July 8:
Project News:
Carin Zoll has left the project…Her choice.
June 6:
Project News:
I’m looking for some ideas for our Project Drive for 2018. I’ve been thinking about this and talking to members since we started this years drive back in January. lol
Here are some of the ideas floating around…
Accessory Drive: Basically the same things we’ve been doing this year with the handmade and store bought small items.
Bag Drive: Taking canvas or heavy plastic bags (not flimsy plastic and paper bags you get from the store. We need to use much heavier materials with good strong handles). We could do men/women/baby hygiene filled bags and or school supplies.
Someone also suggested snacks & bottled water. You would need to check with you shelters to see if they accept this sort of thing. I know mine doesn’t, or you can hand bags filled with snacks and water to the homeless on the street.
**If I said this once I’ve said it a million times, never hand items out to the homeless by yourself, always take someone with you.**
I do have a site where you can order bags fairly cheap and they’re good quality and perfect for this drive. It’s called the supplier is based in China, but I’ve been doing business with them for years for my businesses. I never had any problem. I also already bought canvas bags from them and they’re good quality and low priced (you can find the photos in the comments).
You can buy supplies to fill your bags from the Dollar Store. Me I buy online in bulk (by the case) then I pick them up in my local store. If you do it this way you get free shipping.
I’m looking for as many suggestions as I can get. What do you think would be a great drive for 2018.
Thanks for your help.
May 28:
Project News:
On a lighter note…My take on Mandala yarn, now that I have a ton of it and have had the chance to crochet with it. I like it. It’s easy to work with. It’s a 3-ply instead of a 4-ply which is ok, but not heavier. Here comes the “But”…. The colors do not blend, they end abruptly. I was hoping for blended instead. Now it’s perfectly fine if you don’t care about the color blending. The yarn is also nice and soft another thing I like about it.
On with the News….
Thursday is the first and I will be posting the Monthly Tally, and the Manager & Helper of the Month. If you want to include donations for the month of May, get them in before Thursday.
That’s about it for now. Thanks for tuning in and all of your help.
May 20:
Group News:
Just wanted to let everyone know that OK and Debbie Hendrix Ramirez are no longer with the Project.
I also wanted to tell everyone that the Project will not be taking on anymore states. We haven’t had the best of luck with this, so I decided to stick with what we have right now…NY, PA, ME & AZ and leave it at that. If you know of anyone who would like to be a helper and/or donated yarn, we will still be accepting helpers and donations. They can choose the state that they want to donate to from the list above.
I really wanted to add as many states as I could handle, but I’m finding that it’s just not working out like I planned, which is very discouraging. However we are doing fantastic with the states that we have and that’s what matters.
So if anyone involved with the project knows of anyone that would like to help please send them my way.
Thank You!
After thought: If you have Debbie on your friends list or in your group (Branch Managers) please remove. She doesn’t want to be a part of the Project in any way.
Debbie will be returning her unused yarn donations and shipping the donations she did make to me in NY. I will post them when I get them.
May 10:
Project News: Just wanted to let everyone know that Bernadette Woods Mays and our Branch Manager for southern NYS, Mary Hill have been removed from the Project. This is something I really hate to do, but they’re just not invested in this project. They’ve had one excuse after another when asked if they were going to be donating.
I take this project very seriously and when I see people in the Project giving me and other Branch Manager one excuse after another, why they can’t make things for the homeless it pisses off!! Why would they want to be in the project?
We are not playing games here, this is serious business!!!
The number of homeless rise everyday in this country, and those numbers don’t even include the people in need, the children/babies going without. It’s only going to get worse, so we need people who are committed to this cause, not people who just say they want to help and then don’t.
I’m not interested!! Talk is cheap!! I’m interested in action!
Sorry if this became a rant. I’m tired of the BS.
April 30:
Project News: Today is the last day to get in donations for April.
Tomorrow I will be posting April’s Monthly Tally. Also I will be posting on our Project Blog our first Branch Manger and Branch Helper Recognition. Stay Tuned.
It’s been a busy month for everyone and the Project is doing well. Can’t wait to see what May brings. Thank You Everyone…for your continued support/donations to the Project. I’d like to give a special thank you to Carin Zoll, for her help with the Manager/Helper Recognition Questions. You’ve been a big help to me.
If anyone would like to donate their favorite pattern to our blog, Free Pattern Page, please let me know?
There are a couple of restrictions…The patterns must me yours, either you designed and wrote them or you found them free on the net. The patterns must be free to use and not copyrighted. As many photos as you can give would be greatly appreciated.
IM them to me and I will post them on our Project Blob. Thank You!
April 25:
Project News…
I noticed that we have a lot less donations in April. It’s getting warmer out, summer is coming and I get it, not all of us want to be making donations at this time of the year. With outings and family things going on it’s not surprising. I’m sure things will pick back up in the fall.
Make whatever you want to make and that will be ok. We’ve already surpassed our totals for last year so things are good. Everyone have a good summer and be safe.
I’ll be around, so if you need anything just let me know? Do everything you normally would…Branch Managers tag me in donation photos and Helpers IM your donation photos to your branch managers. If you know of anyone that would like to be a Helper or Branch Manager send them my way.
Thanks Everyone!!
After thought: Not to single anyone out, but I’m hoping that Mary & Debbie will catch up with their donations over the next few months. Your states will appreciate it and so will I.
April 11:

Do you crochet, knit, sew, or make any type of clothing items by hand? Don’t mind spending a few dollars on new items to donate? Have any unused or unwanted yarn? Would you like to volunteer to help the homeless?? Ask us how you can join a great project (Project Homeless Collaborative) doing just that!! #azphc #nyphc #paphc #mephc #okphc for more information about what we do.

