I Am Waters Foundation

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  • FOX Good Day New York Sandy Delivery November 20, 2012

    FOX 5 NYC morning show Good Day New York caught up with Catholic Charities about I Am Waters Foundation emergency delivery to communities hit by Hurricane Sandy. Read about the foundation’s efforts with Catholic Charities here and see the news report below.
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    FOX 5 NYC morning show Good Day New York caught up with Catholic Charities about I Am Waters Foundation emergency delivery to communities hit by Hurricane Sandy. Read about the foundation’s efforts with Catholic Charities here and see the news report below.
  • Daily Mail features I Am Waters TODAY Show Appearance October 16, 2012

    Daily Mail highlights I AM WATERS appearance on the Today Show, quoting guests Kim Alexis, Kelly Emberg and Elena Davis.

    ‘You have to be a model and multifaceted, but there’s not a lot of ways for a model to be multifaceted because the actresses took all the covers.’
    The women believe that to become a successful model, whether it was 30 years ago or today, having business administration skills is essential.

    The full article can be found at DailyMail.co.uk

    Daily Mail highlights I AM WATERS appearance on the Today Show, quoting guests Kim Alexis, Kelly Emberg and Elena Davis. ‘You have to be a model and multifaceted, but there’s not a lot of ways for a model to be multifaceted because the actresses took all the covers.’ The women believe that to become a successful model, ...
  • Tony Spinelli on Maturing as a Male Model August 31, 2012

    Feature guest at our Supermodels of the 80’s Luncheon, Tony Spinelli talks to the Houston Chronicle about growing as a model and the power of imagery. Read the article here.

    Tony Spinelli on supporting I Am Waters in the evolving phase of his career
  • TODAY Show: Kim Alexis, Kelly Emberg and Elena Davis August 21, 2012

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    TODAY Show: Kim Alexis, Kelly Emberg and Elena Davis support I Am Waters foundation on NBC Today Show
  • Water time! I Am Waters kicks off Austin deliveries with shelter partners Front Steps and Mobile Loaves and Fishes. June 13, 2012

    Homeless Get Large Refreshing Donation | Austin , Texas | KXAN Austin NBC News

    Homeless get large refreshing donation: kxan.com

    The extreme heat in Central Texas can be especially hard on Austin’s homeless population, and that’s why Wednesday morning a huge donation landed at two nonprofits.

    I Am Waters Foundation donated 76,000 bottles of water to Front Steps, which manages the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, and Mobile Loaves and Fishes — a group that gives food and supplies to the homeless.

    Two years ago Elena Davis started a pilot program in Houston with donating water. It was so successful that this year they expanded it to three cities.

    “We try and choose organizations that carry the widest net because 40 percent of the homeless don’t come to the shelter, so we need it delivered in outreach vans,” said Davis, president and founder of I Am Waters.

    Water time! I Am Waters kicks off Austin deliveries with shelter partners Front Steps and Mobile Loaves and Fishes.
  • I Am Waters | Supermodels Luncheon | Houston Chronicle | Chron.com April 30, 2012
    I Am Waters Foundation : Supermodels of the 80's Luncheon | Model Behavior | Houston Chronicle | Chron.com

    I Am Waters Foundation's Founder Elena Davis on the cover of Houston Chronicle's Star Section. Read The Article : Model Behavior via Chron.com

    Modeling was Elena Davis’ way out of poverty. Born in northern California, her childhood was filled with welfare offices and transient homes. “At times we didn’t have enough food to eat,” said Davis, a former 1980s fashion model who founded I Am Waters, a nonprofit organization to address water deprivation among the nation’s homeless. “When you’re homeless ...
  • Models From The ’80s Unite For A Good Cause | Houston , Texas | My San Antonio April 27, 2012
    Supermodels of the 80's and Elena Davis,Thank You For Your Support!

    Top Row: Jack Scalia, Dianne deWitt, Kelly Emberg, Joan Severance, Cheryl Tiegs, Kim Charlton, Tony Spinelli Bottom Row: Kim Alexis, Elena Davis, Tara Shannon

    Modeling was Elena Davis’ way out of poverty.
    Born in northern California, her childhood was filled with welfare offices and transient homes.
    “At times we didn’t have enough food to eat,” said Davis, a former 1980s fashion model who founded I Am Waters, a nonprofit organization to address water deprivation among the nation’s homeless. “When you’re homeless and you’re poor, you feel like you don’t belong anywhere. It really erodes at your self-esteem.”
    At age 16, Davis was discovered by a modeling agent and moved to Paris to begin a career working for fashion magazines and designers in Europe, ultimately living in New York. She also was featured in a host of TV commercials.
    She now lives in Houston with her husband, Gregg, and their children, and recently brought together former 1980s fashion modeling icons, including Cheryl Tiegs, Kim Alexis and Houston native Kelly Emberg to support the I Am Waters effort in a national campaign.
    Many of these icons of the 1980s have long left their modeling days to start families and businesses and participate in charitable causes. Harper’s Bazaar features models from the 1980s in its May issue.
    “Being in the fashion industry for so long, I understand how images impact people,” Davis said. “Modeling taught me that, so that I can help others.”

    Cheryl Tiegs
    Her face still is as recognizable as it was when she graced the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue in the 1970s and ’80s.
    For Tiegs, modeling took her from her Minnesota roots to a life of world travel, money and opportunity.
    She says the perks of the business were grand, but giving back is another benefit.
    “Isn’t that the whole point?” she said. “We worked hard, climbed the ladder of success. It’s our duty and responsibility to give back. Otherwise, what’s it all for?”

