San Francisco, CA (Vocus) December 25, 2009
ChooseDirect loves giving, especially around the holidays. So when CEO Steve Barbarich heard about the Covenant House California’s Project Christmas CAROL (Care About Remembering Overlooked Lives), he decided to donate a portion of sales from his company’s e-commerce site, ChooseHotTubsDirect.com, to bring aid to runaway teens and young adults who would otherwise obtain nothing this Christmas.
“I see homeless people on the streets of San Francisco every day, but it’s impossible to help them all” says Barbarich. “Giving to the Covenant House in Oakland is one way to get teens and young adults out of cardboard shelters, into warm beds and perhaps even receive a little joy this Christmas.”
One of Barbarich’s e-commerce sites, Choose Hot Tubs Direct.com, is no stranger to donating to worthy causes. For example, ChooseHotTubsDirect.com raised money for Hurricane Ike victims last October. In October of this year, he chose breast cancer as his charity, realizing California has some of the highest breast cancer rates in the nation. For the holiday season, he wanted to make life a little happier for homeless teens.
For the month of December, until today, Barbarich has allocated funds from Island Escape Spas sales to donate to the Covenant House California. In partnering with the center, Barbarich hopes to raise awareness about homelessness and the rise in runaway rates in the San Francisco metropolitan area, where his company, ChooseDirect, is based.
Though the Covenant House’s services are mostly for people 18-24, its policy is to accept every child who shows up at its doors. Since 1988, it has helped more than 145,000 homeless youth get off the streets and escape the physical and psychological abuse that either brought them there or plagues them as homeless people. The society’s mission is to “protect and safeguard all children of the street” with “absolute respect and unconditional love.” It offers street outreach and residential and supportive services. In addition, the organization has a hot line for teens in trouble, 1-800-999-9999 and a website, Nineline.org. The Covenant House California helps runaways and homeless young adults deal with suicidal ideations, drug and alcohol abuse, basic needs and anything else imaginable that these people face and from which they escape.
Giving to the Covenant House California is simple. Not only does it love in kind gifts such as food, personal hygiene products, business attire for job interviews and employment and footwear, among other items, but it also tremendously appreciates monetary donations. You can contribute securely on the Web, by phone at 1-866-268-3686 (1-866-COV-DOVE), or by mail by downloading a donation form and sending it to Covenant House California, Attn.: Development Department, 1325 N. Western Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90027.
San Francisco is often considered the homelessness capital of the world because of its mild climate and social programs providing cash benefits to the homeless. An estimated 7,000-10,000 people remain homeless in San Francisco, and the city spends approximately $ 200 million a year on programs aimed at helping the situation(1). According to the National Runaway Switchboard, California alone has 16,909 runaway children, teens and young adults. Truly a problem plaguing the Bay area, ChooseDirect has decided to take steps this year to combat the crisis by donating to the Covenant House California’s Project Christmas CAROL.
The ChooseDirect factory direct model allows this new & unique company to bring the world high quality products at factory direct pricing. Since this e-commerce online retailer is involved with the product all the way down to the factory level, it cuts out many middlemen from the process and is able to offer better prices than the competitors. ChooseHotTubsDirect.com prides itself in having a large selection of hot tubs, portable spa & swim spas products, and with advanced factory coordination, they provide customers with a highly customized premium quality product. For more information about ChooseDirect, ChooseHotTubsDirect.com & for charity effort updates, please visit the ChooseHotTubsDirect.com Charity page.
1. “Homelessness in the United States.” Wikipedia. 20 December 2009. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homelessness_in_the_United_States#San_Francisco. 23 December 2009.
Diana Slampyak, Director of Community Outreach
767 Bryant St., Suite 201
San Francisco, CA 94107