Is A Florida Not-For-Profit Charitable Corporation
And Effective On August 15, 2006, Retroactive Back To
April 25, 2005,
We Became Exempt From Federal Income Tax
Under Section 501(c)(3) Of The Internal Revenue Code With
A Public Charity
Status Pursuant To Section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi).
Contributions Are Tax Deductible Under Section 170 Of The
Devices, Transfers Or Gifts Are Also Tax
Deductible Under Sections 2055, 2106 Or 2522 Of The Code.
Our Current Mailing
Address: Help Yourself International, Inc.
Post Office Box 78-0247, Sebastian, Florida 32978-0247
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Help Yourself International, Inc. ( also referred to as HYI ), a Florida Not-For-Profit
Charitable Corporation, will be working diligently to permanently solve the escalating and seemingly out of control, but curable,
homeless problem in the United States. Beginning here in Florida and then reaching out from coast to coast and border to border,
we intend to eliminate this blight on humanity, one individual at a time, one thousand acres of land at a time, one state
at a time, and one dollar at a time using only private and corporate funding, plus other types of generous gifts from both
that will help make this a reality. And it can all be done without the necessity for any government subsidies and without
discrimination of any kind.
This previously considered insurmountable task is envisioned to be fully and successfully
accomplished with the establishment of totally self-sufficient and continuously evolving model six hundred forty (640) acre
modern and environmentally correct communities for the homeless in transition, each with its adjoining three hundred sixty
(360) acre all natural organic farms and food bank. Most of the essential food groups necessary to sustain the community will
all be produced on the farms, (i.e., milk and other dairy products, beef, bison, pork, turkey, chicken, eggs, vegetables,
herbs, and aquaculture tank raised fish and other seafood).
Each community with their adjoining farms will be
painstakingly built, in large part, by the homeless and exclusively for the homeless solely through the largess of the private
and corporate sector. No local, state or federal government funding will be sought or accepted. Eventually the communities
will each be managed and operated, when and where feasible, by the previously homeless individuals who have successfully completed
the HYI total rehabilitation program and who, in the process, have exhibited their high moral and ethical character, demonstrated
their outstanding leadership qualities, and have the basic managerial or operational potential necessary to be entrusted with
that very important level of responsibility.
The first one thousand (1,000) acre planned urban development
will contain two thousand five hundred (2,500) modern single family, duplex, triplex and multi-family style housing units
in various configurations and groupings within well maintained typical urban neighborhoods, and all enclosed in a fenced and
gated community setting. It is proposed to be built on a tract of previously undeveloped central Florida land and is specifically
and solely for the benefit of the curably homeless who were residents of Florida on January 1, 2006, and were then or have
since become curably homeless.
The exact location of this initial tract will be announced at a later date when all
of the necessary local, county, state and federal government approvals have been obtained. And except for volunteers and donations,
all labor and material will be from local sources, if available, and if not, then from county, surrounding counties, state
and national sources in that order.
Once the HYI prototype community and farms complex, to be named New Vista and Natural
Harvest, is well underway here in Florida, and inherent flaws have been identified and corrected, it can then be duplicated
in all of the other 49 states and territories to deal with their curably homeless population . . . and then beyond to other
countries and cultures that have the vision and will make their own commitment to embrace this very fundamental humanitarian
concept and help put an end to the curable homeless problem everywhere.
AN ECONOMIC ENGINE FOR THE GEOGRAPHIC REGION
HYI prototype, as well as each new HYI community and farms complex, will act as an economic engine for the geographic region
in which it is located by funneling hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy. Infrastructure and public services
will improve, ad valorem taxes will decrease, businesses will flourish, and steady, good paying employment opportunities will
be created in a myriad of career fields for individuals from all walks of life.
Just in and of themselves,
they will be among the largest employers in their areas of operation and service, with well over four hundred (400) full time
positions to be filled, as well as a large number of part time, seasonal and temporary positions.
what many of the general public may initially fear about this project, if they reason through the process and consider all
of the possibilities, they should come to the realization that this HYI program will in no way change the character or the
nature of their communities. It will only serve to make their communities even better and help them to more quickly be able
to accomplish everyone’s goals and dreams for their little slice of paradise.
