Why I chose this charity
North Beach Citizens is a community based non-profit organization that utilizes the strength of the neighborhood to effectively address the needs of homeless citizens through an innovative collaboration of residents, merchants, police, and service providers.
The program was started in the spring of 2000 by Francis Ford Coppola along with a group of residents and merchants who joined together to discuss the rise of homelessness in their neighborhood. Rather than merely feeding them and sending them on their way, these neighbors envisioned a real change; a resource center that homeless and low-income residents could use as a base and a starting point to rebuild their lives and reconnect with their community. North Beach Citizens was born in January 2001 staffed only with volunteers. Within one month, North Beach Citizens was working with 50 homeless citizens.
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