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Champ House - Cape Cod Massachusetts
Champ Homes in Massachusetts save those who have "fallen through the cracks"
Champ Homes are "Places of Hope, Built on Faith." www.champhouse.org
The residents and directors form a close-knit family, sharing our love and our spirituality with those who are less fortunate. We work tirelessly for our live-in residents, and for any at-risk, homeless members of our community who come to us for help. We care for anyone, male or female, from 17 to 70, who is in need of supportive, low-cost housing, who wants to be part of a nurturing family group. Champ Homes provide a haven for folks who are physically disabled, in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse, mentally ill, and all those in need in some way or the other.
My uncle and aunt, Paul and Carolyn Hebert started Champ House in the early 1990s. Since then it has transformed hundreds of down-trodden spirits into bright, hopeful, productive lives.
Not all of us are blessed with the specific talents and spirit needed to nurture less fortunate, homeless lives into a lives of emotional, spiritual and financial abundance. I am definitely not blessed with those talents. But I do have other talents that I can use to help others help the homeless.
For example, my talents as a lawyer and and an author provide me with Financial Abundance that I can share with Champ House. And, I can use my dot-com interests and skills to help others learn about, and support their work. Then, Champ House can use those resources to do what they do best - really, what they were called to do . . . "We need to take care of one another." Matthew 2:5.
Champ House Founder Paul Hebert publishes "Return to Eden"
Yahoooo! It's here!
Journey with 8 people as they step out of the darkness and into the light.
Return to Eden - by Paul E. Hebert, CEO/Founder Champ House
Journey with 8 people as each experiences his own opportunity for individual human awakening as he steps out of darkness and into light. "This is a well written story, Heart warming, Very happy I picked this one up. Also Supports a Great charity. I would recommend it to every one!" says Heidi Robert's Amazon.com Recommendation.
My Favorite Song about the Champ House Spirit - Go Light Your World
This song is awesomely inspiring - and best epitimizes the Spirit of Champ House. Try listening without tears of a touched Spirit.
"Carry your candle, run to the darkness
Seek out the hopeless, confused and torn
Hold out your candle, for all to see it
Take your candle and go light your world
Take your candle and go light your world"
EZ way to Donate to Champ House
without spending any money!
Use www.GoodSearch.com as your default search engine!
GoodSearch.com will make donations to Champ House ("Housing for All Corporation") when you search or shop online. In fact, GoodSearch.com will tell you immediately when a website that you're visiting makes Donations or has coupons for you.
Enter Housing For All Corporation as your Charity of Choice.
You search, You Shop, You Give!
What does C.H.A.M.P. stand for?
- C - Caring, nurturing
- H - Home-like environment
- A - Adolescents and Adults in need
- M - Motivation and morality in place of negativity
- P - Producing Productive members of society
Successful, Financially Independent Lives include Donating
Getting "Off the Rat Race" (in Robert Kiyosaki's "Cash Flow 101" game language, of "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" fame, www.richdad.com) means Financial Independence. Financial Independence means that your income from your passive investments EXCEED your monthly expenses. Kiyosaki, along with many of today's other great teachers of financial wisdom, believe and teach that charitable donations are a big part of achieving, maintaining, and growing financial abundance and independence.
A few years ago, my husband and I decided exactly what our financial resources would go to when we become financially independent - 1/3 living expenses, 1/3 investments, 1/3 donations. What we learned when we played a 30-day abundance game that simulated a financially independent life, was that 1/3 of a financially independent person's income is A lot of money.
And, we also learned that my husband and I did not want to spend our energies and talents managing all of that money - we wanted to use our talents in their unique ways - and let others, who are better at creating and managing philanthropic activities (such as Champ House) utilize the donation money. Sure, we wanted to decide where and what types of organizations it would be used for, but we wanted someone else to actually use the money for the actual daily activities.
Bill Gates understands the wisdom of this approach to donating. That is why he has a full-staffed organization that spends its time determining how to use the billions of dollars of his charitable donations. Then, they let the recipients of the money do the work of helping others.