Age, gender and physical
disability will not be a barrier to achieving placement in any available position not requiring a specific level of physical
dexterity in the performance of all job related responsibilities. Individual merit, including knowledge, experience and the
fulfillment of any governmental or industry mandated educational or licensure requirements will be the primary determining
factors. Equal opportunity without artificial compensation ceilings will be maintained without exception.
be given first to the previously homeless unemployed and marginally employed individuals who are participating in the HYI
program, and then to the unemployed or marginally employed general population of the county, the surrounding counties, the
state, and the nation in that order. Opportunities for lateral movement or advancement will follow the same criteria.
Wages will always
be commensurate with industry standards for positions in every career field and level of responsibility. No positions will
be offered at rates of pay that are not substantially greater than the prevailing minimum wage in that region. Employee benefits
will also conform to regional and industry standards.
This is a huge undertaking, but it is well within
the capability and the goodness of the American people. When called upon after a local, national or international tragedy
or for any just and noble cause, Americans are unhesitatingly compassionate and overwhelmingly generous in their response.
They always instinctively and unselfishly extend a helping hand in friendship and open their arms to embrace their fellow
human beings, whenever, wherever, and with whatever they have to give. Be it their time, their talents, their personal possessions,
or their hard earned dimes and dollars, their generosity to those in need, regardless of their own need, is like a shining
beacon to the rest of the world.
HELP YOURSELF INTERNATIONAL, INC.
( COPYRIGHTED OFFICIAL LOGOTYPE )
DENOTES THE MISSION OF OUR PROGRAM:
TO FIRST RESCUE, THEN STABILIZE AND
EVALUATE, THEN TOTALLY REHABILITATE,
AND FINALLY, REINTRODUCE BACK INTO
THE MAINSTREAM OF SOCIETY
JENNIE SAUDER (MISS FLORIDA -
OFFICIAL NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON FOR
HELP YOURSELF INTERNATIONAL, INC.
MOST PRECIOUS NATURAL RESOURCES
We place a tremendous
amount of emphasis in this country on not wasting our precious natural resources and therefore have developed a comprehensive
program to recycle the most basic of those resources such as plastic bottles, aluminum cans and newspapers to return them
as things of monetary value for continued appropriate use. Well what more precious natural resources are there than human
How fitting it is that we should also have
a comprehensive program to recycle (rehabilitate) precious human lives and return the hundreds of thousands of curably homeless
individuals back into the intrinsically valuable resources that they are, or through their hard work, dedication and perseverance
can become, especially when they are provided with a new opportunity and a worthwhile purpose for which to strive.
Help Yourself International, Inc. offers precisely and explicitly
that kind of program designed to rescue, rehabilitate and then reintroduce any and all of the curably homeless who are ready
to be part of the solution and not, or no longer, a part of the problem, back into the mainstream of society as competent,
productive and contributing members. Each individual will be shown new vistas and the correct path down which they can successfully
proceed to achieve that goal.
Plus, in the offing,
all HYI participants will be given a refresher course through practice and by example in the importance of family, of being
a good neighbor, of discharging all of their civic responsibilities, of community service and acts of charity, of having a
strong work ethic, of being resourceful and dependable, and of maintaining their integrity, dignity, humility and civility.
Our homeless sons, daughters, brothers, sisters,
other family members, friends, associates, neighbors, total strangers, military veterans and fellow citizens have waited and
endured much too long. It is not for us to judge why they are homeless. It could very easily be one of us out there. Whether
it was a case of bad upbringing, bad education, bad support system, bad choices, bad luck, or bad economy . . . it just doesn’t
The important thing is that every one of
us can and should help. Let’s give them a helping hand, out of the cardboard boxes in the alleys and doorways, out of
the broken down cars, out from under the bridges and overpasses, and out of the woods. Let’s stop throwing money at
them as a hand out and start using every dollar we can spare as a hand up to provide them with a decent transitional home
and a fresh start.
