Welcome to The Stones Project!
The New Face of Homelessness
Due to the fact that the increased amount of people becoming homeless no longer fit what used to be the "typical" homeless person, we feel that a certain creativity needs to be provided in order to assist this unusual classification of people. What I mean is that now, many of the homeless are working class people or they have been professionals within a certain industry, but with the recession that has affected the entire United States, these people are finding themselves homeless. We have also seen an enormous increase of veterans becoming unemployed and homeless. So we want to provide a clean and safe environment that they were once used to and give them a chance to get back out there in the workforce while not worrying daily about whether they will be in safe shelter. The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that in Missouri there are presently 13,549 homeless veterans for which the VA is only able to provide 96 beds. In Illinois the VA states there are 19,943 homeless veterans for which the VA supplies 158 beds. Veterans returning from combat duty with PTSD, disabling physical injuries, and few if any marketable or transferable skills, often can’t find or keep jobs. With no salary to support them, military families face a foreclosure rate four times the national average. Lack of support services and social isolation after discharge also contribute to homelessness.
Our mission is to restore homeless
people with their dignity,
self-respect, and self-worth.
We do this by providing them with housing
and employment. We employ them in our call center, office, and in our community canvassing where they will use customer service skills, administrative assistant, clerical, sales, and fundraising. We use a housing first model.
There’s an old proverb that says:
“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach
a man to fish and he can eat for a lifetime”
We at the Stones That the Builders Rejected
Street Project embrace this philosophy
wholeheartedly. Instead of a hand out, we
give them a hand up!
Thus providing people with the tools necessary to
sustain housing and employment. We are
supported by private, corporate, government and