New York
*Connie M. Rios (Project Coordinator/Owner)–

*Julieann Jeffords (Northern NY)—

*Mary Hill (Southern NY)—

*Maggie Abbott—–


*Tracy Truesell —

*Terry Rickabaugh —


*Connie Biske-Gilliss–

*Carin Zoll—

Debbie Hendrix Remirez–


April 4:
Heads-Up Everyone!
Just have a bit of news concerning the project and wanted to pass it on to everyone…
Today I was talking to a branch manager about recognizing our Helpers. You ladies don’t seem to be getting the recognition that you solely deserve, in my opinion, for all the hard work you do for the project. In a couple of days I will be adding a new page to our Blog. I will call it: Helper’s Recognition. Every month beginning in April I will be adding the name of the Helper who has donated the most to her state for the month. Every month I will add a name in recognition. I will post the blog link when the page is set up.
I do not want this to become a competition between our Helpers. You still go at your own pace and donate what you want. No pressure whatsoever.
It’s all about thanking you for what you do. You are the back bone of our project and you deserve to be recognized. Thank You!
The second piece of news is, I’ve decided that I will not be taking on 50 states for this project, like I had hoped to accomplish when I started the Project back in 2016.
I decided to limit the states I will be adding and take on 9 more states only, including what we already have now. If I can recruit people to take on the states.
The states are as follows:
*N. Dakota
*S. Dakota
If anyone in the project knows of anyone who may be interested in taking on the manager position for any of the above states, please have them IM me for info.
Thank You for taking the time to read our Project News and Thank You for all of your help, I couldn’t do it without each and every one of you
March 17:
HEADS-UP PROJECT MEMBERS! Just wanted to remind everyone in the Project, that the only way to get the word out about Project Homeless Collaborative, is to comment and share all of the posts. I’ve noticed that there hasn’t been much commenting/sharing (especially sharing) of post in the last couple of weeks. If you are not receiving all of the posts (branch managers) or you’re not being notified, please let me know?
Also we’ve done really good as far as donations go, in January & February, but are donations for March are way down.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
March 12:
From Julieann Jeffords:
I would like to take this moment right now, to give a special thanks to one of my very best friend Wendy Sawyer. Wendy gave me a very precious donation for use on a few of my special projects that I have going on. Wendy gave me three big bag full of yarn that her grandmother had used for various charity work that she has done. Her grandmother Myrtle, may she rest in peace, had a lot of yarn that she had used to make crafts items for the Templeton food pantry, Templeton Council on aging and the oncology department at Heywood Hospital, in Templeton MA. The yarn will be used for many of my projects, but most importantly the two that myrtle would be proud of. The NYPHC and the CR Wood Cancer Center. Thank you Wendy for allowing me to have a very precious gift and allowing me to continue you amazing grandmothers legacy. With much love and indescribable appreciation. Julie
March 11:
Hi everyone, just wanted to post a few things that have been on my mind lately and thought this would be a good time to do it…
I know I don’t say it enough, because I’m usually caught up in all the day to day things going on with the project and life stuff, but I just want each and every one of you to know that I think you’re all amazing, generous, giving ladies and that you’re all doing amazing things for PHC. I can’t even express in words how grateful I am for your help.
I did want to mention something about our monthly Tally…I don’t post the tally because I want this project to be a competition between the states. I do it as a recognition to show how great we are doing. I’m a firm believer in quality over quantity, and I’ve said from the start that you decide on how much you want to do, how much you want to donate, in your own time. No pressure is ever put on anyone in the project.
On a more sober note…We’ve had some problems in the past few months, way too much drama and way too much bad shit going on. I take full responsibility for all of that, but I couldn’t foresee the future and I trusted two people that I shouldn’t have trusted. That was my bad and I own it. I can tell you that won’t be happening again. From this point on everyone will be screened before being allowed to run a branch. As manager of this entire project it comes down to me to protect this project and that’s what I will do. What’s important is not what happened in the past, it’s the project. Our goal has always been to help one person at a time and no one or nothing will interfere with this goal.
My dream from the start was to have every state involved in the project, that was just that, a dream. Reality is that I, by myself can not manage all of that. I realized that with the problems we just had, so I will limit the number of states that will be involved. I haven’t decided how many states yet. I will need to give that more though and get back to you with my decision.
As for the 2 branches without branch managers, I will be deleting the pages on May 1st, if they are still without managers. There is no point in them staying open if no one is available to take donations for those states.
Well I think that’s about it for now. If anyone has any questions, suggesting or whatever, you know where I am and thank you again for everything you do for PHC.
March 8:
Just wanted to give everyone a heads up!!! We have a new branch just added to Project Homeless Collaborative, Washington State!! Yippie!! Our new branch manager is Jaici Austin. Please welcome Jaici to our project, we’re so lucky to have her and please like our new branch page.
March 2:
Thank You!!
*On March 1st I will be adding February’s tally to our tally file. If you have donations made please post them by tomorrow night (Feb.28) if you would like them to be included. I will be posting the numbers early in the morning on March 1st. I’m pretty sure our final numbers for February will be higher than they were for January. YIPPIE!!! Thanks Everyone!!
*THIS IS A SHOUT TO ANYONE WHO KNOWS FAMILY/FRIENDS IN THE FL, or NC  AREAS, AND WOULD LIKE TO HELP THE PROJECT. WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR PROJECT MANAGERS FOR THESE STATES. WE WOULD EVEN BE WILLING TO TAKE ON ASSISTANT MANAGERS (an assistant manger would be someone who is willing to store all donations, pick them up if needed and deliver them to the shelters in December. You do not need to make them or post for donations Carin Zoll, can do that part. You don’t even need to make the items, that’s how desperate we are for managers in these states). IF YOU KNOW OF ANYONE WILLING TO TAKE THIS ON AND IS SERIOUS ABOUT HELPING THE PROJECT, PLEASE IM ME. THANK YOU!
Feb. 22:
All of Project Homeless Collaborative Branch Pages just got a makeover. Check them out. Turquoise is a hit!!
Just wanted to talk about why I removed Evelyn (NCPHC) and her daughter Dominique (OKPHC) as branch managers for the Project…
Removing a branch manager is not something I take lightly and it would take a lot for me to do that, so I just wanted to tell you all why I did it.
Evelyn & Dominique were using yarn donated to them for their business and personal use. Yarn that was given to them by me to make donations for the homeless in their states.
Carin Zoll, also lost yarn that she shipped to Evelyn.