Our much too often overlooked
and rarely understood homeless population urgently needs our help now. In spite of all the popular misconceptions and stereotype
characterizations about the majority of them, most are no different than any of the rest of us, except for simply having lost
their ability to hang on to their security net and falling onto our country’s collective trash dump, about to become
permanent human land fill, wasted and forgotten.
though these unfortunate men, women and children may seem to be the least of us now, how we deal with this and similar types
of problems will determine the future of the most of us in time. We need to take immediate action and each of us individually
and all of us collectively need to get involved before it is too late.
IF "NOT IN MY BACK YARD", THEN WHERE?
If we just do nothing, or say “not in my back yard” because it might attract an undesirable element
and affect our property values, or make some other inane or self-serving excuse and hope the problem will go away or that
someone else will deal with it, we all may well join them in one gigantic trash dump scattered across the face of our great
All of the homeless deserve at least a
chance to be rescued and rehabilitated. We owe them that. According to national statistics there are over eight hundred
thousand (800,000) homeless people in the United States on any given night, eighty-three thousand (83,000) in Florida alone,
and they fall into three distinct categories:
percent (12%) of them are the chronically homeless, primarily adults, who have serious mental, emotional, psychological, dependency
or behavioral problems and desperately need the type of help that is beyond this program’s capability to properly address.
However, we, in a separate program and with the cooperation of the medical community and the government will come to their
aid in every way possible within our means.
percent (10%) of them are the electively homeless, primarily adults, who are where they are as a matter of choice. It goes
without saying that you cannot protect people from themselves or be very successful in helping them if they have no interest
in being helped or refuse to accept it when it is offered. All we can do for now is accept their decision and concentrate
our efforts on those who choose to help themselves.
BRINGS US TO OUR PRIMARY FOCUS GROUP
percent (78%) of them are the curably homeless, men and women who have simply fallen on hard times, many with children of
all ages, including an alarming number of infants. Can you picture your precious children or grandchildren huddled in a car,
or under a bridge, or worse, and doing whatever they must to survive? Well it is happening every night, all around us.
Many of their parents, not much more than children themselves, may
have minimum wage jobs but cannot earn enough to properly feed, clothe, provide medical attention, or keep a roof over their
heads because there is no such thing in major areas of our country as affordable or workforce housing. What most of them need
is a new beginning and a temporary support system until they can take charge of their lives and their futures. Some just need
a simple helping hand up and out of their present condition.
on seventy-eight percent (78%), this group represents five hundred forty-sixty thousand (624,000) curably homeless people
scattered all over the United States with sixty-four thousand seven hundred forty (64,740) in Florida. And the average age
of this group is an alarming nine (9) years old. This is the group with the greatest need and in the greatest jeopardy and
those whose sorrowful plight demands to be addressed immediately. We hear their cries and we intend to answer with the utmost
sense of urgency that is called for in this situation.
target date for the ground breaking on the first phase of this very ambitious but vitally important program, at a site in
central Florida, is the first half of 2007. Many factors can influence our timetable and many details still remain to be resolved,
but we are optimistic that we will be able to pull all of the pieces together and move forward in the near future.
In the meantime we will continue to help the homeless on an individual
basis and we encourage everyone to do the same. If each one of us took the time, reached out and embraced just one other human
being, and within our ability and financial resources to do so, offered them a helping hand up, there would be no curably
homeless or hunger problem in our country today.
Yourself International, Inc. is not affiliated with any other group or organization and has no racial, ethnic, religious,
political or other agenda that is not outlined here. Our primary interest, our deepest concern and our steadfast purpose is
in providing permanent life changing help for the curably homeless everywhere who meet our basic criteria and, as previously
stated, who are ready to be part of the solution and not, or no longer, a part of the problem.
