This Is H.O.W. The organization has been affected in an unexpected way by the housing crisis.
Can y'all help some sisters out?
A local charity, This is HOW, has launched a new project “Life Made
Better – Our Own Place” to raise $20,000. Their current property, which
was leased, recently received a notice of foreclosure. This property
is home to 8 residents who are members of the most underserved
population in the Phoenix metro area.
Life Made Better: Our Own Place: The organization must raise a minimum
of 20K to ensure their current level of service to the community.
Through their housing, education and empowerment programs they have
helped over 500 individuals since their launch 6 years ago, including
the current Executive Director, Antonia D’orsay, who was rescued from
homelessness and given a chance during a deep crisis period in her life.
She has also served as the House Manager, and the Chair of the Board
before stepping into her current position a year ago. Her ambitious
efforts have resulted in the creation of model programs that are highly
sought after by social service agencies. She and all of the staff at
TIH are volunteers.
The organization’s goal is to ensure that the needs of their
constituency are served in the most efficient, cohesive and cost
effective manner. The current foreclosure on the leased property has
highlighted the need for the organization to own their facility thus
ensuring their future ability to be of service to the entire community.
Board member at large, Kim Pearson said, “This project is very important
to the community. It helps folks who are homeless by providing a safe
haven while they heal from their life crises. We provide opportunities
for them to learn the skills they need to move out into the larger
community in a healthy and empowered way. This is HOW provides a hand
up, rather than a hand out!”
Executive Director Antonia D’orsay said “’Life Made Better’ is our
motto, and I live by it. This place saved my life, gave me purpose and
direction when I had lost all confidence in myself, and made possible
changes in my life that could never have happened without it. The
thought of our current residents not having those same life saving
opportunities terrifies me. We can’t do it alone, though.”
This Is H.O.W. (TIH) is a six year old 501(c)3 organization that works
to reduce homelessness, aid victims of domestic violence, teaches skills
to help lift people out of poverty, teaches general life skills,
performs advocacy, and handles crisis moments for a segment of the
population that is usually ignored, looked down on, or outright denied
services by other organizations. Led by Executive Director Antonia
D’orsay, it began an extensive expansion of services and dramatically
improved its ability to provide services to the men and women it assists
while establishing itself as the local expert in their field.