This sort of thing is NOT going to happen in this project. Not now and not ever! If I see it and/or it’s brought to my attention it is grounds for immediate removal from the project and that’s what I’ve done.
That being said we haven’t lost these two states completely, Carin Zoll has agreed to run these two branches and our FL branch until we can find permanent replacements. If anyone knows of someone that would want to be a branch manager for these states ( NC & FL) please let me know, by IMing me.
I’m willing to settle for people who can store the donated items, pick them up if need be and distribute them to the shelters in December. They don’t even have to know how to knit, crochet, sew or weave. They just have to be willing to take on partial manager responsibilities. Carin will do all of the marketing, posting and getting people to donate their time and resources, etc…
I’ll never understand how people can do this to others who have nothing. It’s beyond me as I’m sure it’s beyond you all…
If they are on your friends list or in your group, please delete them immediately. I do not want them involved with the project or anyone in the project.
Thank You, Connie M Rios
*Please welcome to new Helpers to the Project, Mary Mccullough & Ashley Rose welcome to AZPHC.
*NYPHC is the name of the project (NYProject Homeless Collaborative). NY is the hub state of our project which was started by me Connie M Rios. We are 20 people strong and 7 states. As of right now, the 5 states involved are, NY, PA, AZ, OK, ME. My goal, since the beginning, is to have every state involved. We are all volunteers and our goal is to help as many homeless and needy in our states with warm accessories/blankets/baby items, and we need your help. I began this project back in Jan.2016. We come a long way since our inception and hope to go much further. With your help we will. If you are unable to donate your time/resources/talents please help us spread the word by sharing this post with your family and friends. We need you to help us continue this project for years to come. Thank You on behalf of everyone involved in NYProject Homeless Collaborative. If you would like to help, please IM/PM me Connie M Rios (Central NY), Tracy Truesell or Terry Rickabaugh (PA), Connie Biske-Gilliss or Carin Zoll (AZ), Maggie Abbott (ME), Mary Hill (Southern NY), Julieann Jeffords (Northern NY), Debbie Hendrix Ramirez (OK).
I’d like to welcome Carin Zoll as our new branch manager for AZPHC. She will be helping out Connie Biske-Gilliss with the branch. It’s great to have you Carin!!
Feb. 9:
*I’d like to make a special shout out to Carin Zoll. Recently she received a gift of yarn from family members and has offered to share that yarn with anyone in our project who is in need of yarn. She is legit and this yarn give away is for real. All she asks is that you cover shipping. It’s up to you how much you want to spend. She will ship yarn to you up to your limit. If you only have $5. to spend she will give you as much yarn as $5. will cover. It is only right that you at least pay for shipping. You can pay your shipping through face book or with PayPal. Contact Carin Zoll for the details. Thank You Carin for your generosity, we all appreciate it. And to those who thought you were something other than a generous lady wanting to help the project, so we can help the homeless/needed in our states, they don’t matter in the least. Don’t give them a second thought. I apologize for their ignorance.
This is my post on the group wall:
Ok, Heads Up Ladies!! I have a very generous person, Carin Zoll, has a ton of yarn that she wants to give away! If you need yarn. Leave a “Yes” in the comments below and she will contact you to get your info. Thank You & Thanks to this person. We can always use yarn. ❤ NOTE: If you want the yarn you have to say “YES” in the comments. You just can’t like the post.
*This group is banned from NYPHC. Please DO NOT join it: Epharata and Surrounding Areas Random Acts Of Kindness.
Just wanted to remind everyone that we are accepting store bought items this year. I will be going to Wal-Mart today and I will be heading to the glove & hat, sock and baby items. Can’t wait until they go on clearance. I’m going to buy as many as I can get my hands on. 🙂
I’m now doing Monthly Features…Look for your creation on the group wall. 🙂
This was posted by Terry Rickabaugh and PAPHC. This request applies to all Branches in the Project. For me to keep an accurate tally of donations we must have photos of everything you make (Helpers) and all of those photos must be tagged to me Connie M Rios.
To all the girls helping me in PAPHC please message or messenger me and Tracy Truesell all your pics of finished items and any donated yarn we seem to be missing a lot and we need to keep accurate counts. You may Facebook but always make it public and always tag our coordinator Connie M Rios. Thank you, you girls are doing a great job thank you so much for everything you do and make for this project., were doing awesome things for those in need.
*Just wanted to let everyone in the project know that it’s only me working in the background to make everything with this project go as smoothly as possible. I’m not only running this project, but I’m making donations for my branch, making sure everyone has yarn, shipping yarn, chatting with everyone, answering questions, giving advice, tagging, sharing, responding to posts and running my craft business, making orders and trying to help my daughter with her baby shower. There isn’t enough time in the day! So I need all of you to help me out, to help me make this project run as smoothly as possible. When we work together good things happen. Just look at what we did last month.
I don’t want to sound like a tyrant or a control freak, but if things don’t run smoothly behind the scenes, then everything and everyone is crazy and not knowing what to do. So please as a favor to me and to the project help me run things in a calm way for all of our benefits. I can’t do it without all of you backing me up.
Thank You! ❤
*OMG!! I don’t know if I should be pissed or not!! lol I just had someone from my friends list, someone who doesn’t have a clue about what we’re doing in this project (she’s not involved in the the project and I don’t have a clue how she found out what we’re doing in this group, but after all it is facebook). She asked me if we were planning on using any money donations for our trip, that we hope to take in the future?
If she was in my face I would have laughed at her! lol So time to set this record straight…
We DO NOT ask for money donations, EVER! We only use yarn donations to make donations for the project, nothing coming into the project is for our personal use/or is sold to make money for our personal use….
EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING coming in goes to donations for the homeless/needy in each and everyone of our states. NOTHING IS USED FOR PERSONAL GAIN!!!
So with that being said, this trip will come out of our pockets and not from the project.
Hope that is clear to everyone.
To all the group members please check this file out every now and then for group News…
Feb 1st:
Just wanted to remind everyone who is posting and tagging me in photos/donation, PLEASE (can’t stress that enough), set all of your post to PUBLIC!! If you don’t I can not post your posts to NYPHC. I like to keep every donation on my NYPHC Page. Thank You! ❤
I’d like to give a HUGE SHOUT OUT to PAPHC!!! You ladies have the highest number of donations out of all of the branches and you deserved to be recognized.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! Tracy Truesell, Terry Rickabaugh & Helpers.
NYPHC is runner up. 🙂
Thank You to everyone who contributed this past month.