No one else will be accepted into this HYI program, however, every homeless individual
who seeks our assistance, regardless of their past or present circumstances, will be offered whatever assistance we are able
to provide at that time to help them in dealing with their immediate needs. They will also be provided with counseling, specific
to their needs, and referred to an appropriate agency or organization that can better deal with their situation. No one will
be turned away without some form of assistance and direction.
is an intensely serious, no nonsense, no excuses, fresh start and fast track program with zero tolerance for substance abuse,
criminal activity, domestic violence and destructive antisocial recidivism. At this time, other organizations, the medical
community and governmental agencies are better staffed, equipped and prepared to work with individuals with those types of
As for the others, we can
and we will champion their cause, make a difference in their lives and lead them out of hopelessness and despair, especially
the innocent children who have done no wrong and do not deserve to be in this deplorable condition. Our youth are our future.
Without our help now, what can we expect of them when they come of age?
New Vista will truly be a model community developing model citizens who will be able to not just function
and survive, but excel at whatever they set out to do with their lives once they have transitioned out of the HYI program
and into the land of opportunity that awaits them.
PROGRAMS WE ARE PLANNING TO OFFER
This HYI program
is just one of a number of not-for-profit organizational programs that we are planning to offer in the future that will be
funded and managed locally to address a variety of related societal problems. All the programs will operate in conjunction
with each other and will run concurrently, but will be independent and stand alone in nature. Their legal names and the full
scope of their programs and activities will be announced at a later date as they are organized, funded, incorporated, staffed,
certified, 501(c)(3) approved and fully insured.
listed here in order of priority, but by areas that need to be addressed, these future programs will provide (1) secure shelters
for women and children who are victims of domestic violence, (2) warm and loving homes for children who have been abused,
neglected, abandoned, orphaned and/or made ward of the state, (3) strong and active support facilities for military veterans
of all ages, (4) a comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction recovery program, relapse prevention counseling and rehabilitation
support facilities, offered in conjunction with (5) anger and stress management, plus other behavioral problems counseling,
(6) food, clothing and household goods distribution centers for low income individuals and families, (7) affordable child
and senior care facilities for low income working parents, guardians and care givers, (8) an affordable group health care
and insurance program, (9) thrift counseling and credit worthiness building programs, (10) an affordable vehicle ownership
program, (11) an affordable home ownership program, and (12) a new business start-up funding program.
Note: Other programs may be added as needs arise and we become financially
able to support them.
HELP YOURSELF INTERNATIONAL, INC. ( HYI ) - INITIAL OFFICERS, DIRECTORS AND ASSOCIATES:
Ralph E. Holmes - Founder,
Chairman & President - Original Concepts, Planning, Direction and Project Oversight
Professional: REALTOR, Broker
Associate with Mid-Florida Real Estate, Inc. of Sebastian, Florida, and Private Investor
Community: Advocate for the
Homeless, the Disadvantaged, Children’s Welfare Programs, and Disabled Military Veterans.
Calman B. Stewart
- Director, Vice President & Secretary - Oversight of Real Estate Development and Management
Owner / Broker of Advance Realty of Sebastian, Florida, and Private Investor.
Community: Executive Board of Directors
Member & Treasurer of H.O.P.E. Academy, Inc. at the Youth Center in Gifford, Florida.
Maryanne W. Holmes –
Director, Vice President & Treasurer - Oversight of Human Resources Development and Management
Human Resources, Payroll and Benefits, Employee Welfare and Social Services Executive.
Frederick A. Kam, Jr., M.D.
- Director - Planning and Oversight of All Medical Services and Facilities.
Professional: Physician and Executive Director
/ Medical Director of the Auburn University Medical Clinic, Auburn, Alabama,
and Adjunct Faculty Member of the Auburn
University School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing and Department of Political Science.
Numerous Citations as One of the
“Best Doctors in America”.
Francis J. Flynn, M.M., Psy.D., C.A.P., (Rev.) - Director - Planning and
Oversight of All Psychological Services and Facilities.
Professional: Priest and Member of Catholic Foreign Mission Society
of America, Maryknoll, New York, providing Drug and Alcohol
Addiction Recovery and Relapse Prevention Counseling. Director
of Counseling at The Guest House, Inc. in Miami, Florida.
