People With A Purpose: The Giving Keys
Championing people to live purpose-driven lives is what Team Pardee is all about. It warms our hearts to see other Angelenos stand with us in our mission to transform lives and communities. We were recently introduced to LA-based non-profit The Giving Keys and fell in love with their cause.
The Giving Keys, founded by singer Caitlin Crosby, employs local residents who are transitioning out of homelessness to create keys engraved with inspirational words. People are encouraged to give their inscribed key to someone who needs the message more than they do.
This pay-it-forward movement started with one key. Caitlin Crosby started wearing her hotel key as a necklace and had the idea to start engraving old, used keys with inspirational words. She realized that in a way “we are all like these keys – unique, flawed, scarred, and sometimes discarded by others.” She wanted these keys to have their inspirational purpose renewed over and over as people continued to pass along their necklaces.
Caitlin always knew she wanted a charity element to The Giving Keys and she quickly found this missing link. On Hollywood Boulevard, Caitlin saw a couple named Rob and Cera sitting and holding a sign that said “Ugly, Broke & Hungry.” She invited them to dinner where she discovered that Cera made jewelry. This was the a-ha moment where she realized The Giving Keys was meant to have a focus on people affected by homelessness.
Step by step, Rob and Cera were able to transition from living on the streets into a home they call their own. Today, The Giving Keys has partnered with organizations such as Chrysalis, PATH and United Way to eradicate homelessness. They are also partnered with Keep A Breast and are raising funds for Breast Cancer research in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month with their Survivor key.
Want to join the movement? Pick up a Giving Keys piece at Nordstrom, TOMS, Kitson, Fred Segal, Anthropologie as well as on their website.
“There are locks all around you and maybe you hold the key to someone else’s freedom.”