A SEASON OF HAPPINESS – B.A.R.E. TRUTH, INC.

If you woke up today in a warm bed, covered by soft blankets, and had the luxury to place your head on a comfortable pillow, then you are blessed. Many individuals who are experiencing homelessness during this season do not have the luxury of waking up in a home environment like yours. During this season of giving and reflection, should we use our blessings to bless others?

It is not how much we give but how much love we put into giving. – Mother Teresa

Would you like to reap the benefits of giving? Research suggests there are benefits from donating to charities or volunteering your time, such as a homeless shelter or a homeless outreach event.

According to Harvard Business School Professor Michael Norton and two colleagues from the University of British Colombia, money cannot buy love, but it can buy happiness—as long as it is spent prosocially on others. Michael Norton, Elizabeth Dunn, and Lara Aknin’s article, “Spending Money on Others Promotes Happiness,” appeared in the March 2008 issue of Science. They explored ways on how to uncover the influences in which money may lead to happiness.  They conducted a number of studies from national surveys to a field study. In this field study, they examined the spending behavior of employees at a Boston-based company; specifically on how these employees spent a profit-sharing bonus and how it impacted their long-term happiness. Let’s discover how they examined their predictions.

Their cross-sectional survey research led to show that money can buy happiness, when people spend money prosocially on others (e.g., donating to charities, giving to friends or non-profits, etc.) rather than on themselves (e.g., buying flat-screen televisions or smart phones). They surveyed a national sample of 632 Americans to rate their general happiness, report their annual income, and estimate how much money they spent in a typical month on bills, gifts for themselves, gifts for others, and donations to charity. They used a regression analysis (predictive method) that investigates the relationship between independent/explanatory (e.g., personal spending, prosocial spending, and income) and dependent/outcome (e.g., general happiness) variables.

In this initial investigation, entering the personal and prosocial spending indices simultaneously into a regression predicting general happiness revealed that personal spending was unrelated to happiness, but higher prosocial spending was associated with significantly greater happiness (Dunn, Aknin, & Norton, 2008). One of the benefits of giving is feeling greater happiness. To validate this interpretation, Professor Michael Norton and colleagues examined the happiness of 16 employees at a Boston-based company before and after they received a profit-sharing bonus ($4918.64 average amount) from their company. Next, in the same predictive method, they examined the relationship between the national sample variables and the Boston study field variables. What did this powerful statistical method revealed? It revealed that prosocial spending was the only significant explanatory variable of happiness. The way in which the Boston employees decided to spent their bonus was a more important predictor of their happiness than the bonus amount.

Professor Michael Norton and colleagues did not stop there. They searched for further evidence by examining the happiness of 46 participants. This experiment included a pre-test and a post-test on participant happiness. This means participants rated their happiness in the morning and after 5 p.m. the same day. Additionally, the participants were given $5 or $20 to spend by 5 p.m. the same day. In this experiment, participants were randomly assigned to the personal spending condition or the prosocial spending condition. This analysis revealed that very minor alterations in spending allocations—as little as $5—may be sufficient to produce significant gains in happiness on a given day (Dunn, Aknin, & Norton, 2008).

Why is this valuable or important for us to know? It’s easy to overlook the benefits of giving or investing in prosocial spending. Nevertheless, this is an opportunity to understand that encouraging others to give can positively increase happiness—in which may lead to a contagious spur of a ripple effect of generosity through our community. This time of giving can uniquely be transformed into a season of happiness. Why not!?!? Join B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. in this movement of happiness!



B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. appreciates all the volunteers and donors that generously invest with either their time or money to positively impact our clients. Let’s take a look at what happiness looks like when giving to others prosocially.

 

Students from UCLA, USC, El Camino and Southwest join B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. last month to help and assist in our homeless outreach.

 

 

B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. Team Spreading the Joy of Giving

 

 

Joseph Bradford III on a mission to Coach and Inspire our Youth during the Gentlemen’s League course

 

Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

UPCOMING CALENDAR EVENTS – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

  • October 12, 2019- Homeless / Skid Row Outreach. We will feed, provide water and pass out hygiene bags.

  • Time: 9: 00 a.m. at the ‘B House’ to prepare food, then heading out to Skid Row at 11 a.m.
  • Location: 6th and Wall St. (Skid Row); email B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. for more information.
  • Items we need: turkey meat, cheese, socks, water, backpacks, hygiene products, blankets, nail clippers, hand towels, tents, adult clothes and adult shoes.

