1MATTERS New Program Development
Over the past 30 years as a philanthropist, founder Ken Leslie provided start-up funds for new local programs, such as the start-up funding for our local Continuum of Care (Toledo Lucas County Homelessness Board), as well as continuation funding for several local strategic or direct programs helping the unhoused in our community.
After the founding of 1Matters.org in 2007, the program development expanded regionally, including funding for the Project Connects and street papers. Local program development grew to include programs such as Help Portrait Toledo, Within, (a program to address student and youth homelessness), and others.
The Veterans Matter Homeless Veterans Housing Program is our first national program.
Additionally, using Toledo as a test-bed, several other programs are in pilot development including programs to assist veteran employment, a Guardian Angel Fund to provide needs outside the scope of direct housing, and a program to further engage the music industry.