Dear Friends & Members,
Exciting news! Thanks to an incredibly generous commitment from a PTH donor, all donations received during the month of January - up to $5,000! - will be matched dollar for dollar, thereby doubling the power of your gift! Any contribution you can make, no matter how small, will go twice as far.
Here's what our donor has to say:
"In the past thirteen years, Picture the Homeless has won dozens of concrete changes benefiting tens of thousands of homeless and low-income New Yorkers... but they've also transformed the way I and countless others understand the issue of homelessness - framing it not as an issue of individual problems like mental illness and substance abuse, but systemic ones like racism and the high cost of housing. PTH advances the radical notion that homeless people aren't objects of pity - they're agents of change. They've been so successful in agitating the system to the degree that they've experienced many attempts to undermine their efforts by those holding an oppressive power structure in place. Work this important and audacious is hard to fund, which is why I'm so determined in my support that I've put up this challenge grant. Please join me in supporting the work of Picture the Homeless. "
Payment can be made online (just click here!) - or by mailing us a check made out to Picture the Homeless! (2427 Morris Avenue/ Bronx NY 10468)
A donation of $50 will put $100 in our pocket - providing round-trip metrocards for 22 homeless people to attend meetings with decision-makers, or carry out a direct action. A donation of $120 will mean $240 - paying for three GED classes open to all homeless people. If you've never given to PTH before, even a small donation would be twice as helpful. And if you HAVE donated to us in the past, will you take this opportunity to forward this email to five of your friends, and follow up with a phone call in three days?
We've come a long way, but the voices of hate are still shaping the conversation around homelessness - as evidenced by this recent New York Post editorial, "The Homeless Plague." We are so grateful for this opportunity to attract new supporters to ensure that the voices of homeless people can turn that conversation around.
Picture the Homeless