B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. host events monthly and your support either in a monetary form or other donations is greatly appreciated. Please connect with us!! Can we count on you with a monthly monetary donation of $5, $10, $20, or more? Please note, ALL contributions help the clients we serve! JOIN US AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Please Sign Up or Donate, link available below.

For those who would like to volunteer,  but you are not able to, then donating is an option too!

DONATE AND CLICK HERE (EASY & SECURE):

LINK: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/NDY0ODQ=

  • ALL YOUR DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

REASONS TO VOLUNTEER

  • Be part of the solution – key to a life of happiness.
  • Level up your passionate interest and skills – what are you passionate about?
  • Pay-it-forward – practice gratefulness!
  • Empower people to be their best selves – help others succeed!
  • Create more positive experiences by – contributing time or money.

REFERENCES
Dunn, E. W., Aknin, L. B., & Norton M. I.  (2008). Spending money on others promotes happiness. Science, 319(5870), 1687-1688. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1150952

By Maria I. Castro, MPA
Chief Editor
Contact Us
B.A.R.E. Truth Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
Email: BARE.truth3@gmail.com
Website: http://www.baretruthinc.org

Date: 10/10/2019

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B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. News

In the month of August 2019, B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. experienced exciting milestones. Our ‘Back To School Extravaganza’ was a GIANT success and new partnerships are creating opportunities for our youth. B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. is grateful for every opportunity, but most importantly we could not accomplish this breakthrough without our donors and volunteers! The compassion all donors and volunteers show to the people we serve is an inspiration for us all. Thank you for treating everyone with respect and kindness, no matter the situation. You are all such an important part of our organization, and B.A.R.E Truth, Inc. hopes you know that.

BACK TO SCHOOL EXTRAVAGANZA

In mid-August 2019, B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc.’s ‘Back to School Extravaganza’ at Troost Park and Greg Klice Community Center located in Kansas City, Missouri was an amazing experience for the area youth and a rewarding one for the B.A.R.E. Truth Team. Kansas City is Joseph Bradford III’s hometown and this event is close to his heart. Joseph’s vision has always been to pay-it-forward to his hometown and make a difference in the lives of those who need it the most. The Troost Park Back to School was a free event for Kansas City area families and children. They received clothing items, backpacks filled with supplies, hygiene products, free haircuts, fun games, free food, face painting, and a bounce house for the kids. There were guest speakers in the Greg Klice Community Center, including 200 backpacks available for the area kids. The photos below present some of the area families and children that enjoyed the event.

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BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS

B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. is excited about a new and eagerly awaited partnership. We have teamed up with Environmental Charter Middle School in Inglewood, California to teach 7th and 8th grade boys. The Gentleman’s League course focuses on career and character development. The purpose of this elective is to work with students to communicate valuable career path options and share personal experiences. The instructor will provide guidance, motivation, emotional support, and strong role modeling/mentorship throughout the course cycle. B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. is committed to helping students explore career opportunities, strong goal orientation, trust building, and skill-awareness to assist with the youth’s personal and professional growth. We have been working on this partnership for over one year; a special THANK YOU to everyone that helped make this opportunity a reality. Our immediate goal for our youths is to positively influence lives for generations to come. The boys in the photo below expressed that they liked the class structure. The boys appreciated that the class was ‘strict’ because it pushes them to pay attention and others stated they enjoyed the class topics because it helps them in their personal lives.

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A MINDSET OF GRATITUDE

According to Amy Morin, Psychotherapist and mental strength author, there are benefits to practicing gratefulness. Research reveals an attitude of gratitude has seven benefits:

-Attitude of Gratitude opens the door to more relationships because acknowledging other people’s contributions can lead to new opportunities.

-Gratitude improves physical health because grateful people experience fewer aches and pains, which likely contributes to further longevity.

-Gratitude improves psychological health because gratitude reduces large amounts of toxic emotions, including depression.

-Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression because grateful people are more likely to behave in a prosocial manner and there is a decreased desire to seek revenge.

-Grateful people sleep better because those who spend just 15 minutes jotting down few grateful sentiments sleep longer.

-Gratitude improves self-esteem because studies show that gratefulness reduce social comparisons and grateful people are able to appreciate other people’s accomplishments.

-Gratitude increases mental strength because it does not only reduce stress, but it may help overcome trauma and foster resilience. 