Free Patterns…

*Copyright: All of the patterns posted here or on any other site are copyrighted and posted for Project Homeless Collaborative only.
Thank You, Connie M. Rios
Free Patterns From My Collection
Ribbed Beanie Set:
Yarn: Caron Simply Baby-Sugar’n Spice Varg.
           RH With Love-Chocolate (Trim)
Hook Size: G
Tapestry Needle
Stitches: Ch, Hdc, Dc, Sl St, FPdc, BPdc
*Join at end of each rnd: Sl st in top of beg ch-2.*
HAT:  Used 1/2 of Caron and 1 oz or so for trim.
Size: Teen/Adults
Ch 4, sl st to first ch to form ring.
Rnd-1: Ch 2, 10 dc in ring. Join (11 dc)
Rnd-2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st around. Join
Rnd-3: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st, Rep from * around. Join
Rnd-4: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, dc in next two sts, Rep from * around. Join
Rnd-5: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, dc in next three sts, Rep from * around. Join
Rnd-6: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, dc in next four sts, Rep from * around. Join
Rnd-7: Ch 2, dc in each st around. Join
Rnd-8: Ch 2, *FPdc in next st, BPdc in next st, Rep from * around. Join
Rnd-9-17: Rep Rnd-8. Finish Off on last rnd.
TRIM: With RH yarn, sl st in any st of last rnd Ch 1 hdc in each st around. Join. Finish Off. Weave in ends.
*NOTE: You can add a pom-pom to the top.*
INFINITY SCARF: Used 2.5 skein of Caron and less than half skein of RH
Estimate Size: 44″L (22″ Folded) x 8″W
*NOTE: You can make your scarf wider and/or long by adding more sts to the foundation row and/or adding more rows (in pattern sequence) to the body.*
Ch 152
Row-1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each st across. Turn.
Row-2: Ch 2, Dc in each st across. Turn.
Row-3:Ch 2,*FPdc around next st, BPdc around next st, Rep from * across. Turn.
Row-4-Ch 2, *BPdc around next st, FPdc around next st. Rep from * around. Turn.
Row-5- Rep Row-4. At end of row change to RH yarn.
Row-6-7: Rep Rows 3 & 4 At end of row 4 change to Caron yarn.
Row-8-10: Rep Rows 3 & 4 ending with row 3. At end of row 3 change to RH yarn.
Row-11-12: Rep Rows 4 & 3. At end of row 3 change to Caron yarn.
Row-13-16: Rep Rows 4 & 3.
Row-17- Ch 1, Hdc in each st across. Finish Off. Leaving a long tail for sewing seam.
Fold scarf in half, thread tapestry needle with tail and whip stitch both layers together. Weave in tail.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: OSFA (Sm-Lg)

