“Make It Rain” Organization Building A Home for Homeless Man

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Raising $15,000 for Project Supplies and Inviting Partners to Get Involved

Make It Rain (MIR) is launching a fundraising campaign called “From Homeless to Tiny Home: Let's Build A Home For Sam” to initiate $15,000 worth of support from partners and givers. MIR intends to use the funds raised to give Sam, a 73 year old homeless man from New Jersey, a safe place to live.

The MIR team met Sam after seeing a video of his home being bulldozed on the internet. Feeling a strong sense of compassion, the team went to visit him at the homeless camp called “Tent City” in the woods of Lakewood Township, New Jersey. Seeing many people without basic needs made the MIR team desperate to bring change. It was evident that a good place to begin was by building Sam a tiny home.

The facts:

  • True change starts with Sam. MIR believes that helping the homeless community of Lakewood Township starts with one person at a time. They want to start with Sam. He’s 73 years old, without a home and in major need of a safe haven. Sam is one of many who need help. It starts with him.
  • Lakewood Township has no homeless shelter in place. This means many people are left without basic life necessities, such as: water, food, and a safe place to lay their head at night. MIR wants to see this change.
  • A “Tiny Home” will be a place of refuge and symbol of change to come. It measures less than 300 square feet and is affordable. It can also be built and moved using a trailer – making it exempt from many zoning laws.
  • The homeless are often overlooked and MIR wants to change that. Therefore, they’re hosting a film screening about Tent City called “Destiny’s Bridge.” It will take place at Drexel University’s Mitchell Auditorium in Bossone Research Center (3140 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA) on April 15 at 7pm.

“Make It Rain is about people helping people,” states the founders of MIR, Julie and Austin Landes. For more information or to get involved with MIR’s events visit: http://www.helpmakeitrain.org.

About Make It Rain:
MIR is a nonprofit organization based out of Harleysville, PA. Founded in 2012 by Austin and Julie Landes, MIR is passionate about helping people build community through active service projects.

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