SAVE A PENNY was born a year after the I started working with the homeless community. I started out doing homeless outreach, giving out food and hygiene packages in the overpopulated area of Downtown Los Angeles known as Skid Row. I also worked as an Outreach Coordinator for the whole downtown Los Angeles region, the heart of homelessness for one of the biggest homeless provider in southern California called PATH. Working at PATH I really got a full scoop of all the barriers many individual experiencing homeless came across such as; unstable permanent living locations, this would them cause many to lose personal documents, IDs social security cards etc. I also discovered many of the individuals we did help get off the streets couldn’t maintain their housing opportunity due to lack of knowledge of independent living. As I study the matters of homelessness I notice the average amount of years many of the individuals we encountered experienced homelessness. The average was 7- 10 years and the average age was 25-35 years old. That means most started to experiencing homelessness at the age of 19- 25. After extensive research, they found out that 30% of the homeless population came straight out of foster care, or they were abused youth running away from home. Right there I realized that doing outreach wasn’t enough. My primary focus changed from just aiding the homeless to becoming effective in preventing these kids from becoming homeless in the first place.
That’s when SAVE A PENNY was created. SAVE A PENNY is a solution to the root of the problem. Since the launch of SAVE A PENNY has already employed over 105 transitional aged youth and more than 80% are house and are either have a full-time job or enrolled full time as a student. How did this work you ask? After learning that our youth was at risk I began to start volunteering at homeless shelters that solely focused on young adults. Many of the youth I mentored all they wanted was to be heard and understood. The wanted someone to invest in them and actually believe in their dreams. I began to listen and invest more and more in them, and most of all encouraged them to share their stories and believe that their story was the number one gift! To look at your heart ached as a blessing because that will be there fire to their passion. This concept open their eyes! Confidence and ambition began to grow and this was the transformation of our SAVE A PENNY community. I decided to empower our youth by giving them an opportunity to share their story are a broader arena and at the same time create employment and well as a lifetime partnership in their journey to fulfill their purpose. I believe our stories have the power to make us or break us, my mission is to help everyone in the world to see how stories are the roadmap to your destiny.
SEED House Project X HASBRO Housing Renovation
As part of our initiative to prevent underage homelessness, our sister brand, SEED House Project and Hasbro joined forces to renovate a house to create a positive living house for these homeless youth.
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Each purchase shares the stories! Each necklace made by our PENNY smiths tells a story of what they overcame. Inspiring others going through the same to see the value of there story. We believe there is only value in a story when shared
Each individual employed by SAVE A PENNY is partner with a “PENNY PARTNER” These are mentors focused on empowering and investing in the individuals dreams. We believe in the power of two, creating accountability and opportunity. We provide workshops from all areas of profession.
Your Purchase helps our youth get into stable housing as well as full time jobs to lead them to achieve there dreams