Over the last couple of Months we have gotten some great press! David Nelson wrote an article about us in the Belltown PI, and most recently we were featured on King5News Making a Difference which has been amazing to bring attention to what we are trying to do here at Homeless Beanies. Though the attention is wonderful what we really need is action. We need a way to get people inside and out of the cold.
Having Carey Fuller come aboard and bring her skill set, with her collection and avid followers has been amazing. Even though She herself is Homeless, Carey will stop at nothing to make sure that her friends are provided for. Mark Horvath was clutch in creating that relationship by suggesting I contact Carey via Twitter; from there our friendship has grown and I look forward to seeing us both achieve our goals to help the Homeless as we venture together.
When Homeless Beanies first started we had some very aggressive goals and the team we had in place was sure to accomplish them. Alas Andy Johnson (that's me) is really the only active team member left from the original 6. For one reason or another (time, family etc) we have gone our different ways but I have kept believing that Homeless Beanies is where my focus needs to be. As for our goal, 10,000 warm heads by the end of 2012, we came up a little short. Not to diminish what we have accomplished but we are more in the Range of 500 warm heads going into the beginning of 2013. I will not be discouraged by this because we will still hit that goal, it is just a matter of when.
As for the direction of the company, we will have a very clear map of that soon. We are leaning heavily towards Non-Profit as that is that way we are operating now, with all of the money going to further our cause. By officially having a 501-c3 status we will be able to widen our impact substantially and help many more people get off the streets and out of the elements. We will be collaborating with music groups, drama, TV and film to get the word out there about what we are doing and where we want to go.
What you can expect from us: We will always do what we say we are going to do. We will always put the needs of the Homeless before our own. We will persistently and definitively try to end homelessness around the world by working with and promoting companies that are like minded. We will maintain this vision and this purpose to help the Homeless as long as we are who we are.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, we hope that you share our dream.
Support Your local Homeless,
Founder, Andy Ryan Johnson