Easing the burden of homelessness,
one backpack at a time.
Our mission comes to life in three ways:
(1) packing and hand-delivering backpacks filled with essential supplies,
(2) making a personal connection with each client that we serve, and
(3) connecting our clients to other homeless service providers within the communities in which we operate.
It is our experience that a ten-minute conversation can dispel a lifetime of assumptions about homelessness and the people who experience it. An open mind, heart and ear is all it takes to understand how little separates someone who is homeless from someone who is not. We hope that through personal interaction, every member of our society will understand why we use words like brilliant, proud, hilarious, wise, philanthropic, and compassionate to describe our clients.
While we may not reach a day when The Backpack Project can fully retire, we hope to contribute to the collective effort that our friends at the Gateway Center characterize as making homelessness “rare and brief.” As a community, we must commit to prioritizing compassion and treating every individual with dignity and respect. Engaging fellow citizens in the issues elevates the chances that we may address them successfully. Our team does not fear difference of opinion about how to address homelessness; rather, we fear indifference of opinion. TBP envisions a future in which everyday citizens become the change they want to see in the world, starting in their local communities.