ATRS and Homeless Empowerment Relationship Organization
Have you ever heard the saying, “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.” It means that WE ARE ALL capable of doing great things, but we must FIRST believe we can. For some, this may be the hardest obstacle they face in life. Negative self talk becomes paralyzing.
HERO said it best (on their website www.hero-usa.org), they are a non-profit organization “that help people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, to recognize and claim the power within, in order to obtain their goals, for personal growth and success.” They also help ex-offenders, pregnant women on Welfare, and people whose choices have landed them in the judicial system. HERO helps by providing programs that teach goal setting. Let’s face it; if you don’t have clear goals, you are just spinning your wheels. It seems simple enough, but actually goal setting can be difficult if never taught in childhood and adolescents. People find themselves doing the same actions that have gotten them into trouble, or have proved to be unfortunate, and expecting different results. Most of the time, it’s because they just don’t know what else to do. HERO helps folks create a personal plan, to make real changes, and remove obstacles in their lives.
The first goal for HERO’s clients is usually to find employment. As you can imagine, one of the obstacles here is having appropriate business or professional attire. For pregnant women, maternity and baby clothing. Obviously, for the homeless and the needy, clothing in general, is a major concern. That is where American Textile Recycling Services Michigan comes in. We were so amazed, and saw first- hand the effects of HERO programs, but noticed there is no Federal funding for them. We came up with a plan of action ourselves! American Textile Recycling Service (ATRS) offers convenient, earth-friendly solutions for textile collection and recycling that keeps hundreds of thousands of pounds out of landfills each year. ATRS helps corporations, city governments, school districts and other community organizations make recycling a more integral part of their operations. ATRS works directly with local, registered 501c3 Non-Profit Organizations as part of its ongoing commitment to community recycling partnerships.
By placing ATRS MI clothing and shoe recyclers throughout Southern Michigan and the surrounding areas, we are able to collect and sort adequate clothing for these valiant people looking to better themselves. The clothing they cannot directly use, is turned into profit and used to help fund their programs and operation.
Our challenge to you is: Help us help HERO! Clean out your closets, and recycle the items with American Textile Recycling Services! In turn, you will directly be helping our Southeastern Michigan communities, and giving people another shot at life!
ATRS Recycling Today, For A Greener Tomorrow!