Rach

Dear Friend,
 First off I would like to apologize that this is not hand written but I am currently out of the state. I hope this letter finds you in a better place then yesterday but if not, I pray that you will find strength to press forward and cling to hope. I guess what I would like to share with you  today is my dream to be a great athlete. I know this may seem shallow but it really has always been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. I dreamt of being in the Women’s World Cup for soccer. I truly thought I would get there someday. As a child I was a dreamer simply put and that quality has never left me. I was always thinking of alternate paths and when I wasn’t day dreaming I was dreaming at night. I would like to share a quote with you that I actually just came across today. “All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.” -Lawrence of Arabia- There came a point in my life where I temporarily lost this ability. At that point dreams didn’t matter or so I thought. Reality is what mattered and you just had to find a way to deal with the cards life dealt you. Simply surviving was my mentality. This was at a harder time in my life. But more importantly I want you to know what I have learned since then. That dreams do matter, maybe not always to others, but they do matter even if it only is to you. They don’t have to be logical ones either, thats the true beauty of a dream, conquering what you think is the impossible.I cannot say right now that I will ever amount to be a world class athlete but I will certainly not let the opportunity to try pass me by. Some days are harder then others and I get discouraged but thats just part of the game. I wanted to share this with you in hopes that you will continue to dream and know that you are worthy of those dreams every day of your life. This comes from all the love in my heart and I pray tomorrow will find you a better person.
  Love,

        – just another person trying to make their way

 

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 Look up in the sky and taste what you need

Grasp the hope your waiting to seek

You’re going to fall and hit the bottom

Get back up and have no fear

Life is tough but don’t regret

Change what you see

Keep your soul free

It’s time to live, its time to feel

Don’t keep still make it real

Breathe the air that fills your lungs

Soak it in and let it out

Take a step don’t look back

Leave behind what pulls you down

Stretch your mind

Flex your senses

Share what makes you feel alive

Gilbert Republic!

What an AMAZING start to today!!!! Help A Human is in the “Gilbert Republic” section of todays Arizona Republic!!!!!! Check it out! Tell all of your friends about it and continue to spread the word! Inspired to continue to give!! Have a great day everyone!!!!

-Team OPT

Thank you!

September 24th, we took help-a-human to a new level, A BBQ! This weakend was full of authentic sharing, lots of laughter, great conversation and loads of food! We had close to 200 pillow cases and barbequed for 150 people. We handed out burgers, hot dogs, chicken patties, chips, pickles and water. Thank you to EVERYONE who was there helping and donated to make this weekend so spectacular.  I want to put a special thanks to my dad, Michael Scozzaro, who did an AMAZING job working the grill on his 49th birthday! We already have our eyes on October 22nd! Please if you have any suggestions, questions or donations please share with us, we want you ALL involved!

Long and loving!

Long and Loving!

May 2011, I was introduced to Help-A-Human and my life will never be the same. I remember the night my brother shared Help-A-Human with me, “Danielle I have something you will love!” Michael says “This is perfect for you and I want you there with me”. People who don’t my brother and I, we have one of a kind relationship. Of course if Michaels thinks I will love it, I will LOVE IT! If he wants me there, I AM THERE! So it just happened that the Thursday before the first Help-A-Human was MY first day being welcome into the OPT family. I met Joey Thursday, was at OPT Friday for the collection of our pillow cases and Saturday, sharing our pillow cases with are fellow humans. That Saturday I was filled with emotions; excitement, joy, doubt and fear. My brother and I walked around for about ten minutes before we found our first fellow humans. Talk about the perfect people for our firsts! All fear that I had in me left as we started talking to two gentlemen. We shared our pillow cases with them, as well as many warm smiles and laughs. Never until that moment had I realized how a simple smile can make such a huge impact. As much as they loved my smile, their smiles gave me more comfort than I ever could have imagined. I remember getting home that Saturday and having such a passion for getting more involved. At the time I worked at Starbucks, so I set up a bin collecting all donations from our customers. We got more stuff donated then I could have ever wished for. I then began emailing anywhere and everywhere I thought might donate supplies. I got turned down a lot but sure enough I got some positive responses. We ended up getting tooth paste, tooth brushes and sunscreen donated as well as a few pillow cases. I can’t thank those people enough for helping make help-a-human such a success the past four months.