    HOUSTON, TEXAS — Modeling was Elena Davis’ way out of poverty. Born in northern California, her childhood was filled with welfare offices and transient homes. “At times we didn’t have enough food to eat,” said Davis, a former 1980s fashion model who founded I Am Waters, a nonprofit organization to address water deprivation among the ...
  • ’80s Supermodels Bring In Big Dollars For I Am Waters Foundation Inaugural Fundraiser | Houston , Texas | Culture Map April 27, 2012

    '80s Supermodels Bring In Big Dollars For I Am Waters Foundation Inaugural Fundraiser | Houston , Texas | Culture Map | Neil Bush, Maria Bush, Joan Severance, and Jack Scalia

    A collection of ’80s supermodels on stage and a ballroom full of glam social mavens, where beneath the frothy surface a serious cause was generously supported. A remarkable $400,000 was raised at the inaugural fundraiser for the I Am Waters Foundation, which provides bottled water, emblazoned with words of hope, to the homeless.

    I Am Waters founder Elena Davis, a former model with the Ford agency, tapped her friends from the high-fashion world to take the stage and discuss highlights of the supermodel life before the sellout crowd of more than 500. Joining Davis in her efforts were Cheryl Tiegs, Diane DeWitt, Jack Scalia, Joan Severance, Kelly Emberg, Kim Alexis, Kim Charlton, Tara Shannon and Tony Spinelli, former Ford veep Joey Hunter and fashion photographer Peter Duke.

    NBC national news correspondent Janet Shamlian served as emcee of the spirited discussion that touched on everything from the frivolous to the deadly serious — bubble baths in Paris, a suicide attempt in Munich, Sports Illustrated swimsuit covers.

    During the program, Davis allowed that her affinity for helping the homeless evolved from her childhood during which she lived on the edge in near-poverty with three siblings and their single mother.

    HOUSTON, TEXAS — A collection of ’80s supermodels on stage and a ballroom full of glam social mavens, where beneath the frothy surface a serious cause was generously supported. A remarkable $400,000 was raised at the inaugural fundraiser for the I Am Waters Foundation, which provides bottled water, emblazoned with words of hope, to the ...
  • A Super Time At I Am Waters Luncheon | Houston , Texas | Chron.com April 26, 2012

    A Super Time At I Am Waters Luncheon | Houston , Texas | Chron.com

    Eighties glamazons Cheryl Tiegs, Kelly Emberg, Kim Alexis, Joan Severance, Dianne deWitt, Kim Charlton, Tara Shannon and Tony Spinelli reunited for the first I Am Waters Foundation Luncheon. Two famous male faces of the period, Jack Scalia and Tony Spinelli, also joined the fun.Their glory day tales of Paris runways and Vogue cover shoots had the sold-out River Oaks ballroom chuckling along. Former Ford agent Joey Hunter (who coined the term “supermodel”) kept their more infamous moments in the vault.

    Chair Lindsay Holstead gave donors their own supermoments with lens legend Peter Duke In a crowd overtly blessed with looks to kill, the true beauty was I Am Waters founder and president Elena Davis, herself a former fashion model.

    The luncheon raised $340,000 for Davis’s organization, which has brought more than 1 million water bottles of hope to America’s homeless. In the photogenic crowd: Elizabeth and Gary Petersen, Terri and John Havens, Kristi and John Schiller and more than the usual number of bizmen for a luncheon, including John Evans, Brady Knight and Mark Grierson

    HOUSTON, TEXAS — Eighties glamazons Cheryl Tiegs, Kelly Emberg, Kim Alexis, Joan Severance, Dianne deWitt, Kim Charlton, Tara Shannon and Tony Spinelli reunited for the first I Am Waters Foundation Luncheon. Two famous male faces of the period, Jack Scalia and Tony Spinelli, also joined the fun.
  • Former Model Helps Homeless Through Bottled Water | Houston , Texas | Click2Houston KPRC NBC April 25, 2012 YouTube Preview Image

    A former model has a very unique way to help the homeless and fight poverty.

    It’s a passion for Houstonian Elena Davis, who said she grew up nearly homeless herself.

    Davis’ face has graced the covers and pages of some of the world’s top fashion magazines, but now she’s behind the lens as the creator of “I Am Waters.”

    Before traveling the world, Davis grew up in less than glamorous conditions.

    After being introduced to a photographer, Davis signed on with the renowned Ford agency. She modeled for 15 years before marrying successful oilman Greg Davis.

    But despite the total change in her life, she never forgot her past and what it was like living on the streets.

    She took pictures of the homeless and realized what they truly need to survive is water. From there, “I Am Waters” was born.

    HOUSTON, TEXAS — A former model has a very unique way to help the homeless and fight poverty. It’s a passion for Houstonian Elena Davis, who said she grew up nearly homeless herself. Davis’ face has graced the covers and pages of some of the world’s top fashion magazines, but now she’s behind the lens ...
  • Models Unite To Form Non Profit To Help People Without Homes In Houston | Houston , Texas | News 92 FM April 24, 2012
    A group of supermodels are making sure Houston’s homeless are hydrated both physically and spiritually by handing out bottled water.
    The effort is organized by the non-profit I Am Waters Foundation. Elena Davis, former supermodel and founder of the organization, Elena Davis, as well as former supermodel Kelly Emberg actor Jack Scalia joined Lana Hughes and JP Pritchard to talk about how the group is helping to combat homelessness in Houston. Click on the link below to listen.

    HOUSTON, TEXAS — A group of supermodels are making sure Houston’s homeless are hydrated both physically and spiritually by handing out bottled water. The effort is organized by the non-profit I Am Waters Foundation. Elena Davis, former supermodel and founder of the organization, Elena Davis, as well as former supermodel Kelly Emberg actor Jack Scalia ...
  • Supermodels Of The 80’s | Houston , Texas | KHOU Great Day Houston April 24, 2012

    Supermodels Kelly Emberg, Jack Scalia, and Founder & President of I Am Waters Foundation Elena Davis talk on Great Day Houston about the homeless and the need for water.

    HOUSTON, TEXAS — Supermodels Kelly Emberg, Jack Scalia, and Founder & President of I Am Waters Foundation Elena Davis talk on Great Day Houston about the homeless and the need for water.
  • Daily Mail: Eighties Supermodels Then And Now – Kim Alexis, Kelly Emberg, and Elena Davis April 20, 2012
    The term ‘supermodel’ has come under scrutiny lately as a word too often tossed around to describe a various caliber of models.
    However among the first women to be deemed supermodels in the Eighties, Kim Alexis, Kelly Emberg, and Elena Davis, have spoken about the vast differences between the industry they knew 30 years ago when they first graced the covers of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan, compared to the modelling industry today.
    On Today, the former models discussed how the now celebrity dominated industry has evolved since their careers began, and how today’s overly retouched culture puts immense pressure on women.

