Destinato found it’s origins at the turn of the decade as a dedicated group of do-gooders eager to relieve urgent rise of homelessness in US urban centers. We had some noteworthy early success - housing and assisting over 700 children, women and families over a half decade - but it wasn’t enough. For every one we housed, a hundred more hit the streets. And the one’s we did house had so many issues, they often left their apartments to go back to the streets. Seeing the larger issues at stake, and the great need for community we formally incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit to do much more.
Our goal: to end youth homelessness within one generation.
But then we realized - it’s not as simple as building homes. Children need happy childhoods to become well-adjusted adults. If we don’t fix the issues, then those issues will just continue into the next generation. And because the systems in our society don’t work like they should - whether health-care, education, therapy, vocational or otherwise - we realized that we needed to rebuild the world to take care of our children the way we want to.
Our How: By building a closed continuum community that can the accelerate the development of youth.
In the nonprofit sphere we call this a ‘closed continuum of care. We call it EUTOPO, because while it’s designed for children, it’s intended for all of humanity. We will build new ways of living, working, and enjoying life together. We’ll first house all the women, children, families and elderly on the streets, beta testing our new society with the poor for development for everyone.
Our Why: Because we believe we can create paradise for all of us
If we continue to do nothing, we’ll inherit a world of malaise, indifference and apathy. Unchecked capitalism is efficient at managing resources, but is fundamentally unintelligent. We need to bring care back. Our happiness today, and the continued prosperity of our species into the future - depends on us making decisive steps forward towards something that works. It’s not enough to protest, we must find actionable alternatives. Destinato is that movement, and together we’re coming up with something that works for all of us.