CREATE YOUR SHIRT & CHANGE A LIFE

Elena & Mark Help the Homeless

September 10 - September 23

The art for this campaign is depicting the amazing couple that met on the TV show, Big Brother: Mark Jansen and Elena Davies. They met when they were both cast on season 19 of Big Brother, they now have bought a house together and are very much in love. They both have a HUGE heart for the homeless and when they heard about us not receiving the shower trailer, they both wanted to do something to make sure the homeless get a free and safe place to shower, wash their clothes, get haircuts, and get employment working on the trailer! Elena has been a big supporter of the helping the homeless and wants to help Cloud Covered Streets. Elena was crushed to hear we didn't get the shower trailer we had been told we were being given, and she wants to help us make sure we have enough to build our own.


Cloud Covered Streets came about from me just driving around Phoenix and seeing those that live on the streets wearing dirty clothes, often with holes and tattered. I thought to myself that I own a clothing company and I had to do something to help. So I went and ordered a ton of shirts, put the Paper Clouds Apparel logo on them (that is my clothing business) and was going to hit the streets and pass them out. Then I started thinking more on the idea and wanted to give these people more than just a shirt, I wanted to give them all a handwritten letter of hope. Who knows how long it has been since any of these people received anything like that. So I posted on the Paper Clouds Apparel social media pages and soon letters were pouring in from all across the country. About the same time I was hanging out in the tattoo shop run by my good friend Bee DeVille as my friends Andrew Cooper and Shane Britt were getting new tattoos. We got onto the topic of how we were all men who believe in God and a higher power but we also tend to cuss, fight, and carry on from time to time. The saying “I love Jesus but I cuss a little” came up. At that moment I decided to put that phrase on a shirt and surprise a bunch of my friends with these shirts at a show they were having at RockBar, my buddies are country musicians.

At the show I was passing out shirts and people started approaching us wearing the shirts and asking where they could buy one. A light bulb went off in my head and I realized I could sell these shirts and 100% of the proceeds would go to clothing and helping the homeless. At this same concert I was approached by a young lady named Brie Marok and she told me that she wanted to help with passing out the shirts and in any other way I need it. So a week later we went out on our first mission to look for those in need and to get them a shirt and a letter of hope. One of the first people we encountered was a man we saw in a park and at the time he had no shirt on. We approached him and earned his name was Daniel and that all his clothes had been stolen a week ago. So when we gave him a shirt, that was literally his only article of clothing. Daniel put his head in his hands and started to cry tears of joy when we gave him a new shirt. It was a moment I will never forget and gave me validation that what I was doing was important.

-Robert Thornton
cloudcoveredstreets.org
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    3
  • Hours
    13
  • Minutes
    48
  • Seconds
    53
  • Artist

    Griffin

    11 yrs old

  • Artist

    Justin

    38 yrs old

  • Artist

    CCS

    20 yrs old

Griffin has a passion for classical music and retro video games. He also loves playing the piano, swimming, and making art. Because of his Aspergers diagnose, he views the world in a unique and amazing way. He has difficulty with the concept of death and he loves animals, so he came up with the phrase "Pick two flowers with one hand" to replace "Kill two birds with one stone." He hopes to one day be a video game designer and composer. There is no doubt he will accomplish anything he puts his mind to! Griffin's mom, Missy, started a Facebook page What Will This Day Bring? that is dedicated to her blog about life with Griffin.

Justin is 38 years old and works at a wood shop in a supported vocational program in Tucson, Arizona.  Justin loves to exercise, draw pictures, listen to music, and anything fireman related.  He is close with his family (especially his uncles!) and enjoys spending time with them while rock climbing and canoeing.  Justin has a dog, Koty, and two cats, Jacob Marley and Jordin Sparks.  Justin has a diagnosis of Down Syndrome with Autism Spectrum Disorder but his disability certainly does not define him!!

This Cloud Covered Street design has been designed by a very special person that prefers to remain nameless. This piece helps broadcast one of the core messages of Cloud Covered Streets, to Be The Good!