Founder of The Hook and Ladder Foundation, Miami, Florida.
Jennie Sauder - Spokesperson for Help Yourself International, Inc. - National Coordinator of Personal Appearances
and Special Events.
Professional: Vocalist / Performer who currently Teaches and Facilitates Performance Workshops at
Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Formerly Miss Florida in 1987.
Frank V. Rhea, III - Offering His Personal
Perspective and Insight as a Previously Curably Homeless Person in Florida for Three Years.
NOTE: As this essential
humanitarian initiative moves forward, many new Directors will be added to oversee each of the various areas of our operations
and the individual services that we will be offering in this comprehensive homeless rehabilitation program. Their oversight
will include such areas as community administration, legal matters, financial budgeting and accounting, record keeping and
archives, future planning, engineering, construction, public works, public utilities, communications, logistics, warehousing,
transportation, animal husbandry, poultry and egg production, indoor aquaculture, agriculture, environmental issues, public
health, sports and recreation, physical fitness, school administration, vocational training, computer sciences, modern technology,
public safety, security and others.
AND IN CLOSING, JUST FOR THE RECORD
More detailed information, as
it develops and becomes available, can be found on our internet web site at www.homelesshelpyourself.com. You may contact
us at our e-mail address which is firstname.lastname@example.org or our Post Office address which is Help Yourself International, Inc.,
P. O. Box 78-0247, Sebastian, Florida 32978-0247.
We welcome public input and scrutiny. Let us know what you think,
pro or con. If you have an interest in volunteering and/or serving in some capacity later on when we have commenced operations,
please forward pertinent background information about yourself to us at either our E-mail or Post Office address. This is
a work in process and will take some time before we begin our program.
If you support it, this is your charitable
Corporation and we pledge to be good stewards of your money and to faithfully perform the humanitarian works that you are
empowering us to do. We firmly believe that service to humanity is not only the best, but also the most personally rewarding
work of life and that nothing we do is about us. It is all about the people we serve.
Other than the possibility
of using leased state or federal government land on which to build the communities, HYI does not intend to solicit any form
of government assistance or funding. HYI operating expenses will be paid, in very small part by a percentage of the income
earned by participants who are employed, and the substantial remainder out of donations received from the private and corporate
sector and from farm revenue and earnings on HYI investments, etc. Therefore, HYI will be totally self-sufficient, not a burden
on local, county, state or federal governments and not competing for government funding which is needed to support the myriad
of other critical social service organizations in our country.
Operations will not commence and no donations will
be solicited or accepted until we have obtained the proper documentation and certification authorizing us to do so. With the
exception of employee and participant privacy issues, all of our systems, procedures and day-to-day operations will be totally
transparent, including all of our financial transactions on which there will be full and complete audit trails to ensure that
everything is done with the utmost fairness, integrity, efficiency and effectiveness. A top-notch professional staff will
The corporate officers, directors and associates have volunteered their services and will receive
no compensation. One hundred percent (100%) of all funds raised will flow through directly to provide services for the benefit
of the curably homeless, initially, and then also to those others who are participants in future programs that are now listed
or later included.
To officially introduce Help Yourself International, Inc. and our programs, complete information
packets, including large Conceptual Master Plan drawings, were presented to Florida Governor Jeb Bush in Tallahassee, Florida,
and to President George Bush’s United States Interagency Council on Homelessness’ Executive Director Philip Mangano
in Washington, D.C. Also, packets were sent to every member of the United States Senate and to Florida members of the United
States House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., and to the district offices of every member of the Florida Senate and
the Florida House of Representatives. Packets were hand delivered to every elected county and city official, to the REALTORS
and Builders Associations, and to the homeless assistance and support organizations in Indian River County. Packets were also
sent to selected major corporations and prominent individuals. Press releases were e-mailed to all the appropriate local and
national news media, plus a number of opinion, celebrity and serious talk show hosts.