By reading what both Joey and Shaun have shared I am sure the emphasis of SHARING is very obvious.  I have learned sharing yourself to others not only impacts their lives but allows so many different possibilities in your own life. There are many life changing experiences I have had by SHARING myself through Help-A-Human and am so excited to see what is to come. Saturday, July 29th Help-A-Human was on! I made my way over to my very own “two gentlemen” (the ones from the first weekend with the warm smiles) and began sharing. In my letter last month I went into great details about my big plans in my life. I shared with one of the men how I was in the beginning stages of starting my own non-profit organization and from there our conversation exploded. After four hours of sharing about his life, college career, and successful jobs, to my life, college career and future opportunities. He put me in contact with some very powerful people that have helped me learn some ins and outs of starting my own non-profit. He shared many great ideas, and sparked many new ideas with me while pushing me to the next level. I was introduced to so many life changing opportunities by SHARING my  passion for starting my own non-profit organization. I learned so many things about him, myself, and life. He taught me the raw facts/truths about the life of a homeless human being, creating even more passion for Help-a-human in my heart.  I SHARED a dream of mine, creating an unexplainable relationship with this man. Following the start of that new relationship, my determination to get involved continued to grow. That next Monday night I collected donated clothes from a family friend. While I was driving home I saw a husband and wife standing on the corner with a sign hoping for any help they could get. With my car jam packed with clothes I pulled over. I got a bucket of KFC chicken and asked the couple if they were in need of any clothes and sure enough they were. We spend about an hour sharing stories while they shopped in the back of my car enjoying a KFC dinner. The young lady had expressed how blessed to had felt to get two dresses from my car for her interview tomorrow. Soon enough we went our separate ways, but the happiness I experienced was unexplainable. That next afternoon I was driving past that same corner and there they were, that same couple from the night before. They were sitting at the bus stop, the young lady wearing one of the dresses! So of course I pulled over! She ran over to me with the most sincere smile I have ever seen…she had gotten the job. “Thank you so much, not just for the clothes but for opening your heart to us. Seeing a beautiful young lady with a heart like yours was so inspirational. I knew there was no way I wasn’t getting this job!!”  She confessed to me. Remember that happiness I told you I had the night before….well it hit me about 100 times harder. What I have learned from being involved in help-a-human cannot be learned in a classroom. There really is no way of explaining how these experiences have impacted my life. I invite everyone to see for themselves. Share yourself! In sharing yourself opportunities are created that could never be possible otherwise. You become an inspiration to other people as they inspire you. Step out of the box, out of the comfort zone allowing connection, inspiration, motivation and life changing experiences to occur. 

This will be the five weekend that those two gentlemen will be who I share with first. I will be bringing them two coffees, one with cream and sugar and one black! They are no longer just two gentlemen, they are friends and I cannot wait to reconnect with them this Saturday. 🙂

Danielle S.

Letter to Reed <3

Reed,

This is your second letter of the month…sad to say the first one was all about me…how I viewed myself…how I am transforming as a person…how I am learning to live a powerful life…how I am moving on from the past…how I messed up…pretty much all about me…well damn Reed there is the problem right there…i have been so selfish in one specific area of my life…relationships…I tell people how I am transforming and how I want to live a powerful life…and yes I do, 100% and I do have that power and am committed to living a life I love but its impossible to live a life I love without the ones I love in it…there is one person in specific that I have hurt multiple times…this person is a reason why I am transforming my life into a powerful life I love…this person runs circles in my mind 24/7 for many reasons…he is real…Reed seriously he is the most real person I have ever met…it has taken me a while to warm up to but it’s so FREAKEN AMAZING! It is not often you find someone who says it how it is and says it how he feels…PASSION…he doesn’t just have passion…he lives his life through PASSION!!! Never have I met a person so passionate about anything…he could tell me about the most ridiculous thing ever and with his passion behind it I am interested…I have been lucky enough to be a part of his passion as a person and have fully taken advantage of it…he cares…he really cares about me…would do anything for me…worries about me like no other…he is so simple and so sweet…he has his bumps in the road like everyone else…but excepting those little bumps are SOOOO worth what you get from him!! I have taken it for granted..  I have been so worried about me…make sure I don’t get hurt…making sure I don’t disappoint…making sure I don’t let him all the way in… again…I….I….I….well guess what I hurt him!! There is nothing to say or do to take back the selfishness I have had toward him…my selfishness blinded me to some of the most amazing things I have ever had in my life…blinded me to a person I have always wanted…I was selfish because I didn’t want to share…I wanted him all at once…now I don’t have him at all…all I want is for him to be happy…happy in every area of his life…successful in all areas of his life…powerful in all areas in his life…I want him to know he is loved…of course  I want that to be a part of that but I hurt him…I am taking this relationship course right now and we talked about having powerful relationships… no matter what kind of relationship you have with a person for it to be successful there are two things that need to be present… we must be 100% responsible for it… 50% and 50% responsible doesn’t work…well obviously I haven’t been 100% in my relationship…I make excuses and I become selfish…then we look at the concern of a relationship… most peoples’ concerns in a relationship are their own concerns…so in my situation I don’t want to get hurt… I don’t want to mess up…I don’t want to disappoint…I am scared… they are my individual concerns… I have the concerns of having a healthy, powerful and successful relationship but my other concerns take charge. For a successful relationship the concerns of an individual are the concerns of the other person… say my boyfriend’s concerns are “feeling what he does it perfect for me” if I know that’s his concern and I know his efforts are perfect for me then as his partner I better make it known what he does is perfect… if his concern is “I don’t express my feelings” I tend to let MY concerns of “rejections” come before his concern of me expressing my feelings… it really is simple… but I have made it so complicated…my fear of getting rejected or messing up only leads me to messing up and getting rejected…expressing my true feelings for him open up so many possibilities for us…so it’s simple just listen… just listen to him…he has expressed how he hates explaining things, he hates stating the obvious…if I really listen the first time he wouldn’t have to…if my concerns were his concerns I would know the obvious…he is so powerful and it makes sense why he gets so frustrated with people…especially me…he is a blessing in my life and he is crushed because of my selfishness…I am committed to him…to seeing him for him…listening to him…hearing him…showing him me through actions…showing him how much he means to me through actions…he is more than words can explain and I am so very blessed to have met him…

Again thanks for listening ❤

With a clear mind and a full heart!