    While we live in an age that is quick to brand of-the-moment, successful models as ‘supermodels’, Ms Alexis, 51, believes there is no room in today’s industry for the term because of our ever-growing celebrity-obsessed culture.
    She said: ‘I think to be a supermodel you first had to be a model, and I think people are jumping and missing that stage.

    The term ‘supermodel’ has come under scrutiny lately as a word too often tossed around to describe a various caliber of models. However among the first women to be deemed supermodels in the Eighties, Kim Alexis, Kelly Emberg, and Elena Davis, have spoken about the vast differences between the industry they knew 30 years ago ...
  • ’80s Supermodels Cheryl Tiegs & Kelly Emberg Plan Houston Visit For Fundraiser To Help The Homeless | Houston , Texas | Culture Map April 16, 2012

    Cheryl Tiegs | Supermodels of the 80's Luncheon 2012

    From the covers of Vogue, Elle, Town & Country, Glamour and other magazines, a group of the world’s most photographed models will take the stage at River Oaks Country Club on April 25th for the I Am Waters Foundation inaugural fundraiser, “Supermodels of the ’80s.” It will offer a striking juxtaposition of high-style glamour and homeless realities.

    Former international model and Houston resident Elena Davis, I Am Waters founder, is bringing together Cheryl Tiegs, Kelly Emberg, Kim Alexis, Tony Spinelli, Jack Scalia and others to join her in the effort to raise funds and awareness for the foundation that provides bottled water, displaying words of inspiration, to the homeless.

    I Am Waters serves 15 homeless shelters in Houston, Austin and Fort Worth, delivering 300,000 bottles last year.

    Despite the fact that she enjoys all the comforts of a rich life today and despite her successful 15-year modeling career with Ford, Davis has a special affinity for the homeless, having lived on the edge as a child. She was raised in poverty in a single-family home, one of four children, and dropped out of school in the eighth grade.

    “I was not homeless but I was raised a couple of precarious steps above homeless,” she said. “So there are elements that I just feel very tied to with the homeless — the sense of not belonging, of transience, of deprivation.”


    Supermodels of The 80’s Luncheon 2012

    Join us for I Am Waters’ Foundation inaugural luncheon on April 25th, 2012 to meet them in person.

    Cheryl Tiegs

    Supermodel, Designer, Spokesperson

    Cheryl Tiegs is a model, designer, an author, businesswoman, public speaker and avid spokesperson for health and fitness, the environment and underprivileged children. Cheryl defines “Supermodel” and is acknowledged as an icon for women of all ages…Read Biography >

    Kelly Emberg

    Supermodel

    Kelly Emberg, a Houston, Texas native, started her successful modeling career with Elite Models. She has graced covers of magazines including Vogue, Bazaar, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Self, and New Woman and appeared in commercials for L’Oreal, Maybelline, Cover Girl, Planters Peanuts, Pert shampoo and many more…Read Biography >

    Kim Alexis

    Supermodel Athlete, Actress

    Kim Alexis for, is mostly known for her physical beauty. But there’s more to her story than meets the eye. Her lifelong commitment to athletics, her stature as one of the world’s first supermodels, her extensive experience in front of the camera, and her own encounters with physical trials including battling thyroid problems…Read Biography >

    HOUSTON, TEXAS — From the covers of Vogue, Elle, Town & Country, Glamour and other magazines, a group of the world’s most photographed models will take the stage at River Oaks Country Club on April 25th for the I Am Waters Foundation inaugural fundraiser, “Supermodels of the ’80s.” It will offer a striking juxtaposition of ...
  • The Water Project April 5, 2012
    Water Water everywhere but for some it is not that easy. To create awareness, UNICEF launched the Tap Project, an award winning campaign designed to provide clean water to children around the world. Every day 4,000 children die of water related diseases, and nearly 900 million people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water.Houston was selected as one of only five national enhanced markets to implement the campaign this year, which involved a leadership team to direct efforts. During World Water Week, March 19-25, various restaurants encouraged patrons to donate $1 or more.

    The students and teachers of St. Francis Episcopal Day School took it to a whole new level. For the past eight weeks, students of this school have observed, examined, weighed, painted, and played their way through a comprehensive study of global water needs, water conservation and water sanitation. “They have studied water, raised funds for UNICEF’s Tap Project by drinking only water for a week and donating the money saved, and Skyped with students and environmental experts on all seven continents, in countries including Nepal, Kuwait, Tanzania, Australia, Sweden, and Antarctica,” informed the school science teacher.

    The event hosted at the school also featured a HydroFair with representatives from several nonprofits that work with water-related issues and a water walk, during which students carried water a representative distance to experience the effort other children must make to get water to their homes. “Along the way, students began to develop a deeper understanding and empathy for their peers in underdeveloped countries, many of whom walk an average of three hours per day to provide water for their families,” shared parent/philanthropist Nidhika Mehta.

    “I can’t believe kids have to carry what we had to carry and more just to get water,” said one second-grade girl. A seventh grader added, “I am going to change the way I use water after yesterday’s celebration of World Water Day, because kids my age have to walk almost four miles just to get water to drink.”

    Rotary Club of Houston Skyline | Elena Davis,  Roseann Rogers, and ReyneFurthermore former supermodel Elena Davis spoke to the Rotary Club of Houston Skyline about her I Am Waters Foundation that provides spiritual and physical hydration to the homeless.

    Overall I must admit Houstonians did a spectacular job creating awareness on water. Our heart goes out to the special efforts made by the students who I personally witnessed carrying gallons of water and walking just to get the real experience. What an effort!