The following cover letter
was enclosed in every packet: "OPEN LETTER TO THOSE WHO CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE…NOW"
night, most of us can close and lock our doors, turn out the lights, lie down on a comfortable bed and peacefully go to sleep
with a full stomach and expectations of a bright and promising tomorrow."
"Well, not too far from where
you are right now, there are people who are homeless and hungry. They are all around us and very much a part of us. They are
our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, other family members, friends, associates, neighbors, total strangers, military veterans,
and fellow citizens."
"They have no doors to lock, no lights to turn out, no comfortable bed to lie down
on and peacefully go to sleep, no full stomach, and only dread and trepidation of what is lurking out there in the night as
they huddle in the darkness. Their thoughts are not on what promise tomorrow may bring, only on how to survive another night.
They ask themselves, does anyone care? Does anyone know we are alive?"
"Yes, we know they are alive and
we care very much for each and every one of them. Unfortunately, according to the statistics there are between 800,000 and
900,000 homeless people out there on any given night. Over the course of a year between 2.5 and 3.5 million people will experience
homelessness in this country. Those numbers split evenly between single people and family units, and 38% of people who are
homeless in the course of a year are children. Another statistic indicates that the average age of all the homeless combined
is an alarming 9 years old. How can we allow this to continue unresolved?"
"What are we as Americans
going to do about it? Help Yourself International, Inc. has a plan that we firmly believe will put an end to the escalating
curably homeless crisis. Approximately 78% of them fall into that category, people who were just one paycheck, or one illness,
or one bad break short of keeping a roof over their head. Not addicts, not alcoholics, not individuals with mental or behavioral
problems, just everyday people like you and me who have simply fallen on hard times and need a helping hand up."
"Attached is a copy of the text that will appear on January 29, 2006 in a full page paid advertisement in the Press
Journal, one of the Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers covering all of Indian River County, Florida, and parts of the surrounding
counties. The same text, as well as the Conceptual Master Plan drawing that is also attached hereto, can be found on our web
site at www.homelesshelpyourself.com along with developing information about homelessness, our organization and the other
programs that we envision for the future and fully intend to implement as soon as we are financially able to do so."
"No program will be perfect but we have to begin somewhere and this is where we have chosen to begin. If
others have more practical alternatives, we would like to know what they are so we may fully embrace them and incorporate
them into our program. We know that we must act very carefully and responsibly, but also with a true sense of urgency that
this situation clearly demands."
"We hope that you will give this important project an immediate and
thorough review, your careful consideration and a thoughtful response expressing your heartfelt opinion as to its relative
merits or shortcomings. Please don’t remain silent. Our intention is to spark a local and national debate on the subject
of curable homelessness, to increase the level of awareness about this dangerously prolific and profound problem and to correct
the misconceptions that exist. Please write to us, e-mail us, or let your voice be heard in the media."
full page of advertising space was donated by the Press Journal, one of the Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers covering all
of Indian River County, Florida, and parts of the surrounding counties, to the REALTORS Association of Indian River County,
to be sold at a membership luncheon silent auction fund raiser to benefit Habitat for Humanity and was subsequently purchased
by Ralph E. Holmes to advance the cause of ending curable homelessness, first in Florida and then in the remainder of the
United States . . . and beyond.
The advertisement was run on Sunday, January 29, 2006, in the At Home Section on
page G11 with a headline that read: "Homelessness Hurts...Each and Every One of Us!" and a sub-headline that read:
"THIS PAID ADVERTISEMENT IS INTENDED TO SPARK A LOCAL AND NATIONAL DEBATE ON THE SUBJECT OF HOMELESSNESS IN THE UNITED
STATES!". The above text was the content of the advertisement and was followed by a footline that read: "What Say
You, Good Citizens of Florida . . . and the Nation? and a sub-footline that read: "HELP YOURSELF INTERNATIONAL, INC.
(HYI) IS OFFERING THIS PERMANENT HUMANITARIAN WIN, WIN, WIN, WIN SOLUTION! WHAT DO YOU OFFER?".
depends on correcting this dangerously prolific and profound problem…NOW!
WE CAN DO IT AND YOU CAN HELP!