Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

AZ Trans Social Services Provider Faces Foreclosure

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 30, 2011 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: Antonia D'Orsay, Arizona, Phoenix, Regina Gazelle

howlogo.jpgThis Is H.O.W. Inc., a Phoenix, Arizona-based 501c(3) non profit organization founded in 2006, is dedicated to the betterment of the lives of Trans (transsexual, transgender, and gender variant) persons experiencing crisis situations such as homelessness, substance abuse, familial abuse, and transition related difficulties.

According to the organization, their current property, which was leased, recently received a notice of foreclosure. This property is home to eight residents who are members of the most underserved population in the Phoenix metro area.

The organization has started a relatively modest capital campaign to raise $10,000 to purchase a new home for its residents. This seems to be a most worthy cause. You can donate on the organization's website.

From the press release:

Life Made Better: Our Own Place project is raising funds seeks to raise the funds to purchase one or more properties that will be can be used to house the individuals in crisis that are served by This Is H.O.W. The organization must raise a minimum of 20K to ensure their current level of service to the community. Through their housing, education and empowerment programs they have helped over 500 individual since their launch 6 years ago, including the current Executive Director, Antonia D'orsay, who was rescued from homelessness and given a chance during a deep crisis period in her life. She has also served as the House Manager, and the Chair of the Board before stepping into her current position a year ago. Her ambitious efforts have resulted in the creation of model programs that are highly sought after by social service agencies. She and all of the staff at TIH are volunteers.

The organization's goal is to ensure that the needs of their constituency are served in the most efficient, cohesive and cost effective manner. The current foreclosure on the leased property has highlighted the need for the organization to own their facility thus ensuring their future ability to be of service to the entire community.
Board member at large, Kim Pearson said, "This project is very important to the community. It helps folks who are homeless by providing a safe haven while they heal from their life crises. We provide opportunities for them to learn the skills they need to move out into the larger community in healthy and empowered way. This is HOW provides a hand up, rather than a hand out!"

Executive Director Antonia D'orsay said "'Life Made Better' is our motto, and I live by it", she says. "This place saved my life, gave me purpose and direction when I had lost all confidence in myself, and made possible changes in my life that could never have happened without it. The thought of our current residents not having those same life saving opportunities terrifies me. We can't do it alone, though."

This Is H.O.W. (TIH) is a six year old 501(c)3 organization that works to reduce homelessness, aid victims of domestic violence, teaches skills to help lift people out of poverty, teaches general life skills, performs advocacy, and handles crisis moments for a segment of the population that is usually ignored, looked down on, or outright denied services by other organizations. Led by Executive Director Antonia D'orsay, it began an extensive expansion of services and dramatically improved its ability to provide services to the men and women it assists while establishing itself as the local expert in their field.

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Donated, and sent to my people in AZ.

Christine | June 30, 2011 7:09 PM

The URL for thisishowhome.org is not currently working, however I have forwarded this to my activist friends.

It's a shame we don't have one national 501 organization spearheaded to do charitable work such as this. People could be donating five or ten dollars a week on a regular basis. Can trans people work together? Do we have a grassroots organization like this? I don't know.

I can't afford to donate very much. This is the only LGBT organisation I do donate to, because I get most bang-for-buck.

Please donate.

I had so forgotten about that old video, too, lol

I just made a small donation. I just wish we had such a place here in Nashville.

I'm trying, Bil. That's what this campaign is really about -- keeping this work going, and making a difference that carries forward through the years.

Every little bit helps -- from 5 dollars to 1000, whatever donations one can wrangle make an immediate difference and huge impact on the lives of actual trans people.

We've just reached $5000.00 in donations so far! Keep talking to everyone you know, and let them know they can make a huge difference in the lives of trans people through their donations!