    HOUSTON, TEXAS — Water Water everywhere but for some it is not that easy. To create awareness, UNICEF launched the Tap Project, an award winning campaign designed to provide clean water to children around the world. Every day 4,000 children die of water related diseases, and nearly 900 million people worldwide lack access to safe ...
  • Prime Living’s March-April Article | Supermodels of The 80’s Luncheon 2012 February 27, 2012

    Check out the Prime Living’s article on I Am Waters Foundation Supermodels of The 80’s lunch on April 25th, featuring Kim Alexis, Jack Scalia, Kim Charlton, and Tony Spinelli.

    Prime Living March April Buzz - I Am Waters Foundation Supermodels of The 80's Luncheon

    Check out the Prime Living’s article on I Am Waters Foundation Supermodels of The 80’s lunch on April 25th, featuring Kim Alexis, Jack Scalia, Kim Charlton, and Tony Spinelli.
  • George H. W. Bush Endorses I Am Waters Foundation February 23, 2012
    George H. W. Bush 41st President of The United States of AmericaI Am Waters Foundation is honored and privileged to have the endorsement of George H.W. Bush the 41st President of The United States.
    Letter of Acknowledgement from George H. W. Bush to I Am Waters Foundation
    I Am Waters Foundation is honored and privileged to have the endorsement of George H.W. Bush the 41st President of The United States.
  • Supermodels of the 80’s, Cheryl Tiegs and Others to Speak at Charity Luncheon on April 25th, 2012, Presented by “I Am Waters”, a Foundation for American Homeless January 26, 2012

    I Am Waters non-profit Foundation’s founder, Elena Davis, invites you to attend a unique and thought-provoking charity luncheon on April 25th, 2012. A who’s who of supermodels from the 80’s will join Ms. Davis to highlight some surprising parallels in the lives of models and homeless Americans.

    I Am Waters Foundation | How do you Dream when you're Homeless?

    The homeless are frequently portrayed as unfortunate people or objects of pity. We deliberately choose not to do that.

    “I was raised in poverty and was lucky to make my way into the fashion world. I understand what it’s like to be an object in society under the best and the worst circumstances. There is something about both worlds that for me became disconnected and apart from the mainstream. I know all too well what it means to be a target of judgment,” says Elena Davis, whose life experience has spanned the extremes of fortune.

    I Am Waters brings together some of the most highly photographed American models in history to discuss the commonalities between these two seemingly disparate groups. The participants will share ideas surrounding the issues of objectification, their insight into the I Am Waters project and how it relates to all of our lives.

    Guests of the event are supermodels of the 80’s: Cheryl Tiegs, Kim Alexis, Kelly Emberg, Joan Severance,Tara Shannon, Kim Charlton, Dianne deWitt, Tony Spinelli and Jack Scalia. All have graced covers of the most established and prestigious magazines in the world, including Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Town & Country, Glamour and many others.

    Since 2009, the I Am Waters Foundation has established a unique way to engage with the homeless and create a dialogue by organizing portrait photography sessions at various shelters. Photographer, Peter Duke, captures images of homeless men, women and children including families, veterans and the elderly in a positive light. “The homeless are frequently portrayed as unfortunate people or objects of pity. We deliberately choose not to do that.” says Peter.

    The foundation uses these images as a vehicle to talk with individuals about their feelings of being homeless and their prospects for the future. The photos bolster the image homeless have of themselves, while providing a valuable keepsake (many had not seen a their own photograph in years). I Am Waters sees the images as a tool used to dispel stereotypes and bring a human face to an issue that impacts us all.

    The mission of I Am Waters is to bring physical and spiritual hydration to American homeless by delivering branded water bottles with messages of HOPE, PEACE, DREAM and LOVE to homeless shelters and service providers. I Am Waters is the only organization of its kind in the United States.

    FOUNDER BIO:

    In the 1980s and 90s, Elena was best known as a top fashion model. For over fifteen years, her image graced the covers of magazines, appeared in ads, on the pages of fashion’s most prestigious magazines, and she has been in more than 40 national TV commercials. She married Gregg Davis in 1994, and retired from her successful modeling career after the birth of their first child. Since 1997, Gregg and Elena and their three children have called Houston home.
    Elena was one of four kids raised by a single mother on less than three thousand dollars a year and food stamps. Elena lived on the margins of society, attended a dozen schools, and finally dropped out of school in the 8th grade to work and support her family. She moved to Paris to pursue modeling at age 16. After a year of modeling overseas, Elena returned back to the States and signed with the renowned Ford Agency.

    FOUNDER QUOTE:
    Homelessness is a national problem that gnaws at our country’s economic recovery and future. I am so impressed and inspired by the many great organizations that help the homeless with housing, job skills and food. I Am Waters compliments these groups with our mission to provide free, clean drinking water to the homeless. Water is the body’s most fundamental need. Our image-based awareness and education campaigns work concurrently to bring a human face to the American homeless to promote compassion and understanding.

    For more information contact: Jayson Cooke | 14-Forty | 323-662-1440

    I Am Waters mailing address: 3262 Westheimer Road, Box 229, Houston, Texas 77098

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    Cheryl Tiegs, Kim Alexis and other notable Supermodel’s of the 80’s gather to discuss the intimate experience of being objectified and disconnected from mainstream society, how it correlates to the lives of American homeless and what the charitable foundation “I Am Waters” is doing to change the face of homelessness today.
  • I Am Waters Foundation From the Runway to the Streets: Elena Davis gives Houston’s homeless a message in a bottle January 3, 2012

    Elena Davis Founder of I Am Waters Foundation | 002 Magazine | January 2012 Issue | Elena Davis

    Rags to riches

    Elena Davis has graced the pages of Cosmopolitan and Harper’s Bazaar, but life wasn’t always so glamorous for the founder of I Am Waters. One of four siblings, Davis was raised in California by a single mother who struggled to make ends meet. “We led a very transient lifestyle. I went to a dozen different schools. Food was an issue because we relied on food stamps. My mother was often at work or school, so my older brother Doane always made sure we got something to eat, even if it was just sharing a can of soup.”

