Our Mission

is to provide an inviting, functional, and Innovative experience and lifestyle through all forms of fitness. We want to Empower you and help you achieve the highest level of sustainable fitness.

Our goal is to raise awareness for not only Veterans, but all persons suffering from mental and physical disabilities such as PTSD, Suicidal Thoughts, and all forms of Depression. Everyday a Veteran,a Soldier and individual loses their battle with PTSD and depression by taking their own life. We want to END that completely by turning to the weights and smash the plates. We want to encourage those individuals to take their frustration and problems out in the gym! We want to help those individuals and motivate them by living a fitness lifestyle along with anyone wanting to make a change and live a healthier life.

We ask and encourage you to send us videos, pictures, and testimonies dezertgainz00@gmail.com of your fitness journey, so we can share it on our social sites, and we hope your journey can motivate and encourage others to live a healthier lifestyle.

Target Items will consist of :


Since giving away money is not always the best option, these “Backpacks” will be more beneficial for everyday needs and also give the less fortunate a better carrying device for their essential items.

  • Socks - Homeless men and women spend a lot of time on their feet trying to get resources and appointments. A fresh pair of clean, dry socks can feel like heaven on tired, soggy feet. Also, throw in some band-aids to help ease the pain of blisters.
  • Snacks and water - Packets of nuts, crackers, dried fruit, trail mix, granola bars, breakfast bars, instant noodles or other light weight, quick snack will help ease the pain of hunger. Water brings relief, especially in hot weather.
  • Hygiene Items - Add anti-bacterial lotion for when soap and water aren’t available. Include small soaps and shampoo. Consider lip balm, toothpaste, washcloth, comb, brush, razor, shaving cream and deodorant. Avoid items such as mouthwash or hand sanitizer that contain alcohol.
  • Seasonal items - In the summer, include sunblock or frozen bottles of water. In winter, include gloves, hats or heatpacks.
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The typical “Backpack” will have items such as :

  • Wattle bottle
  • Socks
  • Tuna and crackers
  • Granola Bar or cereal bar
  • Fruit snack or applesauce cup
  • Crackers with peanut butter or cheese
  • Gift certificate to fast food restaurant
  • Hand wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Pack of Kleenex
  • Maxi pads
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Nail clippers
  • Band Aids
  • Chapstick
  • Comb or small brush
  • Mints, cough drops or gum
  • Bible
  • Note of encouragement or uplifting Quote, Bible verse, etc

Key Notes :

Fragranced items such as soap, hand lotion or deodorant can negatively affect the taste of food items if placed in the same bag. These items will be packed separately.

Avoid items such as mouthwash or hand sanitizer that contain alcohol.

Backpacks are useful both in warm and cold weather. In summer, include sunblock or frozen bottles of water. In winter, include gloves, hats or heat-packs.

Our mission when giving Backpacks away

Don’t be in a hurry

All “backpacks” will be hand delivered.

Be available to have conversation

Some people won’t want to talk, so be sensitive. Others will be delighted to tell you their story and some of these people need interaction and by them expressing their stories, may help them feel better just from having someone to be a listening ear!

Smile

“1 smile a day, will keep the Devil away!” When giving these “backpacks’, keep in mind the person receiving person probably gets ignored by hundreds of people every day. Let your smile have a positive impact and brighten the person(s) day.

Don’t give money

It’s your decision, of course, but we generally discourage giving cash. Instead, ask what their immediate need is and consider how you can help. Buy them a meal? A bus ticket? Clothing? Etc.

Be wise

The majority of homeless men and women are not dangerous — they’re people just like you. But for safety requirements, we will go out as a group when handing out backpacks.

Pray

Before you go, while you go, for the people you encounter. Ask the person if they would like you to pray for them right there. This will let them know firsthand from your actions that you sincerely care and want to see them do better.

