We Think Avner Can

Support Avner's Campaign while helping homeless youth

Avner Lapovsky
Donor, board member , 8+ years

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The total I've raised pays for:
  • 2 years of support
  • and 3 housing assistance
  • and 1 school application

Donations

NameAmountLocationDate
Mary Gregory, fellow board member of ATC$25San Francisco, CA02/12/2009
This comes with huge admiration! It's a big project, but look at that treasure: that beautiful photo you unearthed. Go, Avner!
Daniel Levy, Friend$50San Francisco, CA02/14/2009
Greta goal, great cause. Look forward to hearing you belt out the next show tune! xo D.
Nancy Cavanaugh, Friend$20Phoenix, AZ02/20/2009
I am so happy to help even though it is a tiny amount:) Love all you guys! Cav
Peter Gutkin, Friend$50San Francisco, CA02/20/2009
Craig Leavitt, Friend$50Ceres, CA02/25/2009
I'll bring you lunch and help one Saturday or Sunday, if helpful. cl
Michelle Perira, Friend$100Penngrove, CA02/26/2009
Good lord, my friend. I think you might need a crew to help you with this, I will help. All the best; such a worthy cause.xo
Frances Viray, Friend$50Sacramento, CA02/26/2009
Awesome Avner! I can be part of your work crew if you need it...your the best.
Nadinne Cruz, Friend$100Palo Alto, CA02/26/2009
I can relate to your hoarding challenges, Avner. I am 3rd generation OCD (order issues, can't "move" and get going without obsessively getting a specific spatial/physical order or linear sequencing of reports, tasks, etc.). It can be an asset, but, in some cases, it can block LIFE!!! Go for it, Avner! I am thinking of you. Your friend in kindred spirits, Nadinne
Tony Brenta, Friend$100San Francisco, CA02/27/2009
Susan Carr$100Alameda, CA03/04/2009
Hope & Noah Alper$100Berkeley, CA03/04/2009
Rhonda Hirata$200Oakland, CA03/06/2009
Martha Thompson, Friend$100Corte Madera, CA03/09/2009
Avner - This is a wonderful project and for a very good cause. Congratulations! Martha
Penelope De Paoli, Baseball Buddy!$50San Francisco, CA03/11/2009
Hey Avie, when you're done, my office is a pit in need of a thorough evacuation! I guess we belong to the "I know I'll use that sometime" classification of hoarders. If you can clean it out, and keep it up - I shall be in awe.
George Lewandowski$50San Francisco, CA03/12/2009
Deborah Magowan$1,000San Francisco, CA03/12/2009
Traci Teraoka, Friend$100San Francisco, CA03/13/2009
Love you Avner! hugs, Traci Teraoka
JLeslee Sosa Basualdo, Friend$500NYC, NY05/08/2009
Good luck with your mess and g-d bless ATC. Jan
Kevin Peters, Friend$250San Francisco, CA05/18/2009
May a peace come over you when you approach each surface or cabinet, and may your garage become the most transcendent space of all.

Goal

My challenge will be to sort, classify, file, store, use, donate or discard the accumulated amount of avnerobilia in the bowels of my home, in San Francisco. My goal is to be motivated through your support and donations to my campaign. The more you donate, the deeper I shall delve into the project. The progress will be posted through photos of my experience of dealing with this un bearabley difficult and sloppy project. Please consider donating today and/or signing up for a monthly donation of 2, 4 , 6 or even 12 payments. The success I achieve will be offered through posted photos of the progress I am making. Through the process, I hope to discover who I was, what I am and where I'm going. Small and simple goals; the whowhatwhere of Avner. I can't wait to get started with the before photos and records posted with the plan and timeline for the challenge with maintenance on the site chronicling the progression. The story behind the story, details, explananations, justification shocking photographs attesting to the urgent need for this challenge to be a success, will be shown on my web page. The before photos of the city house garage and storage areas as well as areas in the house itself are up. These are scary but not as bad as in real life. Something akin to the Running With Scissors movie set house. With every day that passes, photos will be collected of progress for weekly updates on findings, discoveries, donations, re-gifting, art collection. A lofty goal is the creation of the bayview's best garage/living room/art gallery/laundry.Other benefits which will be tracked are the greening/finishing of garage, storage, laundry areas, garage ceiling insulation project and many more interesting ideas which can turn the tracking of this challenge into a home and garden tv series of sorts. Success will be achieved with a total of $10K pledged by my supporters. I look forward to the final posting of photos exhibiting the exhilirating results of the hard work.

I chose this goal because

I chose this goal because one of the biggest hurdles in my life, preventing me from being the ultimate Avner has been my issues with . . . hoarding.

This is something that is partially genetic, partially lethargia and mostly denial. A very personal issue and set in the middle of the road I'm taking, blocking my way. At the end of the day I am not looking for blame, just explanation, understanding and resolution. My mother was a chronic and classic hoarding case and I'm heading that way unless I change my ways.

I'm helping because

I'm helping because... last year I was inspired to come out of my shell and share with the world the rich beauty of song I store inside. It was a personal and valiant effort to sing in public again; for ATC. There was a first blossoming in my life which took place when I sang as a teenager in High School. From being a sick asthmatic child in Tel Aviv, I was singing on the stage of an American High School. The irony was that with the act of breathing, that which was nearly impossible to do, became entertainment and a source of joy in my existence. I toured Denver middle schools with our little Tevye The Milkman one act and we inspired kids to believe in themselves, in their dreams, respect tradition and their elders. I sang again last year, 40 years later, just for ATC because it was a challenge tied to rewards. Rewards to my friends for stunningly discovering a side of me no one knew and rewards to At The Crossroads in the form of new donations. The work done on the streets of San Francisco by the staff of ATC astounds me and brings peace to my mind, as I fall asleep every night. We well know that in our great American city and others like ours, mostly American teens and young adults are off the path, alone and in need. ATC meets these people one on one at their point of need. The work done to make each person feel less alone is miraculous. By helping ATC meet and exceed it's annual budget you are saying yes to kindness and love and no to loneliness and desperation. Your donation helps care for and point the way for our precious clients who are . . . At The Crossroads !

