As we were exiting to go to south of the border, we noticed a homeless man down in the ravine with a tent and a guitar. So, we went to Pedro's Pantry, and we shopped for all the things he would need and then some! We came back to the exit and pulled over, and he ran up the hill to greet us. While we were praying with him, 60 cars passed him coming and going. Hundreds of people must see him each day wherever he is, yet he is invisible. Don't drive by somebody! Stop and help them out!
So, that day we helped Stephen, which led to me literally shopping to fill my trunk with “blessing bags” on steroids. BUT then it developed more....fast forward to January 2019 and the blessing bags have morphed into a mini van full of jackets, hats, shoes, clothing, food, gloves, hats, tents, sleeping bags etc. I see someone, I stop. it’s that simple....so join me. YOU can ride along with me, donate items, or give a monetary donation. Homeless Hustle Network officially became a 501 (c)(3) organization in early 2019!
Who We Are
We are a small group of people looking out for our outside neighbors. The homeless in Hampton Roads are not invisible. They exist. We exist to form relationships with them, and meet their needs.
What We Do
We find the homeless by actively seeking them out in our community. We approach them without judgement, and invite them into a relationship built on trust and respect. We meet immediate needs such as clothing, toiletries, and food items. Then the real magic happens! As we form a working relationship with them, we find out what they really need. With that information we return and contact our network of friends, family and partners and hustle to meet that need.
Former needs met have included: dental care, eye glasses, work boots, emergency shelter, and help obtaining I.D.s. There is nothing we can't do when we all network together!
We want to look into housing options, such as tiny homes, a horse therapy program, purchasing a bus to help tote all of our great stuff for our homeless friends. We’d also like to do a homeless birthday club, to celebrate them and let them know that someone loves them and is thinking of them, as well as building a HUGE community that can assist those less fortunate in our area.