Inspire Others

Share your story of donating and handing out “Backpacks” to others so they will not just watch the movement, but join the movement in helping others. Also share your experience with us and give us feedback on how we can improve or do more. Email us at dezertgainz00@gmail.com

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Key Goals to overcome and End

  • For many, the word “homeless”conjures up images of scraggly men standing on street corners holding cardboard signs. The face of homelessness is changing. In fact, the fastest growing segments of the homeless population are women and families with children. We hope that the “Backpack Program” will help cut these numbers down.

  • We want everyone to know that getting a job is a challenge for most people in these days, and incredibly difficult for a homeless person. Most lack clean clothes, showers, transportation, a permanent address and phone number. Others have a criminal past, learning disabilities and lack of education that holds them down. Even if they find work, their low income often cannot sustain them.

  • Homelessness is often associated with drugs, alcohol, violence and crime. So yes, life on the streets can be perilous for homeless men and women. But very few crimes are committed by homeless people against those of us who try to help them. Throughout the works of Dezert Gainz the attitude we see most often from homeless men and women is gratitude.

  • Surviving on the street takes more work than we realize. Homeless men and women are often sleep-deprived, cold, wet, and sick. Their minds, hearts and bodies are exhausted. Though help is available, they may have no idea where to begin navigating the maze of social service agencies and bureaucracy. With no transportation and little money, they can spend all day getting to food and maybe an appointment before they need to search for a safe place to sleep. And they do this while lugging their precious few possessions along with them in a bag or backpack. It is not a life of ease.

  • People are not homeless by choice! No one starts life with a goal of becoming homeless. People lose jobs and then housing. Women run away to the street to escape domestic violence. Many people have experienced significant trauma and simply cannot cope with life. Others struggle with mental illness, depression or post-traumatic stress. Yes, poor choices can contribute to homelessness. But outside circumstances strongly influence those choices.

  • Food and shelter are essentials for life. By offering these “backpacks” and other outreach services, like restrooms and mail service, we build relationships with people in need. Then we’re able to offer them something more through our recovery programs, like counseling, addiction recovery, emotional healing, spiritual guidance, education, life skills and job training.

  • Many U.S. cities have established ambitious goals with 10-year plans to end homelessness. While these plans to provide housing and better centralized services to homeless people are important in reducing the scope and duration of homelessness, they will not completely eliminate it everywhere for all time. But homelessness does end—one life at a time. With your help, we continue to restore the lives of hurting men, women and children every day.

Top causes of Homelessness

1. Addiction

Probably the most common stereotype of chronically homeless people is that they are drug and alcohol addicts — with good reason. 68% of U.S. cities report that addiction is their single largest cause of homelessness. A formerly homeless addict is likely to return to homelessness unless they deal with the addiction. Treatment programs are needed that treat the root causes of addiction and help men and women find a way back home. (*Source: National Coalition for the Homeless – Substance Abuse.)

2. Domestic Violence

Nationally, 50% of homeless women and children are fleeing domestic violence. When a woman is abused, she faces a crisis of safety. If she stays in the home, she’ll be beaten again. If she leaves, she’ll have little means of support. Either choice is a tremendous risk. Choosing homelessness over abuse is both a brave and frightening decision. (*Source: National Coalition for the Homeless – Domestic Violence.)

3. Mental Illness

6% of the American population suffers from mental illness. In the homeless population, that number jumps to 20-25%. Serious mental illnesses disrupt people’s ability to carry out essential aspects of daily life, such as self-care and household management. Without assistance, these men and women have little chance of gaining stability. (*Source: National Coalition for the Homeless – Mental Illness.)

4. Job loss and Unemployment

The current downtown in the economy has many Americans barely getting by financially. Many are underemployed at wages that can’t sustain them. Layoffs and job cuts leave individuals and families in desperate circumstances. Unemployment benefits and savings run out, leaving people homeless who never thought it could happen to them. (See: National Coalition for the Homeless – Employment.)

5. Foreclosure

Even people who have jobs are finding themselves upside down with their mortgages. From 2008 to 2009, foreclosures jumped by 32%. A 2009 survey estimates that as many as 10% of people seeking help from homeless organizations do so due to foreclosure. (*Source: National Coalition for the Homeless – Foreclosure.)