Yarn Used: RH With Love (color: Holly Berry)

Amt of yarn used: 5 skeins

Hook Size: G

Tapestry Needle

*Alternate color yarn for markers

STITCHES: Ch, Hdc, Dc, FPdc, BPdc, Inc, Sl St

Sewing: Whip Stitch

BODY: Make 2 Panels (starting at hem and working your way up)

Ch 50

Row-1: (RS): Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each st across (49 hdc). Turn. Mark first row as right side (RS).

Row-2: (WS): Ch 2, hdc in each st across. Turn.

Rep Row-2 until pc measures 26″ long (50 rows).

*Leave a long tail for sewing at end of last row. Mark both sides of row-20 for underarm placement.*

Rep for second pc.


(RS) First row of body (hem):

Row-1: Sl St in first st, ch 3 dc in each at across. Turn.

*Mark both sides of this row.

Row-2: Ch 2, *FPdc around next st, BPdc in next st, Rep from * across. Dc in the top beg ch-2. Turn.

Row-3: Ch 2, *BPdc around next st, FPdc in next st, Rep from * across. Dc in the top of beg ch-2. Turn.

Rep rows 2 &3, 1 more time.

Finish Off. Rep for 2nd pc.


With WS facing and tapestry needle and long tail on row-50. Hold both pcs of body together, whip stitch through both layers for 12 sts. Finish Off, Rep for 2nd side of body.


Turn pcs so RS is facing out. Leave hem ribbing un-worked/open.

Rnd-1 (RS): Sl St in first row (at bottom marked/hem row), Ch 2, hdc in each row up side of body (to row 20 mark on body, move marker over to the hdc you just made), continue with hdc up to shoulder seam, hdc in shoulder seam. Continue down second side of rows (move row 20 mark to hdc like you did for the first side), to the marked/hem row. Turn.

Rnd-2: Ch 3, Dc in each st around (moving row-20 marker as you go). At end on opposite side, Turn.

Rnd-3: Ch 2, hdc in each st around (moving row-20 marker as you go). At end Finish Off. Rep for second side panel.

Turn tunic WS facing.

With tapestry needle threaded with yarn.


Holding both side panels tog, tie on yarn to first marker (at bottom/hem), whip stitch through both layers, up side to Underarm Marker. Tie Off. Weave in tail. Rep for 2nd side panel.

Side Seams Finished.


RS Facing:

Rnd-1: (RS): Sl St in any st on neck edge (last row/row-50 of body). Ch 2, hdc in each st and in each seam around. Sl St to top of beg ch-2.

Rnd-2: Ch3, 1 dc in same st, *1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st. Rep around, sl st in top of beg ch-3.

Rnd-3: Ch 2, *FPdc around next st, BPdc in next st. Rep from * around.

Rnd-4: Ch 2, *BPdc around next st, FPdc in next st. Rep from * around.

Rep rnd-3 & 4 until neck measures 8″

SLEEVES: (Make 2):

Rnd-1: (RS): Sl St in any st of arm opening, Ch 2, hdc in each st and seam around. Join with Sl St to top of beg ch-2. Add a Marker to this rnd.

Rnd-2: Ch 2, hdc in each st around to last st (ch-2 sp), hdc at base of beg ch-2 (inc made). Join with Sl St to top of beg ch-2.

Rep rnd 2, 29 times (17″ from Marker).


Rnd-32: Ch 3, dc in each st around. Sl St to top of beg ch-2.

Rnd-33: Ch 2, *FPdc around next st, BPdc around next st. Rep from * around. Join with Sl St to top of beg ch-2.

Rnd-34: Ch 2, BPdc around next st, FPdc around next st. Rep from * around. Join with Sl St to top of beg ch-2.

Rep rnd 33 & 34 one more time.

Rep rnd 33 once more.

Finish Off. Weave in all tail.

