Helping Our Humanity: Tampa Bay Businesses Commit to Help the Homeless Emergency Project

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PostcardMania joins forces with several other Tampa Bay businesses to help the Homeless Emergency Project “help others help themselves”.

The Homeless Emergency Project (HEP), a nonprofit organization that provides emergency, transitional and permanent housing and support services to approximately 1,000 adults and children each year in the Tampa Bay area, announced today that their first B.I.N. (Bring Items of Necessity) project rolled out on June 1st. The B.I.N. project was designed by the Leadership Pinellas Class of 2006 to provide an ongoing collection of essential items for homeless individuals and families on their way to becoming self-sustaining citizens.

Some key Tampa Bay businesses that have opened their doors to the HEP B.I.N. project by offering their locations as a local collection site for food, clothing, toiletries, linen, cleaning supplies and an array of necessary everyday items offered to all H.E.P. clients.

The current companies that are participating in B.I.N are the Pinellas County Court House; PostcardMania; Eastern Financial Florida Credit Union; 1st Continental Mortgage; Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Law Firm of Attorney Linda Chamberlain; First Home Bank; Bank of America and Coldwell Banker; Neilson Media Research; DeLoach & Hofstra, P.A. PostcardMania is hosting two bins for the entire year, one at each of their locations.

Since the inception of HEP (http://www.ethep.org), more than 78% of clients have secured permanent and/or independent housing. HEP clients increase their income on average by 75% through training, employment and mainstream services.

HEP statistics also show that it costs approximately $34.00 per person per day to utilize all their services. The B.I.N. project is a one-year project designed to allow Tampa Bay citizens to contribute to help their fellow man get a head start in recovering their lives.

The B.I.N. themes and supplies being collected for the upcoming three months are:

June – “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes” – gift certificates or new men’s, women’s and children’s shoes.

July – “A Ticket to Ride” – buss passes, tokens, gas cards, bicycles; locks and helmets.

August – “Pack it up, Pack it in” – gift cards, new back-to-school supplies & back packs.

The BIN project will be active until June of 2007. The full list of BIN themes and companies accepting donations along with their drop-off location addresses are posted on PostcardMania’s website at http://www.postcardmania.com/HEP.asp Drop off supplies for your fellow Tampa Bay citizens every month at one of the listed locations and be a part of helping our humanity. Great or small, your contribution will go directly to people who need it.

“What I love about HEP is that they aren’t just a hand-out type organization, said PostcardMania’s CEO, Joy Gendusa, “they bring the individual to a point where he can truly help him/herself and add value to society.”

About HEP:

HEP is the charitable outreach of Everybody's Tabernacle Church in Clearwater FL. ET was established by The Late Reverend Otis C. Green in the late 50's, a man with compassion for all people no matter their circumstance. ET began helping those in need within its congregation and throughout the community. The need grew so much that in 1986 HEP, a separate not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization, was established to address the needs of the low income and homeless individuals and families with children. HEP's campus now spans over 5 city blocks and houses over 200 individuals and children each day. If you would like to participate in B.I.N. or learn more about HEP and the work they do in your community, please contact Rebecca Lett at 727-442-9041 or visit http://www.ethep.org

About PostcardMania:

PostcardMania is a full service postcard direct mail marketing company which includes graphic design, printing, mailing list acquisition and mailing services with free marketing advice. They help small businesses all over the country to expand through the use of direct mail marketing techniques and were recently listed at one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Tampa Bay in 2006 and one of the 500 fastest growing companies in the USA in 2005. Visit their web site at http://www.postcardmania.com

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Karla Jo Helms