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Please help raise awareness about child abuse and neglect, and the roles of child advocacy centers and multidisciplinary teams in promoting hope, healing and justice for child victims and their families!
On Saturday, September 20, 2014, the New Jersey Children’s Alliance (NJCA) will host its first annual “Heroes for Children: One with Courage” statewide charity family fun run/walk in Essex County at The South Mountain Recreational Complex in West Orange, New Jersey. Please see below for more information.



On March 27, 2014, Sharmain, a Montclair State University sophomore, (Montclair, NJ) and Center for Child Advocacy Youth Worker, was admitted to the Morristown Medical Center ICU, unable to walk with her breathing and swallowing capacity beginning to fail. A spinal tap was performed and she was subsequently diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). GBS causes the body’s antibodies to attack, targeting nerves as an infection or virus and eventually preventing nerve signals from being transmitted. Unfortunately, GBS has resulted in Sharmain currently receiving sustenance through a feeding tube, in pain, and mostly paralyzed. Prognosis for recovery is good, however; the process will be long, difficult, and expensive.
foster youth

Sharmain will have an extensive hospitalization and rehabilitation period, possibly months or even a year or more long. As she is a foster youth living on her own and completely responsible for her support, this is not only a devastating medical condition, it is a financial crisis.

Sharmain is a kind and always giving young lady, with a smile and heart for everyone. She needs our financial support so she can focus all her energy on healing. Without family or the ability to work, we are her only hope at retaining financial stability.

Please view her GIVE FORWARD fundraising effort!



Because One Person Can Do Wonders
Open Your Heart for Homeless Kids on Valentine’s Weekend

Sunday, February 9, 2014
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Covenant House Texas
1111 Lovett Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77006

Did you know? On any given night, thousands of youth in Houston/Harris County have
one thing in common: they are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

On February 9th, you have a chance to do something special for homeless kids. Please join Covenant House Texas on Valentine’s weekend 2014 at our community open house to participate in Do 1 Thing. Do 1 Thing is an effort to raise awareness to the plight of teenage homelessness by encouraging individuals to “do 1 thing” to help these youth.

What will Happen?

On Sunday, February 9th, you have a chance to show our young people just how much they mean by dropping off toiletries, metro bus cards, new or gently used clothing, baby items or gift cards. Come over to our Covenant House Texas campus, meet some of our youth and take a tour. And, even better, encourage your friends, family and co-workers to come out as well. There will also be opportunities for volunteering. We know you’re busy, but stop by to drop off a donation or make a Valentine’s card for one of our young people. We’ll pass out your card on Valentine’s Day and brighten up their day. It’s a fun event for all with music, food and face painting.

Go to our website: Click on the YouTube icon and watch the video from last year’s event. And, click on the Facebook icon and “like” us today!!! Also, follow us on Twitter. For more information call Carolyn Garrard at 713-630-5619 or To find out more about the nationwide Do 1 Thing awareness effort go to the website. While there, check out pictures of our kids on the “blog”, then click on “Texas” on right menu, arrow down for great pics from past events.



For the third year in a row, Covenant House Texas is planning a big Do1Thing day on Valentine’s Day 2011. Located at 1111 Lovett Boulevard in Houston, Covenant House Texas will be accepting donations for their homeless teens. View a story Fox news did on last year’s Do1Thing even at Covenant House Texas.

Exact times will be posted soon!

‘Do 1 Thing’ to Help Homeless Youth:



Social media blogger Beth Kanter’s blog talk about “How Networked Nonprofits Are Using Social Media to Power Change”. A leader in social media strategies, Beth blog has hundreds of thousands of followers.

Do1Thing is thrilled that Beth chose to tweet about Do1Thing to her 366,711 followers on Twitter! Whether it’s spreading the word through social or traditional media, Do1Thing continues to work to highlight the need for everyone to Do1Thing to help homeless youth!



The Do1Thing for Haiti photographic project continues to move as acclaimed photographers and picture editors join the project to raise awareness and encourage action to help the more than 100,000 amputee Haitian children.

If you know of an organization or work with an organization helping amputee children in Haiti and would like to partner with Do1Thing on this project, please contact us.

Download our pdf describing the project.





More than 27,000 people viewed the “Do1Thing Young Faces of Homeless” photographic exhibit this past weekend at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Curated by Debra Weiss, the show was sponsored by Canon Professional Images and printed by Lieberman Photographic Labs.

Our sincere thanks to everyone who everyone who helped to make it happen. With your help, we will continue to travel the Do1Thing Young Faces of Homelessness photographic exhibit.




Do1Thing is proud to announce that Creative Consultant Debra Weiss is curating the Do1Thing “Young Faces of Homelessness” Gallery Show at PhotoPlus Expo 2009 in NYC October 22-24, 2009.

dw-phone-no-snear-dsc00073-1024x8721-1Debra has been an agent for some of the top names in the business, a consultant for Black Book and did a stint as CEO of APA National. Besides lecturing, seminars and moderating panels, she now primarily works with photographers one-on-one and guides a photographer’s career as an artist and a business.

Debra presents seminars annually at PhotoPlus Expo and is a frequent guest speaker at Art Center College of Design. She recently curated an exhibit of the Best of The International Photography Awards 2005, which has traveled to nine countries. Debra is curator of the PLUS (Picture Licensing Universal System) Coalition Web site and is also the PLUS Industry Committee Coordinator. Debra has a website at the Debra Weiss Blogspot.

Debra has been an agent for some of the top names in the business, a consultant for Black Book and did a stint as CEO of APA (Advertising Photographers of America) National. Besides lecturing, seminars and moderating panels, she now primarily works with photographers one-on-one, helping to guide a photographer’s career as an artist and a business by creating an artistic marketable identity that will improve their opportunities for success



We’ve all heard the phrase “putting a face on homelessness” countless times. The idea is simple: provide some flesh and blood to let the rest of us grasp the larger problems of poverty.

It would be so easy to dismiss it as another tired cliche if it weren’t powerfully truthful. Consider “Lulu’s Story,” a multimedia piece on an 18-year-old Portland girl who has been homeless since losing her mother at the age of 12.

2503773-l“Lulu’s Story” is part of a showcase of work on teenage homelessness at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland. Since August, Salt has had an exhibit on, a national project that paired photographers with homeless youths around the country earlier this year.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because local photographers and Salt students took part in the project in February.

Photographer Alexandra Daley-Clark oversaw the project locally, and co-produced “Lulu’s Story” with Suzi Piker (an online producer for and a Salt alumnus). It premiered Thursday in a special event at Salt.

The event, called “ An evening with the creators,” showcased photography from the Do1Thing project and a talk by Najlah Feanny Hicks, co-founder of, as well as Daley-Clark, Piker and Lurlene “Lulu” Dame, the subject of the piece.

For two weeks, Daley-Clark got to know Dame and followed her around, capturing her daily life around Portland. She got connected to Dame through the Preble Street Teen Center in Portland, which serves kids ages 14-20.

Dame, at 18, has lost most of her family. She found herself homeless around the same time most teenagers were entering high school. Her father, she says in the multimedia piece, is an alcoholic. The only choice left was to get out.

“Seeing a lot of people die, the last thing I want is to be in contact with someone who is killing themself (sic) slowly,” she says.

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“Lulu’s Story”

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Alex Daley-Clark

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