If you have any questions feel free to ask me. Connie M. Rios


Ribbed Poncho: Revised
I made this for a small to medium size (24”L x 44”W from neck edge to hem. doesn’t include length of rolled collar).
By increasing your sts and rows you can make it in a bigger size.
Yarn: Red Heart With Love Yarn-4pl, 21 ounces (3.5 skeins)
Hook Size-H
2-40” Wood Buttons
Tapestry Needle
Ch, BPdc, FPdc, Dc, Hdc, SlSt, Inc
Ch 72
Join with slst to 1st ch, do not twist ch.
Rnd-1: Ch 3 (counts as dc). Dc in each st around. Join with stst to top of beg ch-3. (72 sts).
Rnd-2: Ch 2 (counts as Hdc). *FPdc around next st, BPdc around next st, Rep from * around. Slst to top of beg ch-2.
Rep last rnd until collar measures 13” long.
*Always following in FPdc & BPdc to get that ribbed effect.*
Rnd-1: Ch 2, * 1 hdc in each of next 8 sts, 2 hdc in next st. Rep from * around. Hdc in base of beg ch-2. Join with slst to top of beg ch-2 (rep at end of every rnd). (80 sts).
Rnd-2: Ch 2, * 1 hdc in each of next 9 sts, 2 hdc in next st. Rep from * around. Hdc in base of beg ch-2. Join.
Rnd-3: Ch 2, * 1 hdc in each of next 10 sts. Rep from * around. Hdc in base of beg ch-2. Join.
Rep in pattern adding 8 extra sts per rnd (inc) evenly spaced until there are 144 sts.
Rnd-12-14: Ch 2, 1 hdc in each st around. Join (no inc)
Rnd-15: Ch 2, *1 hdc in each of next 17 sts, 2 hdc in next st. Rep from * around. Hdc in base of beg ch-2. Join
Rnd: 16-18: Ch 2, *1 hdc in each hdc around. Join.
Rnd-19: Ch 2, *1 hdc in each of next 18 sts, 2 hdc in next st. Rep from * around. Hdc in base of beg ch-2. Join.
Continue in pattern, adding 8 extra sts per rnd (inc) evenly spaced until you have 256 sts).
Rnd-1: Ch 3, Dc in each st around. Join with slst to top of beg Ch-3 (Rep at end of every rnd).
Rnd-2: Ch 2, *FPdc around first st, BPdc around next st. Rep from * around. Join.
Rep last rnd 3 moe times.
*Always following in FPdc & BPdc to get that ribbed effect.*
Finish Off. Weave in ends.
With tapestry need and same color yarn, sew two buttons to side of folded over collar.
Ruffles Galore Cowl/Headband Set:
Supplies Needed: 5oz 4-ply Yarn, H-Hook, Tapestry Needle
Ch 22
Row-1: Dc in 3rd ch and in each ch across.
Row-2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc, ch-1), *sk 1 dc, dc in next dc, ch 1, repeat from * across. (11 dc). Turn.
Row-3: (Ruffle Row) Ch 2, *4 dc around first post of first dc of prev row (row-2), rep from * in each dc post, dc in last ch-3, sl st in top of beg ch-3.
Row-4: Ch 3 (counts as first dc, ch-1), dc in top of next dc of row-3, *Ch 1, dc in top of next dc , repeat from * across. last dc in top of beg ch-3.
Row-5: Repeat row-3.
Repeat rows 3-4 until you have 31 ruffle rows, ending with a ruffle row (row-3). Leave a 2-3 ft tail for sewing.
Wrong Side Facing:
With tapestry needle and tail sew ends together. Knot at end. DO NOT CUT YARN. Add a running stitch through the first row of cowl (dc row) pull to gather. Tie off. Add button or Flower/Button to seam.
**You can find crochet flower videos on YouTube.**
Row-1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook, and in each st across. Turn.
Row-2: Ch 3, sk next dc, *dc in next dc, ch 1, repeat from * across to last ch-3, dc in top of beg ch-3 (8 dc)
Row-3: (Ruffle Row): Ch 2, *4 dc around post of next dc of prev row, rep across to last ch-2, dc in top of beg ch-2. Turn.
Row-4: Ch 3, *dc in top of next dc of row-3 (top of ruffle), rep from * across, dc in ch-2 of beg ch-3. Turn.
Repeat until pc measures 21” or 21 Ruffle Rows (Row-3). Finish off leaving a 2-3 ft tail for sewing.
Sew ends of headband together, with whip stitches. DO NOT CUT YARN. Do a running stitch through first row (dc row), pull yarn to gather. Tie Off. Add Buttons or Flower/Button.
*Kids Crochet Popcorn Scarf Pattern:
Used 4-ply Yarn, Size: Toddler/Kids
Special Stitch: PC, YO, pull up loop, pull through 2 loops on hook, 5 times, YO pull through all loops on hook.
Row-1: Ch 3, PC in 4th ch from hook, *Ch 1, sk 1 ch, 1 PC in next ch, repeat from * to end, turn.
Row-2: Ch 3, sk first PC, PC in next ch-1 sp, Ch 1, sk next PC, repeat from *, ending with PC under beginning ch-3, turn.
Repeat Row-2 for your desired length. I did a total of 52 rows and the length is about 36″, not including fringe.
The fringe is optional. I added two strands of yarn to the top of each PC. *Can be done for adult scarves too just add more sts and more rows.*
* Kids Crochet Hat Pattern (Size-Toddle/kids-Used:
4-ply yarn): Ch 4 sl st to first ch to form loop.
Rnd-1: Ch 2, 11 dc in loop. Sl st to top of beg Ch-2. (12).
Rnd-2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st. Sl st to top of beg Ch-2. (23).
Rnd-3: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, dc in next, repeat from * around. Sl st to top of beg Ch-2. (34)
Rnd-4: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, repeat around. Sl st to top of beg Ch-2. (45).
Rnd-5: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 10 sts, repeat from * around. Sl st to top of beg Ch-2. (49).
Rnd-6: Ch 2, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 11 sts, repeat from * around. Sl st to top of beg Ch-2. (53).
Rnd-7: Ch 3, PC (see special stitch for scarf pattern) in same sp, *Ch 1, sk 2 sts, PC in next st, repeat around, Sl st to top of beg Ch-3. (18 PC).
Rnd-8: Ch 2, dc in same sp, *2 dc in Ch-1 sp, dc in top of PC, repeat from * around. Sl st to top of beg Ch-2. (54).
Rnd-9: Ch 2, dc in each st around, Sl st to top of beg Ch-2.
Rnd-10: Ch 2, FPdc in next st, BPdc in next st (front post double crochet/back post double crochet. Find these stitches on YouTube).
Rnd-11: ch 1, hdc in each st around. Sl st to top of beg Ch-1. Tie off and weave in ends.
*Open Scallop Stitch Scarf Pattern-photo 2: PATTERN: A multiple of 6 sts +1. I used Hook Size-G, 3-ply yarn, beg ch was 37 and the length was 76″ I used 7 ounces of yarn.
Special Stitch: GP (group): 2 linked dc, worked as follows: *yo, insert hook in next st, yo, pull loop through, yo, pull through first 2 loops*, sk next 3 sts, repeat from *to* in next st, yo, pull through first 2 loops, yo, pull through both loops on hook. loops.
Row-1: [2 dc, 1 ch, 2 dc] in 4th ch from hook, *1 GP, [2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in next ch, repeat from * to last 3 ch, 1 GP ending in last ch, turn. Row-2: 3 ch, sk [first GP, 1 dc], 1 dc in next dc, *[2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in ch-1 sp, 1 GP, repeat from *, ending last GP in 3rd od ch-3, turn. Rep row-2 for the desired length.