B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. invites you to practice gratefulness all year-round, invest in positively influencing others, and contribute to efforts that help transform communities for generations to come.

UPCOMING CALENDAR EVENTS – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

  • Sept 14, 2019- Homeless / Skid Row Outreach. We will feed, provide water and pass out hygiene bags.

  • Time: 9: 00 a.m.
  • Location: 6th and Wall St. (Skid Row)
  • Items we need: socks, water, backpacks, hygiene products, blankets, nail clippers, hand towels, tents, adult clothes and adult shoes.

B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. host events monthly and your support either in a monetary form or other donations is greatly appreciated. Please connect with us!! Let B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. know, if we can count on a monthly monetary donation of $5, $10, $20, or more. All contributions help the clients we serve! JOIN US AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Please Sign Up or Donate, see link below.

For those who would like to volunteer,  but you are not able to, then donating is an option too!

DONATE AND CLICK HERE (EASY & SECURE):

LINK: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/NDY0ODQ=

  • ALL YOUR DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

REASONS TO VOLUNTEER

  • Be part of the solution – key to a life of happiness.
  • Level up your passionate interest and skills – what are you passionate about?
  • Pay-it-forward – practice gratefulness!
  • Empower people to be their best selves – help others succeed!
  • Create more positive experiences by – contributing time or money.

REFERENCES
Morin, A. (2014, November 23). 7 scientifically proven benefits of gratitude that will motivate you to give thanks year-round. Forbes. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/amymorin/2014/11/23/7-scientifically-proven-benefits-of-gratitude-that-will-motivate-you-to-give-thanks-year-round/#2a66defb183c

By Maria I. Castro, MPA
Chief Editor
Contact Us
B.A.R.E. Truth Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
Email: BARE.truth3@gmail.com
Website: http://www.baretruthinc.org

Date: 09/05/2019

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Localize Solutions to Homelessness – B.A.R.E TRUTH, INC.

The current likelihood of dumping, enclosing, and/or confining people who are struggling and experiencing homelessness to Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles is increasing and becoming a problematic epidemic.

It would benefit our communities, if each city area creates a strategic plan to provide local services to their own neighbors who find themselves without a home.  B.A.R.E Truth, Inc. consults, collaborates, and helps partner agencies who are committed to seeking solutions to homelessness. This non-profit organization is open to collaborating with other agencies to provide wrap-around services. The goal would be to develop a one-stop-shop where each individual can achieve a successful ending. B.A.R.E Truth, Inc. starts every movement with the premise that every human has worth. If you want to impact someone’s life and you are interested in working with B.A.R.E. TRUTH, INC., then feel free to reach out anytime. Let’s discuss on how we can collaborate and help our vulnerable population!

VISION

As a non-profit organization, B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. seeks to be a reminder of the vivid revelation of love, compassion, and service to impoverished individuals by providing opportunities to help them achieve purpose-driven lives and become the best version of themselves.

MISSION STATEMENT

B.A.R.E. Truth’s mission is to provide mentorship, independent living assistance and wellness services to impoverished individuals and families. Our mission is a continual commitment to helping them attain healthy and purpose-driven lives, ultimately changing the economic and living conditions of communities.

VALUES

Achieving B.A.R.E. Truth’s mission will require a commitment to the following:

  • Balance – Inner transformation and growth by building mental equilibrium, resilience, and self-awareness to find balance.
  • Ambition – Inner courage to leave the past behind and initiate a starting point to trigger motivation that will lead to achieve goals.
  • Respect – Acknowledgement of the potential and possibilities of oneself and others to inspire transformation.
  • Encouragement – Empowerment through group mentorship and training programs to build productive relationships, ultimately leveraging peer to peer positive engagement leading towards the desired individual change.

SOCIETY & THE CURRENT MINDSET

Quite often we describe or label people as ‘the homeless’ or ‘addicts’ or ‘lazy’ or ‘transients.’ These are people with value, made in the image of God, who are currently struggling and experiencing homelessness.