Although my family has not yet achieved its financial independence, we do donate regularly - to several charities. So, if you are on the path to Financial Abundance, or have achieved Financial Independence, I highly recommend developing a donating habit now. If you can donate a penny, nickel, dime or quarter, out of a dollar now, you will be true to yourself when you have/receive millions of dollars.
How much do you donate?
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One Resident's Story
Want to know who is helped by the dedication and inspiration of the Hebert's and Champ House? Here it is in one resident's own words:
"I was around 7 years old before a teacher didn't believe the bruises and welts were from my falling. I hid in closets when my father was drunk but when he found me he used a stick to beat me."
-P., age 17.
Fun ideas to volunteer as a family. Often these days, soup kitchens and other volunteer organizations don't want the kids underfoot.
- Special Olympics
- Write a thank you letter - or, just a pretty picture - to a soldier.
- Collecting cans of food for a food drive - be sure the kids either ask a neighbor or use their own money to buy it
- Take all of your recycles to a non-profit org that uses recycling for fundraising, like Champ House :)
My Top Financial Abundance Books
I haven't read any books about the importance of charitable giving because I was born with that belief. But I have read books about financial prosperity that will help you have more money so you can donate more money. These are some of those books.
Your Favorite Charitable Organizations to Donate to
We want to know to whom who and what Squidoo viewers give. Some of the topics do overlap, so just pick the description that resonates best with you. Let us know the details in a Blurb at the bottom of the page.
Who/what is your favorite organization to donate to?
My Favorite Charitable Organizations to Donate to
- Champ House
You know a lot more about Champ House now from this lens. Visit them to Donate or to learn more. If you live in the Cape Cod area, visit the website or call them to learn more about how you can contribute your time, talents or resources to this great
- Sound of Life Radio Station
This is my favorite radio station; it's a positive (read: not overbearing) Christian radio station. Don't live in the NJ/NY/PA area? Listen online. Whenever I arrive at my destination, I am in a tremendously better mood and have a better attitude tha
- Joel Osteen
The break-through pastor who continues to break the bonds of centuries of negative, guilt-ridden Christian messages. Joel brings a formerly taboo topic - abundance - to the Christian community. His Good Works touch people around the world. Did you kn
- Joyce Meyer
I used to not like Joyce because she just was too harsh for me. She's softened in her communication, while staying firmly committed to her message - that any wrong done to you can be overcome, but that it is now your responsibility to make that decis
- Girl Scouts
I "donate" by buying cookies. Make a young girl's self-confidence increase - buy some cookies. How much easier can it get? Did you know that the money raised from Girl Scout cookie sales can go to that girl and her troop, in addition to the organizat
- Samaritan's Purse & Operation Christmas Child
From the Samaritan website: "The story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) gives a clear picture of God's desire for us to help those in desperate need wherever we find them. After describing how the Samaritan rescued a hurting man whom others had
My Favorite Feel-Good Movies - Some are Inspiring, some are feel-good, some are about helping others, some are about the impact of our lives on others
You can rate these movies by clicking on the arrows. If you have a favorite feel-good movie that's not shown, we want to know about it! Tell us in a Blurb. If you also love a movie below, 1st Rate it, 2nd Submit a Blurb about it. [The comments below the title are mine, not the Amazon listing's snippet.]
The Last Gasp Bike Boat and Bake Fundraiser, Cape Cod Massachusetts
An annual authentically Cape Cod Fundraiser that benefits Champ House
Champ House is grateful to be a beneficiary of The Last Gasp Bike, Boat & (Clam) Bake annual fundraising event.
Are you a Last Gasp Biker or volunteer or supporting organization? If so, we want to hear from you! Submit a Blurb at the bottom of the page.
For example, what do you do in The Last Gasp (biker, volunteer)? Who do you raise money for? Why do you raise money for Champ House?
From The Last Gasp's website:
"2006 will mark the 15th annual running of this unique event. Over the years we have had a lot of fun, made lifelong friends, and raised over $1.6 million for the Cape Cod community. . . 100% of the money you raise or donate will be directed to the charity of your choice."
Tell us about YOUR favorite charity or do-good organization - we'd love to know about it!