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Orlando Teacher Goes Homeless for 30 Days!
$5,156 Raised
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Ended Aug 21, 2014
I am a retired Naval Officer who is a Middle School Teacher in Orlando, FL. I will be voluntarily homeless for 30 days beginning on July 4, 2014. I am doing this to raise money for Second Harvest Food Bank, Coalition for the Homeless, and my students. More ...

My name is Tom and I am a Teacher in a Title 1 Middle School in Orlando, Florida. I am going voluntarily homeless for 30 days so that my students can see how difficult it is being without shelter and food.  I will start my journey with nothing but my ID card and the clothes on my back.  I do not know what will happen, where I will eat or sleep, we will al find out together.  Each day I will be posting a video and a blog describing the days events.  I will be interacting with my students and others on my Facebook page "Hungry and Homeless".  I am doing this to keep my students reading and writing during the summer.

I intend to remain homeless for 30 days.  I am going to use only legal government services (Shelters, Food Pantries etc) to live.  I will be taking candid video to show how homeless people are viewed and treated.  I will talk to memebers of our community that are homeless and live as a part of their culture.  I will help my students analyze the problems they face and try and help come up with solutions to these problems.

I need your support to get the word out.  I want to reach as many people as possible with this message and at the same time raise money so that my students can have a better chance in their life.  Forty percent of the money raised will be used to buy iPads for Orange County Public Schools Intensive Reading Students.  Twenty five percent will be given to Second Harvest Food Bank, 25% will be given to the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, and the last 10% to buy a vehicle for Ministry of Hope Food Pantry.  Our goal is $100,000 but the sky is the limit!!!

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