I Am Waters Foundation Helps Houston’s Homeless | 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 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.