About At The Crossroads

ATC walks the streets of San Francisco, reaching out to homeless youth and young adults on their turf. We work with young people who others have given up on, who would not get help without us. Since we started 15 years ago, we have worked with more than 6,000 youth, helping them build outstanding lives.

Updates

"Born out of chaos". Presenting a preview of Avi's garage living room. July 2009

Sallie wrote:

That is NOT the same space that I saw in June! One words sums it up..............WOW!! Congratulations!!

Alexis wrote:

I live in Alberta, and I have been working at my job for 3 and a half years, and for that time I have been an holruy pay employee. I just took a vacation and got paid vacation pay, and then I was informed they were switching me to salary. I got a call from my accountant telling me that I can't have a vacation, until September 27th, 2008 (one year from now, so a whole year without a vacation) because I have to be on salary for a year before I earn it. Is this right? Even though I've been there, in the same position for 3 years?After reading a reply, I figured I would add that the last vacation I took was 5 days, and the only vacation I took this year when we are allowed 2 weeks.

Zena wrote:

Some friends and I are plnnniag a vacation to Orange Beach, AL in the middle of August. What are some good places to eat, bars, night life? We're gonna be on the beach all day so we need something fun to do at night! (We're all over 21!) Thanks!

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July 29 2009 - A photo of a long a go dream realized. A significant event coupled with a commitment never to go back is the reality of the moment. Another step has been taken and yet, another big step awaits. One half of the project is now complete and the second half, the harder half awaits. The glass is nevertheelss half full. More photos in August shall reveal the remainder of this success story. Hoarding be gone. Welcome freedom and clarity. Thank you for checking in on the progress. Please consider expressing your joy at this boy's success by making a donation to the campaign. Peace. Avi

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July 20, 2009 - Progress to report on the storage unit parallel to the parking space in the garage. All shelves cleaned and all product classified. Many 1" blinds to be donated or sold. Paint cans and supplies in one place. Gift wrap and many boxes for gift giving in one place. A book shelf and chatchka shelf created. All the catagories on this shelf unit will expand and moved to other shelving units as space is needed. The feeling of accomplishment is not quite cloud 9 but, cloud 4.5 sounds about right. Another weekend of delving into the hoarding center will produce more results. The course is set. Warp speed Mr. Zulu ! Thank you for catching up and supporting the cause and if you have it within you to make a donation, you'll help us get closer to our goal. We are close to $80,000.00 for the year. Be proud. Be a part of our I Think I Can magical mystery tour. Hugz, Avner

Rena Ivy wrote:

Rob has bled me dry, however, if you need a decluttering buddy or someone to bookend with (call before you are doing something difficult, do it and call afterward)please feel free to email or call me. I need the help! Endorse! Great work!

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Two more months have passed. It appears that the true part of the challenge is the time allowed to avoid it. The goal of completing the main portion is end of July; 20 days from now. Three weekends. Now travelling is on the schedule. The looming deadline has finally brought and end to excuses. Brooks Palmer writes in his book "Clutter Busting" that 'when dealing with the clutter and the stored collections, deal with the items you are most afraid of because letting go of these will free you. Through the process, you will learn what you care about most. The things you hold on to have two purposes; to make your life easier or to increase your level of fun. When items are held on to as clutter and no longer functional then you are working and living for your clutter.' Wow. Thank you Mr. Palmer. The work of discovery now begins; how ironic that I've made it so last minute. Thank you all for the support, the donations and the interest in learnign all about this phenomenon. If you find it in your heart to donate once or once more, It will make this all so special. The ITIC Campaign has nearly reached the $75,000.00 goal and I would love us to take it to even higher grounds together. Yours truly, Avi

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Am running out of excuses to jump into the deep end of the project. The garage is waiting. When I return from my May trip to visit family in Tel Aviv, LOOKOUT WORLD ! Weekly updates coming exposing much of what will be accomplished. This campaign continues until I've dug up every box and extra photograph, plyers and slipper that's missing it's mate or, July 31st which ever comes first. Please continue to follow and if you are totally impressed and in awe of what is accomplished what better way to show your reaction then with an additional pledge :) Hugz to all Avner

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April 15 - I've been distracted. Instead of jumping into the renewal projects in the garage I found myself upstairs, in the old attic. What was a dark and dingy space untouched for 95 years is now transformed. It's a space for Yoga and exercise, meditation and reflection. Maybe after a few sessions I'll be ready for the garage. Avner

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Who knows what's under there? Soon to be uncovered.

Traci Teraoka wrote:

in the immortal words of a former neighbor who passed away from lung cancer -Take one thing and make it beautiful. You are a mover and a shaker in the best of ways - sending you support, love and gratitude Avner. xoxoTraci

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An area not touched since the last recession.

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A very special mess. It takes years to create such a scene.

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Terrible use of space and utter chaos.

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The dormant work table with so much dead storage on it that it's not a very workable situation.

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The storage unit with who knows what is on it, along the long wall parallel to parking space.

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The curtains can't hide the truth. What you see now when garage door opens from the street.

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The horror scene behind the curtain . . .

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Entrance to main bathroom, with curtain . . .

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Shelf in dressing area.

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The first 5 photos expose the hoarding/collecting lack of control situation in the main house. A bed side table, a shelf in the dressing area and the hidden truth behind the curtain in the bathroom.

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