To our friends and supporters,
Looking back on the year, we couldn’t be more grateful to everyone who has supported our work here at HandUp.
For those of you who have followed our journey for a while, you might remember Rodney Bell, the professional paraplegic wheelchair dancer who lost his job and fell into homelessness in San Francisco. After three years on the streets and battles with illness, Rodney used HandUp to get a plane ticket back to his home in New Zealand. Just a few weeks ago, we got an update from Rodney and wanted to share it with all of you.
Rodney is now housed, because of you! He’s also employed again, working on a new dance piece that will share his journey from fame in an internationally renowned dance troupe to his life on the streets of San Francisco.
Learn about Rodney's work in New Zealand
In an interview with the New Zealand Herald, Rodney shared his story, as well as some important wisdom about addressing homelessness,
“We need to look at homelessness holistically… It's not one solution fits all. Listening with respect and open mindedness is important… When you haven't got support systems in place... it's hard to climb back. You've got to dig deep and something's got to trigger that energy in you.”
As the New Year approaches, we know how many homeless neighbors are trying to dig deep, to find the courage to take the next steps. But it's hard. When you donated to Rodney to help him move out of homelessness, you weren’t just giving money, you were showing Rodney he’s seen. He’s not invisible.
In a nation that is currently incredibly divided, we look to you, our community, to dig deep as well. Our homeless neighbors are more vulnerable now than ever. Please join our efforts and support HandUp with a one-time tax deductible gift or commit to monthly support through the National Fund. Any amount can make an impact.
Thank you for your compassion and drive to help us make change. Together you helped us reach our 10,000th homeless neighbor like Rodney this year! To date, HandUp has grown to serve 90 nonprofits in 30 cities across the US with $1.79M raised to alleviate homelessness and poverty. With your support, we’re ready for even more impact in 2017.
With hope and gratitude,
Rose & Sammie