Individuals should not be defined or labeled solely by their current condition or their past. These people are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, and daughters. When we label other individuals, we don’t see their potential and the positive possibilities within them. By looking the other way and ignoring people, we dehumanize them and diminish their value. People who are homeless are often not only discriminated against because of their housing status, but also encounter discrimination for other reasons, such as drug addiction and mental illness. In 2013, a comprehensive study was conducted on ‘Public Attitudes about Persons with Drug Addiction (N=347) and Mental Illness (N=362)’ by Colleen L. Barry, PhD, MPP and others. A total population sample of 709 people were surveyed via a web-based national public questionnaire to compare attitudes about stigma, discrimination, treatment effectiveness, and policy support. In particular, these respondents also commonly experience mental illness and/or drug addiction, conditions which are subject to high levels of stigma in society (Barry, C. et al, 2014). According to the research result, 64% of respondents thought employers should be allowed to deny employment to persons with drug addiction compared with 25% who held a similar view for persons with mental illness (Barry, C. et al, 2014). Similarly, 54% thought landlords should be allowed to deny housing to a person with drug addiction compared to only 15% who had a similar view for persons with mental illness (Barry, C. et al, 2014). These negative views on drug addiction need a stigma-reduction approach in our societies, so that support as well as recognition for treatment and vital program services increase. The need for conversations on stigma-reduction approach among advocates, communities, and/or government agencies is required to aid those individuals suffering from addictions and critical mental health issues. It is time to redirect the focus to solutions and commitment to helping our vulnerable population.

B.A.R.E. TRUTH, INC. seeks to localize solutions in Los Angeles area and encourages those who want to increase awareness to join the ‘B House’ movement and help establish effective wrap-around services to our vulnerable population. The ‘B House’ is the housing plan that B.A.R.E. TRUTH, INC. offers to the individuals and families in need. This non-profit organization needs your help to increase awareness in treatability, reducing stigma on substance abuse, and maintain effective all-inclusive services to individuals experiencing homelessness, substance abuse, and mental illness. B.A.R.E. TRUTH, INC. is working endlessly to foster connections for stable and sustainable housing.

B.A.R.E TRUTH, INC. FOCUSING ON TRANSFORMING LIVES

 

 

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In the picture above shows B.A.R.E. TRUTH, INC. collaborating with Pretty Women Pray Not Prey Non-Profit, a motivational speaker was  visiting the ‘B House’ encouraging women on wellness and health options.

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UPCOMING CALENDAR EVENTS – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

  • July 20, 2019- Homeless / Skid Row Outreach. We will feed and pass out hygiene bags.

  • Aug 17 & 18, 2019- Interactive Back To School Event in Kansas City, MO.

  • Sept 14, 2019- Homeless / Skid Row Outreach. We will feed and pass out hygiene bags.

For those who would like to volunteer,  but you are not able to, then donating is an option too.

DONATE AND CLICK HERE (EASY & SECURE):

LINK: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/NDY0ODQ=

  • ALL YOUR DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

REASONS TO VOLUNTEER

  • Be part of the solution – key to a life of happiness.
  • Level-up your passionate interest and skills – what are you passionate about?
  • Pay-it-forward – practice gratefulness!
  • Empower people to be their best selves – help others succeed!
  • Create more positive experiences – by contributing time or money.

References

Barry, C. & McGinty, E. & Pescosolido, B. & Goldman H. (2014). Stigma, discrimination, treatment effectiveness and policy support: Comparing public views about drug addiction with mental illness. Psychiatr Serv., 65 (10), 1269-1272.

By: Maria I. Castro, MPA
Chief Editor
Contact Us
B.A.R.E. Truth Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
Email: BARE.truth3@gmail.com
Website: http://www.baretruthinc.org

Date: 07/11/2019

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LEADING FROM THE HEART – B.A.R.E. TRUTH, INC.

Transformational Leadership

Leaders seek ways to help themselves and others to reach positive outcomes. They establish a direction, develop an inspiring vision, and create something new. Leadership is about mapping-out where you need to go to ‘win’ as a team or an organization; this plan scales into a dynamic, exciting, and inspiring process. Life offers only few opportunities that can be considered transformational-worthy. This could be instances that happen unexpectedly and can have a strong impact to the world around us.

Between 1998-2008, nonprofit creation increased at a record pace of 30.7%, while revenues of reporting nonprofits increased 39.5% (Wing, Roeger, & Pollak, 2010). However, charitable giving by individuals in the U.S. fell by nearly 15%, adjusting for inflation, between 2008-2012 due to the economic hardships beginning in 2007. The ongoing U.S. recession caused nonprofit organizations to face increasing financial challenges and mounting pressure to maintain a highly productive workforce in order to effectively accomplish their visions (Freeborough & Patterson, 2015). The recession affected not only charitable giving, but also individuals like Joseph Bradford III, who desired to create a nonprofit organization that can lead and serve from the heart. His two major challenges in creating the nonprofit organization was finance barriers and not having a strategic plan.  

