Peace Packs for the homeless

A Peacemaking Project by Laura P.

What is the injustice we are solving?

Inequality and civic engagement

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of Inequality and civic engagement
we will address Fear and misunderstandings
by Meeting homeless people and giving them peace packs to show them they aren't forgotten

Our Project Plan:

Goals

  • Deliver Peace Packs to homeless people
  • Show homeless people that they matter and are equal

We will increase my / our compassion by...

Meeting and talking with homeless people and giving them a message of peace

How will you show courage?

We will collaborate with strangers to give packs to other strangers

How will you collaborate with others?

We will ask for money for our project and work together to make the packs and meet the people that run the homeless shelter and help hand out the packs

How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)

People will be happy about what we're trying to do

Key Steps

  • Make a plan
  • Find money for supplies
  • Buy supplies
  • Put together packs
  • Give out packs

Reflection:

How did the project deepen your team's understanding of the injustice?

The homeless people were so excited to get the packs so I think people don't give them stuff a lot or think about them and do nice things for them.

How did your community change as a result of your project?

We made homeless people happy that someone cares about them and they are part of our community. The news did a radio and tv interview so more people can know.

How many people were impacted by your project?

60

Explain how you came up with the number of people impacted by the project?

The homeless people that got the packs and the people that work at the shelter and the radio guy and the mailman and the stores we bought the stuff at and and us

How did your team learn more about the people affected by the injustice?

We met homeless people and talked to them

What did your team learn?

They are people too just like us and not scary if you talk to them they just don't have a house and they sometimes feel invisible or wrse

What challenges did your team overcome?

It was cold and snowing when we gave out the peace packs and we had to go inside and get warm. We went to a homeless shelter after their church because there were a lot of homeless people there instead of trying to find people all over the city

How have you involved others in designing, carrying out, or expanding this project?

We made a letter for the news and radio to let people know more. We told people at stores why were buying so much of the same stuff. We wrote emails to the homeless shelter. We advertised on social media and invited other people to help us.

What advice would you give to someone starting a peacemaking project?

Do a lot of research and read all the planning and advice parts on PeaceFirst. Keep notes and ideas and plans in a notebook just for your project. Ask for help if you need it. Tell people about your project. Have fun too!

Our Updates:

Peace Packs Given

Evelena R. 16 April 2018 7:25 We bought everything that goes in the packs and painted the bags. We had to wait 2 days for the paint to dry! We put stuff in the packs like tarp notebook  pen water bottle snack blanket rainponcho deodurent sewng kit firstaid kit and  a note of hope and peace and made a wish for the homeless person that got the pack. It was snowing when we handed out the packs! 

Comments:

Adrian B.
9 February 2018 12:21

Hi Laura,

Thanks so much for posting this project, and for applying for a grant! As promised, I'm digging into the insight with you so we can figure out an insight that fits your plan (or vice versa). Right now, your insight says that you're solving the injustice of homelessness with your plan. Do you think that your plan is currently working to end homelessness? I have some thoughts and resources below on working to end homelessness, if this is the injustice you want to focus on. If you'd like to change the wording of your injustice to fit your plan, that could also work--what are some ways you could talk about this injustice so that the plan you have will fit the injustice you're trying to solve? Let me know which direction you want to go--either way, your project itself is great and doing important work!

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

Kelsey T.
8 March 2018 17:34

Hi Lauren and Evelena!

Congratulations! Your project has been selected to receive a Peace First Challenge mini-grant. We will be in touch soon with details about this payment.

The mini-grant process is also a space for you to get feedback on your peacemaking project. We hope you will use this feedback to further strengthen your project. Please see the feedback on your mini-grant below.

Strengths:
I think your project is very compassionate -- I love that you are seeing the Peace Packs as an opportunity to connect with homeless people, and not just as a way to provide them with basic needs-- that you are focusing on "meeting" them and using this as an opportunity for civic engagement and demonstrating that everyone matters!

Things to Consider:
I think it is really interesting that you see this as addressing both inequality and civic engagement -- and I think the root cause you've identified -- "fear and misunderstandings" is really interesting. I'd love to hear a bit more about what you mean -- do you mean that you think one of the reasons people don't help homeless people is because they are afraid? What do you think people need to understand? As you carry out the project, I'd encourage you to keep thinking about the root causes of the injustice of inequality and think about ways that your project can spread awareness or change additional root causes. It always help to keep returning to the problem and solution tree as you learn more: https://www.peacefirst.org/resource/understand-2-problem-and-solution-trees

As you carry out the project, I'd encourage you to talk to homeless people and get to know what's important to them, ask what would most help them, and to track learning so that you can continue to grow your impact.
I'd also encourage you to think more about how you will know you are moving in the right direction -- what are some ways that you can keep track of your impact?

Congratulations and best of luck with your project!

RaulPF C.
1 June 2018 19:19

Hi Lauren and Evelena!

Congratulations on finishing your peacemaking project! I’m on the Peace First team and wanted to say thank you for your amazing work and for taking time to share your work.

Below you will find some feedback based on your Reflection, which we hope will help you to celebrate your incredible accomplishment and reflect on how to grow and develop your project in the future:

I enjoyed reading your reflection and understanding more about what you learned by preparing and delivering the peace packs for the homeless. It was also great to read more about your efforts to create awareness of this injustice with the media and your interest to continue this work. One thing I could see could help you make your project even stronger next time, is to potentially spend a little longer talking to people causing this injustice and the people being affected by the injustice so that you can create a deeper understanding of the issue. This will help you as well developing a stronger compassionate insight that you could use to also create a stronger plan. We look forward to seeing your project continue and seeing how we can support you.

We hope you will stay in touch and keep us up to date as you continue your work to create change!

Thanks for making the world a better place!

Raul