Our mission at Maslow's Army is to provide the essential tools needed to become healthy productive members of our community. Through setting and accomplishing goals these men and women are then in the position to reach out to those still battling addiction, alcoholism and mental illnesses. We at Maslow's Army take a special interest in our veterans and families with children, they are our top priority. Our volunteers work around the clock. Each person is taken through a 5-step process which starts with meeting the basic needs, this allows us to help with their personal securities, relationships, self-esteem and finally self-actualization. Through this peer driven system, those who have once found their situation to be hopeless will come to realize that change is possible.
Part of meeting each client where they are in life is traveling to different camps around the city. We start by listening to their needs first. We then share parts of our experience, knowledge and education with them. We begin to notice a glimmer of hope that comes over them as they realize that change is possible. In the picture above we are sharing a Maslow's Army "Basic Needs Guide" with this man who has been homeless for a long time. Maybe this will be the day he is ready to find a way off the streets and into a better life.
We meet every Sunday at noon on Fountain Square (rain or shine) and do our "Basic Needs Outreach". This outreach began January 24 2017 and we have never missed a Sunday. We hand out LaRosa's pizza dinners, brand new socks, tee-shirts and underwear, hygiene kits, new and gently worn clothes, first aid kits, blankets and occasionally sleeping bags and tents. To date we have served over 30,000 meals. Each week we serve over 500 of our city's less fortunate. Our veterans and children are also at the front of our lines.
I am truly grateful for the brave men and women who protect our city on a daily basis. Watching them assist an individual they've personally encountered dozens of times, completely turn their life around. And to see the genuine smiles on their faces brings a joy to my heart. Believe me, the officers are witnessing a truly rare reunion. Up until 5 years ago these same officers were placing me in handcuffs. Today it's hand shakes and smiles. - Samuel Landis of 'Maslow's Army'
We at Maslow's Army work around the clock. Our number is given out to first respondents as well as the general public. If someone is in desperate need, a phone call can be made and we will respond quickly. Most often, we walk the streets in the Downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas, reaching out to meet the needs of others .The man pictured on the left was laying in the middle of the street while cars swerved missing him by mere inches. People stopped and stared. Maslow's Army quickly identified a need and jumped into action assisting him safely to a near by bus stop as we listened to his needs. He turned out to be hungry and we offered one of our "Hot Meal Guides". We promised to meet up with him soon to help him set goals. We love interaction with our clients because it allows us to remember where we once were in life.
Every Sunday outreach is extraordinary. After 33 straight weeks and counting, crowds keep growing and growing. Many children come out each week to volunteer with Maslow's Army as this is a safe and family friendly environment . We encourage this as it makes them feel good about their selves and builds self-esteem and character. Smiles always follow.
Maslow's Army has a partnership with another hometown hero, LaRosa's Pizzeria. They offer a generous discount on every pizza. We buy them at $6.00 per large. Currently we go through 700 slices (desert and water included) in just over an hour so your contributions are welcomed and needed. As our outreach continues to grow so do the food demands. Please consider making a donation today as Maslow's Army is privately funded mostly by our own staff.
To date this is our best piece of low hanging fruit. This Fall 2017 "Basic Needs Guide," Is weather resistant and made for the wear and tear of the streets. The purpose of our guide is to help those who are experiencing homelessness to become organized. The guide lists where to get day and week labor, soup kitchens, showers, clothes and hair cuts, groceries, homeless shelters, detox and treatment centers. mental health services and more. The guide is put together in a simple to follow order, which if used correctly can offer a way out of their current situation. The printing cost of each guide is $0.90. We initially only had funds to produce the first 1,000. We are hoping to put these into the hands of all the less fortunate soon by doing a mass printing. Please consider a donation today. Thanks in advance, -The Maslow's Army Team
The 2017 Maslow's Army Tee-Shirt is on sale now. They come in both Army Green and this attractive new pink. Sizes range from child small to adult 5XL. They are printed on front and back. Get your piece of history today!! Prices range from $15 to $20 each shirt. 1 large pizza is included in the price that will feed 10 people. All volunteers who come join the Maslow's Team on Sunday's must wear one of our shirts to identify them from those we serve. No order is too big or too small. Shipping is also available. Please order today by calling (859) 491-ARMY (2769) Thanks in advance.