By the end of 2013, Joseph Bradford III started mapping-out a direction by envisioning a non-profit organization that can positively impact communities. Joseph Bradford III  gained flexibility and started to save money (not only for his personal emergencies). He began investing in the vision that rested deep in his soul. Henceforth, his vision to lead a nonprofit organization suddenly became a possibility. He could have easily decided to live a life of self-investment and indulgence by focusing on buying a dream home, investing in retirement, buying a luxury car, maximizing personal interest-rates, and perhaps even vacationing often. However, life gave him an opportunity to make a dream a reality – to lead, serve, and transform communities. This was the moment he wanted his vision to inspire others who experienced the same or worst hardships in life. Joseph’s leadership aims to transform those around him. He is dedicated to inspire and empower those who are part of his team. Transformational leadership creates valuable and positive change in the followers with the end goal of developing followers into leaders.

B. A. R. E. Truth’s Transformational Leadership Useful Techniques:

  • Develop a vision that will challenge and engage team members
  • Connect the vision to a strategy that focuses on ‘how to’ reach goals as a team
  • Finalize the vision by identifying specifics and converting it into actions
  • Express commitment, determination, decisiveness, optimism about the vision and the roll-out plan
  • Embrace the vision through small steps and accomplishments leading to its full implementation
  • Appreciate obstacles and challenges as they reveal opportunities for improvement

Homelessness is a problem that B.A.R.E. Truth focuses on solving. The goal to solve homelessness can only be completed through the commitment of inspired volunteers and supporters. B.A.R.E. Truth has been able to attract individuals who want to be part of the vision and the transformation of communities in need. Transformational leaders attract greater numbers of employees/volunteers when encouraging followers’ creativity through arousing awareness of how problems can be solved (Freeborough & Patterson, 2015). B.A.R.E. Truth identifies the problems at hand, yet focuses on the solutions and possibilities with optimism. The supporters and volunteers of B.A.R.E. Truth are the key individuals who convert the vision into actions. B.A.R.E. Truth has great admiration and appreciation for the supporters and volunteers who commit on the day-to-day responsibilities.

Homeless Outreach Outcomes and Exciting Events

B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. has some exciting accomplishments to report. Throughout the first quarter of 2019 (i.e., January to March), homeless individuals received meals, hygiene products, and clothing. The homeless outreach breakdown is listed below:

2019 Quarter-One Services

B.A.R.E. Truth Impact

Meals & Hygiene Products

  • Served 950 individuals with meals
  • Served 475 individuals with hygiene products

Clothing

  • Served 300 individuals with clothing

This could have not been possible without the volunteers who woke up in the early mornings on scheduled dates with a purpose – to help those in our communities.  The efforts and commitment go beyond the surface. To all the supporters and volunteers, YOU MATTER!

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B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. VOLUNTEERS & SUPPORTERS

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To lead is to serve and to serve is to love one-another. During the homeless outreach events in Los Angeles, B.A.R.E. Truth volunteers made it possible for individuals in need to have the basic essentials to survive. B.A.R.E.  Truth is an environment where you can make a difference. If you join this organization, what contribution would you be part of? Answer: Transforming one community at a time by leading from the heart.

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Housing Program Grand Opening

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The support on April 13th at B.A.R.E. Truth’s grand opening for the housing program was extraordinary. In the above picture, friends and dedicated volunteers are with Joseph Bradford III. Ready to serve and to encourage!

BBQ at the ‘B-House’

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On the above picture, Joseph Bradford III is on the grill at the Housing Grand Opening in South Los Angeles. Volunteers and housing residents came together to celebrate.

Motivational Public Speaking and Interviews

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Joseph Bradford III participates in radio interviews to talk about what inspires him to do what he does and how does he manage it. In the month of April 2019, he has interviewed in KIIS FM 102.7, KYSR FM 98.7, KLAC AM 570, and KRRL FM 92.3, to name a few.

The Source LA + B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. Seminar

Do you want to learn how to start a transitional house & be successful?

Come and learn from Joseph Bradford III and others.

Date and Time: April 27th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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For Tickets: SUCCESSFULTRANSITIONALHOMESTARTUP.EVENTBRITE.COM                                                  Hurry, tickets are selling fast!!!

