DO Foundation, Inc.

Rating: 4.94 stars   33 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 18820 Woodward Avenue Suite 101 Detroit MI 48203 USA

Mission: The Do Foundation holds the essential belief that ALL PEOPLE, no matter their walk of life, are entitled to Dignity, Respect and the Opportunity to realize or regain a life of self-sufficiency through community involvement and assistance, as opposed to living in an unsheltered state of homelessness. The Mission of the DO Foundation (DOF) is to connect directly with the homeless for a personal account of their immediate needs, and to generate community support in conjunction with implementing cost-effective programs to aid & assist them with meeting those needs. Homelessness is indiscriminate. Likewise, the DO Foundation will remain open to the needs of those who are homeless, whether their state of homelessness is to due to financial hardship, mental health related issues, addiction, flight from abusive circumstances, or lack of general support, as often is the case with Veterans and former inmates transitioning back into the community.
Results: DO Foundation has aided in helping thousands of people across the country in providing for their immediate needs, food, a warm place to stay, essentials needed for the weather and much much more.
Target demographics: low-income, homeless children, adults, families, homeless vets and former prisoners, recently released teens from foster care, prevention
Geographic areas served: National Organizaition
Programs: PROGRAMS AND SERVICES INTAKE & ASSESSMENT This is the first step an individual takes under the umbrella of DO Foundation (DOF) programs & services – your introduction to what we offer and how we can help. This process includes eligibility screening procedures & protocols to ensure that the appropriate referrals are made and any enrollment procedures result in individuals and/or families maximize their opportunity to receive aid and/or services that they are entitled to, or can benefit from. Intake & Assessment is designed to ensure that DOF personnel properly address an individual and their specific needs. It will also streamline the aid process, thereby eliminating redundancy and helping to alleviate an already stressful situation. REFERRAL There are two types of Referrals, Immediate and Long Term. “Immediate Referrals” are those of an emergent nature, such as Emergency shelters, Medical or Mental Health, Prevention, and Drug & Alcohol addiction. “Long Term” refers to situations of a less than emergent nature, such as Transitional Housing, Outreach, Job Placement, Education & Awareness, and Financial Planning. Based on the initial assessment, each person will work with one of our qualified Referral Agents (RA), who will contact the applicable facilities on behalf of the individual. These facilities may include, (but are not limited to): drug & alcohol clinics or rehabilitation centers, emergency shelters for immediate housing needs, medical or mental health facilities, job placement agencies and organizations, and food banks. The RA will make initial contact, then direct & guide the individual to the appropriate person within the contacted establishment. PREVENTION DOF’s Prevention Services address “Crisis Management”. In other words, you have a critical need, and we have an immediate solution. This program is for individuals who require immediate assistance to prevent loss of housing. Such services may include, but are not limited to: referral to organizations (such as Thaw or United Way) to help avert utility shut off, contacting a leasing office to avoid eviction. If all efforts fail, DO Foundation can, and may, provide (on a limited basis) “on the spot” emergency assistance for eviction prevention. {However, there are requirements for receiving this type of aid that will be thoroughly discussed at the time when, and if, this becomes necessary}. OUTREACH Outreach (“DOF style”) tends to some of the immediate needs of a homeless individual. We accomplish this by “hitting the streets for the homeless”. Our volunteers take clothing items, DO Bags, a warm & friendly disposition and the desire to help. There is also an all access Resource Center where the homeless can come in out of the cold, make telephone calls, wash their clothes, get a hot shower, and have a bit of much needed “privacy”. Our Outreach services will also aid individuals in need of obtaining personal ID’s and/or acquiring the necessary documentation for other potential programs and/or organizations from which they can benefit. TRANSITIONAL HOUSING DOF’s Transitional Housing program will help coordinate admission into supportive housing that is both affordable and appropriate for the delivery of supportive services to individuals and/or families; such as Welfare, Food Stamps, WIC and general state or federal aid. EDUCATION & AWARENESS Our Education & Awareness programs are designed to enlighten individuals on Personal Responsibility, and are centered around Prevention – not only understanding HOW you got where you are, but how to prevent future recurrence once you’ve overcome it. We also provide hands on training in financial literacy and financial planning. We will guide you through areas from basic banking, to budgeting & strategies of long term success. Our goal is to help you achieve financial responsibility and personal financial success. When it’s raining and you don’t have an overcoat, step under the DO umbrella .. we’ll help to keep you dry!
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was recently helped by the Do Foundation after a month unsuccessfully trying to get help from over 20 organizations in the state of Florida. Everyone I spoke to at the foundation were extremely kind, and showed great concern for my daughters and my well being. While we waited for transportation back home to Canada, (which they arranged) they made sure we had a comfortable place to stay and food. I am forever grateful to everyone in the organization for their genuine concern and kindness they showed to my family.

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Having been helped by the organization.

