No One Left Behind

A Peacemaking Project by Jennifer D.

What is the injustice we are solving?

Our group is currently looking at nutrition, chronic conditions, and the homeless population in New Haven. We are working with the Recovery House that houses approximately 17 men. We are planning on creating nutritious meals that contain vitamins and minerals needed to feed those living with chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. We have already been at the home to hand out surveys about food preferences. With funding we can create and provide handouts of nutritious, low cost meals. We will also cook 2 meals for the men the third week in February, providing them with the recipe and other healthy food options

Comments:

Adrian B.
5 April 2018 14:52

Hi Jennifer,

We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.

If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.

If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for some of our larger opportunities, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can help in any way!

Best,
Adrian  

Adrian B.
9 February 2018 12:24

Hi Jennifer,

Thanks so much for posting this project--it sounds like you're providing important care work to houseless people who do not have many resources. I'm excited to learn more about this project and to see where it goes!

One thing that can help deepen the already-important work you're doing is to talk to people who are houseless, and to the groups that cause homelessness to happen. When you talk to both groups, you'll gain a deeper understanding of why this is happening, and you'll get to learn from people who are directly affected by this to understand what their priorities and needs are. Understanding the root causes of homelessness will help you address it at the root. https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/test-project-3/dashboard/understand-injustice

Have you connected to other groups doing work advocating for houseless people? Here are some resources if you're looking to learn more from people who are affected by and/or also working on this huge injustice:

Nonprofits working on ending homelessness:

https://endhomelessness.org/ending-homelessness/solutions/
http://www.coalitionforthehomeless.org/ending-homelessness/proven-solutions/
https://insp.ngo/

Solutions for ending homelessness:
http://www.businessinsider.com/tiny-homes-give-homeless-people-a-place-to-live-2016-1/
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/4-simple-ways-to-end-homelessness_us_58a45fe9e4b080bf74f04294
https://thinkprogress.org/it-would-actually-be-very-simple-to-end-homelessness-forever-d6f15852b2ec/
https://www.theguardian.com/housing-network/2017/mar/22/finland-solved-homelessness-eu-crisis-housing-first

Papers run by houseless people:
http://sparechangenews.net/
https://www.homelessvoice.org/newspapers/
https://www.thepilgrim.org/about-the-pilgrim

I hope that these resources are useful! Acknowledging and supporting houseless people is something that everyone should be doing, but many people avoid. Thank you for what you're doing!

Let me know if you have any questions or need support in thinking about your next steps. :) I'm excited to support you however possible, and to watch this project grow!

Best,
Adrian