Our Proposal for Expansion

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The Gang Violence Epidemic

    Several months ago myself and my Pastor Rick Wright were invited to a memorial service for a young man who had been shot because of the gang violence in Los Angeles.Our hearts were broken as we come to find out that it was because of the young man wanting to join a gang. And he had to kill another individual as the initiation to join the gang. The memorial service was not only for this man but it was to commemorate the multitudes that have lost their lives in gang violence in Los Angeles.

    It’s estimated that 600 a year die tragically in LA county of gang violence. We believe the majority of youths that join these destructive gangs are young men who do not have any fathers and are looking for the acceptance and love of a family. Thanks for letting me share my burden and my heart with you.

In the service of Jesus, Clayton.

What is the need?

    The need to reach the troubled youth of the inner city is very great. Statistics tell us that 600 individuals tragically lose their life due to gang violence in Los Angeles County each year. Most are fatherless boys looking for the love of a family to belong too. Many youths end up committing murder in order to be initiated into the gangs.

    The Los Angeles County police department reports 4,000 runaway and abandoned youth are homeless from the west coast to Hollywood. These youths eat out of dumpsters, panhandle, and live under bridges or in abandoned buildings to survive. The main reasons that they run away from home is because of the breakdown of the American family unit and due to abuse. If not intercepted within two weeks of living on the streets, 80% end up addicted to drugs, forced into prostitution, or involved in gangs or crime lifestyle. In short, these youth are vulnerable to be preyed upon by pimps, pornographic movie hustlers, gang presidents, and drug pushers. After this, we see their lives go down a very destructive path leaving them with tragic emotional and mental wounds for the rest of their lives.

    For nearly 34 years, Hope for Homeless Youth (HFHY) has been providing transitional housing, meals, leadership training, and other services to the hurting youth of Los Angeles County. During the spring of 2018, our organization lost its Headquarters/Men’s Home. This building was sold and we were given a few weeks to vacate the premises. For nearly six years, we had used this building for multiple vital activities, including: food collection and distribution to over 200 destitute families each week; training and launching of outreaches each week to the Red-Light District, gang areas, etc.; Bible and leadership training; and transitional and discipleship housing for up to 17 needy men off the streets.

    The financial need of our organization is primarily to replace this building with a larger facility and to support hiring a full-time administrator and fundraiser.

What we do

Hope for Homeless Youth provides multiple services to the homeless and needy persons of Los Angeles.

Computer training and refurbishing

One of our main services is the computer training and refurbishing center, which we like to call the Hope Computer Center. We have been running this program for over five years. Wecounty of los angeles commendation train workers on refurbishing computers and have an E-waste Recycling Certification, which is given to organizations that adhere to E-waste Recycling Standards. Through this center, we also offer free computer training courses to low-income persons. We provide all who attend every weekly class for the full three-month course duration with a free computer.

Our computer center is one of our most successful programs, and has been endorsed by Los Angeles County. LA County has donated over 6000 computers to us. We have completely outgrown this building. This is one of the reasons we need another facility.

Christian ministry training.

Five mornings a week from 830am, to about 11am, we have ministry training classes. Discipling is a vital part of successful rehabilitation. This is another reason why we need a facility – to host our classrooms for our ministry/leadership, training.

Feeding needy families

Another important activity that we do is food procurement for needy families. Each week, we give food in the form of groceries to at least 200 needy families in South Central, Los Angeles. In 2018 alone, we have fed over 41,500 persons through our free food programs and outreaches. On a regular basis, HFHY also gives away hygiene products, clothing, blankets, and other items that meet the practical needs of persons living on the streets.

Youth Inventor’s Club

Another key facet of HFHY is the Inventors club. Through our inventor’s club, we teach youth who previously would have few job prospects job training skills and how to develop an entrepreneurial business mindset. We have developed several successful inventions that have been acquired by major companies such as National Geographic, Mattel and Tyco. Over 20 patents have been filed from persons involved in our LA-based inventors club. We see young men’s identities and self-esteem soar as they develop the ability to create and learn career skills.

Discipleship Home

We also mentor and provide leadership training to transitional men in our Men’s Emergency Shelter and Discipleship home. Here we provide leadership-training classes five days per week. Hundreds have graduated over the period of 18 years of running our live-in discipleship program and over 80% of graduates have stayed free from lives of drugs, alcohol, prostitution, gangs, and crime. (see Testimonials )

Gang-prevention outreaches.
We are presently doing multiple gang outreaches. Our goal is to run 17 gang-prevention outreaches each week to diverse and spread out areas from Santa Monica Beach to Inglewood to Sunland. 

Hope for Homeless Youth History and Supporters

    Hope for Homeless Youth was founded by Clayton and Leanne Golliher. The couple served for six years on staff with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and another 6 years as licensed pastors with Hope Chapel Hollywood.  HFHY was then operated out of The Dream Center’s Los Angeles headquarters for 18 years until 2013, when the organization became an independent entity.

Organizations that have endorsed HFHY over the years include:

  • Southwest Airlines
  • 7/11
  • AM/PM
  • Shell Corporation
  • Dream Center Foundation
  • Youth With A Mission (YWAM)
  • Life Force International
  • Church on the Way
  • Phoenix First Assembly (now ‘Dream City Church’)
  • The Gathering Place
  • Canyon View Vineyard Church
  • Barbara Boxer (D)
  • Diane Feinstein (D)

Our Greatest Immediate Needs

HFHY has 3 major needs:

  1. Full-time administrator and fundraiser
  2. New facility to serve as HFHY Headquarters
  3. To expand our present Men’s home so we can house and disciple 15 men at a time.