    At age 16, Davis moved to Paris. On her second day, she scored a photo shoot with GermanVogue. “I never stopped working after that,” she says. Avoiding the pitfalls of the supermodel lifestyle, she built a solid career. “I never went to parties. I was afraid to go out at night because of the terrible neighborhoods I grew up in,” she recalls. Eventually, she returned to the US and was able to help her siblings pursue their own dreams.

    In 2009, Davis founded I Am Waters, a nonprofit foundation that provides safe, transportable water to homeless individuals and shelters. During the summer of 2011, I Am Water delivered 300,000 bottles of water throughout Houston, Ft. Worth and Austin.

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    002 Magazine Houston — In 2009, Davis founded I Am Waters, a nonprofit foundation that provides safe, transportable water to homeless individuals and shelters. During the summer of 2011, I Am Water delivered 300,000 bottles of water throughout Houston, Ft. Worth and Austin.
  • I Am Waters Foundations’ December Advertisement December 5, 2011

    Take a look at our December Ads running in this month’s copy of Paper City Mag

    I Am Waters Foundation | December 2011 Advert
    I Am Waters Foundation | December 2011 Advert | Hope

    Take a look at our December Ads running in this month’s copy of Paper City Magazine.
  • I Am Waters Foundation’s First Published Ad November 9, 2011

    I Am Waters Foundation is pleased to share our first published ad. Can be seen in the November issue of PaperCity magazine. More to follow.

    How Do You Dream When You're Homeless? | I Am Waters Foundation

    How Do You Dream When You're Homeless? | I Am Waters Foundation

    I Am Waters Foundation is pleased to share our first published ad. Can be seen in the November issue of PaperCity magazine. More to follow.
  • I Am Waters Foundation Helps Houston’s Homeless | Houston Lifestyle Magazine October 4, 2011

    I Am Waters Foundation | Elena Davis

    Area nonprofits provided 186,000 bottles of water to the homeless in the Bayou City thanks to a donation from the Houston-based I AM WATERS Foundation. Nearly one-third, or 68,000 bottles, went to Star of Hope for distribution to its women and children, mobile outreach and men’s programs as part of the homeless mission’s 10-week Summer of Hope program.

    Other major recipients included SEARCH Homeless Services, Palmer Way Station, Healthcare for the Homeless, Lords of the Streets and Covenant House.

    The mission of the I Am Waters Foundation is to hydrate homeless men, women and children who don’t have access to life’s most basic necessities. A 2010 Summer Water Pilot, spearheaded by former top model Elena Davis, resulted in the distribution of 80,000 bottles of water in Houston. I AM WATERS increased its distribution this year to 300,000 in three cities across Texas: Houston, Austin and Fort Worth.

    Each bottle is designed with a simple inspirational message in a single word like HOPE or FAITH. “Holding a bottle with an inspirational word provides a powerful affirmation that is important for those who are not being replenished emotionally or spiritually,” says Davis.

    The I Am Waters Dream Book is another way to help a worthy cause, and receive a tangible reminder with the purchase of a book. This one-of-a-kind coffee table book contains 46 pages of moving portraits of America’s homeless. Each family, child, woman, man, teen, veteran and disabled individual shares their photo to encourage the public to understand the good in the homeless population. I AM WATERS shares the story of bringing clean water to the American homeless through each image. The book is $100, and is available at iamwaters.com.

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    via Houston Lifestyle Magazine

    Area nonprofits provided 186,000 bottles of water to the homeless in the Bayou City thanks to a donation from the Houston-based I AM WATERS Foundation. Nearly one-third, or 68,000 bottles, went to Star of Hope for distribution to its women and children, mobile outreach and men’s programs as part of the homeless mission’s 10-week Summer ...
  • I Am Waters Foundation Helps Hydrate The Homeless | Houston, Texas | NBC KPRC Houston August 29, 2011

    A unique Houston-based foundation is serving a need few realize exists in the city: fresh, clean drinking water for the homeless population.

    “If you don’t have water, you die,” said Elena Davis, founder of I Am Waters. “It’s imperative that you have water. You can survive longer without food than you can water.”
    Davis founded the organization three years ago and began distributing bottles of water to 15 homeless shelters in Houston, Austin and Fort Worth. Last year, the foundation distributed 80,000 bottles. This year the foundation will distribute 300,000 bottles. The foundation delivers the water during the 16 hottest weeks of the summer.

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    via NBC KPRC Houston

    HOUSTON, TEXAS — A unique Houston-based foundation is serving a need few realize exists in the city: fresh, clean drinking water for the homeless population. “If you don’t have water, you die,” said Elena Davis, founder of I Am Waters. “It’s imperative that you have water. You can survive longer without food than you can ...
  • Former Model Uses Photography and Water to Help America’s Homeless | Houston, Texas | 11 KHOU Eyewitness News August 11, 2011

    HOUSTON — A former model is using the images of local veterans to help fight poverty and homelessness.

    Elena Davis’ face has graced the cover and pages of some of the world’s top fashion magazines but now she’s behind the lens and the woman behind I Am Waters.

    The Houston-based organization delivers bottled water to homeless people across America.

    She was in Houston Thursday taking photos of veterans who are currently staying at the Midtown Terrace. The Midtown Terrace is run by the U.S. Vets Houston.

    “How do you justify having someone who has fought for our country to be homeless?” Davis said. “There are a lot of preconceived notions as to who the homeless are, so we photograph the homeless and we use those images on our website on our community outreach.”

    It’s a passion for the former model. Davis said she grew up nearly homeless herself.

    “I think it’s interesting because I don’t look like where I came from, and so I think people are always kind of surprised,” she said.

    And that’s the point. Davis said the homeless aren’t who you think they are.

    And through I Am Waters she hopes to educate and hydrate people.

