With a Mission Statement of "To provide hope to the under-served through collaborative partnerships and community service" we identified four primary areas that are lacking the area support needed to survive the impacts made on them by the Pandemic. Those areas include populations of Domestic Violence, Homeless, Vulnerable Family and Child Abuse. We engaged organizations and neighborhoods in Tarrant County and its six surrounding counties to donate needed funds, furniture and household items used to furnish rental housing of individuals and families. Utilizing a volunteer corps that includes high school and university students, adult civic and business leaders to collect and distribute donated items to recipients in empty living quarters, makes a huge impact on self-esteem, feeling of being cared about and a huge boost in hope. In 2022 thus far we've completely furnished 63 apartments, surpassing the 2021 total of 60 with three months to go. We are projecting to reach 85+ apartments.
We also collect, refurbish and distribute bikes to the homeless which enables them to get to and sustain work. That qualifies them for housing grants, gets them off the street and further helps with their self-esteem, pride and hope for the future. We've distributed of 130 bikes in last two years with many now living in apartments.
As we publish articles with pictures in social media about these events, donors see their items repurposed which instills community service with their children. We've seen instances of those children donation their own items to ShareFest-Texas to give to the children of our recipients.
Another of our 11 initiatives involves helping assisted / palliative care families with members transitioning from a facility for any reason; i.e., going to memory care, hospice or from passing. Upon notice from the family and facility, ShareFest-Texas volunteers will come and remove all furniture and belongings from the patient's unit and store it in a pre-defined storage entity for 30 days. This move saves the family high rental fees of the care facility and provides time for the family to review and make decisions concerning the belongings and furniture. Frequently families will donate furniture to SFT and medical devices to care facilities within thirty days or less thus saving considerable stress.