Springfield, MO -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/26/2015 -- Jobs4Homeless has announced plans to expand again. "Each location is self supporting and we need more space to create new jobs for those who want something more out of life than being homeless" says Jobs4Homeless founder James Bruggeman
James Bruggeman, founder of both Jobs4Homeless and Incredible Thrift, believes in "a hand up" solution vs. a hand out. "As an insider and survivor, I understood a new approach was needed for homelessness. Too many are homeless due to circumstances and too many are homeless due to choice and addiction," said Bruggeman. "The 'hand out' systems are mostly broken, enabling some to 'live homeless' with little accountability. We are a very giving community yet our homeless numbers continue to rise. New solutions are needed"
Bruggeman decided to launch his mission to employ those who are homeless 2 years ago with his partner Tennille Chapa. They have turned $2,500 in start-up funds into a powerful homeless movement. Jobs4Homeless now operates 2 Incredible Thrift stores and a warehouse – all employment centers for the homeless.
Along with a job they teach homeless young people core principles such as integrity, giving back, work ethic, living clean and goal setting. Once a participant is ready to enter the work force, he or she is placed into a full-time work opportunity with one of the organization's community business partners. According to Jobs4Homeless, "A hand up with jobs is the long term solution for most homelessness."
The goal is to accomplish their lofty mission without grants, government funding or seeking financial donations from their community. Jobs4Homeless has a 'self supporting' business model which seeks only 'project' or 'payroll' funds from their business community to get project locations underway.
Also in the mix is 'Your Hand Up LLC' recently filed by Bruggeman to provide jobs for felons and those in addiction recovery.
A new 20,000 sq ft warehouse will provide a large homeless employment center, corporate headquarters for nationwide expansion, as well as offer classrooms and recycling facilities.
For a pledge of $20, donors will receive a raffle ticket for the chance to win a 2015 Jeep Wrangler. 1,700 tickets must sell for the Jeep to be raffled, and if this goal isn't met, the prize will be a 50/50 cash raffle. There is currently over $5000 in cash pot with 2 weeks remaining. Drawing entries will be verified by outside sources, and participants need not be present to win. The drawing will be held on the evening of June 6, 2015 at Youngblood Jeep.
Tickets are available at several locations and online at http://www.jobs4homeless.org/jeep-tickets-.html
Jobs4Homeless also has a unique way for contributors to direct 100% of donated funds to the most important element of their program – youth payroll. Donors can contribute directly to their 'Jobs4Homeless Payroll Account" at Great Southern Bank, Springfield MO. All account activity is limited to payroll and will be published each month.
More information is available at http://jobs4homeless.org/ or http://incrediblethrift.com/
James Bruggeman, Founder