James, "Clean-up"a homeless man in Oakland wants to change views on the homeless by writing a book sharing his secrets of survival.
HOW IT STARTED: James has spent the last 15+ years living outside in the same neighborhood where Kate lives in Oakland. Over the last 2 years they've gotten to know eachother & as a muralist, Kate has always thought he'd be an interesting person to paint. James spends his time sweeping up the neighborhood, thus the name "Clean-up. When her friends Jonathan Rutsch & Katharina von Sohlern told her about their project (www.sidewalkstory.com), Kate suggested they start with Clean-up. Initially the plan was to paint a portrait in the street & collect several simple interviews about his story.
WHAT HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED SO FAR: In just a few months they used their resources to collect interviews with Clean-up and paint his portrait on the wall beside where he sleeps to begin honoring his story of hope & perseverance. Watch his first story & you will understand why they've decided to try to push this project forward by supporting Clean-up to get funding to write a book.
THE DREAM: They quickly learned that Clean-up had aspirations beyond sidewalkstory & as he put it, didn't want to share his "secrets of survival," until given the opportunity to write his story. Clean-up is a brilliant story-teller who inspired Kate, Jonathan & Katharina to make the sidewalkstory into an opportunity to make Clean-up's dream into a reality.
WHERE THE $ WILL GO: Clean-up has wanted to write for a long time, but because of his homelessness, he has been forced to devote his energy to strictly surviving day by day. The money raised through Kickstarter will subsidize Clean-up's housing so he can transition inside and focus on recording and writing his many stories. Your donations will support Clean-up to work 1:1 with the right writer so his spirit breathes from the pages of his book. Part of this process will include recording & editing audio-format stories. Support this project & allow Clean-up to inspire the world with his unwavering sense of hope, love and humor despite all odds. This is a powerful story that deserves to be told!!!
See the full length sidewalkstory & hear more about Clean-up's aspirations. (subtitled - English / German)
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Transitioning out of homelessness can take time. Thankfully Clean-up has just secured a place that he should be able to move into by October 1st.
We're patient and dedicated to our project. Once Clean-up is settled indoors, we feel confident that the story telling/recording/writing process will go smoothly. Clean-up's enthusiasm alone is fuel & inspiration for everyone involved.
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You'll be one of the 1st people to receive a PDF version of the story when it's written. Also, when Clean-up's story is published, your name will be listed as a contributor. You'll receive a limited edition post-card of Clean-up with his famous broom & shopping cart.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Enjoy reward #2 & a t-shirt designed by Clean-up and Kate DeCiccio. Include your T-shirt size along with your preference of the Mens or Womens style with your donation.Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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You'll receive rewards #2, 3 & a signed 8x10" photograph of Clean-up in front of his portrait painted on the wall near where he sleeps.Estimated delivery:Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
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Clean-up will send you a virtual hug plus rewards 2, 3, 5, & 6. Also, you'll receive an invitation to meet Clean-up and hear some of his stories and street smart secrets in person.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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