In August 2007, the Founder, Adolphus Parker, made the decision to help a handful of souls in the city of Tampa to get on their feet. Out of this, emerged HHH, which became an official nonprofit organization in 2009. The emergency shelter has grown from 25 to 89 beds, with all key staff positions being filled by homeless individuals.
What We Do
In the beginning, the Founder expressed to the community the goal of raising funds for the first homeless shelter, which would be run by all homeless men and women. Five years later, HHH has done just that and now has six facilities: one for Battered Women, another for Women and Children, two facilities for Men and two six-month Transitional Shelters for Men.
Since 2009, HHH has provided the following additional service to the homeless community in Hillsborough County without any government support or large donors:
- Feed approximately 2,000 individuals per month
- Provide hygiene kits
- Free laundry facility
- Showers to non-residents
- Free phone/fax/internet to the homeless community, and;
- Storage units.
HHH received an Allegany Franciscan Ministries VP Development Grant (Capacity Building Grant) for $20,000. During the year long grant period, HHH created a Strategic Plan, a COOP plan (Continuity of Operations) and a Board Manual. In tandem, staff took several classes at the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay and two process sessions at Collaborative Labs at St. Petersburg College to fine-hone Board, financial and organizational infrastructure.
In April, 2013, we received a grant from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay for $7,500 for the HHH Employment/Bus Pass Project. The goal of the project is to assist both HHH Emergency Shelter and Transitional Residents with transportation to keep verifiable medical, employment search, and job interview appointments.
Currently, HHH has a pilot Intern Entrepreneurship Project, the counterintuitive thrust of which is to give homeless clients the training to start up their own businesses/ventures. In addition to conducting a literature review/research study for the project, Anthropologist and HHH Development Council member, Rebecca Campbell is in the process of formally developing the HHH Social Entrepreneurship Committee at USF. This committee, composed of individuals with business, legal, anthropology and other backgrounds, will focus on developing business plans, securing capital etc. in order to launch the project.
HHH raises funds through participating in fundraising events both local and nonlocal. Since January 2010, HHH has been successfully involved with fundraising events through the following venues:
Raymond James Stadium (40 individuals participating in concession stand)
Florida State Fair (40 individuals participating in parking)
Tropicana Field (23 individuals participating in parking)
Tough Mudders (14 individuals participating in a concession stand)
Daytona 500 (16 individuals participating in parking and hospitality)
New York Yankees Spring Training (15 individuals participating in hospitality)
Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale, FL (30 individuals participating in concession stand), and;
Yellowbook Fundraiser (9 individuals participating in delivery of phone books since 2011.)
In conclusion, HHH's vision is to shift the paradigm or stigma, which is the mindset of society in regard to homeless individuals that they are unreliable, unproductive, etc. At HHH, the homeless literally help the homeless on a day-to-day basis, which underscores the organization's tagline:
Empowerment at its core