UPCOMING CALENDAR EVENTS – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

  • Apr 27, 2019 – Transitional House Start-up Seminar in Los Angeles
  • May 5, 2019 – Homeless Outreach in Atlanta
  • May 18, 2019 – Homeless / Skid Row Outreach. We will feed and pass out hygiene bags.
  • Jun 15, 2019 – Homeless / Skid Row Outreach. We will feed and pass out hygiene bags.

For those who would like to volunteer,  but you are not able to, then donating is an option too.

DONATE AND CLICK HERE (EASY & SECURE):

LINK: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/NDY0ODQ=

  • ALL YOUR DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

REASONS TO VOLUNTEER

  • Be part of the solution – key to a life of happiness.
  • Level-up your passionate interest and skills – what are you passionate about?
  • Pay-it-forward – practice gratefulness!
  • Empower people to be their best selves – help others succeed!
  • Create more positive experiences – by contributing time or money.

References

Freeborough, R. & Patterson, K. (2015). Exploring the effect of transformational leadership on nonprofit leader engagement. Servant Leadership: Theory and Practice, 2 (1), 49-70.

Wing, K.T., Roeger, K.L., & Pollak, T.H. (2010). The Nonprofit Sector in Brief: Public 
Charities, Giving and Volunteering. Washington, DC: The Urban Institute. Retrieve from http://urban.org

By: Maria I. Castro, MPA
Chief Editor
Contact Us
B.A.R.E. Truth Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
Email: BARE.truth3@gmail.com
Website: http://www.baretruthinc.org

Date: 04/21/2019

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B.A.R.E. TRUTH’S BACKGROUND AND NEWS

B.A.R.E. TRUTH, INC. stands for balance, ambition, respect, and encouragement. The non-profit organization aims to help those who are experiencing hardships, substance abuse, mental health difficulties, homelessness, and unfortunate life-altering events. The organization leads with a passionate philanthropic perspective and seeks community transformation.

FOUNDER’S HOMELESSNESS EXPERIENCE

Founder Joseph Bradford III has experienced first-hand what it feels to live from shelter to shelter and what it means to be raised by a single parent. His passion to help the community started at an early age. At the tender age of seven, Joseph’s father passed away and within the same year became homeless and lived in shelters with his mother and siblings. Joseph understood at an early age, that often-times good people experience extreme hardships and due to unforeseen circumstances can find themselves homeless and needing assistance.

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At the age of nine, he witnessed his mother struggle economically, adversities in obtaining basic needs and dealing with abusive relationships. When he lived in Kansas City, Joseph worked at the age of nine to support his mother. He was inspired to continue in making a real lasting difference by strengthening not only his immediate family, but also communities. Joseph committed and dedicated himself to engage in efforts towards finding resolutions to the homelessness epidemic. He made it his mission to develop an organization with a focused objective. According to the 2018 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, approximately 75% of 45,043 individuals experiencing homelessness were unsheltered (Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, 2018). This presents increased threats to health and safety risks. The long-term solution to this issue is housing; B.A.R.E. TRUTH is working endlessly to foster connections for stable and sustainable housing.

MISSION STATEMENT

B.A.R.E. TRUTH’s mission is to provide mentorship, independent living assistance and wellness services to impoverished individuals and families, helping them attain healthy, purpose-driven lives, ultimately changing the economic and living conditions of communities.

CONTINUED EFFORTS

Ongoing B.A.R.E. TRUTH’s philanthropic efforts are providing support to those individuals who dream for a better life, to those who need shelter, to those who are miles from home, and to those who are falling apart in circumstances that altered their livelihood. The non-profit organization meets individuals where they are and elevates them by providing basic needs. According to a motivational theory in psychology, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs argues that while individuals aim to meet basic needs, the ultimate-goal is to meet higher needs outlined in a five-tier model (Maslow, 2014). The human basic needs described as hierarchical levels consist of:

  • Physiological Needs: air, water, food, rest, health
  • Safety Needs: security, shelter, stability
  • Social Needs: being loved, belonging, inclusion
  • Ego: self-esteem, power, recognition, prestige
  • Self-Actualization Needs: development and creativity

