November 30, 2019 - Once again we are extra proud to share our in-kind contributions with Ms. Jeannette Ministries for the second consecutive year. Ms. Jeannette rallies the community for her annual Homeless Ministries Battle of the Churches Basketball Games. This initiative pits local churches against each other for some fun & exercise but more importantly, it provides much needed clothing/toiletries/food for our homeless men, women & children in St. Louis.
Moving Upward Homeless Housing donated Bombas Brand socks to the event. Our founder Byron Hayes is pictured here with Ms. Jeannette Johnson (at Byron's immediate right) and her staff, at the Monsanto YMCA - St. Louis on November 30th 2019.
October 20, 2019.
WOW!!! What a fantastic 1st session for Hoopn' for Hearts!!!...as a staff, we couldn't be more proud of the 90 something men who participated in the league...had their blood pressure checked & now have a starting point on the road to improving cardio vascular health.
Again big thanks to our sponsors, WHO I AM DANCE MINISTRY, KATIES'S KARE, LLC, BARRON REALTY, JOE-JO'S FISH & CHICKEN, WALMART & TWO MEN AND A TRUCK for believing and supporting our initiative. Big shouts to our volunteer staff who went above and beyond to help the league run smoothly!!!
Super super duper thanx to the staff at the O'fallon Park YMCA for putting up with us😁.
Congratulations to Ball So Hard for winning the very 1st Hoopn' for Hearts championship. They defeated team Movn Up 55-39.
Pictured front row: Della Tolliver (H4H staff), Mr. & Mrs. Goodlow (sponsor/fundraising partner @ Southwest Airlines), Linda James (sponsor: Just As I Am Dance Ministry), Ms. Ginger Rose (H4H staff).
back row: (BSH) Arthur Sargent, Maurice Baker, Nick Reed, Terry Evans, George Lee (Movn Up), Richard Brown, Orlando Johnson (Movn Up), Commissioner Byron Hayes, Maurice Butler (BSH owner/coach), Ahmad Wright at O'Fallon Park Rec Complex.
Again Hoopn' for Hearts would like to send big, big thanx to our sponsor/fundraising partner Southwest Airlines for their diligence in making moves for our league. Mr. & Mrs. Daryl Goodlow representing the Southwest Airlines St. Louis Culture Team chapter have been inspirational and forward thinking in marketing and supporting our initiative...big things to come!!!
pictured left to right: Della Tolliver (H4H staff), Ivy Goodlow, Daryl Goodlow, Linda James (sponsor: Just As I Am Dance Ministry), Byron Hayes, Commissioner, Terea Goodwin (H4H staff), Ginger Rose (H4H staff).
As part of our community wellness objectives, we have formed "Hoopn' for Hearts," a men's basketball league for the early detection of Hypertension. The league is for all men 30 years and older. The league is scheduled to begin July 21, 2019.
For this initiative, we have joined forces with YMCA, USA and the American Heart Association to utilize the YMCA's Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program ("BPSM").
This highly successful program focuses on the participant--under the auspices of a trained Healthy Heart Ambassador-- measuring one's blood pressure twice per month coupled with a monthly nutritional seminar. These measures help identify the triggers that elevate one's blood pressure, and thus maps a path of reducing the effects of Hypertension; diabetes, stroke and cardio vascular disease.
Our intent is to spread this incentive to three other cities in Missouri (Kansas City, Jefferson City, and Sikeston). With the support of sponsors, we're able to subsidize the program fee's while incentivizing the players.
Here is our founder, Byron Hayes promoting Hoopn' for Hearts on Fox 2's 9am show, June 26th 2019.
On January 31, 2019 the St. Louis City Continuum of Care conducted the annual Point in Time count for un-sheltered persons in St. Louis city. This data is reported to HUD and significantly influences dollars allocated to the CoC and its member organizations. Member organizations and volunteers conducted the count/survey across the city from 5am to 9am.
We split into groups and our group - led by Tammy Laws (St. Louis CoC) - was assigned to Destiny Shelter. There, we met some great people who happened to be without shelter. As we conducted our survey/count we shared life stories, donuts, distributed socks and hand-warmers to help the men and women get through the day. Much thanks to Pastor Mike who oversees Destiny Shelter.
As a housing provider, some of these Veterans and civilians are the men and women we aim to house and usher into permanent housing. Help us do that by donating to the Veteran housing renovation project (click the "Projects" tab above).
about sixty(60) 3-Pack's of socks given to the people at Destiny Shelter.
Jan. 31, 2019 L. to R. Tammy Laws - St. Louis CoC, Melissa Yearian -Social Service Coordinator, Cooper House. Byron Hayes - Founder, Moving Upward, & Mike Pereira - Social Services, St. Louis Veteran Administration.
L. to R. - Byron with Darryl (formerly homeless; now volunteer), & Joshua (currently homeless)
L. to R. - Mike, Shiela (currently homeless) Byron & Melissa
Here is our Co-Founder Byron, (lime shirt) sharing our in-kind contributions with Jeanette's Ministries. Ms. Jeanette (second from right) has been independently providing clothing/food/toiletries to the homeless population in St. Louis for over 20 years. On this date November 24, 2018, Moving Upward donated Bombas brand socks at her annual charity basketball game.