co owner of muddy waters community house antiprofit
actually, the organization that we are benefiting, HOMEPDX (homepdx.net if you wanna look it up) attempts to not label their community as homeless, because the organization attempts to be a "home" for them...if they are referencing them they use the term "our friends that live outside" ...so in honor of their wishes we did not use the term homeless.
and the benefit is a raffle...so we went with alliteration.
sorry if that seems silly to you....but its more silly that we feel the need to insult word-usage instead of being stoked that you get a chance to love the people of your city that are consistently shown disgust.
"That means the money earned at the coffee shop will go toward paying the four co-owners personal bills and the bills for the shop."
Umm. You mean like a for-profit business?
funny enough...a non profit 501c3 organization has the same set up...the "profit" part of any business model=excess. we are running like a for-profit in the governments eyes ...which means we dont have to have restrictions on who/when/why we give our money away..we are running like a non profit when it comes to what we do with that excess...and if we didnt pay our bills we would not be able to throw fundraisers for the homeless...because we would be the homeless...so to say that we live off tips is to say that, after my rent is paid, tip money pays for everything else in my life...the way that we spend our money is not a secret...if you are truly concerned with the legitimacy...you can always ask :-) we found we are more free to give more running the shop as a for-profit...make sense?
we are all stoked to walk this through with the public...our neighborhood has been so encouraging ...damn beautiful people...thank you for that...
and yes...4pplz bills has a lot of limits...i, being one of the 4..make an approx $1.80 an hour ...taking bills vs. hours.
"n this day and age, it is harder to believe that there is actual good people out there that are willing to give of their time and money and selves, just to build a community that is safe for everyone to be a part of. Like I said before--stick around and see the changes. Better yet, be a part of the change and not just the peanut gallery! "
well said, mike.
you lovely skeptics come party with us march 1st and we can talk out the details over a beer while we auction off our studly men .... firedancing, bellydancing, live hip hop...and show some love to our roofless friends.
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