My Nonprofit Reviews
One Small Step
Review for One Small Step, Inc., Chandler, AZ, USA
I started this group in 2001 with a handful of friends who agreed that we could make life easier for people in need, by doing one small thing well. We gathered socks, hundreds, then thousands of them, washed, bleached, mended, packaged, and delivered more than 160,000 pairs to shelters, clothing banks, and other organizations that serve the poor. In 2009, we expanded the "one small step" into a much larger project, The Clothes Cabin, to provide free clothes and bedding to people who cannot afford to buy what they need.
In 2010, One Small Step helped 833 families with clothes. The Back-to-Work program provided steel toed work boots to men whose job (or potential job) required them. In 2011, Clothes Cabin added laundry services for homeless people and every month the demand for clothing and laundry increases.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
seeing the smile on a mother's face, carefully selecting just the right clothes for each child. I see the gratitude of a weather-worn homeless man when I hand him his bag of laundered clothes. I feel despair lift when a man gets a new pair of workboots and goes to apply for a job.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Expand to other cities. So many people do not have easy access to a clothing bank, and I wonder, "Why not?" The clothes are available on one hand, the people in need on the other hand. It only takes willing hands and hearts to bridge the gap.