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DO Foundation, Inc.

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Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

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!

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Tere

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The DO Foundation is an organization that is dedicated particularly to giving homeless individuals hope by supplying their immediate needs. The workers of the DO Foundation go "to the streets" to communicate directly with homeless individuals to assess, then meet these needs. The founder, Brian O'Neal; Co-founder, Kelly Adolph and a myriad of hardworking volunteers work tirelessly to abolish homelessness in and around the Detroit area. "Team DO" of The DO Foundation also spreads awareness to across the country about the misconceptions that many have regarding homeless individuals. I have become more sensitive to the needs of homeless individuals through the knowledge that I have received from the DO Foundation. I am honored to be a part of such an amazing group of individuals who truly care about the people they serve. Even after several hardships befell the organization, the response is always the same, "The Mission must continue". I salute the DO Foundation for their hard work and dedication. They are truly a top rated Non Profit in my eyes. For more information about the DO Foundation or to donate, please go to www.dofoundation.net

Previous Stories
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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I initially started supporting the DO Foundation (DOF), because of its founder Brian O'Neal. He has a passion for helping those in need. It gives me great pleasure to know that there is an organization that is truly interested in helping those in need. The DOF's commitment in helping end homelessness can set a standard that other organizations can follow, by going in the communities where help is needed; be visible and talk to individuals to determine their need and just show people that you genuinely care. Mr. O’Neal not only goes into the areas where the help is needed, but he also informs DOF supporters of the need that is greatly among us. That's why I will continue to support Brian O’Neal and the DOF.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The DO Foundation is doing a tremendous amount of work to help the homeless. Continue to support this outstanding organization!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

DO Foundation works directly with those that are living in a state of homelessness. By hitting the streets and providing for the immediate needs. We are working diligently to open our first of many resource centers to aid and assist with the specific needs of the homeless. We have had tremendous success and many success stories.

1 Suman J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in Nepal which is very far away from USA. But from face book & from some source I come to know that do Foundation working for humanitarian & when I check out yes really Do Foundation doing it. & Brain is real human who is spending his time/ money for shake of basic human need. & aware other too to be good human. There R lot Social Organization opened by people to earn name/fame/money but Do is doing as they talk (really social motive). Keep it up >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

1 Karol K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

DO Foundation is a wonderful organization simply by the fact that they go out on the streets to help homeless people. The founder is very compassionate and it shows by his actions. I truly believe he wants to make a difference. They go out of their way to help as many people as they can. Less talk and more action is what they believe in. If we had more organizations like DO Foundation I believe we really could eradicate homelessness in our country and possibly around the world.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are charities, foundations, and groups that talk about how to deal with alcoholism, substance abuse, mental illness, and of course homelessness. There are people who regale you with stories of how much they gave to this disaster, or such and such cause - after all, "every little bit helps" - well, I think that is only the beginning. Sure, money helps, however, in my book, it is WHAT YOU DO that matters...talking is just blah blah, money can sometimes be mis-managed, and checkbook-charity is just that - one facet of giving. The DO Foundation is about ACTION - stopping in the middle of your busy day to help someone in need...giving up a hotel room for an elderly person because you can. Providing "DO Bags", helping with transitional housing, 24-hour access to laundry facilities, treatment program referrals, on-the-spot emergency asistance - this is REAL ACTON. I completely support the DO Foundation for what they DO.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I truly believe in this charity, I love what the Do Foundation stands for. I will do anything I can to help this foundation succeed at its mission. I ve been homeless once and so this cause is very dear to my heart. The founder Brian O Neal is a great person and humanitarian. He actually live as a homeless man himself for two week so that he would personally know what it was like. He gives his celebrity status and his time to make this cause a great one. He is honest and dedicated to what he believes in...... I do too..!

1 Debbie H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i read the posts brian displays on facebook. this guy is passionate, compassionate and so caring about his DO foundation project. he has a gentle, natural way of drawing you in and helping you to remember lifes priorities. i know he spends time on the streets directly helping homeless people and then more time raising awareness, raising funds and raising his family. a true inspiration. a pleasure to know there are men like him around.

1 Cheray Y.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have watched Brian Oneal from a distance exhibit his passion for wanting to extend love and what he has been blessed with with those less fortunate. How better to fulfill this passion than to have an organization such as (DO). This Foundation is giving back to those who have in many cases "given much" themselves, and now because of circumstances find themselves in a position where they have hit their "bottom." This Foundation and those like it need everyone's support because truly, a little bit goes a very long way. Continued success to this organization and what and who it represents.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A blessing Being Able to Help Others. Do foundation Was Just What Was Needed for the big push, I am very proud to be part of this organization. Do Something is the Beginning of a Stage Without End. Thank you all for making it possible a coat, a hand, love.

Inger W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Bettie Boop

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Cindy R.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donna C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

renovatio06

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Monique R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.