Summer Campers, Online Applications, IWCF Grant, and the Silver Sage Region of the Porsche Club of America
OATHS had a great summer in 2012 and is now running at full steam this fall. During the summer months we provided camp fees, sunscreen, flashlights, bug repellent, and sleeping bags for 37 campers. OATHS also provided 33 pairs of shoes for homeless students to enjoy summer school programs, 71 pair of back-to-school jeans, and 32 back-to-school haircuts with the help of Lunatic Fringe and Paul Mitchell Salon. This fall we have filled applications from homeless students for backpacks, computers, clothes, shoes, school supplies, bikes, MP3 players, sheet music, books, and passes to the Discovery Center, Zoo, Art Museum, and YMCA. We have now helped over 500 local homeless students.
OATHS also continues to raise money. We just received the first installment of the $10,000 donation by the Idaho Women's Charitable Foundation. In addition the Silver Sage Chapter of the Porsche Club of America is holding a fundraising event and dinner auction on November 9th to benefit OATHS. There will also be a Porsche car show on October 14th at Ling & Louie's Asian Bar and Grill, located in Meridian, to help spread the word about our organization.
The Bishop Kelly History Club has also announced the date for GOBBLESTOCK III, which is a used CD/DVD sale, Film Festival, and Sock Hop with all proceeds going to OATHS. It will be held on November 17th in the Bishop Kelly cafeteria.
We are also proud of the new feature on our website which enables homeless students to fill out and submit applications online. Here is an example of an application we got this month from a homeless teenager”
“My Mom and I were homeless the entire summer and we went from one hotel to the next. It was hard for my Mom to save up enough money to get us an apartment. She works but we don’t have much money for food and gas. I’m really overweight and kids tease me a lot. It would be nice to have a couple of outfits, shoes, and a backpack. I’m going into the honors program so I would really like to lose weight and maybe join a gym and take some dance classes.”
OATHS provided shoes, clothing, a backpack, and dance classes and the Treasure Valley YMCA once again provided a free membership. The student wrote us a note last week and said “I’m thankful for all you guys did for me. I am now able to go to the YMCA and exercise and join their activities. Thank you for the shoes and clothes and backpack. I was able to go back to school not having to worry about what others might be saying about me.”
I am in my first semester at Georgetown University so OATHS is now in the capable hands of my Dad, David Skinner (firstname.lastname@example.org), and the new OATHS Student Ambassadors who are Becca Fitz, Megan Nicola, Halle Gilbert, and Shea Siegert. Thank you to all of our supporters and keep spreading the good word about OATHS.