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Redeeming Seattle

Events, Rescue Missions, Seattle, Seattle

Redeeming Seattle

No Comments 29 June 2011

Great picture of the Frogboxes donated to collect shoes in.

Seattle continues to be a city filled with incredible people doing incredible things for others. Last year at the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon we had an amazing time and were able to collect shoes for the Rescue Mission in downtown Seattle.  Not only were we able to capture some great video but upon handing out the shoes we collected at the rescue mission I met a certain individual who I now consider a friend.  That friend is Scott Sowle.

Scott lived on the streets for many years battling his addiction to drugs and alcohol until he found his way to the Seattle Union Gospel Mission. It is there that he changed his life and now makes it his life’s goal to help others. Last year as we were handing out the shoes from the race to people on the street, Scott approached me and shared with me that he wanted to start his own shoe collection center for the Puget Sound area. He asked if he could call me and discuss it further. Of course I said he could reach out to me anytime, all the while thinking I might never hear from him again since he lived at the shelter.  I’m excited to share with you that at this years event we teamed up with Scott’s new organization, Redeeming Soles, as the recipient of all the shoes we collected.  Scott has done amazing things since we last met in building Redeeming Soles and is making an incredible difference in Washington. He provides shoes to numerous shelters, abuse centers and kids facilities facing poverty in the Puget Sound area. Scott is known to many on the streets as the “shoe guy” or “Scooter”. To me he is an inspiration. Not only is Scott Redeeming Soles but he is Redeeming Seattle and really making a difference in the lives he touches. I know he did mine.

Thank you Scott.

From left to Right: Jeff Hill from Frogbox who donated the collection bins, Jo Anne Drewry from Redeeming Soles and Scott Sowle Founder of Redeeming Soles

Events, Las Vegas, Rescue Missions, Vegas

Something To Believe In…..

No Comments 17 December 2010

I drive by the homeless sleeping on a cold dark street
Like bodies in an open grave
Underneath the broken old neon sign
That used to read JESUS SAVES

A mile away live the rich folks
And I see how they’re living it up
While the poor they eat from hand to mouth
The rich drinkin’ from a golden cup

And it just makes me wonder
Why so many lose, and so few win

Song: Something To Believe In

Artist: Poison

When this song came out in 1990 I was 2 years out of high school.  Seems like only yesterday.  From the time I was 16 and could drive, my best friend and I would make sack lunches and take them to all the homeless people who congregated around City Hall in Santa Ana, Ca. and spend time talking with them listening to their stories.  My best friend, who I have known since 5th grade and still hang with today, played the guitar ever since I can remember and learned to play this song.  To us it meant something. Still does.

Fast forward to present day. I now operate a public charity that strives to help those in need, only rather than giving away sack lunches we give away shoes.  I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to work with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series and attend a great number of their events where we collect shoes from all the runners and then donate them to a local rescue mission in the city where the race is held.  Two weeks ago we attended the Zappos Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & 1/2 where the man himself, Bret Michaels, sang this song.  To be standing there hearing this song live while we collected shoes for the homeless was beyond incredible.  Then to top it off I had the opportunity to meet Bret after the show.  While the meeting was brief, due to the line of waiting fans, mostly women of course, it was one I won’t soon forget.  He was extremely nice and very receptive to what we are doing. Hopefully, I’ll be able to take him up on his offer of being the recipient of shoes he gets from a relationship he has with a major footwear company, as well as catching another show down the road.

Thanks Bret for giving me and millions of other fans Something To Believe In!

Rockin with Bret Michaels

…And give me something to believe in
If there’s a Lord above
And give me something to believe in
Oh, Lord arise

Radio Spot on “I’m Thankful Network” in Seattle

Events, Seattle, video

Radio Spot on “I’m Thankful Network” in Seattle

No Comments 27 June 2010

Shoeless in Seattle

Events, Rescue Missions, Seattle, Seattle

Shoeless in Seattle

1 Comment 22 June 2010

Seattle Union Gospel Mission

We are extremely excited to be heading to Seattle this week not only to be a part of another great Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon presented by Competitor Group but to also work with the Seattle Union Gospel Mission as the recipient of all the shoes we collect over three days of being in town.  The Mission is the only shelter in King County that offers 3 meals a day, 7 days a week and averages 1200 meals a day.  The statistics for King County are alarming:

Homelessness in King County…

  • Over 8,961 people are homeless on any given night in King County
  • Children under the age of 18 make up 33 percent of the shelter and transitional housing population
  • Over 21 percent of the homeless population have experienced domestic violence
  • 18 percent of people living in shelters and transitional programs in King County are employed
  • 48 percent of the shelter population has been homeless one year or longer
  • 30 percent of homeless people sleeping outside spend the night in their cars.
  • In Seattle, the cost of supportive housing was estimated at $26 per person per day, in contrast with $87.67 for a day in jail, $555 for mental hospitals and $2,184 for hospitals

It is obvious there is a need for helping those on the streets of Seattle and the surrounding areas.  We know from talking with our contacts at the shelter that shoes will get used. Everyone knows that Seattle is damp and wet place to live; let alone having to do it on the streets…bare foot.  Spring rain brings beautiful flowers but for those living on the street it means wet, sore and badly blistered feet.  Brian, one of the men who frequents the shelter for meals, was heard saying, “Our feet get really chewed up”.

Man on streets of Seattle without shoes

We have an incredible opportunity this week to really make a difference and work to provide 8900 people on the streets with moderately worn shoes. We will be collecting shoes at the Health and Fitness Expo taking place at Qwest Event Center Thursday June 24th 11am-7pm and Friday 25th 10am-7pm.  We ask that you wash your shoes prior to donating them if possible, but not required.  We will accept all moderately worn men, women and children’s shoes.

Join us in making sure that every person in our country has a pair of shoes.  While housing continues to be the main issue when it comes to homelessness, so is helping people get back on their feet.  In order to do so, we must work together to give them something to stand in.

 


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