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Force For Good: An Online Screening and Discussion “Homeless” on Home
February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Join HomeFront to view Force for Good (FFG), an original music and film venture founded by locally based Grammy® nominated composer and performer Jonathan Sprout, is premiering a virtual screening of its newest short film, Homeless, on Sunday, February 21 at 7 PM (EST). The program features a conversation with Elvis Summers, Founder of The Tiny House Project, a nonprofit based in Los Angeles, CA, whose mission is to provide emergency tiny house shelters for people who are homeless, ignored and forgotten. HomeFront of NJ will also speak about their work to end homelessness locally. Attendees must RSVP via Eventbrite to attend the live Zoom event: https://tinyurl.com/y4oe5cct. The event is free of charge, but there is a suggested donation of $10.00. 100% of the proceeds from this event will provide financial assistance to The Tiny House Project and a local nonprofit, HomeFront of Central NJ, that helps families in need of shelter, housing assistance, food, childcare, education and training.
FFG’s mission is to inspire and empower people to promote positive change by creating uplifting music and films that encourage personal and global well-being. FFG’s original instrumental music/film collaborations highlight vital issues for humanity, including peace, safety, equality, respect for the environment, and most importantly, compassion for all. This latest film, “Homeless,” is premiering simultaneously with the group’s second CD, Innocence, on February 1st. The Innocence CD is a collection of inspirational contemporary instrumental compositions. These New Age pieces provide the soundtracks to topical films produced with Emmy Award-winner, Rodney Whittenberg. Topics on Innocence include: the environment, peace, renewable energy, reverence, yoga, poverty, homelessness, and more.
According to Jonathan Sprout, “We used our classically-influenced New Age music to make a heart-rending appeal to help those who are homeless. On any given night in the United States a half a million people are homeless. Homelessness degrades everyone. We need a massive national commitment—public and private—to ensure affordable housing for all. Helping homeless people makes both heart and wallet sense. Helping less fortunate people become productive citizens helps reduce the financial burden of costly social services.”
There are many amazing people and organizations working to end homelessness. Elvis Summers, founder of The Tiny House Project, is one of them. FFG is excited to feature Summers in its upcoming film and event. Elvis builds tiny houses for the homeless in Los Angeles, which has one of the largest homeless populations in the country. His work is inspiring, his stories are touching and his vision is inspirational. As Elvis states, “If you want to get people clean, get them somewhere to sleep first. Then, when they get a good night’s sleep and they feel safe, you can address all the other issues. It’s amazing what we can do, when we come together!”
Each month, FFG’s new virtual screening series spotlights a local nonprofit organization that is instrumental in the community by actively serving one or more of these important issues.
This month FFG has chosen to spotlight HomeFront in Central New Jersey. HomeFront’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty and end homelessness. To achieve this, the organization harnesses the caring, resources and expertise of the community. They lessen the immediate pain of homelessness and help families become self-sufficient. HomeFront works to provide clients with the skills and opportunities to ensure adequate incomes, as well as to increase the availability of adequate, affordable housing. This screening is the closing event for Homefront’s Week of Hope, which provides ways for community members to get involved in the organization.
For more info on Force for Good, visit: https://www.forceforgoodmusic.com/.
For more info on The Tiny House Project visit: https://thetinyhouse.org/
For more info on HomeFront of NJ, visit: https://www.homefrontnj.org/