Helping Inspirational Individuals
Learn more or Donate: hartfordbagsoflove.org
Officer Jim Barrett, a Hartford police officer on a mission to help as many homeless people as he possibly can. He transformed a SWAT vehicle into a mobile homeless outreach center. Barrett regularly organizes collections and distributes footwear, shoes, socks, etc. for the homeless in partnership with Footwear with Care.
Since 2016, FwC has been delivering durable and well-fitting walking shoes and boots as well as medical foot screenings to homeless children and adults in Hartford. To help homeless people secure and keep jobs, it also provides steel-toed boots, non-slip kitchen shoes, and dress footwear for work in construction, culinary services, and offices.
Learn more and Donate: footwearwithcare.org
To learn more about Yankee’s connection with the Sunday Love project, read the story at TheJakeStory.com and discover how a chance encounter with a homeless man could lead to a life-long friendship. The Mission of The Sunday Love Project is to share food amongst the homeless, while simultaneously building community. Their efforts aim to break bread with those who are struggling to make their way back into society as contributing members. We are a liaison between a hungry, struggling mind and a focused, nourished soul. Each week The Sunday Love Project serves over 500 meals to those in need.
Learn more or donate at www.thejakestory.com
Bob is the Founder of Pedal Thru Youth, Inc. He started working with children in 2003 when he leads a Girl Scout Troop for his daughter and coached her softball team. He started teaching automotive for Willie Ross School for the Deaf in 2012. Around the same time, he started fixing up bikes to donate to less fortunate kids. In 2017, after being diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease, he decided that he wanted to create a formal organization and start donating bikes to large groups of children. Thus, the idea for Pedal Thru Youth was born. Bob has received numerous awards from local government and community agencies for his contributions to the community, including being recognized by the Springfield City Council and the Center for Human Development in 2017. He currently works and lives in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Learn more and Donate: pedalthruyouth.org