Video interview with Sarah Knapp. Sarah is the spokesperson for the campaign, writer of THE COUCH and veteran volunteer at The Homeless Ministry at Hollywood United Methodist Church.
(The campaign will begin on Friday October 26, 2018 and end on Friday November 16, 2018)
Sarah, why are you so passionate about The Homeless Ministry?
There are over 31,000 homeless people in the city of Los Angeles and over a quarter of those individuals report having a mental illness. This is a systemic problem that has catastrophic results for people every single day. People in our neighbourhoods are sick, don’t have adequate shelter, food or clothing, and they need our help.
Why are you motivated to run this campaign?
To raise awareness of the homeless problem in Los Angeles and to raise funding to feed and clothe our city’s most vulnerable community members.
How will the campaign fund for change?
Each Tuesday, Hollywood United Methodist Church serves lunch and provides clothing, shoes, socks and toiletries to approximately 100 people. The campaign will help to fund those efforts.
Why do you want other people to support you?
We would love to have people support our campaign so that we can continue to raise awareness of this problem that affects so many of us in the city.
Why is your organization so unique?
Our organization is not unique in Los Angeles, many organizations are doing similar work in other neighborhoods. But we are unique because we serve the population at the corner of Franklin and Highland in the heart of Hollywood. This is our neighborhood, and this is our community and only we serve at this particular place and we serve with love.
So many of our guests are not only dealing with homelessness but also physical and mental health ailments and while we can’t offer medical care we do our best to reach out to organizations who can and we watch over our friends, we pray for them, and we love them. And we make sure they have some fresh fruit and dry socks each Tuesday.
Why do you need to raise these funds?
Our ministry is completely funded by donations. In order to continue serving our 100+ guests each week we must continually solicit funding, used clothing and shoes, etc
In this Make it Yours dramedy series, Penelope, a psychology graduate student, must see four therapists at the same time in order to complete her required hours in time for her graduation.
Read the We Are Moving Stories interview with Producer and Lead Actress Ayelette Robinson here
Awards & Nominations
Oniros Film Awards, June 2018
Winner, Best Web Series
Winner, Best Screenplay
Nominated, Best Actress
Nominated, Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated, Best First-Time Producer
Web Series Festival Global, August 2018
Queen Palm International Film Festival, October 2018
Official Coronet Selection
when you donate US15 to The Homeless Ministry at Hollywood United Methodist Church you can watch THE COUCH, a webseries that promotes women’s voices both in front of and behind the camera!
If you are an angel donor please contact us here!
How it works
At the end of each episode, you will see a screen asking you what decision Penelope should make and giving you two options. You can then watch the episode that matches your choice — just note the episode number of the decision you like, go back to the episode page, and watch that episode!
When you have made your $15 donation and watched the first episode we will email you info on how you can watch the other episodes.