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    via 11 KHOU Eyewitness News

    HOUSTON, TEXAS — A former model is using the images of local veterans to help fight poverty and homelessness. Elena Davis’ face has graced the cover and pages of some of the world’s top fashion magazines but now she’s behind the lens and the woman behind I Am Waters. The Houston-based organization delivers bottled water ...
  • No Respite From Heat For Austin’s Homeless | Austin, Texas | Statesman August 11, 2011

    Joe Steve sprawls across a makeshift bed in the woods, motionless and sweating in the midday heat.

    It’s 100 degrees, and the 24-year-old homeless man is trying to rest in a shady of a patch of woods off Barton Springs Road. His cheeks are flushed, his nose sunburned. He has no water, no fresh clothes and no desire move right now.

    “I walk around and sweat most of the time,” Steve said. “It’s way too hot to live out here.”

    A scorching heat wave that shows no signs of flagging has killed scores of people across the country over the past few months, and homeless people are among those most vulnerable to heat-related illnesses. Although about 700 of the city’s estimated 4,000 homeless people sleep in shelters, many others live in the woods, in cars or under bridges, where respite from the heat is nearly impossible.

    But determining how many homeless people have succumbed to the searing temperatures is difficult because so many have pre-existing medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart problems, that are often cited as the cause of death, said Neil Donovan , executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless in Washington. Plus, in general, it can take months for health departments to determine an official cause of death.

    Travis County had two heat-related deaths earlier this year, one in April and one in May , said Carole Barasch , spokeswoman for the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department.

    Local medical clinics said they’re seeing lots of heat-related problems with the homeless, including dehydration, severe sunburns and skin cancer. Those with diabetes are struggling to control their disease because their medication doesn’t last long in the heat.

    “There was one man whose insulin had actually crystallized because of the heat,” said Diane Scheler , charge nurse at the clinic at the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless downtown. “It only lasts a short time.”

    Texas summers are always hot, and this one has been scorching. With an average high of 102 , last month was the hottest July on record at Camp Mabry, according to the National Weather Service. August is expected to be even worse.

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    AUSTIN, TEXAS — Joe Steve sprawls across a makeshift bed in the woods, motionless and sweating in the midday heat. It’s 100 degrees, and the 24-year-old homeless man is trying to rest in a shady of a patch of woods off Barton Springs Road. His cheeks are flushed, his nose sunburned. He has no water, ...
  • I Am Waters Foundation Spends July 4 Honoring Homeless Vets | Houston, Texas | ABC 13 July 4, 2011

    HOUSTON (KTRK) — Life is not easy for servicemen and women when they return home after months, even years of war.
    Fortunately, there are many organizations to help them. Now one group is using something as simple as a bottle of water to inspire our vets.
    The government estimates more than 100,000 veterans are homeless. They live on the streets or in transitional housing, and while many of us take it for granted, they don’t have easy access to the most basic necessity–water.
    For this group of veterans, the Fourth of July festivities were inside with bingo, barbecue and plenty of water.
    Capping off a week of deliveries to 15 homeless shelters, the non-profit I Am Waters Foundation worked this holiday. It stopped at U.S. Vets Inc, a transitional housing program for veterans, some homeless, to provide its bottled water with a side of inspiration.
    “You look through it and it spells something right there,” Army veteran Dave Denney said.
    Denney’s message — dream. The bottles come with three others, single powerful words that founder Houstonian Elena Davis believes resonate.
    “It makes them feel like somebody on the outside knows that they’re there,” Davis said.

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    HOUSTON (KTRK) — Life is not easy for servicemen and women when they return home after months, even years of war. Fortunately, there are many organizations to help them. Now one group is using something as simple as a bottle of water to inspire our vets. The government estimates more than 100,000 veterans are homeless. They live ...
  • Homeless Shelters Feeling The Heat Of A Hot Summer | I Am Waters Donates 37,000 Bottles Of Water | Fort Worth, Texas | Star Telegram July 2, 2011

    People gathered on the scalding hot sidewalk around the Presbyterian Night Shelter have a keen interest in the thermostat.
    “Can you please call time and temperature?” asked Claire Griffin, 41, spotting someone with a cellphone from under a blue umbrella that shielded her fair skin from the sun. “We get to go in if it hits 100.”
    It’s actually the heat index that has to hit triple digits before the shelter opens its doors early. Inside, employees were hurriedly preparing for another rush of homeless people escaping what is already a sizzling summer, even by Texas standards.
    The heat is already straining some shelter and relief agencies’ budgets and supplies. The night shelter’s electric bill is approaching $13,000 a month for all its campuses — an amount typically seen in August.
    The overnight population has spiked to about 550 on the hottest days.

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    FORT WORTH — People gathered on the scalding hot sidewalk around the Presbyterian Night Shelter have a keen interest in the thermostat. “Can you please call time and temperature?” asked Claire Griffin, 41, spotting someone with a cellphone from under a blue umbrella that shielded her fair skin from the sun. “We get to go in ...
  • Water For The Homeless | I Am Waters Foundation | American-Statesman June 17, 2011

    Water For The Homeless

    Some 80,000 bottles of water have arrived in Austin for the homeless courtesy of a donation from the organizationI Am Waters Foundation. Two Austin non-profits, Front Steps, which manages the Men’s emergency shelter at the ARCH and Mobile Loaves and Fishes, will distribute the water to those in need in the coming hot months.

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    AUSTIN, TEXAS – Some 80,000 bottles of water have arrived in Austin for the homeless courtesy of a donation from the organizationI Am Waters Foundation. Two Austin non-profits, Front Steps, which manages the Men’s emergency shelter at the ARCH and Mobile Loaves and Fishes, will distribute the water to those in need in the coming ...
  • Homeless Get Some ‘Cool’ Relief : I Am Waters Foundation Donates 76,000 Bottles Of Water To Shelter June 16, 2011

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    The homeless got some extra help in beating the heat on Wednesday. An organization called the ‘I Am Waters Foundation’ donated about 76,000 bottles of water to the ARCH Center in Downtown Austin on Wednesday.

    “The shelters love the water because they often don’t have money allocated to buy water. And the amounts of water they would need to keep everybody hydrated,” said Elena Davis, founder of the organization.

