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 donated to the "Do Foundation" because I believe whole heartedly in their mission to irradicate homelessness in our country. Dr Cornel West once said, "In order to lead the people, you have to serve the people." The Do Foundation is committed to leading people out of their state of homelessness by helping to serve their needs. What a GREAT humanitiarian organization. Too often we get caught up in our own lives, desires and wants that we often give no consideration to those less forturnate. What a sad sate of mind to live in. I tip my hat to Brian ONeal and the Do Foundaton for taking a stand and not just "talking the talk" but "walking the walk."

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I meet Brian ONeal after a concert performance. It only took a second to see what a geniune caring person he is. The expierence of meeting him led to my donation.

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

The only change I pray for is that this organization continue to grow and prosper.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have personally witnessed the Do Foundation exercise charity, and assistance to the homeless & less fortunate, not just in Michigan, but many other states as well! The Do Foundation's desire and willingness to serve & provide for the homeless knows no limits, and its members really "DO" care! I support the efforts of the Do Foundation 100%!

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

Michigan, and Kentucky.

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

Discover a way to get more people interested in helping to eradicate homelessness.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I met Brian at a prevent homeless fund raising event. When I heard him speak and came to understand his mission I knew he was someone who truly has a heart for caring about our fellow man. When we care of the least of our community, our society is better.

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

A heightened understanding our social responsibility for homeless prevention.

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

Partner.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Brian O'Neal's compassion toward our fellowmen is exemplary. I have watched him grow from his experience with this foundation. DO Foundation creates the avenue to help serve others. I fully support this work.

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

Watching the smile on people's faces who think that everyone has forgotten about them.

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

Make it universal.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We support the DO Foundation. I have worked with non-profits for the past 15 years and the DO Foundation is awesome at getting the direct needs met of their consumers. The founder has literally walked in the shoes of his consumers to find out what needs can be met immediately. His continued efforts will be an ongoing asset to our community

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

knowing that the direct needs are met of the consumers

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

They need a building to help them with their efforts

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Rating: 5 stars  

THIS BROTHER IS AN AWESOME HUMAN BEING. WHAT DO FOUNDATION DOES FOR MY HOME TOWN OF DETROIT,MI IS OVER THE TOP. WHAT I LOVE ABOUT DO FOUNDATION IS THIS: WHAT THEY COLLECT THEY DISTRIBUTE "IMMEDIATELY" NO RED TAPE, THIS BROTHER NOT ONLY TAKES IT TO THE STREET, HE LIVED ON THE STREETS WITH THE HOMELESS TO UNDERSTAND AND GET TO KNOW WHERE AND WHAT BROUGHT THEY PEOPLE TO THIS PLACE. DO FOUNDATION IS NEEDED FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS. THANK YOU MOST TALENTED BRIAN ONEAL AND YOUR DO FOUNDATION FAMILY!!1

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

THROUGH MY DETROIT FAMILY

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

NOT ONE THING - I WOULD ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO GIVE AND GET INVOLVED.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I support DO Foundation, Inc for the good heart service that is being done to assist our families and friends in their times of need. God gave us material things to not hold on to them but to share and assist others. That's what DO does. Great work and when I make my over flow you will be one of the first I support. Great job Brotha! God bless you and the Do Foundation, Inc. Peace

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

Little Rock, AR by taking what the Do Foundation, Inc stand for and give to the homeless in my community.

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

have one in each state and city.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I support the DO Foundation, because the founder is a man who REALLY cares about homelessness and the homeless. He and his organization go above and beyond what most people do for the homeless.

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

No. I am only a supporter.

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

No changes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The DO Foundation is the only charitable organization that I have ever been associated with that take the donations directly to the streets, directly to the people who need them most, the homeless. And the DO Foundation does this on a regular basis, not just once in awhile. They make a REAL difference.

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

...seeing the impact the DO Foundation has in the lives of homeless people.

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

...find a way to bring more attention to their work on a daily basis.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I support this organization because the Founder believes enough in what he is doing that he put himself in situations to experience homelessness first hand. How amazing is it that a man in his position would do that and more than once. I believe that one should try to help those less fortunate than themselves. This organization is the result of someone who saw a need and was willing to put forth the initiative to try do that.

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I have no experience. I live in a different city but try to stay informed of what the organization is doing. I will volunteer when they expand into Houston.

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I would not recommend any changes.

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