Great opportunity to provide health care and a needed supply to people in need.
It is not recognized for its value to the community as it provides working poor shoes and medical care.
It has been my honor to coordinate the Minnesota division of Our Hearts to Your Soles. Once a year we bring together health care providers, shoe fitters and their respective friends and families to provide free foot exams, basic foot care and a new pair of shoes and socks. During the last 3 years we have examined and shoed more than 1100 homeless men, women and children. It is heart-warming and incredibly rewarding as a participant. The MN branch, like our parent organization, has essentially no administrative costs. Nearly everyone who works at the event donates their time and St. Stephen’s Shelter provides the gymnasium at no cost.
Over the past four years, Our Hearts to Your Soles' partnership with Helping Up Mission has been beneficial to hundreds of men in their recovery from chemical addiction. Helping Up Mission (located in Baltimore, Maryland) provides a unique twelve month residential Spiritual Recovery Program set in a Twelve Step Therapeutic Community. All of the men the enter The Mission are unemployed. Our clients are unable to afford either the shoes provided by our Hearts to Your Soles or the outstanding podiatric care provided by Dr. John Campbell and his colleagues. The impact of the shoes and the podiatric care always lifts the spirits and the self-esteem of our clients. Our Hearts to Your Soles, which functions with less than one percent of adminstrative costs, is truly appreciated by Helping Up Mission Staff and Clients.
This is an astounding accomplishment--keeping all administrative costs low, Dr. Silverman and his team have given their time and expertise for the good of a growing population of the homeless. Expanding their good work in Minneapolis this year they included people from St. Paul--Their care and concern is extraordinary!
Our Hearts to your Soles came to our homeless shelter in the Cass Corridor, midtown Detroit, the epicenter of unemployment and despair and provided over 140 pairs of shoes and 280 pairs of socks. The orthopedic surgeons, orthotists, nurse practitioners and others fitted the shoes to each client. They got a standing ovation when it was over. Time.com covered the event: http://detroit.blogs.time.com/2009/11/26/giving-detroiters-a-foot-up/
Our Hearts to Your Soles is a great organizaion. Because of its leadership we were able to provide a wonderful service to the homeless in the Sioux Falls SD area. It also provided the staff and their families at Orthopaedic Consultants the opportunity to meet and help some very special people. It all went very well. The coordination of the organizaion is "top notch"
Our Hearts to Your Soles provided a great service to the clients at our Mission. The quality of service and the quality of the donated shoes were excellent. I appreciate a nonprofit that provides an excellent service.
Our Hearts to Your Soles was conceived by a teenager and has grown to this year include 42 sites nationwide and over 7000 pairs of new shoes. More then shoes, the medical evaluation of the homeless men at the shelters and treatment of nails and calluses is important. At our shelter, our presence and the fact we were willing to even look at their feet was met with disbelief. The men were absolutely blown away to be receiving new shoes that were fit to them by medical professionals. The overhead for Our Hearts to Your Soles is very low. The community volunteerism that is generated by their network of surgeons is huge. This is truely a great from the ground up organization that has not yet reached its capacity. Locally, working with Our Hearts to Your Soles, has inspired several other local groups to donate to the shelter and my office to make the shelter it's Christmas giving recipient. Hats off to the Conti's. They are truly making the world a better place! In addition, they have helped locate a size 16 pair of shoes for one of the men which are on the way to the shelter.
I have helped the Minneapolis, MN effort for a few years. Admin costs are verty low, and the work directly, immediately benefits homeless citizens who need shows. Additionally, the medical staff present during events helps ensure a good combination of medical oversight and useful help.
We did an event with Our Hearts to your Soles event in Las Vegas, NV and were able to screen and give shoes to over 150 homeless men. Less than 1% administrative costs and all the money they collect goes to providing the homeless with services.