homelesstohoward:

When I first met James, in the spring of 2012, he was living with his mother and two younger siblings in a room at the Union Rescue Mission on Los Angeles’s Skid Row.

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In a room full of excited and hyper kids, James immediately stood out from the other kids, with his soft-spoken air of…

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY!  <3

Homeless to Higher Ed is now accepting donations by mail!

You asked for it, we delivered!  

Don’t want to use PayPal?  That’s okay! 

Please make checks payable to:

Homeless To/Higher Ed

PO Box 1855

Studio City, CA 91614

The bonus of sending a check?  We get to keep every penny, and don’t have to pay any service fees.

Thanks as always for your support and generosity.

Homeless to Higher Ed is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to normalizing the college experience for the over 58,000 homeless college students in American universities.  Completely volunteer-driven, with no paid salaries, H2H raises awareness about the barriers to higher education facing our nation’s poorer students, while providing guidance, resources, and assistance to American students who need it most.

www.homelesstohighered.org

homelesstohoward:

Last year, before James’ loans were declined, I celebrated my 34th birthday back in my hometown…a day I never thought I’d see…with a low-key fundraiser.  All told, my friends and family raised $530 for James, with the intent of surprising him with it, so he could use it for random things kids tend to forget but still need.  That’s my beloved Grandma and me choosing the 50-50 raffle winner.  

When I later found out his loans were declined, I remember crying…I was so stupid to think that all he would need might be covered by this small amount of money.  Eventually, though, we found a way, when this Tumblr found its way to the screens of so many generous folks.

34, the year I thought I’d never see, has been, hands down, the best of my life.  From riding a motorcycle for only the second time since my father died on one in 1986, to getting James to college with #HomelessToHoward, to People Magazine, to launching a nonprofit to help other homeless kids…this has been one heck of a year…35 will be even better, right?

Of course it will be…James is fully-funded for all four years, and together, we now have a charity devoted to helping kids like him, like me.

So, in the spirit of that little hopeful birthday fundraiser, and all that’s come since then, I hope you’ll consider making a small donation to Homeless to Higher Ed, a 501(c)3 tax exempt public charity.  

We only need $325 more dollars to match the $530 raised in 2013.

Happy birthday to me.  Thanks for reading.  I’m sorry I’m always asking you guys for money.

I miss my Grandma.

Jessica.

Just $67 left to go to match last year’s fundraiser!

www.homelesstohighered.org/donate-request-help

On a regular basis, children and youth report that school is a home to them – a place where they see the same faces, sit in the same seat, and can put their hearts and minds into pursuits that ease their daily troubles. In school, students gain the skills and support needed to avoid poverty and homelessness as adults.
The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

Check ‘em out for amazing web resources.  NAEHCY does amazing work.

Last year, before James’ loans were declined, I celebrated my 34th birthday back in my hometown…a day I never thought I’d see…with a low-key fundraiser.  All told, my friends and family raised $530 for James, with the intent of surprising him with it, so he could use it for random things kids tend to forget but still need.  That’s my beloved Grandma and me choosing the 50-50 raffle winner.  

When I later found out his loans were declined, I remember crying…I was so stupid to think that all he would need might be covered by this small amount of money.  Eventually, though, we found a way, when this Tumblr found its way to the screens of so many generous folks.

34, the year I thought I’d never see, has been, hands down, the best of my life.  From riding a motorcycle for only the second time since my father died on one in 1986, to getting James to college with #HomelessToHoward, to People Magazine, to launching a nonprofit to help other homeless kids…this has been one heck of a year…35 will be even better, right?

Of course it will be…James is fully-funded for all four years, and together, we now have a charity devoted to helping kids like him, like me.

So, in the spirit of that little hopeful birthday fundraiser, and all that’s come since then, I hope you’ll consider making a small donation to Homeless to Higher Ed, a 501(c)3 tax exempt public charity.  

We only need $325 more dollars to match the $530 raised in 2013.

Happy birthday to me.  Thanks for reading.  I’m sorry I’m always asking you guys for money.

I miss my Grandma.

Jessica.

We started from the bottom…

And now we’re here. Great news from the IRS today. Our 501(c)3 tax exemption has finally been approved by the IRS. This means that any and all donations made on or after 8/21/13 are now tax deductible. Hard to believe all of this started in my house, on Tumblr.

@Thanks to all who donated. We love you and our lives are forever changed as we attempt to help the 58,000 homeless/aged out foster youth in American colleges today.

Thank you, @peoplemag! #homelesstohoward #homelesstohighered

Thank you, @peoplemag! #homelesstohoward #homelesstohighered

James and Jessica share some advice for homeless students! #AThousandReasons

Jessica

When Rachel first tasked me with writing this piece, I recklessly agreed, thinking that finding “My Proudest Moment” would be a simple task for me, since I’ve done so much awesome stuff by this point in my life.  I could not have been more wrong.  I find it easy to take pride in those I love, and find it so easy to celebrate their achievements, but I can’t say I’ve ever felt that same surge of satisfaction and pleasure from any of my own successes.”

,“It’s not hard for me because I want it,” she explained’