Adina Rowan is the founder of You Are Worth It. This is a Non-Profit organization composed of volunteers that give out food/clothes to those in need. It started when Adina volunteered in March of 2018 to hand out food to those in need residing in Kensington. This experience would forever alter her perspective of how she viewed the members of the community. She had been to the neighborhood a few times before to look for her long time boyfriend. He was an addict who spent a lot of his time in active addiction on the streets of Kensington. Although she had been there before this time was different. She had never really absorbed her surroundings before this visit. On her way home she was at a loss for words. She was haunted by the words of a young man she spoke with who said he had embarrassed his family and had no where else to go. Her heart sank thinking of all the individuals out there who shared that similar mindset. One could assume that anyone who doesn't feel cared for by anyone is more likely to give up and lose hope for themselves, lives, and futures. These ideas of the emotions that so many members of the community were going through resonated with her own experiences with her boyfriend. She always loved, cared for him, and never gave up on him. Sometimes you just need one person and that's enough to get you through the dark times. Adina felt like every individual suffering and struggling deserved to be loved and feel supported just like everyone else. The night after that first visit was a sleepless one. Her thoughts were absorbed with ideas of all the people who needed help and felt hopeless. She wanted to make a difference in the lives of those people and give them a sense of genuine hope for themselves, lives, and futures. She wanted to show the people of this community that there was people that cared about them. She reached out to several non-profit groups, celebrities and her efforts were not reciprocated. She took to social media looking for people who were willing to help/donate. By April 2018 (one month later) with the help of other members of the community 300 bags were made of food to distribute. People's sense of integrity is a big factor for Adina. So instead of just walking up to people and making assumptions her approach was asking those walking be her if they wanted a bag. That day all 300 bags were distributed in Love Park as well as Kensington. This experience opened her eyes to more of the issues of the community. She saw a woman in a t-shirt in the middle of March who asked if they were giving away clothes. Adina without even thinking gave the woman her coat. Her second trip she brought 28 bags of clothes to give away and 400 bags of food. The group was only six members all together at this point. The foundation has been growing ever since in the amount of members and the food and clothes being distributed. It now has at least 20 volunteers. The areas they concentrate in are Kensington, Suburban Station, parts of Rittenhouse Square, Love Park, City Hall, and they are looking to expand into West Philly. Adina's personal experiences having a recovering addict fiance gave her an alternative perspective and a tremendous amout of compassion for those struggling. Her relationship with him gave her the strength, drive, and determination to help those that are struggling. She made it very clear she doesn't want anyone to be exploited and the importance of the anonymity of those that she helps. Respecting these communities and its members is always a top priority. It is clear that this foundation is a genuine effort to help people and make a difference.
Anyone looking to join the foundation as a volunteer or would like to donate please visit the FB and IG links below
The feathers are representative of Adina's fiance JP. Him and their three children have Native American heritage. Adina says he is her biggest supporter and inspired the creation of the foundation
Adina Rowan Founder of You Are Worth It
On top of her outreach work she is a mother of three with no days off! I don't know how she does it all, but she is truly an inspiration.