SOMEONE'S SOMEONE is a program birthed from the personal experience of our founder, Javonnie Shearn. The program is in the early stages but to start, the program with have three main functions.
1) Provide advocacy support to families of those with a mental illness.
During my time advocating for my son I was on the phone, nonstop, from the time I woke up until end of the business day. Not every parent or guardian has the time to do this. That's where we will come in to help. Gathering information and resources.
2) Provide needed clothing to emergency rooms to provide to people in need prior to discharge.
My son had been living on the street for five months. He arrived at the hospital not appropriately dressed for the weather. Had I not been there, he would have been discharged without socks, fitting shoes, a warm coat or a shirt.
3) On the ground support to the loved ones who are homeless. (future service once funding is secured)
Because of the amazing community I am blessed to be a part of, my son was looked out for daily. People would give him food, bus passes clothes...etc and let me know where and when they saw him so I knew he was alive. We will do our best to make sure their loved one has what they need while sleeping on the street.
The following is a look at how a community of family, friends and strangers pulled together to take care of my son while I awaited the outcome of a guardianship petition. These are my actual posts from Facebook, my messages and texts. After we found him the first time I deleted the very first post I made asking for people to be on the lookout for him and the "thank you "post to those who did. Little did I know it would not be the last time I would make that plea.
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