Isn’t it great when people help other people?Â Well, The Joy of Socks owes a special thanks to Don Dempsey at Cabrini College for donating his many graphic skills and talents in designing our new logo.
And also for having the patience to put up with the “process” of working with us.
St. Francis Inn tries to meet the immediate daily needs of the people they serve with food, clothing and hospitality.Â Furthermore, they empower persons to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty and address structural injustices. They seek to build relationships with those that they serve by respecting their human dignity and by helping them to restore hope in their lives, and by living simply among them.
Project H.O.M.E. (Housing, Opportunities for Employment, Medical Care, Education) empowers people to break the cycle of homelessness, address the structural causes of poverty, and attain their fullest potential as members of society.
The Joy of Sox simply helps provide socks for the homeless and involves community organizations to help raise awareness of homelessness.
Following the assembly the students met with their advisers to continued to develop programs to help these three special nonprofits.
Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA, USA is partnering with The Joy of Sox as part of their freshman class’s FYI community involvement program.Â Below is a video of a “commercial” for the local college TV network.
It is very difficult to accurately determine how many people are homeless. It is estimated that there are approximately 4,000 persons who are homeless on any given day in Philadelphia. This includes only those who are in shelters or on the streets. It does not include those who are in transitional housing, low-demand residences, or in substandard/unfit living conditions.
In 2005, the City’s Office of Emergency Shelter and Services served 14,986 homeless people (including both single adults and family members) through its emergency shelter system. Of this number, 9,468 were adults without children, 2,011 were heads of households, and 3,507 were children.
Approximately 20 percent of the single individuals and 13 percent of the families were “chronically homeless” (homeless for one year or longer or four episodes of homelessness in three years).
If you are fortunate to have some discretionary income in these interesting economic times I am sure you already have a favorite charity or two that you donate to.Â Perhaps when you get the unsolicited phone calls in the evening or those unsolicited requests in the mail you do the same thing – hang up or throw it away.Â And that is simple enough to do here – simply close out your web browser.
But if for some reason you want to know more, or even want to help please
A few years ago, Tom Costello Jr, founder and Chief Sock Person, and his wife were volunteering at a soup kitchen in Philadelphia. Here is the story Tom tells about that day that lead to the formation of The Joy of Sox®with the mission of simply providing socks for the homeless.
I was really homelessphobic to the point that I would cross the street to avoid facing a homeless person. I even didn’t want to go into the City for fear that I might come across someone homeless.
The Joy of Sox earned GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Award for 2018.
It is the one and only people’s choice award where volunteers, donors, and people served by nonprofits are asked to share stories of inspiration, express their appreciation. Thanks everybody!
The Joy of Sox earned GuideStar Exchange's PLATINUM Participant level. This is really exciting because GuideStar is the nonprofit industry's #1 source of information for foundations, grantmakers and donors. Clicking on the image takes you to our Guidestar page.
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