Welcome To PHC!

We are… Project Homeless Collaborative.

I’m one person with a handful of very caring ladies who want to help one homeless person at a time. We can’t help them all, but all it takes is one person with a dream to find others with the same dream and it’s a start.

Please help us get the word out by sharing this blog with your family and friends. Thank You!

“Helping the homeless…With loving hands and warm hearts.”

Running A Branch/Becoming A Branch Manager…

First I’ll set up a page for your branch. It will be something like –Project Homeless Collaborative or –PHC and you will be able to add photos of donations and posts to get others to donate. Right now, we have branches in NY, PA, AZ, OK, ME… I’m hoping to open a branch in 9 more state (states are listed below). Actually we have three branches in NY, one in central NY, the one I admin, one in northern NY and one in Southern NY.
What you’ll need to do is make the donations, get others to donate their time to make the items and/or donate yarn (you’ll need to keep a record of everything that you get in donations. Don’t ask for money).
I’m going to need you to keep a written record of every one who donates as well as what they donate and when they donate it. Also you’ll need to post photos of their donations and your donations on your branch page. You’ll need to tag me in every post so I can share with my other branch members and on NYPHC branch page. For every photo you post I’ll need to know exactly what’s in it. Sometimes it’s not obvious. I need to know for my records and you should know for your records. Everything is totally voluntary and no one makes a cent.
You ask for donations right on face book. I will also post things about you branch and how much you need donations. I do this for all branches regularly.
Once you get donations you’ll need to have a place to store them.
We don’t give out all of our collected donations until December, right before Christmas. Everything that is donated has to be into the branch managers by Dec.1st. You’ll need to work out delivery with the people who are donating to you. You will donate within your area.
If you plan on donating to the street homeless, PLEASE, do not go out alone.
We start in January accepting donations, and donate everything in December.
You can also tag your friends and family. Anyone you think might be interested in donating.
You can get to know the other branch managers, Helpers and everyone involved in the project right here in the blog or in the groups (Let’s Talk About NY, Let’s Talk About PA or Let’s Talk About AZ). I can also set up a group for your branch if you like.  I encourage you to add them to your friends list. They can be invaluable when you need to ask an important question/need help and I’m not available.
I’m the Owner/Project Coordinator/CEO, and I also manage my own branch NYPHC, I’m a Jill-of- all-trades when it comes to this project. 🙂
After your page is set up I ask that you do not change anything in the settings part of the page. You can add photos (donations..yours and others), videos of homelessness, stories that you find on the net that are relevant to homelessness in the USA, etc…..
**You’ll also need to find the shelters in your area at least a couple of months before Dec. And talk to someone in charge and make an appointment to deliver your donations. This is very important. Last year we had a difficult time finding places that would accept our donations. I know that’s hard to believe but it happened. So start checking around for places to donation way in advance, just to be safe. I want all donations given out before Christmas.**
It helps if you’re an organized person and have enough time in your life to run a branch. It doesn’t take much once you get the hang of it, but you will need time. You’ll also need to have the space to store all your donations.
We only accept new, clean donations. No exceptions and no gently used/used items are allowed. We also accept store bought donations.
I’m here for you whenever you have a question. If you need an answer in a hurry you can contact any of the other branch managers, or go to my group is let’s Talk About NYPHC or this blog, we’re all here to help each other.
We’re like one big family on this project and hope to be bigger in the future.
Have any questions? Feel free to ask them.
That’s about it.
Thank You for considering us and our project.
*Afterthought: I will most likely update this section on occasion, when needed.

