Doors of Change - PhotoCharity
Solving Youth Homelessness Through Empowerment and Self-Sufficiency.
Safe Housing – Life Skills – Education and Training – Support Services
“We are blessed to have the Fusenot Foundation's support for over the past 5 years. They have supported our Award Winning “Taking Music & Art to the Streets” program which has seen over 3,100 Homeless Youth ages 12-24 years old. Their donation has resulted in allowing Homeless Youth to trust much quicker & get many services they would not have. Thank you so much for your support."
Jeffrey Sitcov, Founder & President
Doors of Change (also known as PhotoCharity)
FUSENOT FOUNDATION Funding Grants have assisted Doors of Change (PhotoCharity)
with the Award Winning "Taking Music & Art to the Streets" program
“Taking Music & Art to the Streets” (TMATS) program provides homeless youth ages 12-24 with free lessons in music (8 instruments to choose from) and art, a hot meal, chiropractic care, clothes, shoes, haircuts (monthly), and social services (ID, food stamps, health insurance). In less then 4 years, over 3100 Homeless Youth Visits have been seen.
Youth are given the incentive to return; if they come for 6 classes, they earn an instrument (or art supplies) of their choice. Many use these instruments to perform and get money to eat.
Because they spend 2 hours with our team during each class, youth realize that we are there to help them and trust grows much more quickly than in traditional outreach programs. Youth who want to go into housing are offered weekly mentor-ship meetings with staff, instruction in resume writing and job interviews, and assistance with rehab and housing placement.
Our working partners are The Episcopal Church Center in Ocean Beach who generously donates space, and Blues Lovers United, who provides music instructors.
TMATS has received written endorsements from U.S. Congressman Scott Peters, San Diego Mayor Kevin Falconer, CA Senator Marty Block, and CA Assembly leader Toni Atkins. It was also named Best Youth Program in 2013 by the Ocean Beach Town Council.
Anywhere from 6 to 27 youth have attended "Taking Music & Art to the Streets" each week.
- $500 pays for instruments for 5 youth who have earned them by coming for 12 hours of instruction
- $1,000 pays for 3 months of hot meals
Photos courtesy of Doors of Change (PhotoCharity)