All About Pursuit Packs
A big update about the "job in a box" outreach kits for people facing homelessness
Hopefully you’ll read this entire post.
But if you only have 20 seconds, here's the short version:
For two years we've been promoting and distributing "job in a box" outreach kits called Pursuit Packs.
We've learned a lot. And Pursuit Packs are now being radically redesigned.
They'll cost 1/4 of the price. We’ll create way more. It'll be easier for everyone.
PLUS: Everything about the onboarding and support pathway is improving.
And you can help:
Going Deeper: Pursuit Packs Version 2.0
The idea behind "Pursuit Packs" has been to offer a "job in a box" outreach kit that someone facing homelessness can use to earn emergency cash and develop longterm recurring income.
We’ve equipped volunteers in multiple states with these kits as resources they can give to someone who is begging or facing poverty.
This goes beyond the standard handouts of cash or food and toiletries care packages. Each Pursuit Pack carries opportunity.
Well, we've learned A LOT over the last couple years—about what works and what doesn't work. We are retooling the Pursuit Packs entirely.
Some of the changes involve the following shifts:
Simplified process for both volunteers and homeless recipients.
Digital-only version that can be accessed via QR code.
PHYSICALLY SMALLER. Among other things, this makes it easier for volunteers to carry: initial version of the kits weighed 11 pounds and took up too much space.
MUCH CHEAPER — Previous versions contained a lot of stuff. The new ones will be highly focused and deliverable for about one quarter of the cost.
A two-phase approach: the full packs only go to self-verified recipients.
An incentive-driven onboarding pathway for homeless recipients.
We need your financial support.
The new kits now consist of two parts:
The outreach handout and incentive.
Full kit for verified recipients.
By breaking each kit into two phases—with an essential Speak Up touchpoint in the middle—we'll be able to reach more people, filter out non-candidates, and do it faster for much less money.
We're fundraising for this massive upgrade in a way that allows us to move quickly as the financial targets are hit:
Part 1 — $1,500 — Outreach materials to reach 150 prospective homeless
Part 2 — $2,500 — Full kits to 50 verified recipients
Thanks for your partnership.
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Also volunteers are needed to pass out the new Pursuit Packs once they are ready. Request a pack — no charge.
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