As we travel across the country, we are raising awareness for two causes: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease and Hunger and Homelessness in America. These are causes we are passionate about. We are looking for opportunities to educate others as we travel by donating our time as well as through this blog and on our social media sites.
We have partnered with the ALS Therapy Alliance for their Breakthrough ALS campaign.
The Breakthrough ALS fundraising campaign was established in 2013 by the ALS Therapy Alliance (ATA) to replace their successful Researching a Cure campaign, which ran for 11 years.
The new campaign name is a bold call to action for raising funds and creating awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). ALS is a nerve disorder that leads to paralysis and death within four to six years, and will afflict between 300,000 to 750,000 Americans alive today. There is no cure and the cause is unknown.
Through fundraising and partnership efforts – including a partnership with CVS/pharmacy the largest corporate donor to ALS research in the U.S. – over the last decade, the ATA has raised over $30 million for ALS research.
The ATA is committed to creating awareness of this disease, fundraising with its strategic partners and galvanizing communities of people to help make a difference. For more information and to make a donation, visit www.BreakthroughALS.org.
We are still searching for a national organization to partner with for creating awareness of Hunger & Homelessness in America. Please contact us if your organization is interested in a partnership with Family Travel Stories.
According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, the official poverty rate was 15.0% in 2011. There were 46.2 million people in poverty. Homelessness and poverty are inextricably linked. Poor people are frequently unable to pay for housing, food, childcare, health care, and education. Difficult choices must be made when limited resources cover only some of these necessities. Often it is housing, which absorbs a high proportion of income that must be dropped. If you are poor, you are essentially an illness, an accident, or a paycheck away from living on the streets.
Major factors that account for increasing poverty:
- Lack of Employment Opportunities
- Decline in Available Public Assistance
- Lack of Affordable Health Care
- Domestic Violence
- Mental Illness
Who Experiences Homelessness?
- HUD found 610,042 individuals to be homeless on a single night in January 2013. Most homeless persons (85%) are individuals while 15% of homeless persons are in family households.
- 33% of all homeless people were youths under the age of 24.
- 57,849 veterans, overwhelmingly 92% male, were homeless on a single night in January 2013. 60% were residing in shelters or transitional housing programs, while 40% were without shelter.
- 48% of homeless individuals (without families) were found to be living without shelter.
- Families experiencing homelessness made up 50% of those who were sheltered.
- Five states, California (22%), New York (13%), Florida (8%), Texas (5%), and Massachusetts (3%), accounted for more than half of the homeless population in the United States in 2013.