“I want to go to bat for anything I believe in.” – Ian Jones
Model and photographer, Ian Jones sincerely personified Being Accomplished at Selfless Tasks And Righteous Deeds. His project called Street Kids brought attention to the ongoing issue of homeless youth in New York City, as he selflessly worked to help those youth receive the resources and aids necessary to leave the streets. Even while living in New York, he also continued to work with Cast Your Cares, a non-profit organization that helps meet the physical and spiritual needs of the homeless, broken families, and hurting neighborhoods in Philadelphia. So in memory of Ian and his love for helping others, we are honored to present a collection of his photographs and a page from his meoirs, both of which encompass the struggle and diversity of New York as well as his own personal life and feelings, and we proudly donate the proceeds from this fanzine to Cast Your Cares in his name.
Moved with compassion by the depth of need in inner-city Philadelphia, the Sniders arrived in 1999 as a missionary family from West Palm Beach, FL. Initially they worked as facilitators of week-long youth mission trips.
The growing demands of hungry and hurting neighbors continually reminded them that their ultimate calling was to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and share the Message with the poor. (Isaiah 58) After four years of establishing and nurturing these relationships, they began to see the need for something bigger than just a family ministering in the inner-city and deeper than just one week long interactions. This was the catalyst behind the launching of Cast Your Cares (a 501c3 not for profit organization).
This budget increase is due to the fact that the needs are increasing everyday. For example, many other organizations, like the Salvation Army, Red Cross and Philabundance, refer hungry people to Cast Your Care cupboard ministry every week. This ministry has grown from just giving out a few “slim jim” snacks, to last year when they gave away over 50,000 lbs of groceries with an estimated market value of $70,000. Along with the weekly Saturday cookouts where on average 225 meals are served, it is easy to say the hungry are fed at Cast Your Cares.