Monthly Tally-2017


Hey Everyone! Starting today, February 1st and going to December 1st, I will be posting our monthly donation tallies. If you would like to see what the numbers are you can find them right here.
We are doing AMAZING this year and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who is participating in this great cause. You all are a true inspiration.
With every piece you make another homeless/needy person will have something warm to wear. This project has grown so much in the past month (the first month of this new year) and I thank you from the bottom of my heart and appreciate you all and am humbled by each and every one of you.
**When I say “Other” I mean pants, ponchos, sweaters, tops, socks, tights, pj’s, clothing sets, legwarmers, etc…
July Donation Tally:
Hats/Headbands: 120
Scarves/Cowls: 43
Mittens/Gloves/Hand-Warmers: 4
Other: 13
Water for AZ: 18 cases
Total Donations For Month: 198
Yarn Total Donations: 27 skeins
NYPHC: 57/Donations/Yarn-0/Water-8 cases
PAPHC: 81/Donations/Yarn-0/Water-10 cases
AZPHC: 26/Donations/Yarn-7
Grand Total For Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr/May/Jun/Jul:
YARN: 701
(Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr/May/Jun: 2,395)
(Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr/May/Jun: 674 skeins)
Since Maine is no longer in the Project and left without any warning, I had to deduct all of their donations so our current tally is: 2,260
August Donation Tally:
Hats/Headbands: 86
Scarves/Cowls: 22
Mittens/Gloves/Hand-Warmers: 2
Other: 63
Total Water Donations: 30 cases
Total Yarn Dontions: 116 skeins
Total Donations For Month: 173
NYPHC: 54/Yarn: 0/Water: 10 cases
PAPHC: 114/Yarn: 116/Water: 10 cases
AZPHC: 5/Water: 20 cases
Grand Total for Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr/May/Jun/Jul/Aug:
Yarn Donations: Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr/May/Jun/Jul/Aug:
790 (may be a bit less. Not sure about deductions from ME)
September Donation Tally:
Hat/Headbands: 36
Mittens/Gloves: 0
Other: 7
Total Yarn Donations For Month: 227
NYPHC: 14/Yarn: 200
PAPHC: 40/Yarn: 27
Grand Total for Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr/May/Jun/Jul/Aug/Sept:
Yarn Donations: Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr/May/Jun/Jul/Aug/Sept:
October Donation Tally:
Hats/Headbands: 87
Scarves/Cowls: 6
Mittens/Gloves: 0
Other: 0
Total Donations For Month: 93
Total Yarn Donations For Month: 213
NYPHC: 21/Yarn: 0
PAPHC:69/Yarn: 213
AZPHC: 3/Yarn: 0
Grand Total for Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr/May/Jun/Jul/Aug/Sept/Oct:
Yarn Donations: Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr/May/Jun/Jul/Aug/Sept/Oct:
November Donation Tally:
Hats/Headbands: 149
Scarves/Cowls: 31
Mittens/Gloves: 10
Other: 86
Total Donations For Month: 276
NYPHC: 68/Yarn: 0
PAPHC:190/Yarn: 0
AZPHC: 18/Yarn: 0
Grand Total for Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr/May/Jun/Jul/Aug/Sept/Oct/Nov:
Yarn Donations: Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr/May/Jun/Jul/Aug/Sept/Oct/Nov:

Hat & Scarf Drive-2017


2017 Hat & Scarf Drive begins on Jan.1, 2017 and ends on Dec.1, 2017. This year we are having a Hat & Scarf Drive for the Homeless/Needy and we would like you to join us. We need Crafty people (crochet, knit, sew, weave), to help us make the donations. If you don’t know how to do these crafts no problem we are accepting store bought items as well. Also we will be accepting, cowls, headbands, gloves, mittens, leg warmers, socks, baby, ponchos, scarves, baby blankets, dolls/toys (crochet/knit) and any small items… We are hoping to help thousands of people this year and can use all the help we can get. We are also looking for volunteers to be branch managers in every state.



*Connie M Rios (the hub of our homeless project).

*Julieann Jeffords  (Northern NY)

**I am in desperate need of a branch manager in NYC. If anyone is interested please email me ( ) for more info.**


*Tracy Truesell

*Terry Rickabaugh


*Connie Biske-Gilliss

ME: Maggie Abbott

If you are interested in being a branch manager, please contact me for the details.

If you live in one of these states and would like to donate and/or be a Helper, please contact one of the managers.

We are in desperate need of yarn donations and helpers.

We would also appreciate it tremendously if you could share our homeless project with your friends and family, and help us get the word out.

Thank You! NYPHC/Connie M Rios. Help us make 2017 the best year ever!