urgent need…many times very depressing need and in dangerous situations. You do not see photos, names or details on those Domestic Violence websites either. It is the same thing. When we do post pictures, the family is very aware of it and understands the ramifications possible. We do not post pictures of their living conditions or exact locations typically.
I realize people love to see the “train wreck” and love to see and hear how bad people are doing.
Ya wanna know what? IF you really knew how bad it was for some people you probably wouldn’t believe it anyway. If you knew exactly what we did and how much with the little funds we work with, you simply would not believe that either. You couldn’t handle it.
“You Can’t Handle The Truth!”…..
And you shouldn’t have to...that is our job, STA’s job and Responsibility, as the 501c3 Nonprofit Mobile Crisis Outreach Public Charity. But we need your monetary support to do that job. It affects communities everywhere.
So, what i meant by that i was at a loss for words is…I simply do not know what else to say other then we do what we say we do and more.
STA Does What Ever It Takes
We have an extremely busy and full schedule hitting us these days.
We need monetary support, period. We do not take wages. Never have.
Would love to be able to take a wage one day that is for sure, but those we help come first. Period. God’s Requirement.
We ARE a 501c3 Nonprofit. We are set up to survive on Donations.
We are not wealthy, not even close.
Our personal entertainment, is helping others in need. My wife (STA VP) and i have not had a vacation in over ten years, i cannot remember the last time we went to and spent money on a movie or anything else like that and we make ourselves available up to and including 24 hours per day, 7 days per week via computer, vehicle, phone and text.
What i am trying to say by that is this, I guarantee you your Donations are not spent or wasted on frivolous needs.
We Make Impacts on Those In Need
We Help people Take Back Their Lives.
We need your support.
Come on, $10 has to be possible for many many people out there.
Simply ask where it is going or tell me where you want it to go and that is what will happen.
We need gasoline for our Mobile Crisis Outreach van…
We need a new Mobile Crisis Outreach van, our current one is a 1995 Chevrolet with over 250,000 miles on it and is nickle and diming us.
We need Food and Beverages for our Mobile Food Pantry…
We need funds to literally help those we assist with housing, clothing, food, transportation, laundry services, job searches, basic normal cell phones, haircuts, showers, furniture and more.
We need new mobile capable computers as we are 100% mobile and our current computers are over 8 years old, slow and with not much capacity.
***Ok, Ok…. At A Loss For Words…was probably the wrong title for this blog.
Bottom line is, we need your monetary support.
If you gave $10 right now and passed this on to 10 people who you knew could give $10 and so on…it would make a huge huge difference.
I know many of my Twitter followers can afford $10. I am asking you now, all of you who follow me @HOMELESSCRISIS on Twitter, to please donate $10 and then pass this on and ask others to donate $10 too.
Donate $10 Now.
If Not You…Then Who?
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