B.A.R.E. TRUTH’s end-goal is to touch the lives of each individual it reaches by providing support and transformation opportunities, so each individual can meet their basic needs and beyond. In 2018, 1467 meals were served, outreach services were provided in six communities in four States, and 25 families were connected to housing. The target for 2019 is double or triple the impact to individuals and families who are in need of food, shelter, belonging, self-esteem, and growth opportunities. These positive outcomes cannot be reached without the assistance and support of a dedicated community and team members. Join the positive community transformation efforts! Volunteers are needed for upcoming efforts:

  • Apr 13, 2019 – Homeless / Skid Row Outreach. We will feed and pass out hygiene bags. Accepting donations of hygiene products, turkey meat, cheese, bread, and items for a barbecue.
  • Apr 13, 2019 – Transitional House Grand Opening in South LA. Come celebrate the organization’s opening. Accepting barbeque items for the residents and gathering.
  • Apr 27, 2019 – Transitional House seminar in Los Angeles
  • May 5, 2019 – Homeless Outreach in Atlanta
  • May 18, 2019 – Homeless / Skid Row Outreach. We will feed and pass out hygiene bags.

Recent homeless outreach video available here: https://instagram.com/p/BvUEprTA5GW/

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REASONS TO VOLUNTEER

  • Be part of the solution – key to a life of happiness.
  • Level up your passionate interest and skills – what are you passionate about?
  • Pay-it-forward – practice gratefulness!
  • Empower people to be their best selves – help others succeed!
  • Create more positive experiences – by contributing time or money.

References

Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. (2018, July 31). Greater Los Angeles homeless count. Retrieved from https://www.lahsa.org/dashboards?id=13-count-by-city-community

Maslow, A. (2014). A Theory of Human Motivation. Floyd, VA: Sublime Books.

By Maria I. Castro, MPA
Chief Editor
Contact Us
B.A.R.E. Truth Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
Email: BARE.truth3@gmail.com
Website: http://www.baretruthinc.org

Date: 03/27/2019

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B.A.R.E. TRUTH’s HOUSING PLAN, PARTNERSHIPS & MORE

A RECENT SUCCESS


B.A.R.E. Truth Inc. is a non-profit organization inviting adult men and women with low-income and economic limitations to experience life-changing opportunities through available services: mentorship, motivational seminars, wellness, social services, homeless outreach, and the new TRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROGRAM!! Join us in this amazing journey and be part of our community transformation efforts!!!

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We offer a nice, sober, safe and clean-living environment so you can focus on getting your life back on track.

BENEFITS OF TRANSITIONAL HOUSING

Residents can appreciate reduced rates resulting from continued support, abstinence encouragement and firm facility policies designed to avoid substance abuse. Statistics proof that sober living / transitional housing are beneficial in recovery. As a result, a study presented in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs identified sober living homes as a vital part of recovery progress. Abstinence rates for the residents examined dropped significantly over a six and 12-month period. Abstinence rates went from 11 % to 68 % over a six and 12-month follow-up period for residents in one facility, while the other indicated an increase from 20 % to 40 % after six months (Polcin & Henderson, 2008).

You will see improved substance abuse recovery and success results in our non-profit organization!! It takes time to transition comfortably, to become accustomed with the transitional housing daily life and to learn how to utilize the life skills, which residents will receive in their B.A.R.E. Truth workshops. Thus, the technical and life-skills will provide residents with a job placement and eventually a housing placement. B.A.R.E. Truth Inc. will guide eligible residents through the process and support them in rebuilding broken relationships, includes rebuilding a strong support network.

HOUSING STRUCTURE ROLL-OUT

Residents will have responsibilities that positively transform them to be self-sufficient. House Rules includes:

  • Chores: Residents will have assigned chores. This keeps the living quarters clean and well maintained.
  • Meetings: Residents will attend scheduled meetings throughout the active transitional housing program.
  • Meals: Residents are responsible for their own meals. The responsibility aspect is highly encouraged in the program.
  • Staying Sober: It is crucial for all residents to remain drug and alcohol free. This will help avoid a negative effect on all residents. With respect to everyone, B.A.R.E. Truth Inc. has a zero-tolerance policy regarding alcohol or drugs of any kind being brought on the property.

The housing arrangements include the following: two refrigerators, numbered kitchen cabinets and bedrooms, washer, dryer, utilities, cable, and internet, including life skills workshops. Residents will share a room with one or two other qualified individuals.

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There is nothing more splendid, than having a washer, dryer and all basic amenities on site! It will feel like home. For more pictures, check out link below. 

