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Yesterday, DSBE's CEO followed up on a conversation with the East Palo Alto YMCA's Membership Director, Michelle Webster, by furnishing her with a copy of the letter he had written that branch of the Silicon Valley YMCA back on January 6, 2013 which introduced them to DSBE's second plank of its philanthropic platform (cf.http://www.dsb-e.com/Homeless-of-East-Palo-Alto.html.) He also included a copy of the letter he had written San Mateo County Supervisors Don Horsley and Carol Groom, in their capacities as co-chairs of the HOPE Committee of January 8, 2013, and of the letter he had writen Dr. Faye of One East Palo Alto on January 23, 2013.
Copies of this set of letters were also furnished to Tayischa Deldridge, Homeless Health Advocate/Health Navigator, Ravenswood Center for Health Promotion.
The letter to Faye McNair-Knox, Ph. D., Executive Director of One East Palo Alto Neighborhood Improvement Initiative best argues for this project:
Dear Dr. Faye,
Back in December, on a night when you left work after One East Palo Alto's Annual Membership Meeting, I approached you and said one day I would be soliciting your help in becoming a grant writer.
Since one often learns best by doing, I would like to focus on the effort I cc'ed your organization about recently: generating development funds for YMCA memberships for East Palo Alto's homeless.
DSBE - A California Corporation - and myself are both presently homeless, and having been so for over a year and a half, know too well the deficiencies of our County and City's solutions to the hygiene of their homeless residents.
For a homeless person to be able to get to our centrally located YMCA, bathe, exercise, and socialize daily with the full socio-economic spectrum of our community would do their physical and mental health tremendous good, as well as the public's.
Our governments have lacked the priorities and resources to address this public issue, and have let it fall upon the Catholic charities of our County and upon the resourcefulness of people who by definition lack resources. It's dysfunctional and the evidence is outside your offices on Bay Road.
The County will be counting the homeless in five days. We should soon know the updated figure, but it ought to be upwards of 350, with an inclining and accelerating growth curve.
Now seems like an opportune time to solve this issue for the County and our City by approaching private and public agencies for grant monies to afford YMCA memberships. For that, I look to you and a short list of local and potential mentors for guidance.
I hope this will be the first stage of long-term and fruitful rapport between One East Palo Alto and DSBE as I want to apply the talents I developed as a technical writer in Silicon Valley in part towards development writing for local organizations. That would make for a natural synergy, given your role as a broker of resources and services to impove our beloved city.
David Shaw Bass
President & CEO
DSBE expects more substantive progress on this project as a result of this and other information dissemination in its third fiscal quarter of 2012-13.
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