Nearly 3.5 million people experience homelessness each year in the United States, The path to exiting a state of homelessness often involves appointments with a complex network of social, medical, employment, financial, and legal agencies. Missing an appointment means missing an opportunity to exit homelessness, so timing is of the essence. Unfortunately, a simple wristwatch can be luxury for someone without a home – yet vital to secure one.
Watch Over Me supplies homeless shelters with wristwatches for distribution to homeless persons. Partnering with the Beacon & Episcopal Homeless Initiative, the program that allows citizens to donate used watches (or cash towards the purchase of a simple wristwatch). We take both digital and analog watches, in working or repairable condition. For the safety of our clients, we trade any watches above a $15 value for cash and then purchase basic wristwatches. We'll also provide day planners so clients can track their appointments with various agencies and store contact information.
This organization will receive contributions from both individuals and corporations. I'm at the beginning of the social enterprise process, but the market is definitely professional. Once I have this up and running in Houston, it will scale to shelters across the country. Perhaps international one day!