    “Already this spring, we’ve seen temperatures climb into the 100 degree range and when that happens, the homeless are in our city-center, surrounded by concrete and asphalt, are struck hardest,” said Jim Orman, Executive Director of Front Steps, Inc.

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    AUSTIN (KXAN) – The homeless got some extra help in beating the heat on Wednesday. An organization called the ‘I Am Waters Foundation’ donated about 76,000 bottles of water to the ARCH Center in Downtown Austin on Wednesday. “The shelters love the water because they often don’t have money allocated to buy water. And the amounts ...
  • Austin’s Homeless Receive Water | Interview With Elena Davis and Mitchell Gibbs June 15, 2011

    Interview with Elena Davis and Mitchell Gibbs

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    Austin, Tx – The I Am Waters Foundation supplies water to homeless people who don’t have access to life’s most basic necessities like water.
    Front Steps and Mobile Loaves & Fishes will distribute upwards of 700 bottles of water per day through September.
    Wednesday morning at 10 a.m., the group will donate over 75,000 bottles of water.
    Mitchell Gibbs, of Front Steps, and Elena Davis, of I Am Water Foundation, stopped by Good Day to talk about this.

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    AUSTIN, TX – The I Am Waters Foundation supplies water to homeless people who don’t have access to life’s most basic necessities like water. Front Steps and Mobile Loaves & Fishes will distribute upwards of 700 bottles of water per day through September.
  • I Am Waters Delivers 76,000 Bottles of Water for Austin’s Homeless | Austin, Texas | KUT News NPR Digital Network June 14, 2011

    With a heat wave blasting Austin with triple-digit temperatures earlier than usual, two local non-profits have learned they will be receiving a total of 76,000 bottles of water to hand out to the city’s homeless population.

    The Houston-based I Am Waters Foundation is donating the bottles, each of which includes a motivational phrase on its label. Mobile Loaves and Fishes, which distributes meals to the homeless, will receive 26,000 bottles. The remaining 50,000 will go to Front Steps, an organization that manages the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH), a daytime center and overnight men’s shelter.

    “This certainly is going to come in very handy for us,” Front Steps spokesperson Mitchell Gibbs told KUT News. “We’re very much excited about the opportunity.”

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    AUSTIN, TEXAS – With a heat wave blasting Austin with triple-digit temperatures earlier than usual, two local non-profits have learned they will be receiving a total of 76,000 bottles of water to hand out to the city’s homeless population. The Houston-based I Am Waters Foundation is donating the bottles, each of which includes a motivational phrase ...
  • I Am Waters Delivers 70,000 Bottles Of Water And Hope To The Star Of Hope | Houston, Texas | ABC 13 News June 13, 2011

    HOUSTON (KTRK) — With the heat at dangerous levels, non-profit agencies are launching a big campaign to help the homeless.
    At a warehouse on the northwest side, volunteers are preparing to hand out bottles of water. In all, more than 186,000 bottles of water will be passed out across the Houston area.
    This is the second year that the I Am Waters Foundation is taking on this effort. This year, they have effectively doubled the number of water bottles they’re distributing across Texas. Their hope is to expand their effort to California next year.
    Volunteers hope the water lasts through September, but given the scorching heat even before the official start of summer coupled with a rise in the homeless population, they say they’re willing to make more water if need be
    “How long will it last? It depends on how long the heat lasts, how hot it is and if the homeless population as it stands now keeps growing. There’s 25 percent more people utilizing shelters this summer than there were last summer,” said Elena Davis of the I Am Waters Foundation.

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    HOUSTON (KTRK) — With the heat at dangerous levels, non-profit agencies are launching a big campaign to help the homeless. At a warehouse on the northwest side, volunteers are preparing to hand out bottles of water. In all, more than 186,000 bottles of water will be passed out across the Houston area. This is the second year ...
  • I Am Waters Interview With PBS Latina Voices April 27, 2011

    I Am Waters Foundation’s founder, Elena Davis, is interviewed by Latina Voices on a segment on Homelessness in America.
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  • I Am Waters Foundation Releases New Book Entitled “Dream” | Culture Map Houston November 5, 2010
    Elena Davis, Karen Pulaski, Raquel Segal and I Am Waters Foundation Book Dream

    Raquel Segal, from left, Elena Davis and Karen Pulaski spread the message on the I Am Waters project. Photo by Jenny Antill

    When Karen Pulaski and Raquel Segal raised the flag for the new non-profit I Am Waters, more than 60 fashionable/influential friends turned out at Pulaski’s West U home to learn about the charity that provides physical and spiritual hydration for the homeless in Houston and beyond.

    I Am Waters president and founder Elena Davis talked about the group’s summer water project which distributed 80,000 bottles of water, labeled with words of inspiration, to Houston’s homeless through area shelters including SEARCH and Star of Hope. Guests such as Katie Brass, Mary and Vincent Kickerillo, Patty and Craig Biggio had a first look at the new book, DREAM, which puts a face on America’s homeless through images shot by Peter Duke, the foundation’s LA-based photographer who has recorded images of the homeless in the past year in three American cities.

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    I Am Waters president and founder Elena Davis talked about the group’s summer water project which distributed 80,000 bottles of water, labeled with words of inspiration, to Houston’s homeless through area shelters including SEARCH and Star of Hope. Guests such as Katie Brass, Mary and Vincent Kickerillo, Patty and Craig Biggio had a first look ...
  • Helping the Homeless | Tanglewood Buzz November 2, 2010

    Elena Davis Founder of I Am Waters Foundation

    Elena Davis, founder of the I Am Waters foundation, gives water and hope to people on the streets. Photo by Michael Hart

    The scene is all too familiar: You approach an intersection hoping to get through the light before it turns red, but you don’t make it in time. So now you’re stuck next to a panhandler on the corner. Do you give him money? Or do you stare straight ahead hoping he’ll move on? During those uncomfortable moments at the red light, you probably wonder if he’s legitimately homeless or just running a good panhandling business.

