Project Proposal: Thomas S. Finke IV, Todd D’Andrea

Project Title:

The Urban Homeless

Project Participants:

Thomas S. Finke IV, Todd D’Andrea

Description and Overview of Topic:

The goal of our project is to ensure that the homeless in Delaware are able to get sufficient supplies when the shelter is not open and provide materials that the shelter needs but does not have. The weather in Ohio can be unforgiving, especially for people that do not have a roof over their head. We started our project after Todd found a neatly folded up blanket outside the Verizon wireless store on Sandusky Street. We have made our goal to find ways in which we can help people that do not have a home and make it easier for those that need help.

We were able to get in contact with Jon Peterson of Zion United Church of Christ and Mike Newcomb, of Family Promise, both Sigma Phi Epsilon graduates of Ohio Wesleyan in the 1970’s.  The two men host a shelter on nights when the temperature falls below 20 degrees.  The two men serve between 4-6 single men in the Delaware community who are homeless.  This is the actual number of homeless that are single men in Delaware, verified through multiple sources including the Delaware police.  Both Jon and Mike expressed their concern of privacy when asked to expound upon the locations of where these homeless men stay when they are not in a shelter.  To better address this concern of invading these men’s personal space, we feel that the SIP grant would be best suited to fund the purchase of resources that can be distributed through the channels of these two men who serve our community.

The amount being requested is $750.00.  After touring the shelter with Mike and listening to the background on the shelter, we were able to identify supplies that are not on hand that could help fill in some of the gaps of providing for the homeless men.  $750.00 would adequately supply 20- 25 blankets, 10-15 military grade back packs with straps, 10-15 water proof bags, 10-15 tarps (8’x8’), 20-30 packs of wet wipes, and 20-30 packs of beef jerky for multiple homeless individuals who may pass through this shelter.  Through the support of Jon and Mike, we would be able to ensure that the supplies we have purchased will improve the conditions of these homeless men both day and night, when no other resources are at their disposable.

Outline of Project:

Our project began by conducting research through the internet, attempting to get in contact with reliable sources who were already currently serving the homeless community in Delaware.  Two valuable contacts were found with Family Promise and the Zion United Church of Christ in uptown Delaware.  The two men who organize a shelter in Delaware, Mike Newcomb and Jon Peterson were visited in person after having conversations on the phone.  Thomas and I organized to meet Mike and Jon on one of the nights when the shelter would be serving the homeless.  Once inside Mike gave us a tour of the facility and we identified supplies and materials that could be useful for the homeless that the shelter is need of.  This information was then used to create a budget for a drafted SIP grant.

Current state, we are awaiting approval of the SIP grant.  Once we have approval and funds in hand Thomas and I are going to visit 2 surplus stores in Columbus to purchase the items listed above.  Once these items are purchased we will then organize them, and deliver them to the Zion United Church of Christ for distribution to the homeless.  We hope to maintain this relationship with Jon and Mike into the following winter and years to come.  This could be an ongoing project that will be able to meet the changing needs of the homeless in Delaware.

Annotated Bibliography:

Anakwenze, U., & Zuberi, D. (2013). Mental Health and Poverty in the Inner City. Health & Social Work, 38(3), 147-157. doi:10.1093/hsw/hlt013

Discusses the closely related issue of mental illness to homelessness in the context of the inner city.  The circular nature of mental illness perpetuating homelessness is also covered.

Cousins Army  Navy. (2015). Retrieved February 14, 2016, from     http://www.cousinsarmynavy.com/

This is one of two locations where we will be buying supplies. We also hope to encourage the business to further help our project with donations.

Guenova, N. (2009). The Homeless in the Public Space: Problem Definition and Beyond. Conference Papers — Midwestern Political Science Association, 1.

Discusses research on the exclusionary policies of the urban homeless.  The relationship bewtween the law, public space, and advocacy are also noted.

Morrow, S. (2010). The homeless in historical context. Development Southern Africa, 27(1), 51-  62. doi:10.1080/03768350903519341

The article discuss contemporary economic and social issues with the homeless within a town in South Africa; case study based.

National alliance to end homelessness. (2015). Snapshot of Homelessness. Retrieved February 14, 2016, from http://www.endhomelessness.org/pages/snapshot_of_homelessness

Credible source for homeless statistics in the United States. Maps and charts are also available to the public.

National coalition for the homeless. (2014). Homelessness in America – National Coalition for the Homeless. Retrieved February 14, 2016, from http://nationalhomeless.org/about- homelessness/

Valuable resource with links to publications and learning resources. The NCH was founded by Robert Hayes in 1981.

Narciso, D. (2016, January 14). Delaware shelter offers men safe respite from cold. Retrieved February 14, 2016, from http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/01/14/a-warm-welcome.html

Narciso discusses in the piece efforts being made by Mike Newcomb and Jon Peterson in helping the poor. Narciso also brings awareness to the plight of the homeless during the winter months.

Newcomb, M. (2016, February 4). Zion United Church of Christ [Personal interview].

Mike Newcomb is a former OWU graduate. He currently is employed with Family Matters in uptown Delaware. Mike was responsible for helping us identify gaps in the supplies for the homeless.

Peterson, J. (2016, February 4). Zion United Church of Christ [Personal interview].

Jon Peterson is a former OWU graduate. He currently is senior pastor at the Zion United Church of Christ and a significant community partner in the Delaware area. He is one of the leaders responsible for the administration of the homeless shelter.

Surplus World Online Military Stores Supplies Gear Tactical Survival Columbus Ohio. (2016).  Retrieved February 14, 2016, from http://surplusworldonline.com/

This is one of two locations where we will be buying supplies. We also hope to encourage the business to further help our project with donations.

 

 

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