KEYS for the Homeless is a remarkable organization with a simple mission: provide basic household goods to those living in poverty and to low-income men, women, and children who are transitioning from homelessness toward self-sufficiency.
Founder Valerie Guste-Johnson felt inspired to use her contacts in the hotel industry to help the homeless. She saw two problems and knew she could bridge the gap:
- Hotel staff faced the difficult task of finding adequate time to process no-longer needed inventory for donations into the community, and vice versa.
- Nonprofit organizations providing homeless services faced budget constraints in acquiring essential goods and resources to meet the real life needs of those living in poverty
In 1998, she found KEYS for the Homeless to address these two things. With the support from her family, her parish church (Holy Trinity Catholic Church) and a willingness to share “Joy, II All” (the family’s ’96 Buick Roadmaster), she delivered rooms of new and gently used in-kind goods to those living in poverty.
I love working with Valerie and KEYS. She and her team are doing amazing work that changes lives.
Visit the KEYS website to learn more.