Full-time administrator and fundraiser

We need a fundraiser for several reasons. Due to the numerous activities and services we provide each month, we do not have the time to devote to ongoing fundraising initiatives. Additionally, no one on staff is equipped to oversee administrative and fundraising tasks.

Ideally, the person in this position would increase the number of individuals who partner financially with HFHY. Secondly, this person would pursue institutional partners to potentially commit to larger annual donations. Another major responsibility for this position would be to closely monitor the incoming contributions and budget each month to ensure the organization is operating without a loss. Finally, this position would also support various administrative activities of HFHY and work to increase volunteer engagement in the weekly activities and outreaches.

New Facility 

The next urgent need is a building to serve as the headquarters for the various services HFHY provides on a weekly and basis. Specifically, this building would be used for the computer training classes, food procurement and storage, youth Inventor’s Club, discipleship meetings, and outreach launching center. (For details on activities, see 2. What we do).

We are interested in moving into a building of about 6,000 square feet located in Sunland, CA. We have priced locations and believe it is best option to rent with a potential option to purchase, the cost of which would be at a low end $6,000 per month. Thus, we would need at least $15,000 to move in (first and last month’s rent, plus $5,000 renovation costs). We have located potential facilities.

We need $5,000 to put aside to pay for an administrator/ fund raiser/grant writer.

An additional $9000 is needed to finish renovating our present Men’s home and secure a second home so we can rehabilitate/disciple 15 young men at a time.

$6,000 would be put aside to pay for the first month’s rent.

In conclusion; the summary financial need is as follows.

A total goal is to raise the initial $40,000 for the above listed expansions and grow.
And secondarily to raise an ongoing $6,000 a month to cover rent and operational expenses.
We would also like to offer the option of receiving a $1 million donation in order to purchase a building. This would be very much more preferred rather than to pay rent.

Fundraising Event Idea

We would like to do a fundraising event in the near future, potentially to mark the 35th anniversary of Hope For Homeless Youth being in operation. A fundraising event could look like the following:

  1. Present the problem of youth homeless in Los Angeles and the need of services to reach them (See Ray of Hope video on the home page and Media page)
  2. Speak about the work Hope For Homeless Youth has done in the past and describe the services that we provide on an on-going basis

III. Hear from Hope For Homeless Youth “success stories” – persons who have personally turned their lives around from Hope For Homeless Youth

IIII. Describe our current needs (i.e., full-time administrator/fundraiser and new facility)

  1. Provide the opportunity for new people to make monthly or annual commitments to partner withHope For Homeless Youth
  2. Invite all persons to serve on theHope For Homeless Youth Advisory Board of Directors, which meets once a month to discuss the organization and provide input
  3. Perhaps have a silent auction. 

How donated funds are handled

    About 70 individuals, associations, businesses and churches’ support Hope for Homeless Youth financially each month. These contributors make up the majority of HFHY’s operating budget. Several companies and individuals also make larger annual commitments. Hope for Homeless Youth is also partially supported by ‘Technology From Heaven’, which is a 509 (a)(e) nonprofit trust. Hope for Homeless Youth provides a tax-deductible receipt at the end of each month and also a receipt at the end of each year.

    Hope for Homeless Youth is a 501(c)(3) charity and is run by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors set the budget and determines and approves all spending except for small items. Donated funds are kept under the management of our accountant Mike Tang, who makes all bank deposits for incoming donations. 

Current expenses and budget (as of June 2018).

2017 Income Statement Is available for details. Our monthly budget is about $15,000 each month and we spend around $14,500 each month

Does what we do sound like something you'd like to be a part of?

We’d like to think that most Christians would like to, but time or geography stands in the way.

There are several ways you can participate in this work.

Commit to pray for us:

    Sign up for the REAL-TIME MINISTRY ALERTS and you’ll get a text when we are on our way out and are requesting your prayer covering. In one respect, this is arguably the most valuable contribution you can make. Most monthly donors signup to get these alerts and pray for us as well! Most times, after the outreach is done, we’ll inform you of what good what done and how many souls were saved thanks to your prayers.

Volunteer:

    “Boots on the Ground” make the Army of God run.  Whether you one person, a small group or a whole church group, we invite you to come and learn though experience how to do what we do. We have taught close to five thousand people how to do this back in their areas over the past 33 years. When you do it yourself with us, you’ll feel confident to go back home and reach your area for Christ using the same methods.

Donate Goods and Services:

    Goods? We need clothes, blankets, toiletries, tarps, ponchos, and socks. LOADS of Socks! McDonalds Gift cards are a favorite. Handing out a free McDonald’s Burger is a great tool for us. Just call us to ask us what we need and have a bunch of it sent to us. We use these things to open the door for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They are quite literally the “lifeblood” of the ministry. Our men’s rehabilitation home and discipleship program are always in need of a great many items.

    Services? If you are a professional with a skill or have a business, the chances are pretty good that there is something you do that can help us. Call us to find out if your business, skill set or abilities are something that you can contribute to this worthy cause.

Commit to Monthly Financial Support

Partnership with us is the same with the Lord as you doing the works yourself. Maybe you wish you had time to feed the hungry, bring the homeless into your house, or preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to total strangers in the public square. Maybe you don’t. We believe that when you partner with us, it’s the same as you doing the work in the Lord’s eyes.

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