Reach For The Stars
Veteran Founded & Operated
Exploring the Universe to Inspire Those in it
To inspire and assist low-income individuals through astronomy, resources and food. We provide a safe, fun and educational environment for homeless individuals and the general community to get the help they need, food for their families, and to look to the stars during hard times.
Reach For The Stars serves to inspire people who have fallen on hard times. We are the only nonprofit in the world that uses both Astronomy and charity work to give hope, feed and uplift people no matter the circumstances, by giving them basic necessities such as great food, hygiene items, & throwing monthly daytime and nighttime stargazing events with our line-up of telescopes. This also evolves homeless outreach with backpacks full of amazing life saving items. Oh, we also donate telescopes to kids! Take a moment to learn all about us by visiting the tabs in the menu. You can also visit our gift shop were 100% of the purchase price supports the programs!
Family Food Program
If you are struggling to pay for food, please contact us. You can come to our home in Vail and pick up a large quantity of all types of food every 2 weeks. With this initiative, our goal is to inspire hope and feed the hungry. RFTS has access to many resources, where individuals can become empowered and gain the confidence to fulfill their potential.
22,427 meals served in December, 2020, and about half of that during non holiday months. We need any excess food you have to help sustain these numbers & help these families.
Monthly stargazing & monthly solar (daytime) events, and donating telescopes to kids:
Bringing the universe to your area! We have some amazing telescopes that can pinpoint over 55,000 objects in the night sky in an attempt to inspire you through hard times. We will teach you to control these computerized systems, all while spreading awareness of what is happening within the community. Join us at our next event, found in our events tab.
We have several STEM space-related education classes being formed for all ages. But mostly to focus in on and select kids in kindergarten through 12th grade who are interested in space and get them into one of our several 2 month space, science and astronomy classes. Through fun educational materials, activities, at-home assignments (with parents help), hands on quizzes, and tests, we will create a lasting impact of a great memory and knowledge for them to grow up with, assisting them into what sparks their imagination and interests. All we are waiting on is a building, a large office space or a large observatory and we need your help to get us there!
We also donate telescopes to kids in low income families every month! This is an essential part of the astronomy program, and it brings so much joy, wonder and education to those who would usually not be able to receive a telescope.
Please consider donating to support this cause! Every $50 pays for one quality telescope. If you'd like to help us pay for them, of if you have a telescope to donate, please visit the donation page, or message us anytime.
With our community and mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies for dealing with homelessness. We need to have each others back. For the homeless, it's rare for them to see genuine kindness. To begin, we fill backpacks with first aid supplies, water, snacks, clothing, Naloxone kits, hygiene products and our laminated resource list, giving them a fresh start and the relief they need to sleep at night, prepping for the next day. Our main goal in this program is to build rapport with them over time, so that when they are ready to use the resource list provided, we are there to assist them in "Reaching for the Stars."
OUR HOME IS COMPLETLY STUFFED, IT'S TIME TO MOVE THE NONPROFIT OUT...
Our goal is to have a Community Center (preferably near Vail) with an observatory, classroom setting for our underprivileged youth to learn while being inspired about space exploration and careers. This center will not only be about astronomy but will also combine our other programs. We would like to have our youth spend time volunteering by packing homeless backpacks and food boxes for distribution. These tasks would create a sense of euphoria, empathy, team work, leadership, confidence, stress-release skills as well as volunteer and educational hours in a safe, fun environment.