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I wouldnt make any changes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I give to several organizations via my workplace but I never really know if my contributions are helpful. I was amazed by Brian's talent as an artist. However, as I got to know more about the DO Foundation's role and the work that Brian and his amazing team are performing to abolish homelessness, I am truly in awe. I rallied additional pennies in my budget to aid the DO Foundation in its endeavors. I've never personally been homeless but I watched my mother struggle for years trying to prevent us from being homeless and hungry. If we were growing up now I'm not sure if she would have been as successful. God has given us a simple but powerful message. LOVE ONE ANOTHER!!!! The DO Foundation is doing this for us.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Witnessed the effectiveness in raising awareness here in Michigan and directly with our homeless population

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None other than get others to contribute to help the foundation become global.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

The DO Foundation team awareness campaign

Why did you make your donation at this time?

Increased need

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I follow this organization because I know the organizers really care. As someone who is among the less fortunate, I give back where I live through time and deeds because as a graduate student…I do not have a lot of money. This organization continuously inspires me to do what I can where I am… When I graduate, outside of science education, my research focus will be on studying and mapping (via GIS) issues (policy, perceptions, community networks) related to poverty and social justice. This is a great organization.

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They keep me inspired...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think they are doing a great job.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

A friend.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have watched Brian from another city & state; I wish we had a Brian O'Neal where I live. I have donated to his cause & I recommend everyone do their part in their cities!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Reading & watching the progress.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do the best I could to get more humans involved!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

DO Fondation is a great organization seeking to help the homeless. It offers help to the homeless, which is much needed! Its people like Brian O'Neal that reach out and inspire other to reach out.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've observed Brain O'Neal reaching out to the homeless.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not make any.

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Rating: 4 stars  

The DO Foundation is a grassroots organization that gets to the heart of the plight of homelessness. It's founder not only talks the talk, but walks the walk in order to best serve his constituents. By living the life, he can better assess the needs of the population being served. Kudos to the DO Foundation for working so tirelessly with the homeless population.

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I have personally felt the effects of Mr. O'Neal's can do spirit by encouraging others to "Do" something instead of sitting on the sidelines and waiting for someone else. As a result, I volunteer once a month at a homeless shelter in my neighborhood.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give more money in order to create safe affordable housing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As the name says, this organization is not about talking about things, but DOING something to better the issue of homelessness. As the global and Stateside economy suffer from a decline too complex to go into details about, the DO Foundation is right where help is needed: In the streets, shelters, WITH the people in need. If there was proof for "Walk the talk", the DO Foundation is it. The hosts of the American Smooth Jazz Awards must have felt the same way, when giving their founder Brian O'Neal the Humanitarian Award of the Year.

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seeing what they do.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them money to put the mission on a wider footing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I HAVE DONE LOTS OF VOLENTEER WORK MAINLY BECAUSE OF THE DO FOUNDATION. SPEAKING WITH THE FOUNDER HELP ME TO UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO HELP OTHERS, LEARNING AN READING TALKING WITH THE PEOPLE THAT'S ALSO AFFLIATED WITH DO HELP CHANGE MY WAY OF THINKING EVERY HELPING HAND HELPS . ALSO SPEAKING WITH THE PEOPLE THAT HAS BENIFITTED FROM DO FUTHER LETS ME KNOW WITH OUT ADOUBT THAT THE ORGANIZATION HAS HELP CHANGE SOMEONE LIFE FROM DAY TO DAY . GOING OUT TO THE PUBLIC MAKING SURE PEOPLE KNOW THAT THEY ARE THERE FOR THEM SOME EVEN BRING MAIL THEY DONT UNDERSTAND "THEY EVEN GO THE EXTRA MILE TO READ MAIL THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND! GOD BLESS DO KEEP THE BLESSED WORK YOU DELIVER TO GODS PEOPLE!

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DETROIT

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

NO CHANGES NEEDED

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Rating: 5 stars  

The work the DO Foundation takes on is very challenging, but they are NOT afraid! Brian O'Neal and his staff of volunteers have a solid, selfless mission to work with the homeless and they are champions beyond measure. They are to be highly commended for going directly to those on the streets to find out what is needed most. They're goal of having a "one stop shop" to provide resources for those in need is very innovative. I have spoken personally to Brian and know that his passion is genuine and far-reaching.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing my donations going directly to people in need.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

possible expand their reach with more media coverage; but so far, I think they are doing a good job.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I ADMIRE ANYBODY THAT'S TRYING TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE ..THE 'DO FOUNDATION",INC IS A BRILLANT ORGANIZATION & WITH GOOD PEOPLE BEHIND THE REASON FOR WITH IT STANDS FOR I LOVE THEM....& SUPPORT THEM.

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I HAVE NOT .BUT I KNOW OF ONE OF PERSONS BEHIND IN THIS WONDERFUL ORGANIZATION THAT PUTS HIS LIFE ON THE LINE TO HELP SAVE SOME OF THE HOMELESS THAT BE ON THE STREETS ..IN OTHER STATES..BRIAN ONEAL..A GOOD SOUL..

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

CHANGE NOTHING..

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