How We Help Real People
In Their Time Of Need
“We have all been blessed with great success over the years and we make an effort to give back to our communities and those in need.”
-Scott and Christina Meyers
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My name is Scott Meyers. As I understand it, I am the nation’s foremost Self Storage “Guru”. I have shared my strategies with thousands of people all across this great country and making several Millionaires in the process.
In my Home Study System titled “The Complete Guide to Finding, Evaluating, and Purchasing Self Storage Facilities”, I describe my progress in the real estate business. In that book, I narrated how over the past 14 years I’ve gone from renovating $24,000 fixer-upper homes to rehabbing several multi-family apartment complexes, industrial buildings, and office complexes. Now I’m happy to be focusing solely on purchasing and developing multi-million dollar, state of the art, Self Storage Facilities.
Sure, the facilities we run are fabulous. Our systems for educating investors are widely recognized as the best in the industry. However, our most important contributions to society have come through our various missions and charities. We have been blessed to be in a position to help provide the world’s most desperately poor and homeless from around the world, with some of the most basic of human needs.
Our company, Self Storage Profits, Inc., has committed a large portion of its allotted budget to being a repeat sponsor to numerous orphanages, schools, and charities around the world. At one point, we almost lost our real estate empire and was nearly forced to file bankruptcy. Ultimately, we were spared from financial ruin, my wife Christina and I felt compelled to honor God by helping those around the world who aren’t afforded the opportunities available to us here in America. We do this in gratitude for the mercy and compassion showed to us during the years we endured our financial crisis.
Starting to make a difference – Adoption
This new conviction played a small part in our decision to adopt our 3rd child when we chose to expand our family. Ella Xiao has been a tremendous blessing in our lives and our adoption experience was wonderful. Our agency, Chinese Children Adoptions International was fabulous, and came highly recommended.
CCAI was founded with the hopes of finding homes for one or two children. Fourteen years later, CCAI has helped more than 7,500 Chinese children to be embraced into loving families. They now help an average of more than 3 children per day to find their forever families!
Today, they are more than an adoption agency. While adoption remains their specialty, they established the Chinese Children Charity Fund in 1995 to help those children left behind in China. They do this by providing food, clothes, medical care, education, training, and foster care. Since 1996, they have run the Joyous Chinese Cultural Center to ensure that adopted Chinese children across the country will have a link to their heritage. CCAI works toward improving the lives of abandoned Chinese children, whether they have a family in the U.S. or are waiting for one in a Chinese orphanage.
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We were extremely familiar with the challenges facing orphan girls in China. What truly surprised us, though, was the level of poverty and multitude of additional social challenges that this country was facing. Upon our return to the land of opportunity, we were reminded how blessed we are to live in this country. Our travels really shows how vast the plight of poverty is in other parts of the world. Having witnessed how widespread this problem is on previous trips to Mexico, The Dominican Republic, South America, China, and remote areas of Europe, we felt called to give back and begin making a difference, no matter how small.
Charitable giving in Mexico
We began by pledging our support to the Centro de Apoyo Psicopedayogico (“The Little Yellow School House”), located in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. On a recent trip we donated some much needed clothes, school supplies, and financial assistance to this struggling institution.
The main purpose of The Little Yellow School House is to provide instruction to children with special needs. Some of these children aren’t able to attend public school due to mental handicaps. (These disabilities include mental retardation and Down syndrome. Some are handicapped with learning disabilities such as hyperactivity, attention span deficit, dyslexia, paralysis, etc.) The school assists approximately 35 children and growing.
About 85% of these students come from homes of alcoholics. Many are from abusive homes. The school offers a group therapy session for the parents of these children. These sessions help them better understand the needs of their families.
We are also involved in supporting Frank McKinney, The Rock and Roll Real Estate Czar’s, Caring House Project Foundation.
The Caring House Project Foundation www.frank-mckinney.com/caring_project.aspx was founded in 1998 with a mission to return stability and hope to homes where the most basic needs of shelter are not being met.
Its mission has expanded over the years to include elements now crucial to a self-sufficient existence. This existence is where the poor and homeless will no longer have to rely on government nor charities. They will be able to sustain and improve their lives on their own.
CHPF is now creating villages based upon this self-sufficiency. Such projects are taking place in Testasse and in Los Cacaos, both in Haiti. Los Cacaos included 35 double homes, a 3,125 sq. ft. school, a large 4,000 sq. ft. community center, a health clinic, and an establishment of renewable food source to maximize annual yields. This project touched nearly 700 lives.
However, The Caring House Project Foundation is not in the charity business, they are in the self-sufficiency business. They identify where a small sprinkling of free enterprise might provide for ongoing, life-sustaining capital. When they find it, they immediately go to work to provide opportunities.
In addition, our family sponsors Raul, a little boy from Nicaragua who shares the same Birth Date with our son, and Anjealye, a little girl from Peru who shares the same Birth Date as our oldest daughter, through Compassion International .
Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry. It is able to release children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty. This in turn enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.
Reverend Everett Swanson founded Compassion International in 1952 . It was able to provide Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education and health care, as well as Christian training.
Today, Compassion helps more than 900,000 children in 24 countries.
A large part of being able to give back comes from our desire to get our own personal finances controlled. It was only after years of financial struggles and a near bankruptcy that we realized the need for a budget. Having a budget allowed us to eventually pay off all our personal debt.
Both offer programs and tools that help dump debt, get control of their money, and learn new behaviors around money. These are ideas that are founded on commitment and accountability. They teach people how to be financially responsible. This responsibility will enable then to acquire wealth. This wealth enables them to take care of loved ones, live prosperously into old age, and give generously to others.
These two organizations provided us with tools to understand how to manage our personal and business financials by Biblical Standards.
As a result, I now devote a fair amount of time serving as the Financial Ministry Coordinator of my church. I do so as a trained Personal Budget Counselor to singles and couples who may be struggling financially.
Remember: “Each of us are fortunate to be blessed with the ability to succeed at some level. This success is not for our sole benefit however, but so we might apply the result of our success to assist those less fortunate.”