LINK: http://www.baretruthinc.org/transitional-house

CHARACTERISTICS OF SOBER LIVING HOUSING

The essential characteristics include: 1) an alcohol and drug free living environment for individuals attempting to abstain from alcohol and drugs, 2) no formal treatment services but either mandated or strongly encouraged attendance at 12-step self-help groups (e.g., Alcoholics Anonymous), 3) required compliance with house rules such as maintaining abstinence, paying rent and other fees, participating in house chores and attending house meetings, 4) resident responsibility for financing rent and other costs, and 5) an invitation for residents to stay in the house as long as they wish provided they comply with house rules (Polcin & Henderson, 2008). B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. has similar elements of a sober living housing; however, it does not conduct random drug or alcohol screenings. As mandated reporters, suspected abuse among residents are reported to their assigned Social Workers, subsequently they will monitor substance abuse screenings.

BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS

B.A.R.E. Truth Inc. partnered with YWCA in Charlotte, North Carolina. This most recent and productive partnership has allowed us to provide mentoring, backpacks, headphones, educational videos, bean bags, and school supplies to 35 kids in K-5. Children were encouraged to write notes to homeless individuals to share positive thoughts and encouragement. One child shared a note saying, ‘It’s not always that bad, love yourself and keep trying. Everyone makes mistakes.’ Children are learning to encourage and motivate those in need.

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‘It’s not always that bad, love yourself and keep trying. Everyone makes mistakes.’ -YWCA youth

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Upcoming Calendar Events

  • Mar 9, 2019 – Homeless Outreach on Skid Row. This month we are working with Environmental Charter Middle School. The kids and faculty are helping us prepare sandwiches and hygiene bags after school March 8th.
  • Apr 13, 2019 – Homeless / Skid Row Outreach.
  • May 18, 2019 – Homeless / Skid Row Outreach.
  • June 15, 2019 – Homeless / Skid Row Outreach.

This is your chance to JOIN US AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

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All your donations are 100% tax deductible.

THE B.A.R.E TRUTH, INC. MOVEMENT

B.A.R.E. TRUTH, INC. stands for balance, ambition, respect, and encouragement. The non-profit organization aims to help those who are experiencing hardships, substance abuse, mental health difficulties, homelessness, and unfortunate life-altering events. The organization leads with a passionate philanthropic perspective and seeks community transformation. Join our efforts and be part of the transformation!!

SKID

The above picture presents Joseph Bradford III, Founder and his amazing volunteers at the Skid Row homeless outreach event delivering food and about 1000 water bottles, including spreading words of encouragement. The below picture shows Joseph Bradford III with Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr. of the 59th District at the Slauson Recreation Center who is supporting B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc.

OUTREACH

COMMUNITY FEEDBACK

‘Thank you and your colleagues for coming to YWCA to engage with children in fun activities and reminding them to give back to their community and to be an overall good citizen. We are greatly appreciative of your commitment working with youth around the country.’ -Mary Lowery, YWCA Learning Center Coordinator

‘You are so incredible. I am so proud of you and all your accomplishments. I watch all your movements and I smile.’ -Anonymous

‘I love what you’re doing and want to be part of it. It hits home for me. My parents lost our home when I was 16 yrs. old. They moved in with my grandmother and my two youngest sisters. I stayed here and there near my lost home to finish the same high school. I’ve slept in my car some nights; so, homelessness is something close to my heart.’ -Nurse J

REASONS TO VOLUNTEER

  • Be part of the solution – key to a life of happiness.
  • Level up your passionate interest and skills – what are you passionate about?
  • Pay-it-forward – practice gratefulness!
  • Empower people to be their best selves – help others succeed!
  • Create more positive experiences by – contributing time or money.

REFERENCES
Polcin, D. L., & Henderson, D. M. (2008). A clean and sober place to live: philosophy, structure, and purported therapeutic factors in sober living houses. J Psychoactive Drugs, 40(2), 153-9.

By Maria I. Castro, MPA
Chief Editor
Contact Us
B.A.R.E. Truth Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
Email: BARE.truth3@gmail.com
Website: http://www.baretruthinc.org

Date: 03/03/2019

© 2019 B.A.R.E. TRUTH, INC. – Making copies or using of any part of the B.A.R.E. TRUTH News Blog or website for any purpose other than your own personal use is prohibited unless written authorization is first obtained from B.A.R.E. TRUTH, INC.