    “I’ve been asked for money more times than I can count, but never water,” Elena said. “It struck me that clean water is almost impossible to find on the street.” With that inspiration, she founded the Houston-based I Am Waters foundation that bottles water with printed words of encouragement like “faith,” “love,” “joy” and “hope.”

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    The scene is all too familiar: You approach an intersection hoping to get through the light before it turns red, but you don’t make it in time. So now you’re stuck next to a panhandler on the corner. Do you give him money? Or do you stare straight ahead hoping he’ll move on? During those ...
  • Houston Woman Gives Cold Water, Words of Hope To Homeless | Houston Chronicle October 2, 2010

    Bottles of Hope

    Photograph by James Nielson | Chronicle Charles Williams with the Star of Hope Mission hands out water to the less fortunate in Houston . The I Am Waters Foundation donated 35,000 bottles of water to distribute to the homeless.

    Elena Davis was touched by a simple request from a homeless woman on a hot summer day not long ago. Sitting at a stoplight, she saw the woman moving car to car.
    She expected the woman to ask for money. Instead, she was thirsty; she wanted water.

    Davis’s kind heart and determined spirit went to work. She imagined a charity driven by compassion for those who live on the margins of society. Her dream became the I Am Waters Foundation that this past summer distributed 80,000 bottles of cold water to the city’s homeless. Each bottle bears a single word of inspiration — Peace or Hope – and the foundation’s logo.

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    Elena Davis was touched by a simple request from a homeless woman on a hot summer day not long ago. Sitting at a stoplight, she saw the woman moving car to car. She expected the woman to ask for money. Instead, she was thirsty; she wanted water. Davis’s kind heart and determined spirit went to work. She ...
  • Cast One’s Bread Upon The Waters August 4, 2010

    Cast One’s Bread Upon The Waters

    Houstonian Elena Davis began thinking about a mission statement to support homeless people’s most basic need — water — when she was approached a year ago at a traffic light by a homeless person asking for money. She had no cash in hand, only a cold bottle of unopened water, so she gave him that (it was 98 degrees in the middle of July). She received such grateful thanks that she began thinking about how people living in our city streets can find fresh water during our long, hot summers. From that encounter grew the I Am Waters Foundation. Davis persuaded a graphic designer to create labels that offer the words Peace, Love arranged to shimmer through the water — a double blessing, hydration and the kindest of words designed to communicate and support….
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    Cast One’s Bread Upon The Waters Houstonian Elena Davis began thinking about a mission statement to support homeless people’s most basic need — water — when she was approached a year ago at a traffic light by a homeless person asking for money. She had no cash in hand, only a cold ...
  • Bottles of Hope | A beauty on a mission: Former Ford model gives Houston’s homeless clean water July 28, 2010

    Photo by Shelby Hodge from Culture Map | George Foreman IV, left, visits with I Am Waters founder Elena Davis and her husband, oilman Greg Davis.

    Bottles of Hope | A beauty on a mission: Former Ford model gives Houston’s homeless clean water

    …Elena and Greg Davis welcomed I Am Waters supporters and newcomers to a modest gathering at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston recently — an outdoor event that drove home the message of just how uncomfortable Houston summers can be for all who are outside and particularly for the homeless.

    “We’re delivering on the street and to the shelters,” Elena said, adding that the mission is not only to supply fresh water but also to “open a dialogue between the homeless and the not-homeless  … We want to raise up the homeless.” Elena takes no salary and the foundation operates on donations.

    On a second front, I Am Waters gives a face and voice to the homeless through video and photography, allowing them to record their stories. Professional photographers have been chronicling the plight of the homeless in Sacramento, New Orleans and Houston. Their sagas are posted on the I Am Waters website.

    Joining Elena on the I Am Waters board are former Houston mayor Bill White, philanthropist and community leader Maureen Hackett, Marsh’s Energy Practice chairman Jim Pierce, GulfStar co-founder Kent Kahle, photographer Peter Duke and Los Angeles film writer and director Walt Becker

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    Bottles of Hope | A beauty on a mission: Former Ford model gives Houston’s homeless clean water …Elena and Greg Davis welcomed I Am Waters supporters and newcomers to a modest gathering at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston recently — an outdoor event that drove home the message of just how uncomfortable Houston ...
  • Art, advocacy come together at CAMH – Chron Houston July 25, 2010


    Art, advocacy come together at CAMH – Chron Houston

    Art lovers and advocates for the homeless got together for I Am Waters Foundation Meets Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, an indoor-outdoor event.

    Led by I Am Waters founder and volunteer chair Elena Davis, foundation supporters shared samples of the thousands of bottles of water — each branded with an inspirational message – the charity will distribute to Houston’s homeless this summer.

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    YouTube Preview Image Art, advocacy come together at CAMH – Chron Houston Art lovers and advocates for the homeless got together for I Am Waters Foundation Meets Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, an indoor-outdoor event. Led by I Am Waters founder and volunteer chair Elena Davis, foundation supporters shared samples of the thousands of bottles of water ...
  • Homeless Blogger Lands Internship at Elle Magazine February 7, 2010

    Lesley Kennedy of Stylelist writes “Here’s a story that still has us smiling. Blogger Brianna Karp (known as “Bri”) — who also happens to be homeless — managed to land an internship with Elle magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll.

    Yep, the Orange County writer, who posts about homeless issues on her blog, The Girls Guide to Homelessness, wrote about her experience entering a fashion advice contest back in April, which eventually landed her an audition for a reality show.

    The reality show prize was an internship at Elle — mentored by the magazine’s advice columnist E. Jean Carroll — Bri told homelesstales.com.

    “Of course, I totally bombed it,” she wrote on her blog. But the experience prompted her to write a letter to Carroll asking about second chances after a bad job interview.

    Carroll’s response, posted in July’s Elle? An offer for a four-month internship. “

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    Lesley Kennedy of Stylelist writes “Here’s a story that still has us smiling. Blogger Brianna Karp (known as “Bri”) — who also happens to be homeless — managed to land an internship with Elle magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll. Yep, the Orange County writer, who posts about homeless issues on her blog, The Girls Guide to ...