6. Post- Traumatic Stress

On any given night, as many as 200,000 military veterans sleep on the street. The percentage of veterans with post-traumatic stress is growing among those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Adapting to “normal life” back in the U.S. is proving to be extremely difficult for the men and women who have served US. Unable to cope, some choose to leave homes, loved ones and jobs behind for homelessness and/or addiction. (*Source: National Coalition for the Homeless – Veterans.)

7. Throw Away Teens

Homeless teens often become so due to family conflicts. They’re kicked out or choose to run away over issues of drug/alcohol addiction, physical abuse, sexual orientation or teen pregnancy. Mental illness can play a significant role in teen homelessness just as it does in adults. Teens in foster care often end up on the street after they “age-out” of the system at age 18, a sad situation in which many feel alone or abandoned.

8. Relationship Brokenness

A homeless person is most often a deeply hurting person. By the time they come to a homelessness organization for help, they’ve burned through every supportive relationship possible. Friends and family are no longer able or willing to help, leaving the homeless man or woman very much alone. What relationships they have are usually predatory. In a sense, their situation is less about homelessness and more about unwantedness. A significant barrier to recovery often lies in the ability to restore trust and maintain healthy relationships.

9. Grief

Sometimes when people are unable to deal with the death of a loved one or other significant trauma, they numb their pain in addiction. Addiction and apathy lead to the loss of job and home. They simply stop caring if they live or die. Grief becomes a roadblock to living.

10. Despair

“Once you get down this low, it’s hard to get back up,” we often hear homeless men and women say. The longer they are homeless, the more difficult it becomes to combat the lies they hear in their heads. They believe there’s no way out. They don’t deserve another chance. They’ll never break free from addiction. They’ll always be a failure. More than anything, these men and women need hope.

Top places homeless people sleep

01

Cars

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02

Motel

Cheap motels became the newest thing in subsidized housing and the de facto shelter for families affected by the recession in 2009. For families, it’s an affordable alternative to shelter and safer than the streets. But with cramped rooms, unsafe conditions, and little space for cooking, it is far from a good alternative to safe, decent housing. And when money runs out, families are back on the street.

03

Storage Units

Many have called storage units the modern-day cardboard box. Sure, they’re not ideal, but they’re dry, secure and beat the dangers of the street. And they offer a way for people to keep some of their belongings rather than abandon them or have them stolen.

04

Parks

After walking all day or night, it’s tempting for a homeless man or woman to stretch out on the lawn or a bench for some rest. Parks are open to the public and a decent place to get a nap during the day. But sleeping in the park at night is usually interrupted by police asking offenders to move along.

05

Streets

While it may seem counter-intuitive that a homeless person would choose to stay on the streets rather than in a homeless shelter, there are understandable reasons for doing so. Shelters tend to attract people who are chronically homeless and addicted. This can be frightening to someone newly homeless or to those who struggle with mental illness or social phobias.

06

Abandoned Buildings

Much like the situation with foreclosed homes, there’s no shortage of empty warehouses and other business buildings where homeless men and women take shelter.

07

Foreclosed Houses

Across the country, hundreds of thousands of foreclosed homes are boarded up, idle and empty. At the same time, homelessness has been on the rise and the need for decent affordable housing is as great as ever. It comes as no surprise that homeless men and women choose to become squatters in vacant homes.

08

Couches

When homelessness strikes, friends and relatives are often the first place of refuge. Homeless families and individuals sleep on couches, in garages/sheds and backyard tents. Although they are technically homeless, they are unseen and left uncounted in an official homeless census – until the hospitality wears out. Then, they end up on the street.

09

We don’t know

For all of those homeless individuals whose unfortunate living situations are documented, recorded, and broadcast to the public, there are hundreds more who remain anonymous. The methodology for finding and counting homeless people is imperfect; we simply do not find everyone.

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