Seven years ago , Amity cofounded Our Kids Sake Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports homeless children. Since then, Our Kids Sake has donated thousands of critical items like clothing, blankets and hygiene products. More recently, Amity began a project to install high quality water filtration systems in California homeless shelters. The Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond is the latest shelter to be given the gift of clean water.
The Rescue Mission is one of the largest Bay Area shelters. It provides a variety of services for a portion of the area’s homeless population, estimated at 35,000. According to the VP of Programs, Tim Hammack, the mission serves up to 3,000 children between their various programs and he is thankful for the donation. “A new water filtration system will allow us to provide better service for our community’s most at-risk population – the children”, said Hammack.
“Homelessness poses endless challenges,” says Amity. “The least we can do is offer filtered drinking water. It is my hope that the health benefits will improve quality of life for children and their families. It is only a first step in a long process toward large-scale change, but it is a step in the right direction.”
Next, Our Kids Sake foundation will be donating filtration systems in the Los Angeles area. The first one will be housed at PATH Gramercy. The hope is that fresh, clean water will improve the health and wellbeing of children, and adults, in California shelters.